Olympia Mountaineers will work on Mine Trail

August 25, 2013 

The Olympia Mountaineers will hold a trail work party Sept. 14. Volunteers and members will be working on the Mine Trail at Mount Rainier National Park.

This trail restoration project has been developed by park staffers for the Olympia Mountaineers.

The project involves leveling of the tread to create a smoother, safer walking surface more resistant to erosion. The main project will be moving and applying gravel to fill in a turnpike close to the trailhead. This will involve using buckets, wheelbarrows or sandbags to transport the material, and shovels or rakes to spread and level it.

The Mine Trail is a 11/2-mile hike from the Carbon River entrance. Depending on the number of vehicles, a carpool or shuttle might be arranged.

Participants need to bring work gloves, eye protection (goggles or sunglasses), long-sleeved shirt and long pants, boots, water for the whole day and lunch. The park will provide all of the tools.

The group will meet at the Carbon River entrance at 9 a.m. The work will conclude by 3 p.m.

To register for the project, go to olympiamountaineers.org.

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