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Trapper Creek: Sunshine Trail Backcountry Response Team

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 08:30am
Contact or 206.625.1367

Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:30 AM — Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:30 PM

Come give your sawing muscles some exercise! The Sunshine Trail is covered in fallen logs, and this trip will spend five days repairing it.

About the Area
This wilderness gem was designated in the mid-1980s to protect one of the few pristine old-growth forests left in southwest Washington. A system of rugged, primitive trails offer many different loop opportunities, but the most popular loop remains the Trapper Creek and Observation Trail combination.

What to Expect
We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description
This crew will be logging out the Sunshine Trail, deep in the heart of Trapper Creek Wilderness.

Camping and Hiking Information
Type: Backcountry basecamp
Location: Along the Trapper Creek trail
Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain.
Initial hike to camp: 3.5 miles with a slight total loss in elevation (-600 ft.) at a moderate pace while carrying your backpack fully loaded with all provisions including camping gear and food, plus tools (provided by WTA)
Expected daily hike will range from 1-3 miles roundtrip, depending on how far we get, with up to 1500' in elevation gain
Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew. / Make a lunch and pack up camp before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Reach camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Set up, prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead
For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information
Get ready for a challenging backcountry adventure!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party
A great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need for the project
Backpacking gear and food for multiple nights on the trail
Good physical condition to hike with a fully-loaded backpack and be physically active for about 8-9 hours daily on uneven terrain
Backpacking experience including ability to run your own camp following Leave No Trace principles
Day work party experience recommended
Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
Minimum age: 18

What to Bring
Please wear comfortable and weather-appropriate hiking clothes and your boots for our hike to camp.
Backpacking gear
Backpack to carry all of your gear
Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
Cooking gear and enough food (plus a little extra) for the entire trip
At least two 1-liter water bottles and a way to purify your water
Rain jacket and rain pants
Extra warm clothing
Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
Sun and bug protection
Headlamp and extra batteries
Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
​First aid kit
A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!
Trail work gear
Long pants
Work gloves
Long-sleeved shirt recommended
Eye protection recommended such as safety glasses
WTA hard hat (provided, unless you have one)

For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

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