Category Archives: Work Parties

Annual Spring Moran Ride, Campout, and Workparty

Everyone is invited to join the MVTB crew at Moran State Park on Orcas Island May 5 – 8th.

Come up early if you can. We will have free camping at the Mountain Lake Group site starting Thursday evening. Friday will be riding and planning the trail work for Saturday. Sunday will be riding all day.

Everyone is welcome to come for any part of the weekend and participate as much or as little as you want in the group activities.

We’ll have lots of firewood and beer for the evenings and there may be a guitar or two adding to the fun.

Map of the park here:

Please join our work party on April 23rd

We’re having another high-line material moving operation Saturday. They are cool enough that a talented videographer, Jim Thompson of Anacortes, captured it for us last session. I think you’ll find Jim’s video compelling. I hope you’ll check it out, and pass it along to your friends – because we need the help:

Last session we learned that our high-line material movement capacity was much greater than our on-trail capacity. Simply put, we need more volunteers. Our goal is to move the balance of the material that remains on the access road down the hill. Please let us know if you can make it.

Thanks for your interest in our work.

Fred’s Trail maintenance work party Sunday, May 22

Mount Vernon Trail Builders is hosting a work party on May 22 from 10:00am to 4:30pm to perform maintenance on Fred’s Trail. This trail is at the top of the south side of the mountain.

Most of Little Mountain’s hiking trails were user built many years ago. They are fun and sometimes steep. Increased traffic in recent years has caused much damage in places. We will work with trail designer Art Tuftee to harden, improve, and mitigate damage on Fred’s Trail, the steep place between the junction of Juliann and West Loop trails and the road. Volunteers should be experienced hikers as the work area is challenging.

Here Ginny Darvill is showing some sections of the trail that have been damaged by erosion.

Put May 22 on your calendar and join us in building sustainable trails on Little Mountain. We’ll meet at 10:00am on the Little Mountain access road.

Rock and gravel moved with the aid of a high-line

Last Saturday’s session was low on volunteers, but this was somewhat offset by the use of a high-line rigging for moving rock and gravel directly downhill from the access road to the trail where it was needed. This eliminated a half mile or so of manual wheelbarrow labor making the transportation of the rock much faster and easier.

Jim Thompson, a videographer from Anacortes, came out and shot some footage of the trail building in action. Here he’s filming Art Tuftee, our high-line expert.

Here the crew is loading up the power carrier.

Thanks to everyone who turned out. Would be great to have you join us again.

Join us Saturday April 9th

This Saturday we’re moving rock and gravel using two high-line trolley systems. We will be lowering buckets of rock and gravel down from the park access road on a steel cable to the middle of La-Z-Boy. The area we need the material is the wettest section of La-Z-boy, an area that is half a mile in from either end of the trail.

This is an important session, we need a lot of volunteers. We hope to see you at Little Mountain, the session will run from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Here is a high-line setup from one of our previous sessions.

The snow’s gone, let’s build a bridge and some new trail!

We’re building another bridge on La-Z-Boy and plan to reroute a trail section to eliminate an area that holds water. While our major work (the building) of La-Z-Boy ended months ago, we’re still working hard to make it sustainable trail before we move on to our next trail. We think it’s an awesome trail, but managing the runoff has been a little tough.

We hope to see you at Little Mountain. The session runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Jan 22 session

On January 22 we enjoyed excellent weather for our work session and we accomplished a substantial amount of maintenance work on La-Z-Boy. The extra rain we’ve received lately showed us which parts of the trail needed better drainage and/or more fill material.

Drainage and fill material added to La-Z-Boy.

We’d like to thank our new volunteers who worked all day carrying wheelbarrows full of rock and gravel: Dan Howard, Kristin and Tanner Smith, Bill Clay, and Katy Bluhm.

The Estep family was gracious enough to bring out two delicious soups and homemade bread for us at lunch time. This was greatly appreciated by all the volunteers.


While everyone else was doing the hard work Art, Hal, and Matt went route finding for our next trail building project. Exciting things to come!

Join us for our next session February 12th.

Earth clubs plant native plants on Little Mountain

Burlington-Edison and Mount Vernon High School plant trees.

Last session the Burlington-Edison and Mount Vernon High School Earth Clubs teamed up to plant over three hundred (300) native plants on our upper trail called “Sidewinder”. They did an excellent job and now lead our group competition with the most volunteer hours. Last year’s winning group (Shell Refinery of Anacortes) follows them in second. We hope that other groups will step-up in 2011.

We’d also like to say thank you to Skagit Wholesale Plants for donating the native plants for this re-vegitation effort.