Know Your Island, Mitchell Hill Deep Forest Walk Saturday

Posted September 23, 2017 at 5:30 am by

Moun­tain Bik­er, Amri­ta Ibold, Jen­ny Rice, Mark Het­rick and Steve Ray — Con­tributed Photo

San Juan Trails will host a Know Your Island Walk Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 23. Meet at the Horse Trail Road entrance (on West Val­ley Road about 3/4 mile north of Mitchell Bay Road) at 1:00 pm. Come on this beau­ti­ful deep for­est walk led by David Harsh and see what vol­un­teers can do work­ing togeth­er. The walk is mod­er­ate on hilly trails and dogs on leash­es are wel­come. Walk­ers will return at 4:00 pm.

In 2011 not long after the NPS had tak­en over the for­mer DNR, all the users groups came togeth­er for the pur­pose of sav­ing favorite trails. The NPS sent David Harsh and Steve Ray to help sort it out.  Rik Karon of the Eques­tri­ans brought a design, US Forestry approved, sup­plied by Back Coun­try Horse­men. Mark Het­rick, a local con­trac­tor designed the set­ting. All under the super­vi­sion of the NPS and with their help and machin­ery the task was tak­en on.

ACE and Brown’s donat­ed build­ing mate­ri­als. The SJI Trails Com­mit­tee donat­ed funds and mem­bers to help.  Vol­un­teers came out from all groups; moun­tain bikers,women’s rid­ing groups, hik­ers, high school vol­un­teers includ­ing four Chi­nese for­eign exchange stu­dents from Spring Street School.

This was the first of two pun­cheons, low bridges, need­ed to pro­tect the sea­son­al creeks beneath. The sec­ond pun­cheon was built the next spring as a high school com­mu­ni­ty project by high school girls Julia Bevins and Robin Roberts and the same groups under the NPS. They remain beau­ti­ful reminders of when all user groups came togeth­er to help save our nat­ur­al heritage.

Steve Ray, Mark Het­rick, Rik Karon, and David Harsh — Con­tributed Photo

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