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Fremont Tier Stewardship Campout 2019 - Yamsay Mountain

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May 23-27
Silver Lake, OR
Fremont-Winema National Forest

Our first Stewardship Campout of 2019 will be our longest—spanning Thursday through Monday over Memorial Day weekend in the Fremont Tier working on some of the sections in the most dire need. If snow levels allow, we'll be camped on the shoulder of Yamsay Mountain—one of the last untouched bits of the Fremont National Recreation Trail. 


One of the most infamous sections of the Fremont Tier in 2018, Silver Creek Marsh and Yamsay Mountain. Our focus will be clearing the trail from (lots of) blowdown, extensive brushing, and some tread work. See last year's Fremont Stewardship Campout here

“Have you guys ever been so frustrated and tired, that your body reacts with laughing? And you're not really sure why you're laughing at a completely non- laughable moment? That exactly happened here.” - 2018 OTT Thru Rider

Photos of this section from the OTT Riders Facebook Group:

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED - That's right, we just need a smile, a pair of gloves, and a good attitude from you. Our goals for this event will be focused primarily on re-establishing trail tread and clearing undergrowth and deadfall along the trail corridor. If you're interested in boosting your trail building skills check out our Backcountry Builder Course on April 27-28.

SCHEDULE - We'll set up base camp on Wednesday evening, and plan on beginning work after breakfast on Thursday morning. Expect to put in a solid 8 hours of trail work each day. Monday will be a partial day—leaving some time for a group ride after an early lunch. 

Thursday, May 23rd 
Trail work: 9am - 5pm
Group meal: 6pm

Friday, May 24th 
Trail work: 9am - 5pm
Group meal: 6pm

Saturday, May 25th 
Trail work: 9am - 5pm
Group meal: 6pm

Sunday, May 26th 
Trail work: 9am - 5pm
Group meal: 6pm

Monday, May 27th 
Trail work: 9am - 11:30am
Group ride: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

GETTING THERE - The roads to base camp will be passable by all passenger vehicles. There is NO cell reception so carry paper maps. It's about a 5 hour drive from Portland. Weather and snowpack permitting we will be camped at Silver Creek Marsh Campground southwest of Silver Lake. Driving directions are here.

LOGISTICS - We're camping at 5,000k' in spring time. Temperatures will be quite cold at night and there is potential for rain and high winds. There is potable water on site. There is no cell service.

The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance and our partners will be supplying us with coffee and beer. Nearest fuel and services are 45 minutes away in Silver Lake, Oregon. 

MEALS - The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance has committed to rewarding our hard working volunteers with breakfasts and dinners for most of the weekend. The amazing Nashi Ramen of Hood River will provide dinner from Friday through Sunday and breakfast from Friday through Monday. You are responsible for other meals, lunches, and water each day. 

YOU SHOULD BRING - Tent, sleeping bag, pad, extra toilet paper, lots of water, cooking gear, food, and a camp chair. During the work day Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required to work on public lands; this includes a 6-point suspension helmet (some loaners provided), eye protection, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirt, and sturdy shoes/boots. Bring a pack, with water, snacks, mosquito repellant, and sunscreen each day as well. If you have a large pack or BOB trailer, consider bringing it as the trails are steep and rugged and getting tools to where they're needed will be a challenge. And don't forget your bike riding gear—we'll make sure there's some time to ride if you're not too exhausted at the end of the day.

WEATHER - Night time temperatures will be quite cold, probably freezing. Day temps may be chilly as well with wind and possibly rain. If weather is clear, it may get hot during the day so come prepared for both extremes. 

This is going to be a fun event working, camping, and riding through some high-cascade trails. We're excited and grateful that you're spending a valuable summer weekend giving back to our public lands. On behalf of the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance and the Fremont-Winema National Forest a huge thanks goes out to everyone lending a hand at this stewardship event.