Barr Gulch Trail Maintenance

Drew Adams (foreground) and Doug Bernard (background) working on the Barr Gulch Trail.

On Thurday, July 26, intrepid volunteers converged on the Barr Gulch Trail #168. Eleven workers cut back plants that were choking the travel way, installed drains, repaired ruts, and built a re-route around a section that had slid into the creek.

Looking down Barr Gulch Trail #168.

The trail is about 15 miles west of Ketchum on Warm Springs Road. It is accessed off of an old two-track road that is one-mile long, steep and rutted. Getting to Barr Gulch Tr. takes some effort, but its a nice, lightly used path, so struggling to get up to it has its pay-offs.

The trail starts out as a singletrack, then it gives way to an old logging road-cut. It is not too long before it changes back to singletrack again, as it works its way up through meadowy hillsides and lightly forested slopes, toward a high intersection with the Osberg Ridgeline Trail #147. Abundant trailside wildflowers, and the views from the trail of the nearby Bear Peak are lovely.

Sophie Nasvik. Henry Raff, and Geneva Dupuis brushing back willows.

Thank you volunteers (in the order that they appear on the Adopt-A-Trail Night volunteer sign-in sheet): Sophie Nasvik, Dave Bell, Doug Bernard, Sara Gress, Drew Adams, Evan Telford, Alex Shafer, Geneva Dupuis, Henry Raff, and Owen Miller.

Thank you event hosts The Elephant’s Perch, and event sponsors The BCRD, Sawtooth Brewery, and Clif Bar.

The next volunteer work event is on Tuesday, August 14th. The project we will be working on has not been determined yet. For updates please check the BCRD Summer TraiLink site’s Volunteer Info page from time to time. Another way to stay informed about volunteer trail work opportunities is to “like” the BCRD Facebook page.