Fremont National Recreation Trail Work

Sarah Imholt

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Organizer: Renee Patrick

Start Date: 6/25/2020

End Date: 6/28/2020

Region: N/A

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5

Maximum Group Size: 15 participants

Trip full; accepting waitlist participants

About the place

The Fremont-Winema National Forest offers a setting of classic Western beauty derived from the land’s volcanic legacy. The ecosystem ranges from towering snow-capped peaks to wide-open sage basins. The Fremont National Recreation Trail traverses most of the length of the forest from north to south, and the Oregon Desert Trail ties into over 60 miles of this trail system that was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979.

About the stewardship work

ONDA created the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) route to link existing trails, old two-track roads and cross country travel as a way to introduce hikers to the stunning landscapes found in Oregon’s high desert. The ODT’s overlap with the Fremont National Recreation Trail is the largest section that ties into existing trail tread for over 60 miles starting at the Chewaucan Crossing Trailhead near the town of Paisley to the Warner Mountains outside of Lakeview. This work project will continue the work our 2017, 2018 and 2019 ONDA volunteers started. Volunteers will be working with members of the local community, and together we will celebrate the connection between people and the environment by working together side-by-side with some hard-earned sweat equity to improve the trail in this area.

We typically head to the work site at 8 a.m. and stop work by 4 p.m. in order to leave time in the afternoon to clean-up, relax, and cook a well-deserved dinner. Volunteers will rehabilitate trail tread, remove obstacles, install drainage structures, and brush the trail corridor. No previous trail building experience is needed to attend this trip; ONDA and the Forest Service will provide all instruction and necessary tools to do the job. All that is required is a love of the high desert, a big smile, and a willingness to learn.

Corinne Handelman

Trip Timeline

  • Thursday, June 25, 5-7 p.m.: We will meet and camp at the Moss Meadows Horse Camp. The road to our meeting spot is suitable for all vehicles.
  • Friday, June 26: After breakfast, volunteers will carpool to Moss Pass (1.5 miles from the campground) to receive tools training, and begin work brushing and improving the trail tread. Volunteers should plan to be out all day and be prepared for a full day of hiking and doing physical work at elevations around 6,500 feet.
  • Saturday, June 27: After breakfast, we will continue the trail work. Volunteers should plan to be out all day and be prepared for a full day of hiking and doing physical work.
  • Sunday, June 28: Volunteers will have the option to head home in the morning or spend the morning on a hike along the freshly maintained trail. We should be finished with this optional morning activity around noon when we can head to the Pioneer Saloon in Paisley for a much-deserved beverage and meal.

Camp

We will be car camping at Moss Meadows Horse Camp, and will meet between 5-7 p.m. on Thursday night. There is no water at the campground, please be prepared to bring enough water for your needs during the weekend. There is a pit toilet at the campground.

Difficulty

Level 3

This trip will require physically strenuous work at elevations around 6,500 feet and hot daytime temperatures.

Participant responsibilities

Participants are responsible for their own food and camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip (don’t forget your camp chair!). ONDA will bring some water, but please be prepared to bring enough for most of your needs during the weekend. In the event of sunny and hot weather, please bring up to four liters of water carrying capacity for the day, and consider an electrolyte replacement drink or mix to help you stay hydrated. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots, long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, and eye protection are required for this trip (sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses are suitable eye protection). Participants will need to wear a hard hat during the work per Forest Service requirements (ONDA will provide), and should be prepared to be away from camp all day and bring a daypack for lunch, snacks, and water.

Gear provided

ONDA and the Forest Service will provide tools for the work, work gloves, sunscreen, and hardhats. ONDA will bring some group camping equipment (shade tent, tables for cooking, wash bins for kitchen cleanup), some potable water, expert leadership, and we can talk about long-distance hiking on the Oregon Desert Trail.

Registration

An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this trip. Check the box next to each trip you would like to attend. You only need to fill this form out once per year.

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What happens next?

You will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days of submitting your form. The confirmation email will provide information regarding which trips you are on the “participant list” for, and which trips are full, and therefore you have been placed on the “waitlist.”

Six weeks before the start of the trip, the trip leader will send out an RSVP to make sure everyone is still able to participate. Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the waitlist.

Three weeks before the trip start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive driving instructions, maps, carpooling options, and additional information in an email sent by the trip leader.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact the trip leader.