Out & About

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Help needed for trail work in February

Volunteers are needed for a trio of work parties scheduled in February by the Washington Trails Association.

On Feb. 9-10, workers will repair eroding portions of the Labyrinth trail at Coyote Wall in the Columbia River Gorge east of Bingen.

Help is needed for either day. Camping will be available on Feb. 9.

On Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, WTA will join with the Whipple Creek Restoration Project to construction a trail reroute near the old grist mill.

No experience is necessary. WTA provides the tools and instructions.

For more information or to register, go online to www.wta.org, call Ryan Ojerio at 360-722-2657 or email him at ryan@wta.org.

Meeting slated Jan. 31 on River S unit access

RIDGEFIELD — A public open house is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave., to gather comments for improving access to the River S Unit of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

In 2009, the refuge’s new comprehensive plan called for a transportation access study by the Federal Highway Administration to improve access to River S.

A brief overview presentation will be provided at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Chinook Trail group to meet on Sunday

The 25th annual meeting of the Chinook Trail Association will begin at noon Sunday at the Clark Public Utilities community room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way.

Local physicians Paul Dally and Pierre Provost will present a show on their memories of hiking the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in 2011 and 2012.

Lunch will precede their presentation. The public is invited with a suggested donation of $30 for a single person or $50 for a couple.

The association is working to create a 300-mile loop trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

Crest Trail Association slates meeting Feb. 2

The annual meeting of the Mount Hood chapter of the Pacific Crest Trail Association will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 10600 N.E. 51st.

Hiker Erin Saver will recount her experience of hiking the entire 2,650-mile Crest trail from Mexico to Canada in 2011, a record snow year. Saver will focus on the 221-mile section from Park Ridge in Oregon to Mount Adams, the section maintained by the Mount Hood chapter.

Admission is free.

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