Sunday, September 2, 2007

Jefferson Park

Our projects have been getting better and better. Jefferson Park in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness is an inspiring area. And I suppose that is the reason why so many people go there for recreation. It is considered a "high use area". Being a high alpine meadow, the thin layer of soil is covered in a delicate foliage that does not stand up well to foot traffic. As a result, many unnecessary trails have been created by the number of visitors to the area.
Our job for the week was to eliminate the unnecessary trails by means of obstructions, the relocation of vegetation into the trail, and the placement of signs at trail heads.

Mt. Jefferson from the north

hiked up to the closest snow field after work one afternoon

another day, I walked to the far end of the meadow

and an outhouse sitting, unused behind the Mt. Adams Center

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