WEEKEND: Volunteers to work on trails Saturday

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  • Friday, June 1, 2012 12:01am
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Volunteers will perform maintenance work on trails during National Trails Day on Saturday.

On that day, Olympic National Forest will waive fees at all day-use sites.

The national forest also will waive fees the following Saturday, June 9, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day.

Olympic National Park and state parks will waive fees only June 9.

Discover Passes (for state parks) and the usual national park fees will be required this Saturday.

Events planned on the North Olympic Peninsula include:

— Friends of Anderson Lake State Park will host trail work in the state park between Port Townsend and Chimacum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Work will involve improving the trails throughout the park, and volunteers may be working in three different areas, said organizer Jeff Chapman of Buckhorn Range of Back Country Horsemen of Washington, as well as Friends of Anderson Lake and the Jefferson Trails Coalition.

Volunteers should have good boots and gloves.

Some refreshments will be provided.

Day-parking passes will be available at no charge for volunteers who lack Discover Passes, he said.

Anderson Lake Road intersects with state Highway 20 near the H.J. Carroll Park.

For more information, phone Chapman at 360-385-6364 or email bbbranch@olympus.net.

— North Olympic Land Trust volunteers will celebrate National Trails Day with two events: a work party and a bike ride.

Volunteers will continue work to build a new trail in the Siebert Creek Conservation Area, which is about 9 miles east of Port Angeles, gathering at 10 a.m. Saturday at the property at the end of Siebert Creek Road — which is off U.S. Highway 101 — and working until noon.

Tools and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring work clothes, including work gloves and rain gear if needed.

Tools, drinks and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, water and rain gear.

That afternoon, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the land trust will host a bicycle ride on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

The 14-mile ride will start at Robin Hill County Park at the Pinnell Road parking lot, and bicyclists will visit five properties that are protected by North Olympic Land Trust with conservation easements.

Both events are in the Siebert Creek watershed, which has been the focus of conservation efforts for the past 10 years, said Lorrie Campbell, stewardship director.

For more information, phone 360-417-1815, ext. 7, or email lorrie@nolt.org.

— The Peninsula Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington will host a work party and play day on the Mount Muller Trail west of Lake Crescent.

The group will sponsor the National Trails Day event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Along with repairing trail tread and fixing water damage — which will be preceded by workshops on proper trail maintenance — volunteers also can hike or ride their horses or bikes on the trail, which is a 14-mile loop, and participate in a potluck.

Children’s activities are planned, and wildlife photography is encouraged, said Tom Mix, a member of the equestrian group hosting the event.

To reach the trailhead, travel on Highway 101 west of Port Angeles past Lake Crescent and turn right onto the dirt road at the Clallam County Public Utility District electrical power substation just past the crest of Fairholm hill.

For more information, phone Mix at 360-582-0460 or email him at tom@cuttinggarden.com.

To find a National Trails Day event, visit http://tinyurl.com/3qqpjt6 or phone 360-877-1046.

For more about National Get Outdoors Day on June 9, visit www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.

For more Discover Pass details, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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