Twin Rivers BCHI Annual Volunteering Summary - 2009
Total Projects Volunteer Hrs Miles Driven Stock Used Stock Days Donated Value
13 2,261 13,460 98 224 $78,600


Archives: .....2008.....2007.....2005-06

Hells Gate State Park -
Hitch Rails Project
October 15
Marty Gangis, Hells Gate State Park Manager, requested that TRBCH consider relocating two of the hitch rails in the equestrian area next to the archery range. These hitch rails were originally installed by TRBCH members in the early 90's. He would like to enlarge the parking area not only for the archers, but he also plans on creating an ATV driving and safety lessons course in the south section of the old dredge pond area.

When we made an on site inspection he pointed out the two hitch rails and said he'd leave it up to TRBCH to where to relocate the hitchrails. A volunteer group consisting of Bob Hough, Mike Karlin, Bob Kuther, Rod Parks, and Bill Correll met at 3 PM on Oct. 15th. Thank heaven Bob Hough brought his track hoe with the blade on the front.

After the usual give and take discussion on where to relocate the hitch rails, Bob dug a ditch along the shorter hitch rail. We shoved it over, but a chain on it and Bob hauled it over to the new site. He then proceeded to dig a 4 foot deep ditch, hang the rail in the ditch where stabilizing rock and gravel was shoveled in.

He then finished the job by pushing rock and gravel in the ditch with the blade. The 21 foot hitchrail took a little longer as he ran into some two foot rock and it was a longer ditch.

While we had some of the members there, we selected a site for the Don Uhlman Memorial Shelter. It will be just South of the Restroom and will overlook the area that hopefully will be developed into an equestrian overnight camping area.

Respectfully Submitted, Bill Correll

Return to Top

Upper Basin Interpretive Trail -
Morris Cedar Grove Trail Clearing Project
July 23 - 25

Another projected completed for the year! Where has the year gone? Summer is winding down fast.

Everyone decided that it was time to head home before we ran out of bug spray, so camp was picked up and everyone went home Friday evening before the war with the mosquitoes started again.

The Forest Service did a great job of providing us enough tools to get the job done!

The huckleberries were just starting to come on, but were few and far between. Thanks to everyone that helped with this project.

This project was interesting in the fact that we had some confusion as to when we were going to start work. When we all got done chastising each other, we dug in on Thursday and got a good section of the Upper Basin Interpretive Trail cleared and brushed.

With a much earlier start on Friday, we whacked, cut and tossed brush and completed the project by about 3:00 pm.

This was a five-mile loop trail that was very much in need of brushing. Bob Henriksen spent Friday with a local friend repairing a broken girder on a pack bridge.

This trail has many bridges and sections of puncheon, but has a very wide and safe trail tread. Some of the busiest creatures were the mosquitoes who were ours in warfare quantities.

The Forest Service advised that the Morris Cedar Grove Trail did not need brushing, and just like that we were through with the work.

This is a great place to go in July, as the temperature was 25 degrees cooler than in the valley.

Return to Top

Corral Creek Trail Project
July 17

7 o'clock Friday morning of the 17th of July, found 10 members of Twin Rivers Back Country Horsemen ready to clear and or establish trail signs on trails No 318, Doc Denny Trail No 319, Marble Point Trail No 328 and Driveway Trail No 431.

We were joined at the Corral Campground and Trail Head by two Forest Service Trail crew members, Blake Everson and Elise Lear. John Fantini and the trail crew had pioneered and flagged the old Mill Creek Trail No 318 on Thursday.

This trail hadn’t been used for years so they found downfalls, bogs, and brush, this terminating in an impassable rock.

Four of us with Blake, rode and hiked the trail to ascertain the condition. There were many bogs but they seemed to have a pretty firm bottom.

Brush wasn’t bad, downfalls were mostly cut out but the tread was practically non-existent. The rock would have to be blasted or by passed. It was determined the scope of the job was too large for our group and needed a lot of time, money and a trail contractor.

At camp we decided to take the “cowboy trail” which bypassed the first part of the Mill Creek Trail and work on the bottom end.

We brushed and did some extensive tread work until time ran out about 1 ½ miles short of the Doc Denny Trail No 319.

The ”cowboy trail” goes thru some pleasant timber and ends up in meadows along the Mill Creek.

Intermittent meadows follow with an occasional creek crossing. Makes you want to stop and fish.

Saturday, Blake and 2 of us took directional signs up the mountain where trail No 431 had been confused by a haul road.

Coming back to camp found the rest of the crew cutting out a tree that had fallen on the wood fence and Karin and Bill Streeter were patching the barbed wire section.

Blake then took Tom, Virginia and John Partridge to the top of Doc Denny with the plan of opening up the bottom of Mill Creek and checking out the Doc Denny Trail No 319.

Elise and the rest of us rode down with them and worked on a new section of trail that intersects Marble Point Trail No 328.

While Elise, Bob Hough and Rod Parks worked ahead cutting down timber and falling trees, Laurel, Karin, and I trimmed trees and lopped brush.

Laurel noticed a 10 foot treated 4/4 post with a directional sign on it lying on the edge of the trail. As it seemed like a trail intersection, and the post hole diggers were there, she proceeded to establish said sign post. Great job.

There was a lot of timber cut on this trail and will be a good connection between Doc Denny and the Marble Creek Trail.

As we sat resting at this intersection, Elise says “We can plant that trail directional sign here now”. I said “Laurel already planted that sign about ¾ mile back up the hill”.

Moment of silence, Elise,”I’ll go get it”. In 22 minutes Elise retrieved the sign post and post hole diggers. I think we ought to sponsor her in the Olympics.

Back up the trail to the vehicles and to camp for a well earned refreshment. The rest of the crew came out of Mill Creek about 5.

That evening, Tom treated us to his famous spare rib roast. The potluck was delicious and as usual more than we could eat.

Sunday morning Blake and Elise ferried us down to the “new” trail, Doc Denny Trail no 319 to Marble Creek trail no. 328. We needed to establish some tread marks on the new trail and ride the loop back to camp to cut out any down falls.

The Marble Creek trail is a main line trail and goes thru some beautiful meadows. The grade is moderate until ½ mile from Marble Peak where it steepened but with good switchbacks.

Shortly after intersecting with the Driveway Trail No 431 we broke for lunch and admired all the bear grass flowers nurtured by the numerous springs along this section of trail.

Dropping down to the upper directional sign post location, we found it was planted! On the second sign post location, it also was installed by the trail crew. We greatly appreciated this as our butts were getting tired and it was getting pretty warm.

As we relaxed under the Chapter’s canopy we decided this was a good project with a variety of interesting rides.

Bill Correll, Trail Boss

Return to Top

Kids Kamp
July 8 - 12
After five completed years and beginning the sixth year you would think it would get easier, but it doesn’t. The lining up of people to do food, games, education, entertainment, etc. is still a big job. It takes numerous meetings and brain storming with members to put this camp together. It actually takes all year and everyone’s ideas to come up with activities for five days to keep 27 kids busy.
It all comes down to Wednesday when everyone arrives and the frenzy begins: setting up tents, stocking the kitchen with food and drink, and kids arrive one after the other. We get the kids and their mounts settled in their new home for the next five days. We visit with the parents to ease their minds as to where and how things happen during camp. We also feed the families dropping off the attendees that night.
We usually start with a bit of an introduction to camp, setting the basic ground rules, picking teams, explaining the program and expectations. Lisa, our game coach, had a great around the fire name game. It was very successful, if you couldn’t remember the person’s name, you remembered the animal each person picked or their sign.

Thursday morning the fun begins…we get the campers up at 6:00 am to take care of their animals, fix their own lunches and eat breakfast at 7:00. It is then 9:00 am SOP (saddle on pony). We do a check of gear and tack before taking off for a nice trail ride out of camp. We cross logs and early that morning have a good sized water crossing that concerns us, however, all the critters crossed the water in very good shape.

At lunch this day Mark had the teams look for specific weeds, and the teams received points for bringing in the weeds. We finished the ride about 3:00 pm and they unsaddle and take care of the stock. At that point Pat H. has snacks set out for the kids and we have an education activity. We were able to get the Nez Perce County Deputy Sheriff, Bill Madison, to give a PowerPoint on the new hybrid marijuana drug growing situation in our area. What to look out for and what to do if you run in to an operation of this kind.

After this we had quite a few games, Lisa managed, from sack races to pack races. They had a very good time. Dinner is at 6:00 pm with a couple of kids helping before dinner to do set up and a couple helping with clean up after dinner. The kids usually have some free time before and after dinner for showers and socializing. After that time the fire is started and everyone enjoys the warmth, as well as the coyotes yapping, wolves howling, and kids being silly. At 10:00 pm lights out and off to bed, or maybe reverse that.

At 6:00 am it all begins again. Our ride on Friday consisted of a good ride up over Cherry Butte and thru the clay mine. Lots of great trails, good experiences and a lunch time project. This day the teams were questioned on the parts of the program we had previously studied and points were given.

Upon returning to camp our educational speaker was Bruce Meacham with the Diamond C Saddle Shop. He gave a nice presentation on leather care, saddle building and general saddle care, as well as answered questions from the group.

Then we had mounted horse games in the upper arena, from word scrambles to egg races. This got very competitive, with only one minor scrap to Katie, which was doctored by Chuck our First Aid man. Around the fire this night was s’mores and more fun.

And on a cold Saturday at 6:00 am we start again…the kids are sleeping better, more difficult to get up which means we are keeping them busy!! The Latah County Sheriff’s Posse arrives by 9:00 am to begin the program of how to search and how to find whatever you are looking for by looking in all directions. They actually put out ~29 plates for the teams to find. It was a long day and no team found all the plates. One team found 23 out of the 29, which was very good. When we returned to camp the kids were all debriefed by the Latah County Sheriff’s Posse. This entire project was a good experience for all.

Later we had the remaining mounted horse games. And after dinner on Saturday the kids did a Dutch oven desert cook off for more points. They cooked a variety of cobblers that were tested by all. This went over very well. The points were totaled and kids picked their prizes in order of points. Due to the generous contributions of many they all received numerous gifts.

And another early wakeup began Sunday morning…the parents begin arriving before the 9:00 am ride out time. We had an especially good turn out of parents to ride the trail this year. We tried to find all the plates from the day before to pick them up, but didn’t quite succeed and came up a few short. After a nice ride we returned to another good lunch provided for the kids and the families.

Then the go home frenzy began! Cleaning all the stalls, picking up everything, taking down tents, scrubbing kitchens and bathrooms to leave the camp in shining good shape for the next visitors was a task. And of course each kid rounding up their gear, personal and horse, to get ready for home.

For the first time since we started kids’ camp we did not end up with extra chairs, only a towel and a shirt (Colby’s). I would also compliment all the parents for their excellent choice of mounts for these kids as we didn’t have to pony one child this year, which too is a first.

We would like to thank all of those who participated in any way in making this camp the success it was. We are already looking for your help for next year, keep in mind that we need at least fifteen adults for twenty five kids, 24-7.

Thanks again everyone,
Pat and Mark Bogar

The oldest and the youngest
(or The tall and short of it!)

Return to Top

Boy Scout Annual Pack Trip
June 26 - 28

We ended up doing a trailhead camp this year at the trailhead up Lick Creek at the Fordyce Trail. We had plans to cut thistle up the South Fork of Asotin Creek, but an exotic plan kept the game department from being able to spray some of the area, so we ended up on a backup plan. There was no packing needed this year, so no stock was used.

Rod Parks worked with the Scouts on tying knots and then they set up a wall tent they received from the Forest Service.

There were nine Scouts present and on Friday after setting up camp they cut scotch thistle around the trailhead. Saturday they headed up Fordyce Trail to do some brushing and re-route the trail around the bad water crossing.

The busy little beavers not only accomplished this, but also helped roll some large trees out of the trail to get back to the original tread. They also got water running into the water trough that is up the canyon about 2.5 miles. After lunch they removed some fire rings, so there is only one at the trailhead and picked up litter. A good days work for the younger Scouts who were only 11 years old.


Return to Top

Dough Creek Adopt-A-Cabin
June 20

It was pretty short notice with the chapter deciding to do our annual Adopt-A-Cabin work June 20th for Idaho Fish & Game in the Craig Mountains. Sorry that some of our members did not get notified of this project. We wanted to get this done before it got too hot at the cabin.

We had a good turn out with many eager workers. We painted the window frames, cut many scotch thistles, and trimmed the grass around the hitch rails, outhouse and cabin for a firebreak.

We also did some work on the water line to the trough and brushing on the trail coming down Dough Creek and the trail heading on to Billy Creek.

You could not have asked for better weather.

It was so nice that Jim & Aspen White decide to ride on to Billy Creek and spend the night. This turned into a bad idea, as it rained all night and they really got soaked on the ride back to their pickup.

The ride back wasn't all bad, as they were able to start a fire at the cabin and warm up before they continued on their ride out.

Return to Top

Feather Creek Trail Project
June 8 2009
Bob Shelton did a great job organizing this project. He had us split into three different groups. Two groups following forest service employees with chain saws logging out the trail and a brushing crew along the lower end of the trail along the crick. It started out as a beautiful day and we were working so hard that we never even noticed the black clouds rolling in. The thunder was our first warning and then a few sprinkles, no problem.

Then a few more sprinkles as we worked our way around the five mile loop, but nothing to worry about, the slickers never even came out. The climax was a torrential down poor and we were all soaked before the slickers could be put on.

Bob was planning well ahead of the rest of us and was working on the brushing crew close to the vehicles and then knocked the chain off his brush saw so his crew could go back to the trucks.

Well, the two crews out on the trail were not so lucky. Not only did they all get soaked, there was water running down the trail and it was real muddy in places and slick. The good news, is since we were already wet, we kept on working until the work was completed. The forest service is constructing a new loop that will double the length of this trail. It is planned to be open this year.

National Trails Day
Fordcye Trail Clearing
June 6, 2009
We could have used a few more members showing up to help with this project. Maybe the weather kept some of you home. Well, we had beautiful weather with only about a five-minute shower that never even settled the dust. We split into two groups, one going up Cabin Gulch and the other heading up Fordyce Canyon with the intent of meeting in the middle. I must say, the middle seemed to be a long way down Fordyce Canyon, in fact that crew turned around and left the work for the Cabin Gulch Crew, but they were up to the challenge. The trails are now logged out and all the bad brush has been trimmed. Thanks to all that helped!!


Return to Top

Billy Creek Project
May 23 - 29, 2009


What a beautiful week for trail riding. The group showed up Saturday afternoon and then we made plans for the work on Sunday. We had several fence postholes to dig and about 150 feet of rail fence to build and make two new gates to access the corrals.

The work group was lucky that Rod had already installed the two hitch rails. Billy Havens gets the award for picking the worst posthole to dig. A big rock that just would not give slowed down the work for a while, but a bunch of support from others on rock bars got the hole close enough to where we got the fence built. We now again have five separate corrals, and a nice new tack room in the barn.

Everyone was able to go on a nice ride up Billy Creek Canyon in the afternoon. Some rode out on Monday as others rode in. The rest of us went on a scenic ride overlooking Madden Creek and Captain John Creek.

Tuesday we all rode to Dough Creek Cabin and installed the Adopt-a Cabin Sign and measured the area under the lean-to for a deck. This was our big game day, as we saw several bunches of deer and elk, but no bear. Almost everyone was lucky enough to see a snake or two before the weekend was over!! Stu, the Billy Creek buck, short for Stupid, named by Katie Hendrickson, visited us on several occasions and was often upset that we were sitting and laying in his yard!

Return to Top

Poker Ride
May 9, 2009

Snow was the main event for this years Poker Ride! Just like last year, we had to move it to Headsgate County Park, as there was too much snow on the Fordyce Trail. Private land owners again were very helpful in letting us conduct the ride on their property.

It was about as perfect of weather as you could have. You could see three different states from the top of the ridge.

We had over one hundred riders and 117 hands sold. The games at the check stations again were a hit with the riders. We had no pizza riders, which is good news.

Keeping the stakes up that marked the trail was a challenge, as they were natural scratching posts for the cows in the pasture. We marked the trail the evening before, and over half the stakes were knocked down by the time the ride started, so the beverage station crew was in charge of re-staking.

The cook shack had a great variety of food and almost sold out on hamburgers. Thanks to everyone that helped make this a success for another year. Betty Barnes, as usual had all the bases covered.

There is talk of trying Fathers Day weekend next year, and maybe we can give the snow time to melt.

Over $200.00 in prize moneys were paid out and we had a great selection of door prizes this year. Thanks to everyone for participating.


Return to Top

Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Project
April 15 - May 3, 2009

Bob Hough needs to be nominated for Trail Boss of the year. He has done a great job of planning and coordinating the work on the fence project.

We had over twenty members participate in the project. Thanks to all that showed up and worked in less than ideal weather removing the fencing and packing the materials out.

Thanks to Karen Parks and Pat Hough for keeping everyone’s bellies full, so they could all work hard.

Review of the work accomplished:

---4-15 - Rod Parks went to the project and cleared brush on project #1. He worked his way down to the river and then followed the fence line back up the hill until later afternoon. Billie Havens and Iris Mallory invited Rod in for dinner and a bed for the night, which was really appreciated.

---4-16 - Rod started work on the final brushing and Bob Hough showed up to finish the brushing and then they went and checked out project #2 in the afternoon.

---4-29 After a rainstorm, we had to move our campsite to Grizzly Flats near Troy, OR. Turned out fine, as it gave us lots of space for campers and livestock.

Bill Correll was first on site and signed the new area very well. When Bob Hough, Pat, and Karen Parks arrived on site Bill helped us set up main camp and cooking area.

As members arrived campsites were easy to find.

-5-1 Friday was a big day to ride or walk down the Moore Trail (Project#1) and roll up wire and pull posts. Members packed out 7 loads of wire by horse back. Most workers rode horses out but Bill Streeter and Karen and Jim Kimball were tough enough to walk up the hill. Packers were Mark Bogar, Jim White, Bruce Wyatt, Dave Favor, Bob Hough, and Don Uhlman. Riders were Pat Bogar, Billie Havens, Bill Correll, Tom Fitzpatrick, Virginia Fitzpatrick, Matt Bake, and John Partridge.
-5-2 Lost a few workers who had previous plans, but still had a good work force. Bill Streeter drove pickup to haul six workers out to walk over the hill to start Project #2, Jim White, Bruce Wyatt, Mark Bogar, Matt Bake, Leroy Hough and Bob Hough. We rolled wire and pulled posts. We had to take all material with us as we proceeded down the fence line. Bill Correll, Dave Favor, Don Uhlman and Pat Bogar moved our horses down the Moore Trail and up along the Wenaha River to meet us at the lower end of the fence line. As our lunch ended the rain began, so we had quite a wet ride back to our vehicles. Warm clothes and a good hot dinner were especially welcome. Thanks to Pat and Karen!!



5-3 Sunday morning was very wet as we broke camp and left Troy a lot wetter than we arrived. New member Connie Marshal and friend arrived late, but got a chance to ride some. Thank you Connie for helping out with breakfast Sunday morning.

All in all it was a great trip and very successful. Most all work got completed with the exception of six pack loads. We will pick them up real soon. I would like to thank everybody for all the help on these 2 projects.
---Bob Hough, Trail Boss

He is so good he has already got our first check for the project. We thank you Bob!!

Return to Top

Chili Ride
February 21, 2009

As near as I can figure we had 21 (?) riders, February 21, for the annual "Chili Ride". Rod, Trail Boss, took them on a scenic tour of the northeast side of the Hansen Estate. Reports say they traversed hill & dale at a pretty good clip, leaving the parking area at 9:30 and returning a bit past 1 p.m.

The weather broke into sunshine & blue sky; making for an enjoyable day.

In the meantime, back at the ranch, Karen & Laurel prepped the chili & amenities out in the shop. Nine "nonriders" came and enjoyed the chili and company at lunch time. It was hard to make them wait for the riders! Jerry Reese gets the recognition for coming the farthest and he also brought along a potential new member, Chris Reed. Lisa & Lorilee brought two potential new members, as did Colleen, who is working on her brother & friend to join! Other riders were: Marianna, Joy, Christine, Kathy Brooks, Rod, M/M McKnight, Betty & Tom Barnes, Tom & Virginia F., Colleen, Steve, Mike, Jerry, Chris, Lisa, Lorelei, Nita and ??? Nonriders: Doug Head, Dr.Dave & Rob Rustebakke, Mike Rosgen, Becky Paul, Bill Correll, Laurel & Bob and Karen Parks! p.s. It was also a dog-day (8) and they all got along wonderfully and enjoyed playing together!

This year goes on record as the best weather ever for the Chili Ride! Believe it or not, we did not have any Pizza riders. Has been several years since this has happened, maybe we are getting to be better riders!

© 2009-2014 Twin Rivers Back Country Horsemen. All rights reserved.
Please direct all comments, suggestions & questions regarding this website to Web Wrangler.