Legacy Trails Program Awardee

 

Imnaha River Trail

Ten volunteers will depart from the Indian Crossing Trailhead and backpack into a feature of the Imnaha River known as Blue Hole. Participants on this project will construct erosion control structures on the Imnaha River Trail (#1816), which will allow the trail to be more resilient to extreme weather events. It will also prevent excessive sediment from entering the Imnaha River, improving watershed conditions for sensitive species.


Applicant: American Hiking Society
Project Location: Eagle Cap Ranger District, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon
Amount Awarded: $5,514.00

Work will include brushing and constructing trail drainage features such as water bars, French drains, and possibly turnpikes. Some lighter trail maintenance, such as log-out and campsite rehabilitation, may also be on the docket if time allows.

Pack stock will carry all food and group gear, giving time for a 2-mile hike into base camp with 500 ft of elevation gain. The trail provides spectacular views of the Imnaha River drainage along with views of the high alpine peaks of Wallowa Mountains. Volunteers will hike 1-3 miles with about 500 feet of elevation gain per workday, traveling on backcountry trails and occasionally off trail.

Timeline:

January-June 2023: Project planning and volunteer recruitment
July 8-July 15, 2023: Weeklong project completion


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