|Melissa Conner stands proudly atop the rim of Babyfoot Lake|
From Babyfoot Lake Trailhead, they worked their way through 4-miles of thick brush and about 25 downed logs.
And Club volunteer Justin Rohde hiked the 9-miles into Carter Creek, cutting the hardest to pass logs along the way with a 5-foot crosscut saw. Then he hiked out in the same day.
|Horsepacker Mike Pierce approaches the Chetco River|
In the meantime, a group of ten volunteers were brushing out long sections of the trail where the brush had grown waist-high since the 2002 Biscuit Fire burnt the forest's canopy in entirety. The crew bucked around 13 logs inside the wilderness boundary.
Hikers heading for Babyfoot Lake should be aware that the critical junction less than a mile from the trailhead is very easily missed. "People are now getting lost looking for the Babyfoot Lake Trail because of multiple downed logs at the fork," says Rohde.
|Kalmiopsis leachiana blooming, Bailey Mountain Botanical Area|
The crew encountered a group of boaters with inflatable kayaks strapped to their backs heading for Carter Creek, as well as multiple hikers using the route.
"This was an impressive crew," says Gabe Howe, Siskiyou Mountain Club executive director. "I wish I had them for more days."
The popular Babyfoot Lake Trail has not been maintained.