I spent Sunday, August 5, celebrating my birthday and #hikeathon by asking friends and family to do trail work at Mount Rainier.
Our project location changed at the last moment and we found ourselves on this lovely section of the Wonderland Trail. On a non-trail work day, I would recommend (if you have access to two cars) parking one at either Cougar Rock Picnic Area or Longmire (depending on your preferred distance) and the other at the Narada Falls trailhead and hiking this trail one way. I'd personally go mostly uphill (ending at Narada), but I realize that's not the preference of everyone!
Our crew leader, Hannah, wrote to us afterwards to say a little bit about this section of trail and the work WTA has done this summer that I think is worth noting here: "Since June 1st, volunteers have brushed the trail, covered and removed countless roots, improved many feet of tread, and rebuilt about 7 ft of rock wall. They have built 1 culvert, 2 water bars, 6 drains, and 1 15' wooden turnpike with steps. They cleaned three bridges that likely hadn't been cleaned in 10 years AND volunteers improved 37 drains and built 60 check steps (many of which were hand split by volunteers)!" More like trail in GREAT condition!
The hard work of so many WTA volunteers never ceases to amaze me. I can't wait to get back out there! You can too, sign up at wta.org/volunteer. No experience necessary!