Back to All Events

Blues Crew Work Party: Magone Bike Trail System

  • Walla Walla Ranger District Office 1415 West Rose Street Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)


In our second collaboration with the Malheur National Forest, the Blue Mountain Land Trust’s “Blues Crew” will be coming down from Walla-Walla, Washington and working alongside the John Day-based Eastern Oregon Trail Alliance (EOTA) on an exciting new mountain bike trail network under development in the Magone Lake area. This work is the official kick-off event for the 2019 season of work on the Magone Bike Trail System. Volunteers are welcome to arrive Friday at the Magone Lake Campground Group-site, which will be reserved and free all weekend for the event. This site can accommodate up to 75 people and will provide plenty of space for camping and socializing. Saturday will start off with a basic training on trail construction techniques for those new to the activity. The rest of the weekend will be spent working on a road-to-trail conversion of the Tinker Creek Trail (Forest Service Road 3620646) located to the east of Magone Lake (see map).  The Magone Lake area offers hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and swimming opportunities. Participants will be able to enjoy spring wildflowers and learn more about the interesting history and geology of Magone Lake. 

What to Expect

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

NOTE: This is a multi-day trip and work party. For those coming from the Walla Walla area, plan to carpool as noted below. For those coming from the John Day area, meet at the campground at 8am each day. Additional details will be emailed the week prior to the event.

Hiking Information

Low to moderate. 


Friday, June 7

Walla Walla crew:

  • Noon– Meet at USFS parking lot on Rose Street in Walla Walla

  • 12:30 pm – Depart for John Day, Oregon

  • 4 pm – Arrive Magone Lake Campground

  • Set up camp

  • Connect with local teams

John Day crew:

  • 3:30pm carpool – meet in front of the Madden Building at 116 NW Bridge Street

  • 4:15pm – arrive at Magone Lake Campground

  • If you plan to drive yourself, meet at the Magone Lake Campground any time after 4pm

Saturday, June 8

  • 9:00 am - 3:00pm Work party activities

  • 5pm – 7pm – Evening activities

Sunday, June 9

  • 9:00 am – 2:00pm Work party

Walla Walla crew:

  • 3:00pm – Depart Magone Lake for Walla Walla

  • 7:00pm – Arrive Walla Walla

John Day crew:

  • 3:00pm – Depart Magone Lake for John Day

  • 3:45pm – Arrive in John Day

Planning Information

Get ready for a great day outside!

Blues Crew Leads              Greg Brown, Nathan Viavant, and Eileen Settle

Forest Service Kevin Green and Jared Bowman

Eastern Oregon Trail Alliance Eric Lubell and Lindsy Ciepiela

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)

  • 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

  • We will be camping at Magone Lake Campground. Bring tent, sleeping gear, clothing and food for the weekend.

  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

Blues Crew Supplied Gear             

  • Hard hat

  • Safety gear

  • First aid kit

USFS Supplied Gear    

  • Tools

More Information

  • Contact us at or 509-525-3136

Earlier Event: June 2
Wildlands Tour of the Southern Blues
Later Event: June 8
Tasting Terroir