Grouse Mountain and Lick Creek Trails are two linked trails within the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness. The share a common trailhead at Zig Zag Springs. The trailhead is approximately 45 minutes from Walla Walla. The trails are generally accessible from May to November. The Grouse Mountain trail follows the ridge line for about 2.0 miles. The trail needs moderate brush removal and considerable trail slope recovery effort. The Lick Creek trail after about 0.5 miles descends 2,000’ over 3.0 miles to the Umatilla River at Corporation. The Blues Crew has worked four days on these trails this year. Work will primarily include:
· Tread repair
· Possible construction of a new 150’ trail section bypassing a steep area
· Sign placement
Trails: Grouse Mountain #3081
Lick Creek #3070
What to Expect
We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.
For morning information about the trail visit the Hiking Project page.
8:00 am – Meet at USFS parking lot on Rose Street in Walla Walla
8:15 am – Depart for Zig Zag Springs Trailhead
9:00 am – Arrive Trailhead. Orientation and safety briefing
Noon – Bring your own lunch
3 pm – Work complete. Discussion and beverages at trailhead. Return to Walla Walla.
Get ready adventure!
Blues Crew Leads Linda Herbert & Barbara Hetrick
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
Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)
Ticks can be present: DEET for self, permethrin for clothes
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!
"Leave No Trace": Please come prepared to pack out your toilet paper in a sealed plastic bag
Firearms and weapons are not allowed.
Pets are not to accompany volunteers on a Blues Crew work party due to work safety concerns
Blues Crew Supplied Gear
First aid kit
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-525-3136
This work will be done in the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness, wilderness restrictions apply.