Spawn Creek Trail Maintenance, 22 June, 2019
Four years ago the Spawn Creek Trail was impassable or indiscernible in many sections. Today Cache Hikers followed an obvious trail as they worked on the entire 4.5 miles. Absent were huge dead falls, brush thick enough to block passage, and extensive water running down the trail.
Seven hikers left Logan in two cars, arriving at the upper Spawn Creek Trailhead at 9:15. Snowbanks and chilly temperatures did not impede driving or hiking, but did prompt everyone to layer-up and keep moving. Five hikers worked downhill from the upper trailhead. The Daves drove the cars to the lower trailhead at Temple Fork and started working uphill.
Accomplishments of the day included lots of brushing throughout, diverting a spring running down the trail at Temple Aspen Spring, removing a hazard tree, creating an alternate trail around the small beaver pond 1/4 mile west of Temple Aspen Spring, and reinforcing water diversions created in previous years. The trail west of Temple Aspen spring, and particularly west of the upper beaver pond, still need extensive brushing. Some invasive weeds need to be removed from the lower mile. The beaver pond nearest the lower trailhead is now overflowing and flooding the trail at the foot bridge.
Other visitors included some western tanagers, a Townsend's solitaire, a fisherman, and three horse riders. Glacier lilies and spring beauties carpeted the ground at the highest point, with arrowleaf balsamroot, wild hyacinth, and other beauties at lower elevations. The great mountain views to the west and the trailside impressive rock formations offered additional rewards for hard work.
Thanks to Jane for the narrative and photos, Brent for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS data..