It seems riding season is upon us again. Time to put on some new tires and sharpen your chain saws. So far this spring we’ve had a day ride in Hells Canyon as well as a great week in Utah. Our next scheduled event is our annual Memorial Day Krassel work weekend. We’ll plan to base out of the Buckhorn Bar Campground arriving Thursday evening on May 24th and driving home the afternoon of the 28th.
We also have a date with members of CIMBA on Saturday May 26th to work on Cow Creek. This trail is loved by everyone and is in dire need of some major brushing as well as dirt work. Otherwise, we’ll be chasing the snow line on other trails on the North end of the South Fork. Feel free to join us for the entire weekend or drive down for a day.
More immediately, Brian King of TVTMA is hosting a Krassel work weekend this Friday evening through Sunday (May 18-20). Some of us plan to join them and will be based at the Poverty Flat Campground. These guys do a ton of work in the Krassel so let’s show them our support by pitching in. Quite a bit of work has already been done including opening the Krassel Knob trail by a group led by Dave Woods from Boise.
Recently a number of members of CITRA, CIMBA, and the Backcountry Horsemen attended a chain saw certification course hosted by the Payette National Forest. It was a great class and we now have several members certified for bucking, limbing , and felling. This will enable us to participate in USFS sanctioned projects that benefit all of us. We have a couple of projects on the horizon including a new Jenkins Crossing bridge and some re routing on the Jackson Creek Trail. When we participate in projects such as these under a USFS volunteer agreement, we will be covered by their insurance, as well as providing labor that helps the Forest Service obtain funding for projects such as these.
Please keep an eye on our web site www.citra.rocks as our trail maintenance section evolves. It includes a main page that will show trail maintenance efforts updated on a weekly basis. Eventually, members will be able to click on a trail on the main page and get a comprehensive description of each motorized trail including how to get there, distance, elevation change, photos, and a map.
Another bit of exciting news is the introduction of a live map created by several members of the Payette Nat. Forest. This map show trails (both motorized and non motorized) and also shows maintenance status. Check it out by clicking here.
If you haven’t already done so, please visit our website and make sure your membership is up to date. We need your support now more than ever. We still have a few glitches in the membership area but we’re working on it and please let us know if you have issues with memberships.
Thanks and hope to see you on the South Fork,