We got a lot of snow last winter, and the avalanches that resulted have impacted our trails in big ways.
Professional and volunteer crews have been busy sawing through the tangles, then re-cutting them out, once they have melted-out more.
In June, motorcyclist volunteers with the Wood River Trails Coalition cut-out the lower portions of the Warfield Trail. They worked their way up from the low end of the trail at the Warm Spings Creek crossing. After having cut-out a couple of miles, they were halted in their tracks. They had reached a giant pile of avalanche debris that towered over their heads. It was clearly that day’s turn-around point.
Alerted to the situation, the Ketchum Ranger District’s Trail Coordinator Justin Blackstead took a look at the situation. He determined that that attempting to cut-out the debris would be unsafe. Instead, Justin and the crew laid out a new alignment that would take the trail around the impacted area.
In early July, the KRD crew got to work on the project with the assistance of a youth crew from the Student Conservation Association. The KRD was able to arrange for the help through a grant from the Idaho State Department of Parks and Recreation. The reroute project was recently completed and the Warfield trail is again passable, and cut-out, along its entire length.
Thank you to all the people who pulled together to get this work accomplished!