Volunteer Opp: Dry Creek - Backpacker

Volunteer Opp: Dry Creek

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Group: WTA

When: Tuesday, May 22, 8:30 am-3:30 pm

Where: Dry Creek Trail, Hoodsport, WA

Cost: Free (registration required)

Details: A southern Olympic Peninsula favorite, Dry Creek climbs above Lake Cushman and boasts views of the surrounding high peaks. But the trail needs major rebuilding, including tree and stump removal, rock walls and turnpikes.

About the Area

Lake Cushman is a deep, clear reservoir formed by the damming of the Skokomish River. The Dry Creek Trail begins near summer cabins, skirting the lakeshore and climbing to a viewpoint of Mount Rose. Popular with day hikers and backpackers alike, the trail climbs an old logging road and switchbacks up to Prospect Ridge at 5.5 miles, where you can enjoy excellent views. Continue on another 6 miles, or head back the way you came.

What to Expect

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

Project Description

Several projects await us in the first 1.5 miles. Several wind thrown trees must be cut out and stumps removed, then we'll rebuild the trail through the area. Another section needs 100 feet of turnpike rebuilt; we'll use some of the wind thrown trees here. We will also rebuild a rock wall, build up a section of trail below a waterfall, retread some narrow sections and may even do some brushing further up the trail.

Hiking Information

Our hike to the project site is expected to be 3 miles round trip over flat to gently rolling terrain.


  • 8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
  • 8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
  • Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
  • Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
  • 3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

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