March 17th – Saturday THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WET & SLIPPERY WEATHER
We plan to hike and work on the soon-to-be re-opened Wolf Gap access trail. For those of you that have not hiked this spectacular 1 mile access trail – you are in for a treat. It’s a series of switchbacks down to the Sterling Mine Ditch for one mile crossing large meadows, through oak forests, into beautiful madrone stands and more. We used some of our Title II grant monies to hire Black Oak Forest Restoration to do much of the desperately needed tread work and heavy-duty chainsaw work as the first step in revitalizing this great trail. They did a fabulous job. But more fine tuning of the trimming and tread work is still needed. You couldn’t ask for a more scenic trail to enjoy while you help us trim! At the bottom we will take anyone interested on a short detour to see one of the most magnificent double-trunked madrone trees imaginable. It’s spectacular.
We will meet at our usual 8:30 AM and be back at our cars around 1 PM. To save some time and driving you can meet us at the Deming Trailhead rather than Buncom. Since we originally said we would rendezvous at Buncom, someone from SUTA will also be at Buncom (intersection of Sterling Creek and Little Applegate Rds) and then bring you to the Deming trailhead. The Deming trailhead is on the BLM Armstrong/Deming Gulch road off of Sterling Creek Road – close the 9 mile marker of Sterling Creek Road. We will tie some bright ribbons or something obvious on the Sterling Mine Ditch sign on Sterling Creek Rd. – which points across to the Armstrong-Deming Road. Once you get on the Armstrong/Deming Road you will go a short distance and hit a “T” intersection. Turn left and drive up the gravel road 7/10s of a mile to the Deming trailhead. Obvious trailhead sign.
If the weather is rainy all week we may revamp our trail trimming plan and work on the Deming North section of the trail so that we don’t all slip and slide down Wolf Gap. So we’ll simply reverse the next two planned work parties.grey