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Posted - 04/29/2012 : 12:39 PM
| Two teams of Washington Trails Association volunteers cleared the Lakeshore trail between April 14 and April 28.
The area that is cleared on the Lakeshore Trail extends from Hunts Creek to Meadow Creek. Downed trees were cut and removed, trail was brushed of overhanging bushes, single-track switchbacks were widened to the WA standard 32" or wider, rocks were dug out, and other improvements were made to improve the hiking experience.
From Moore Point camp, the trail along Fish Creek was also inspected and cleared all the way to Round Lake.
The Lady Express is operating normally and stops at Chelan, Field's Point, Lucerne and Stehekin.
The Lady of the Lake (the slower boat) is expected to resume service on May 1. However, the water level of Lake Chelan is currently very low (about 10' down on the 28th) and drop off points might not be all operational. The water level is rising quite quickly, we estimate that during our one-week stay the water rose about 2 feet. Inquire at the Chelan Ranger station for Lady of the Lake stop points before making hiking plans.
Lots of snow, still, up at Holden village.
Meadow Creek jumped its banks sometime between fall and early April, taking large trees on its path. It is currently not passable. If you start your hike at Prince Creek and go North, you will be stopped at Meadow Creek. Make sure you inquire at the ranger station about the status of Meadow Creek before making plans to be dropped off at Prince Creek to hike up to Stehekin.
Ticks are out. Body check daily or more often, we had a few people bitten during the last week.
A small rattler was seen in the rocks by the beach at Moore Point on a hot day.
Morels are out in force. We collected dozens before Wednesday's storm, and then hundreds afterwards.
Flowers are beginning to bloom. Beautiful arrays of colours.
The temperatures are rising. I was surprised to see temps in the mid-90s in late April in the first half of last week. There was a storm on Wednesday (and how) and temps decreased to more palatable levels (high 70s to low 80s) during the second half of the week.
Interested in a trail restoration weekend or week-long trail work trip? Then click the link at the top of this story. (edit: fixed the link)
Edited by - seawallrunner on 04/29/2012 5:37 PM