Updates from the Trails
Trail runner and WV TREAD board member Alix Whitener solo-ran the Devils Gulch trail from the Upper ORV Trailhead by Beehive Reservoir to the Lower Trailhead up Mission Creek early this May. Here’s a trip report from her experience:
“I started my run parking at the upper lot, closest to the trail entrance, at 8am intending to reach the lower trailhead by noon to rendezvous with a friend for a ride back into town. There was little snow, and the lot was empty. I soon found out why! The upper 3 miles of the trail were still covered in about 2 feet + of snow, patchy in places, but gaiters would have been helpful. I carefully stepped on the most-frozen portion of the snow-covered trail and made my way over the first of 128 total fallen trees that would litter the 12 miles of trail, mostly concentrated on the first 8 miles. As the snow began to thin, the trail itself was in great shape, minus the trees of course. Wildflowers were still asleep up high, but as I began to drop in elevation, I saw many balsam root, avalanche lily and lupine. Stream crossings were fairly tame for this time of the year, but the main obstacles were the trees. I made it to the trailhead at my estimated time (I gave myself quite the buffer because I anticipated snow and (perhaps not so many) fallen trees) and on our way home, we grabbed Rusty’s burgers and shared our respective hiking stories from the day. I anticipate the snow on Devil’s Gulch to be gone by the end of May, and I thank anyone who takes the time to help clear the 128 fallen trees from this beautiful trail in our backyard. "
Trail update as of May 25: Trees have been cleared and the trail is snow free.