Archives - 2007
||Cummins Creek Trailhead
Rivers sponsored the trail
class at the Asotin County Fair
for young riders.
||Billy Creek Barn Hitch Rail Project
||Fifth-grade Rendezvous, Asotin Fairgrounds (Mark Boger,
||Poker Ride preride, Dalene Ausmans, Anatone area (Bob
Hough, trail boss)
Mountain WMA, Idaho
Fish & Game Project (Karen
Parks, trail boss)
Creek, Clearwater NF (Bob Shelton, trail boss)
|June 27 -
Kamp, Asotin Creek area (Pat Bogar, trail boss)
Noxious Weed Inventory
Perce NF (Bill Correll, trail boss)
||Poker Ride, Dalene Ausmans, Anatone area (Betty Barnes,
||Asotin-Joseph Trail Ride
Canyon Recreation Area, Windy Saddle (Bill Correll, trail
weather forecast was much worse than the wonderful weather
we had to ride in. No snow and only threatening rain this
We had a great turnout with
twenty four riders. We almost missed one rider, as she
came a little late and galloped up the hill to catch
up. We saw the usual herds of deer.
The good or bad news, depending on your
perspective, was that we had no buck offs, so we have
no pizza buyers. We rode for three hours. At times we
looked like a herd of scatter deer rather than a group
of trail riders when we were riding in the stubble fields,
but when we got in the canyons, we lined out again.
When we got back to the house, it sounded like a big party,
but was just Karen and Laurel in the hot tub. We all headed
into the shop and started getting the food ready, as our
cooks appeared to not notice us, as they were still in
the hot tub. We cleaned up the whole pot of chili and most
of the good food that everyone else brought. Lots of great
desserts!! We had about ten non riders that showed up for
the feed. How could they doubt the weather and leave their
stock at home?
A big THANKS to Laurel and Bob Kuther for allowing us
to mess up their place for the chili feed. We will have
a card at March's meeting for everyone to sign thanking
Brian Bishop for letting us ride on the Hansen Estate.
Thanks to all those that participated and made it a fun
Cummins Creek Trailhead ~ Tucannon River Campgrounds
The Tucannon River drainage in southeast
Washington's Garfield County is one of the most beautiful
areas close to Lewiston and Clarkston. The lower end is
covered with older ranches and small home sites. The middle
has some of the same with an RV park and the headquarters
of the local Fish and Wildlife organization sharing the
locale. The upper end starts with some man-made ponds that
Fish and Game personnel stock with trout beginning in early
March. Traveling south, you run out of road but you can
head into the wilderness for some magnificent horseback
The area has sustained some heavy burns
during the past few years. Some were mosaic burns with
a rapid recovery expected. Others were severely burned
with a significantly longer recovery ahead.
Fish and Game owns and manages much of the
land and did an excellent job in contracting logging as
soon as the fires died down. This gave the remaining trees
a significant boost and enhanced their ability to recover
as well as provided funding for the extensive rehab efforts
that were ahead. Most of the campgrounds have been cleaned
up, some have been enlarged, and a couple new ones established.
The first campground you come to is at the
foot of Cummins Creek. Management was going to close this
one and enlarge
the next one and add horse facilities. Some members of
Twin Rivers voiced their objection, which led to our chapter
being invited to participate with the planning, ideas and
muscle. There were numerous meetings. The first I attended
was Oct. 21, 2006.
What I learned there was turning the next campground into
a partial horse campground created a problem in reaching
the Cummins Creek Trail Head. One route involved a lot
of brushing, building a short section of trail through
a wetland and using an abandoned highway bridge to reach
the trailhead. The other route caused you to cross the
highway twice and then over the same abandoned bridge.
In mid-winter, Twin River was asked to make 15 hitch rails
and five high lines using four-inch steel pipe. This task
was accomplished and reported on by Mark Bogar. The rails
and high lines were stored at the Tucannon Fish and Wildlife
Headquarters until March 2007 when nine Twin Rivers members
planted them at three campgrounds. The crew consisted of
Bob Henriksen, Scott Koehler, Don Uhlman, Larry Taylor,
Bob Hough, Dave Favor, Ed Bishop Mark Bogar and Bill Correll.
It ultimately was decided the first campground would be
opened for day use only. That means the next campground
- about one-quarter mile uproad - now has two toilets,
seven hitch rails and two high lines for overnight camping.
Once we figured out who was doing what, our project went
This is a good example of what BCH can do to help keep
our right to use and ride the wilderness and adjacent National
Cummins Creek campground is 45 miles from Walla Walla
Community College at Clarkston, Wash. The Pomeroy Ranger
District Headquarters at Pomeroy has maps and information
on trails that are assessable in the Tucannon Drainage.
Cummins Creek is a good early ride through old homestead
areas with an abandoned mine near the end of the valley.
A spring ride should produce elk and deer sightings. ~
Craig Mountain WMA
May 23-28, 2007
Creek is an old ranch house located on the Snake River,
owned by Idaho Fish & Game, about 25 miles upstream
from Lewiston, Idaho.
Seventeen riders and two by boat joined
Rod and Karen Parks for Memorial Day Weekend at Billy Creek.
The riders made a loop ride to Disneyland, which is a nickname
for Lime Point.We tied up or hobbled at the Lime Point Cabin
and took off on foot to do some tread work on the trail over
the Mattahorn (a large limestone outcropping). The dirt was
flying, the sweat was running, and the mouths were going
about what a bad trail we were working on. Almost everyone
agreed they would not even walk it, let alone ride it. Rod
advised them that they had already walked it once to get
to the work area and they could easily lead their stock over
this short section.
is an old pack trail that follows the Snake River on
the Idaho side all the way to the Oregon
State line. The trail has many steep grades up and
down to get around the many rock bluffs. If is a very
but not for someone who does not like heights.The opinion
of the workers was that they probably would never ride
the Mattahorn Trail.
Mikray Moser and Elvis hit the trail
by Mikray Moser
Trail boss' note: Mikray's mom and sister
are serious stock riders but Mikray and his dad are not
family came to Billy Creek for Memorial Day weekend,
a mule was borrowed and he had no choice but to
come. Mikray started a journal of the weekend.
Rivers BCH has been coming to Billy Creek for a fun
ride and work project for over 10 years. Billy Creek
house owned by the Idaho Fish & Game and is located
on the Snake River about 20 miles upstream from Lewiston,
Idaho. It is part of the Craig Mountain Wildlife
ranch was purchased in 1978 and is part of more than
100,000 acres in the WMA. It is
beautiful country to ride in, with open grasslands
feet elevation, to complete timber cover at 5,000
feet elevation. The trail we were working on parallels
River for about 12 miles. The project consisted of
repairing tread work around and over a limestone
that puts the trail about 100 feet above the river.
Mikray's Journal - A non-rider perspective
It's time to hit the road - Saturday, May 26, 2007
Today I am leavingn for Billy Creek. I didn't want to go
but I was forced. It's 7:55 A.M. and leaving at 8. Got
The continuous entry - Sunday, May 27, 2007
Yesterday was a lot of fun when I got to the house. I galloped
for the first time! I went fishing and caught five
fish! Then, when it got dark, Colton went wacko and we
(Tel and Megan) had to chase him down. He would
get up again and we would chase him down again. Today we
are going to Disneyland (not the real one).
at Disneyland right now. We are building a new trail
that supposedly horses ride on. I am not going to get
my mule, Elvis, near it. The view here on the hilll is
awesome! It has a nice view of the Snake River. I will
back and guess what? I have not heard one person except
Rod and Roscoe that would ride on that trail. I
will write back when someone rides on the trail. Bye! Oh,
I almost forgot: Over here there is a cave. As you
go in, the light goes with you and you adjust to it. There
weren't any snakes or bugs or anything in it. It was
radical dude! Bye. Got to go. Bye!
y'all. I'm back. No one road on that steep, rocky, close
to the ledge trail. I had a fun time going back
(well sorta). All of us had to do down steep hills and
up steep ones, too. I loved going in the swamp kind of
lands. It has a lot of trees and grass. It was hard
keep Elvis from eating the grass because he is one of
those that sneaks stuff from you, and you can't see him
take it. Anyway, there were lots of rocks in the road
and since Elvis and Roscoe (Rod's pack mule) didn't have
shoes on. It probably kinda hurt. When we got
back to the house, Karen and Betty cooked dinner and it
was good! Colton (my acquaintance) and I played
Tony Hawks underground game.
now I have to go to bed so, uh, here's the lesson I learned
today. Never drink a pop in a can or anything
without a lid on a horse or mule or something else going
up or downhill or on a holey road. It will spill
Creek - Clearwater NF
June 9-10, 2007
project was logging out a five-mile loop trail located
in the Clearwater National Forest about four miles from
Bovill, Idaho. Sounded easy, but Mother Nature did us
no favors as there was one section about 200 feet long
that had about 30 trees piled several deep.
group of mountain bikers helped us for a short time in
this bad area as they could not get through until we
had done some cutting. They thanked us many times for
the work we were doing on the trail.
Shelton was trail boss and had scoped the trail out on
foot. He made a plan to send workers out in opposite
directions and hopefully meet in the middle before sundown.
all came prepared. There were more chain saws than workers.
We had three pack animals - one with each work crew to
pack tools, gas, lunch, etc. They sure were appreciated
as we were pretty exhauted when we finally met in the
Bob and Pat had walked the trail twice, they worked on
the end with the least downfall and then bragged about
how they cleared more miles of trail than the other two
groups of workers combined! This trail is almost entirely
in timber and an easy ride for a warm day as there is
plenty of shade.
Another successful year with only one serious
injury. One youth got knocked off his horse by a large
limb and broke his arm. We had a full house of 25 youths
year and lots of support riders.
Ledgerwood leases some of the Wildlife Dept Land and
explained the life
of a cattle
rancher and how they are stewards of the land. He led
one of the day rides and explained some of the things that
we saw on the Pilot Lease Program. The stock is checked
single day by someone, pastures are rotated often, and
portable electric fences are everywhere to keep the stock
out of the
County Search and Rescue explained the use of a compass
and then everyone was split into
groups and went on a search with compass for some hidden
buckets. The kids really enjoyed this!! Bob Shelton
spent hours setting up the maze in the barn. This was
big hit again this year, with beach balls added to
competition, which put a new twist on the maze.
work project consisted
of removing and replacing the wood fence at the entrance
to the Blacks Ranch, which is where we hold Kids
work project consisted of brushing out several miles
of trail. We explained trail clearing widths and heights
when we stopped for lunch, some of the kids wanted
to do more trail clearing, as they really enjoyed seeing
results of their efforts.
thanks to Karen Parks and Pat Hough
for all their hard work preparing all the great
meals. The day rides were filled with many sightings
deer. No bear was seen this year. Bob Henriksen
presented a very good demonstration on shoeing and hoof
LNT training on campfires was done by Rod Parks and
Paul Bogar covered
LNT planning and preparing for a trip.
to our supporters from the Business Community: JB’s Sack
n Tack, Primeland Country Store, Intermountain Feed, ATK,
Syringa Bank, Potlatch #1 Federal Credit Union, Tri-State
Outfitters, Harold Thompson, Lucky Acres Fencing, NezPerce
County Sheriff Posse, and Washington Department of Wildlife.
Thanks also to all the volunteers who gave so much of
their time and effort to make this a successful year!
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