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Blues Crew Work Party:West Tiger Creek

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


This is a trail that was once part of a larger network of trails in Tiger Canyon.  It is only 15 miles from Walla Walla.  It can be a great short hike along the creek.  The Blues Crew completed two work parties here in 2018.  The upper trail at 1 ½ miles will require future investigation and planning for appropriate repair.

Trails: West Tiger Creek Trail-USFS #3229

What to Expect

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

Special Consideration: This trail crosses West Tiger Creek 5 times over the 1 ½ miles we will cover.  Water level can be 8-10 inches deep and 8-12’ wide.  We will mitigate the crossings with rock platforms and guide rope.  That said, plan accordingly the shoes/boots you bring.  We hope to identify a strategy to build log crossings.

Hiking Information

Exertion Level: Low to moderate, mostly a flat trail that follows the creek.  

For morning information about the trail visit the Hiking Project page.


7:45am – Meet at Umatilla National Forest office on Rose Street for a general orientation and safety briefing.  Sign in and complete paperwork.

8:00am – Depart to trailhead.  We will carpool.  The USFS vehicle can carry four.

8:45am – Arrive trailhead. The day’s work will be summarized.

Noon- lunch

2:30pm – Gather at trailhead.  Refreshments will be shared and day’s efforts reviewed.

3:30p - return to Walla Walla

4pm – Arrive Umatilla National Forest office.

Planning Information

Get ready for a great day outside!

Blues Crew Lead                  Greg Brown, Eileen Settle and Nathan Viavant

Forest Service   Kiyo Fujishin

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

  • 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

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