The annual Carson Emigrant Trail Cleanup outing, led by Frank Tortorich, was held July 26th and 27th 2010.
OCTA members clearing sage brush from the trail

OCTA members clearing sage brush from the trail

 

The group met at Pickett’s Junction and divided into two crews for the morning work. One crew started clearing brush on a Class I section of trail paralleling Highway 88 in Hope Valley.

 

 

 

Donna Newberry and Jim Allison hauling tree branches off the trail.

Donna Newberry and Jim Allison hauling tree branches off the trail.

 

The other group headed down Carson Canyon to work on the trail near Snowshoe Thompson’s Cave. A gigantic pine, which was surely standing when the pioneers passed, lost a huge branch, completely blocking the trail.

 

 

 

Frank Tortorich describing travel on the Carson Emigrant Trail.

Frank Tortorich describing travel on the Carson Emigrant Trail.

Part of the afternoon was spent on a tour of other segments of the trail including a meadow crossing and a rocky upslope where the trail began to leave Hope Valley.

 

 

 

 

Bridge abutment on the Big Tree Road.

Bridge abutment on the Big Tree Road.

The next morning the group went out to look at Big Tree Road. Good trail traces, rust rocks and two old rock bridge abutments were seen. The fords on the Carson River in Hope Valley and Faith Valley near the bridge abutments were also still visible.

 

 

 

Glen Owens clearing the trail.

Glen Owens clearing the trail.

Dave Newberry clearing the trail.

Dave Newberry clearing the trail.