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CONNECTING THE DOTS ON THE MIDDLE FORK TRAIL

In the midst of all this unexpected and unwelcome cleanup in the Willamette National Forest comes a most welcome trailwork project—that of building new trail! Please join the USFS, DOD, ATCA, and GOATS for a fun and rewarding weekend on April 19-21 to help begin building the “missing link” of the MFT trail at Coal Creek.

As part of a larger floodplain restoration project, the section of the Middle Fork Trail that utilizes a half mile or so of road will be rerouted along the creek and through the forest to become a beautiful new trail. Camp out for the weekend—there’s lots of flat ground for tents and RVs/campers—or just join us for the day. Be a part of completing this amazing legacy trail!

THE SCHEDULE
Friday:
Arrive whenever you can. Set up camp near the Coal Creek trail bridge on the Middle Fork Trail, FSR 2133 and head north (downstream) on the trail to the work site. Around dinner time, a rep from the Willamette Watershed Council will tell us about the stream restoration project. Details about this cool project can also be found here: https://www.middleforkwillamette.org/restore/rivers-and-streams/coal-creek/

Saturday: Work all day.

Sunday: Wrap up around 2 PM.

MEALS
Trans-Cascadia will be providing dinners on Friday and Saturday night. Other meals are on your own.

TOOLS AND PPE
Bring your own trail tool if you have one, otherwise both the DOD and GOATS tool trailers will be on hand. As always, please dress appropriately for working in the woods: wear long pants, long sleeves, boots, gloves, hardhat, and protective glasses. If you don’t have a hardhat we have loaners.

DIRECTIONS
Just out of Oakridge heading east, turn right on Hills Creek Road/Kitson Springs Road. In half a mile, turn right onto Forest Road 21 (Diamond Drive). Follow the road for 20-ish miles and watch for Camper’s Flat Campground. Drive less than a half mile more and you will see a bridge on the right. This is USFS Road 2133. Cross the river, turn right through the quarry, and drive about a half mile on 2133. Where the road veers left, that’s where you will find parking and camping.

Check Facebook for updates as we get closer to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2411416292243289/