Montana Outdoors

September 7, 2008

Clear Creek 2

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 2:52 pm

Last Thursday’s work on the first part of the Clear Creek trail, while a lot of hard work, provided no opportunities for photos of high ridge scenes and mountain vistas, and I wasn’t going to mention anything about that day, but upon further reflection maybe I shall. It’s not that there wasn’t anything to write about, but rather I haven’t decided yet exactly how I want to do it: as more trips are completed, I hope the ideas will fall into place and I will be able to write the story. For now, a couple photos that I did bring back will set a little of the stage.

Heavy snows during the past winter and violent storms of the past summer were not all that kind to Clear Creek trail 627T. While much of it winds pleasantly along (and sometimes in) the stream, there are also areas like this that have to be cleared:

Clear Creek trail 627T

Boots and gloves, a chainsaw and a pulaski, elbow grease and perspiration, woodsman-ship and will power are the tools used to do it.

The red hard hat of the crew leader who is starting to saw this tree to lengths is barely visible toward the far right side of this photo: it is not a small tree.

Clear Creek trail 627T

Ten hours of this kind of effort yielded about two miles of trail opened for the use of the back country traveler. In this case, as we hiked back down the trail toward the waiting truck at the end of the day, there were fresh tracks on it to inform us that the first traveler on the newly cleared trail was an adult moose who, I’m sure, appreciated our hard work.

Tomorrow we will go out again and I hope we will be able to make progress into the higher (and more photogenic) regions of the trail. At least we now have clear hiking for the first two miles.

12 Comments »

  1. Even though I live too far away to use this trail myself, I shall say thank you on behalf of the Moose population. 😀

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    Comment by Tabbie — September 7, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  2. With that kind of blowdown I think two miles cleared is great results. Kudos to you for volunteering!

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    Comment by Cedar — September 7, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  3. Looking forward to more pics of this endeavor, and the tale you use to weave them together.

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    Comment by Pinhole — September 7, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

  4. Tabbie,

    Gotta keep those moose a’movin’! If we get on the trail early enough in the morning we might get a look at one of my favorite critters. I’ve only seen three this summer and two of those were in Idaho.

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    Comment by montucky — September 7, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  5. Some of that was tough, Cedar, but other parts were just a walk in the park. I wish I had that big fir in the second photo stacked in my wood pile! As for volunteering, by now I think I owe them a few days. Many times I have said a quiet “thank you” to the clearing crews as I hiked a back country trail.

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    Comment by montucky — September 7, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  6. Pinhole,

    I hope to have better luck with the camera on the next few trips. On the last one I was more concerned with keeping up with the work. That’s a wonderful little stream though and lots of springs along the trail that I understand were dry the last couple of years. It’s so good to see now!

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    Comment by montucky — September 7, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

  7. Oh, wow!! That is a lot of hard work!! I’m sure that future hikers, as well as the moose, are going to be very grateful to you for it.

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    Comment by Sara — September 8, 2008 @ 11:26 am

  8. It sure is! We finished that trail today and I’m beat! It’s just so beautiful up there though!

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    Comment by montucky — September 8, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  9. Good stuff! Beats going to the gym, eh?

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    Comment by Adam R. Paul — September 8, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

  10. You bet! If you did that for a summer, you’d really be in shape. Today was a killer; 8 miles (4 in, 4 back out) 2,000 ft vertical. I’m still not used to a 40 lb pack either.

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    Comment by montucky — September 8, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

  11. I joined a Nature Preserve crew out here in Binghamton to keep the trails in good shape. It certainly keeps me in good shape.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — September 9, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  12. It’s great to hear that! It certainly should, and I’ve enjoyed getting out very much too. Good for you!

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    Comment by montucky — September 9, 2008 @ 11:08 am


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