Coldwater Details – Please Read

There is a lot here. If this doesn’t answer your questions, let me know. I will have a complete breakdown of crew assignments by Thursday.

  • Drive up Spirit Lake Highway. Follow the road as it descends toward the boat launch at Coldwater Lake (I think it’s at about Milepost 45). Take a left off the main highway. Bear toward the picnic area. You’ll see signage to our camping area, which is toward the right.
  • The USFS will have the gate open at about 2 on Friday.
  • You will not be required to have a Forest Pass for this event.
  • Weather looks like low 60s with a chance of morning showers. Dress for it.
  • No room for motor home-sized vehicles or fifth wheels.
  • No open fires. Propane is fine.
  • No dogs allowed off-leash or on trail.
  • The USFS will have some tools but we need you to lend a hand here. Bring a handsaw and/or long-handled loppers and a rake or dirt tool. Be sure you label your tools for easy identification.
  • No shorts or flip-flops at the work party. If you have a hard hat, wear it. The USFS prefers to see everyone with gloves and eye protection as well.
  • We will provide brats, chips, cookies, and beer after Saturday’s work party. You are responsible for everything else you will need.
  • Bring a flashlight if you are camping.
  • There is a nice heated restroom near the boat launch.
  • Bring your own drinking water.
  • Bring lawn chairs.
  • The work party will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday. We should be done no later than 2 p.m. If you need to be assigned to a crew with someone in particular, be sure to let me know.
  • Bag your garbage and haul it out.
  • Some tools will be made available by the Forest Service. It would be helpful if you could bring a handsaw and/or long-handled loppers and a rake, Brookski, or McLeod. Also, bring good gloves.
  • The crew working right from the boat launch will carry their tools. All other crews working on the 211 will have their tools dropped by boat. They will be riding in to their designated starting point. It is advisable that you have your tools clearly labeled for identification so that you can get them back at the end of the day.
  • We will be working on approximately 7-8 miles of trail, so it will be full-on while we are out there.
  • You will have a crew chief. Ask for help if you aren’t sure what to do.
  • At the safety meeting prior to the build, you will be informed about a water crossing at the 2.1 mile mark. Your crew chief will assist everyone in moving bikes and bodies across safely.

6 thoughts on “Coldwater Details – Please Read”

  1. Is there a designated group ride on Friday? Or do we just find the trails on our own?

  2. PPE is Required hard hat, gloves and eye protection. This what they like to see. No shorts or flip flops please.

  3. I’m guessing that with the late spring the mosquitoes will be out in force so bug spray it would be a good idea

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