Trip Report: Hiking Trail Maintenance Mineral Fork in BCC
Hiking Trail Maintenance Mineral Fork in BCC
By Kyle Williams
| I want to give a huge thanks and shout out to Ken Engtrom, who single-handedly represented the entire WMC at the trail project in Mineral Fork. (OK, yeah I was there too, but he did all the work!) I know there was a lot of other stuff going on that day, but our trails are falling apart with all the use. Hiking, biking, skiing, we all all depend on these trails to keep from having to bushwack and destroy our fancy new $300 goretex jackets. The season is over now, but please, PLEASE!!! be like Ken, make a new years resolution for next season to find a way to help with some service time.
If for some reason you just can't/wont come help, (..like, because you are in a wheelchair or something...) please consider making a donation the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation. https://cottonwoodcanyons.org/ They are a non profit organization that focuses on “Supporting the Environment of the Cottonwood Canyons Through Stewardship and Education “. They raise funds to hire several full-time very strong employees to work on building and maintaining trails in the Wasatch! If you are not able to come help physically to work on the trails, please donate to this group so they can hire more people to do the work in your name!
SO, off my soapbox, back to Mineral Fork. We worked on rebuilding the water bars to divert several perennial streams off the trail. This was a USFS project. Good folks,they work very hard to try to keep our trails in good condition. Mineral Fork is interesting in that it is one of the only routes in the tri-canyon area that allows motors. (The gate accommodates motor cycles and ORVs no wider that 50”) I admit, it's not my favorite trail because of that, but the motors are actually pretty far and few between, and it's a spectacular hike! Give it a wander sometime soon and check out Ken's water bars!
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