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February 17th, 2016
By: Donna Saufley

Hiked northbound from Cameron/Willow Springs Road to Robin Bird Spring.

At approximate Mile 562, significant erosion damage (2′ deep trench) on short stretch of trail. Easily side-stepped, but will continue to worsen.

At approximate Mile 565, steep hillside in state of extreme deterioration. Trail tread was sound and passable, but hillside above and below trail is unstable and is washing away.

From Mile 566.5 to 566.7 (the stretch of trail parallel and alongside Hwy 58) the trail has been obliterated due to heavy flooding. It was easy enough to follow however. Trail conditions okay above gate and beyond.

The most serious conditions and the primary reason for this report were blowdowns below Cache Peak, where trail leaves road MK10 and becomes single-track again, and Robin Bird Spring. I lost count of the blowdowns, in excess of 50 downed trees. Soft, moist soil and heavy winds took down live and dead trees in and out of burn area