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Blues Crew Work Party: Skyline Trail #385 (High Lake Rim)

  • Skyline Trail #385, NF-14 United States (map)


This will be the first Blues Crew work party in the John Day area. We will be working in the Strawberry Wilderness. The goal of the weekend is to clear the trail that circles and leads into High Lake.

NOTE:  We are planning several options for volunteers this weekend:

  • Option#1:  An overnight camp out Saturday night at the High Lake trailhead. There are no facilities at this trailhead.
  • Option #2:  An overnight camp out Saturday night at High Lake. It is a 1.4 mile hike from the trailhead into High Lake.
  • Option #3:  Saturday only day experience.
  • Option #4: Sunday half day experience.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Hiking Information

Low to moderate. 


 Friday, September 14: Overnight crew camps at High Lake or High Lake trailhead.

Saturday, September 15

  • 8:30am – Meet at the High Lake trailhead. Carpool if possible.

  • 8:45am – Safety debriefing and summarize the day’s work plan.

  • 9:00am – Begin trail work

  • Noon – Lunch

  • 1pm – Continue trail work.

  • 3:30pm – Gather at trailhead. Refreshments will be shared and the day’s efforts reviewed.

  • 4pm – Day crew heads back. Overnight crew sets up camp. Enjoy a shared evening on the trail.

Sunday, September 16

  • 7:30am – Breakfast, break camp.

  • 8:30am – Continue trail work.

  • Noon – End of work day.

  • 12:30pm – Gather at trailhead.  Refreshments will be shared and day’s efforts reviewed.

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a great day outside!

Blues Crew Leads                  Greg Brown and Nathan Viavant

USFS Lead                             Jared Bowman & Kevin Green,                                                                                                       North Zone Recreation Planners, USFS Malheur National Forest

 PLEASE NOTE** This work will be done in the Strawberry Wilderness, wilderness restrictions apply.

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • No experience is necessary—just bring a great attitude for working with a team! USFS provides the training and tools you need
  • Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain
  • Recommended for ages 10 and older; under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18

What to Wear

  • Boots - no sneakers or sandals
  • Long pants 
  • Leather gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

A hard hat will be provided by BMLT. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.

What to Bring

  • Lunch and plenty of water
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

USFS Supplied Gear             

  • Hard hat
  • Tools
  • Safety gear
  • First aid kit

More Information

  • Contact us at or 509-525-3136


Earlier Event: September 7
Living History
Later Event: September 15
Bennington Lake Nature Walk