The ride schedule says we are going to ride at the top of Stevens pass this weekend. According to the weather forecast it is suppose to rain and/or snow on Saturday at Stevens pass. That doesn’t sound like a good plan. I am relocating the ride to the Teanaway. There is only a slight chance of rain in that forecast. We will camp at the Teanaway campground. This is across the street from the fire station. The campground and surrounding areas are outside of the fire restricted area. The fall colors should be beautiful. You will need your Discover Pass. 11am ride out Saturday morning. Potluck dinner Saturday night.
Please RSVP to Beth Ferris ASAP.
Yes, *Schriebers Meadow ride is on Friday*. This is a very popular hiker trailhead with limited parking. I would like to ride Friday and then move over to the Baker Lake trailhead Friday night. This will open up the Schriebers Meadow trailhead for the weekend hikers.
Just before you reach the trailhead at Schriebers Meadow there is a very short section of the road that is slumping/sluffing off. There is just barely room to get through with a horse trailer. You will have to hug the shallow ditch on the right.
If you have any other questions, please call Beth Ferris. You must RSVP with Beth if you’re planning on going.
PDF – Driving directions, Schriebers Meadow/Baker Lake
For our monthly meeting on Sept 6, we have a special speaker. Michael Hipp from Snohomish Conservation District will present their Sound Horsekeeping and noxious weeds program.
SCD is a non regulatory agency committed to helping property owners be good stewards of the land. Even if you can’t make the meeting, you are encouraged to go to http://snohomishcd.org/ and check out how SCD can help.
Twisp River Horse Camp
Driving Directions: From Twisp, turn on to the Twisp River Road, heading west. There is a Cascade Bank on the corner, there is also a truck on a pole on another corner. If you are coming over the North Cascades Highway, the bank will be past the Chevron Station, on your right. Turn right onto Twisp River Road.
If you are coming via Stevens and Highway 2, the bank will be past the Les Schwab’s and on your left.
Follow the Twisp River Road for about 10—12 miles, it then becomes Forest Ser-vice Road 44. Continue on FS Road to Mystery Campground junction, when FS Road 44 becomes FS Road 4435.
Turn left (actually more like a big ”Y”) heading towards Mystery Camp and follow the road (FS Road 4435) past Mystery Camp, over a 1 lane bridge and curve to the right. Stay on this road all the way to the end.
The camp has pull through and back-in sites, they have feed bunkers, a loading ramp with hitch rails. Stock water at the river. The Campground sites are in-tended for stock users. There are toilets. No potable water or garbage service. They have manure bunkers, but please pack out as much as you can, as the bunkers can get quite full quickly. No portable corrals are allowed and a NW Trail Pass is required along with Weed/Seed Free Hay.
Trails are varied in difficulty and length and most are destination trails to a spe-cific location not a loop. Fishing at lakes is available. Green Trails maps of the area and trails include: #82 Stehekin, #83 Buttermilk Butte and #84 Twisp. The Methow Valley Ranger Station has a good booklet called Methow Valley Trail Guide.
*TRAILDUSTERS-CASCADE HORSE CLUB WORK PARTY AUGUST 11 & 12, 2017*
LOCATION: North Fork Sauk River Trail beginning at the Sloan Creek Campground.
DIRECTIONS*:* On the Traildusters’ web site there are directions to Sloan Creek Campground. You can either travel south on the Mountain Loop Highway from Darrington (USFS road #20) and at about 16 miles turn left (east) on road # 49 (this is about 7.3 miles in from the end of the paved road), or travel from Granite Falls toward Darrington to road # 49 and turn right. At that junction there is a sign on the west side of Rd 20 that says “Barlow Pass 7, Darrington 16”. At about 6.7 miles in on Road 49 take a left where there is a sign that reads “N.F. Sauk 1/8, Bald Eagle 3, Bowser Creek 6”. In 1/8 mile you are at Sloan Creek Campground which is the trail head for trail # 649.
WORK OBJECTIVES: Replacing the rails of the first long turnpike a short way in. and hauling gravel to backfill the turnpike and to smooth the trail across a boulder field. We will start about noon on Friday the 11th by splitting cedar stakes to hold the rails in place. Then we will help move the rails to the site with a toter and place the rails and stakes. We will get an early start Saturday the 12th and haul gravel to the two sites. Depending upon how much progress we make we will try to be done by around noon. There will be a tool safety talk before we start and everyone will need to sign indicating they have heard the talk. USFS will provide helmets or you can bring your own. No pictures of our work party will be published of people working without a helmet.
JOB POSITIONS: Stake splitters (need to know what you are doing). Stake carriers (moderate work). Horse holders both at loading and dumping (light work). Gravel loaders (heavy work). Gravel dumpers (light work). Gravel spreaders (moderate work).
WHAT TO BRING: Water – at least a liter, 2 liters if you are going to work hard enough to sweat, lunch, snacks, gloves, insect repellant.
Optional: Riding animal, pack animal.
There will not be a mandatory sign up, but if you let us know you are coming that will get you a place in line at supper. Friday evening supper will be salmon provided by TDC. Side dishes and dessert will be potluck. Please let me know if you can bring a pack animal. Unless your pack animals are exceptionally trail wise please plan to have a leader for each pack animal. No one will be checking us to see that we have weed free feed, *but *do pick up all your hay and manure and take it home*!* Do post a Forest Service Parking Pass or a Senior Pass on your rear view mirror.
Contact Rich Guthrie for more info.
Due to the excessive heat expected this week, with lows in the mid to upper 80s and highs in the mid 90s, the ride at Sahara has been postponed indefinitely. Keep those ponies cool this week and make sure all your critters have access to fresh water.
August 2nd meeting will be held at Chris and Beth Ferris’ home. Potluck starts at 6:00, meeting at 7:00. Hope to see all of you there. Invite a friend!!
12503 67th Ave NE
Arlington, WA 98223