As the golden light of the summer solstice flows through the shimmering leaves of the quakies in the late afternoon, the Friends of Nevada Wilderness Nye County Trail Crew reaches their backcountry camp just in time to help unload the pack horses and set up camp for the upcoming eight-day hitch (work week).
With all those tools, Ryan and Tyler show us
this job is no walk in the park.
Gretchen, one of the crew members, exclaims with a big
smile, “This is the prettiest place I’ve ever been”.
That’s when it hits you, the crew really is living the dream…living and working for the Wild.
The crew has three months of hard trail work ahead in the Alta Toquima & Table Mountain Wilderness areas in central Nevada. They will be clearing trail, removing down trees and logs, and repairing degraded and neglected sections of trail.
Gretchen, hard at work clearing the trail of downed
trees in the Table Mtn. Wilderness
It is hard work, long hours and the rocky trail always seem to go uphill, but the sweat and toil is making the trails nicer for everyone, and building good experiences memories for the crew members.
Thanks to the White Pine-Nye County Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee, and the Nevada State Parks’ Recreation Trails Program for making the beautiful wild mountains of central Nevada open and accessible to the public.