Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Maple Ridge, BC, Canada.
Hmmm, not having much luck here. From past posts, I know there are hundreds of hikers browsing this site who live close-by and enjoy the Golden Ears backcountry recreation area. Was I wrong in thinking there must be at least a handful willing to help keep these trails viable?
The GE backcountry trails are user maintained. In 2008, when RMOC started the current maintenance plan, sections of every trail were overgrown - remember? We picked 51k of the 60k network to directly manage. By 2012, the trails we chose were all cleared, and we were repeating our 2-3-year clearing cycle. In spite of a few record breaking storm-fall events, all the fallen trees were cleared or trails rerouted. Cross ditches were cleaned, over 1000 trail markers and some signs were hung - there is less mud now and it is tougher to get lost.
The RMOC team is getting older, and right now, we can only muster 1 to 5 person crews to work beyond 6k from the trailheads. Before long, we will be done with this job altogether. The GE trails need you to eventually take over the maintenance - there is nobody else. Remember that with a large volunteer pool, the work load is spread out, so only a few days per year is required from most people. With more workers we could manage all 60 k and even make them better. So far, we have only a 4 person crew for this Saturday. Please come out to help us.
Last edited by alhike; 06-16-2016 at 11:46 AM.