Trail work

More than 20 volunteers in June did work on the General Crook Trail. Organizers would like to do more work later this month and are seeking volunteers.

The Coconino National Forest would like to host a Rim Country Trails work event with the support of the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction (PSFR) trail team and volunteers.

They are looking for 10-15 volunteers to conduct trail maintenance on the General Crook National Recreation Trail over two days, Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

All abilities are welcome. The objective is to perform light trail maintenance between the historic General Springs Cabin and the Myrtle Trail. Work includes building rock cairns and “rake and run” to identify a single track. The work will provide better connectivity and multi-modal non-motorized opportunities between the Tonto and Coconino national forests.

If enough volunteers sign up, participants will come together Friday, July 26 at the historic General Springs Cabin where the General Crook Trail, Arizona Trail, and Fred Haught Trail converge.

Interested participants do not need to commit to both days.

Prior work

Over the course of three days in late June, with the support of the Arizona Trail Association, more than 20 volunteers in total came together and performed primitive log out operations with cross-cut saws and other tools to clear trail, the first effort in making this trail “usable.” It was a huge success as volunteers cleared approximately six miles of trail to Myrtle Point. Volunteers came from as far south as Chiricahua and Tucson. Authorized trail work had not been performed in many years.

There was a potluck-style dinner along with a grill provided by PSFR to kick off the weekend.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Brady VanDragt at brady.vandragt@usda.gov or Mike Brandt at mjbrandt@theriver.com no later than July 22.

Further details and schedule will be emailed to those interested on July 23.

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