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[Image Description: Four MCC members wade across a river. In the background, there are hillsides covered in gold from the quaking aspens, and deep green pine trees.]


First Official Hitch for the Powell Crew

There is a tree laying horizontally across the trail. Two leaders are at the top and bottom of the tree, while an MCC staff member stands on the trail in the background behind the tree. They are preparing to cut it off the trail.

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.