Solid Crew Completes Big Work at Coldwater

Heat. Relentless climbing. Vampire-like mosquitoes. None of that got in the way of the outstanding crew that showed to work on the 230A on June 29th at Coldwater Lake on the north side of Mount St. Helens.

The effort was spearheaded by Growlers Gulch Racing, Friends of Coldwater, NWTA, and Cyclepath. Special props to Mike Braaten and sons for driving down from Seattle, to Patrick Wilder for making the trip from Olympia, and to everyone who came up from the Portland area.

In combination with our massive June 1 build, we have contributed approximately 600 volunteer hours to trail work at Coldwater Lake in 2013. We are looking for big things in 2014.

Having upgraded the 211 and 230 on June 1, we focused on the 230A to complete the 12-mile loop around Coldwater Lake. We’ve maintained this section for about eight years and are finally getting the line tamed. We cut back the Arctic willow, alder and other vegetation and also did some benching.

We were surprised and pumped about the fact that we were able to do some great work on approximately one mile of trail heading east from the 230A-230 intersection toward St. Helens Lake. This is the first time we’ve had the manpower to take this on. The 2.5 miles that runs from the intersection to the Boundary Trail at St. Helens Lake is off-the-chain when it comes to raw beauty. We would like to get to all of it in the not too distant future.

We saw quite a few hikers, and the vast majority were very appreciative of our work. This was an especially important work party because Tom Mulder, the big dog at the Mount St. Helens National Monument, showed up to see if the rumors about our productivity were true. Tom worked with Dave’s crew throughout the day.

Yes, we had a party after we were finished working. Sorry if you missed it.

Thanks to Brian Mahon, Dave LeMonds, and Vaughn Martin for heading crews and to Mel Norris for her usual incredible job in supplying everything from sun screen to bug spray to bagels. Huge thanks also Paul, Brian, Scooter Sutterer, and Andy Crump for taking on the unenviable task of cranking trailer bobs up that vicious 1.5 mile climb out of the parking lot and to Andy for providing and cooking the brats.

I will provide a complete list of all those who volunteered as soon as I get the final tally from Mel.

We are already assessing the progress we made this year and considering the best plan for dealing with trail development at Coldwater in 2014.

Additional photos on the way. The clip below is about 1.5 miles from St. Helens Lake. Hard to believe but there is actually a trail up there.

Magazine quality photo from Mel


Make a mistake here and the penalties are large
There are two spots to view logging equipment destroyed in the 1980 eruption
Rule #1 - Keep your eyes focused on where you want to go
Raw terrain is the norm on the upper part of the 230A



One thought on “Solid Crew Completes Big Work at Coldwater”

  1. It is hard to believe moving rocks and running weedeaters for 4-5 hours could be fun but for some strange reason it is.

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