February 9, 2013 - Sunset Trail

Last month, working around the falls, we heard about trees down along the inner loop of Sunset-Timm's-STS.  So we headed out to our regular parking spot at Middle Ridge and Gazos.
Heading out Sunset we came across a 3 small trees, which were taken care of with hand saws.
And then the drama started.  There was a 10" oak hanging over the trail and we figured that one cut and the tree would fall to the ground and that would be that.  Well after 4 cuts it still hung over the trail.  There was a small branch the held the tree off the ground and when that cut was taken out then it did fall.
Finally cleared

Then we came across this.  A large 4ft Fir took out a 29" Fir and a smaller 15" Fir.  A Fir fest.
We started with the smaller Fir but that took some effort to cut an move off the trail.
The big push

Lunch time turned into a sunbathing activity which was nice compared to the very cool start of the day.
After lunch we worked on making a crawlway under the larger Fir.  With a 24" bar that's all we could do without Big Bertha.
Kathy hiked from HQ and met us at the Fir and she said there was another Fir across the trail on the other side of Middle Ridge.
Some more hand and chain saw work and the trail was open.
Kathy told me of some European visitors that had commented to her that the park was very well maintained and that there was no trash compared to the parks in Europe.  That's nice to hear.  Remember we pay time and half when it rains and you have the weekdays off.  What a job.

I would like to thank Janie, Bill, Mike, Fran, Janette, and Kathy for the 54.5 hours we put in.  It was a hard day but rewarding.  We will be back with Big Bertha.

See you on the trails.


Birds of the Day
Birders: Jeff, Kathy, and Fran (Junco party)

Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus

Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

Common Raven Corvus corax

American Robin Turdus migratorius1

Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens

Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis

Brown Creeper Certhia americana

Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa

Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi

Fox Sparrow (Sooty) Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group]

Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Pine Siskin Spinus pinus