At 8:30 am. five Obsidians began celebrating National Trails Day by hiking from Martin Street to the top of Spencer Butte and looking for cuts in switchbacks. It was not obvious if the cuts were first made by wildlife, off leash dogs, or hikers. We worked on six major cuts filing in with large branches, limbs, and brush. Matt, John, and Jim did the hard work of pulling, dragging, and carrying the larger branches and logs that provided a stable base for the crisscross of smaller vegetation. It was obvious that we built a strong signal to "stay on the trail. " Near the treeline, we met a young couple who just got engaged on top the the butte. Their friends with picnic basket and a flower bouquet were in a festive mood. On top, we found only a few bits and pieces of trash to put in our litter bag. We ate our lunch, enjoyed the view of snow covered mountains and then quickly headed down following the new metal trail markers. We were back at our cars at 12:45, more tired than festive.Members: Janet Jacobsen, Matthew Bell, Jim Whitfield, LaRee Beckley, John Jacobsen.
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