On June 7th the Powell trail crew embarked on their first official hitch of the season. Departing at the Jerry Johnson's Warm Springs trailhead, members hiked seven miles past the popular hot springs into the backcountry. Along the way, they encountered some precarious creek crossings, and though the first was safely passed, one after the junction of Warm Springs and Wind Lake Trails posed too much of a risk to continue.
Nevertheless, the crew redirected their efforts toward the Wind Lakes route, and in total cleared 212 trees from the path. All in all, the Powell crews' first official hitch was tremendously successful. Members acquired valuable camping insights and helpful tips for sawing from Field Coordinator Josh Page. This initial adventure has already given the crew memories to cherish despite it being on the cusp of the season. Some unforgettable moments include campfire chocolates, thrusting trees down mountainsides, retiring to the hot springs after the long hitch, and, most importantly, learning what it means to... "Pull Saw and Be Craw." ~ Josh 'Crawdad' Page.