Out & About



Boating safety class scheduled on Oct. 22

Registration is open for a boater safety class scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.

Offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. It costs $10 per boater.

Topics will include equipment requirements, navigation rules, boating regulation and other safety skills.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Pine Creek Information Station open through Oct. 23

Pine Creek Information Station at the upper end of Swift Reservoir on the North Fork of the Lewis River will remain open on weekends through Oct. 23.

Open hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Ken Sandusky of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Vancouver.

Johnston Ridge Observatory on the north side of Mount St. Helens will stay open daily through Oct. 30. Hours at the observatory are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

East Fork Lewis trail No. 139 repaired

BATTLE GROUND — Volunteers have restored East Fork Lewis River trail No. 139 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest sufficiently for hiking.

Work on the trail was done on National Public Lands Day in late September by the East Fork Trail Group, an organization of local hikers who have been working for a decade to keep the trail maintained, and the Washington Trails Association.

“The crew focused on a particularly difficult section on a steep side slope with loose gravel that tends to bury the trail,’’ said Ryan Ojerio, regional coordinator for WTA. “With loppers and handsaws volunteers opened up the trail corridor, and used picks and Pulaskis to re-establish sufficient tread for hiking.’’

Volunteers needed for Columbia Gorge trails

Volunteers are needed Oct. 13, 15 and 16 to work on trails in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Washington Trails Association will be re-routing the Cape Horn trail to link it with the western pedestrian tunnel under state Highway 14 on Oct. 13.

On Oct. 15-16, workers will do maintenance on Augspurger Mountain trail in eastern Skamania County. There will be camping available for volunteers who want to stay both days.

No experience is necessary. The trails association provides tools and instruction.

To register, email Ryan Ojerio at ryan@wta.org, call 360-722-2657 or go online to www.wta.org.volunteer/trail-work-parties.