Trails work project meets June 4 at Binns Hill

Hood River County’s recent Hosta timber sale will affect trails in the vicinity of Binns Hill Staging Area. A work party June 4 will strive to complete finishing work on recently cut new trail and possibly build new trail to the north.

The sale will eventually affect trails 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, and 180. A long section of trail 160 that heads north from the staging area will be decommissioned by the sale activity. A new section has been laid out, is now under construction, and lies outside of the timber sale boundary, according to Henry Buckalew, county trails coordinator. It is hoped that this section of 160 can be opened for use prior to the start of timber sale operations, he said. The trail is popular with Class I, lll, and non-motor users who head north from the Staging Area.

Work party start time is 9 a.m. It will end at approximately 1 p.m. but the opportunity is there to work longer if you’d like, according to Buckalew.

Meet at Binns Hill Staging Area near the kiosk and vault toilet. The work party leader will take everyone to the work location. Late comers: walk north on trail 160 out of the staging area and you will see the flagging where the reroute begins. Walk along the new roughed-in trail to the work location.

Hand tools (loppers, rakes, shovels, Pulaskis, McLeods, hoes, etc.) will be provided but feel free to bring tools of your own.

Bring coffee, work clothes, gloves, sturdy boots, safety glasses, hat, water, lunch/snacks, sunscreen, rain gear just in case. Be prepared for some hard work, some easy work, and lots of fun. Volunteer hours will be documented to help satisfy requirements for the County’s current Oregon Parks and Recreation Department ATV Operations and Maintenance grant.

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