Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Help needed to fix trails this summer

Volunteers are needed by the Washington Trails Association for a variety of work parties in June and July in Southwest Washington.

Help is needed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to build the Ape Cave Viewpoint trail on the south side of Mount St. Helens. The goal is to complete a mile-long trail from the Ape Cave trailhead to a scenic vista by this fall.

On June 20, WTA will cut brush from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on portions of Dog Mountain trail in the Columbia River Gorge. Hikers have been skirting the trail in stretches where the brush is crowding into the route. The work group will hike about five miles including 2,000 feet of elevation gain.

Whipple Creek trail will be rerouted away from muddy areas from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 27. A youth and families work party at Whipple Creek Park is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on July 6.

A section of Ridell Lake trail will be restored from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 11 at Beacon Rock State Park.

Tread repair is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 13 and 14 on Observation trail No. 132 in Trapper Creek Wilderness. The work party will involve a six-mile round-trip hike.

Relocation work on Cape Horn trail is planned July 18 and July 25 to move the route away from sensitive habitat.

A second youth and families event at Whipple Creek Park will be from 9 a.m. to noon on July 27.

No experience is needed to volunteer. The Washington Trails Association provides all tools and instruction.

To volunteer for any of the work group, contact Ryan Ojerio, WTA regional manager, at 360-722-2657, email him at ryan@wta.org or go online to www.wta.org.

Boating safety class set for June 22

Registration is open for a boating safety class on June 22 at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Room B-1.

Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

Boating safety, navigation rules and skills, equipment requirements and more are covered in the class.

In Washington, boaters younger than age 50 are required to have a boater safety card. To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.