Help with Mt. Will trail
To the Editor:
As you may have read in the Bethel Citizen a few weeks ago, volunteer crews have been working on improving the trail system on Mt. Will. The crews have created a major re-route for a gentler approach around the steepest ledges, as well as retiring some of the most eroded parts of the trail. The work is not yet complete, however, and we'd love to finish it before snowshoeing season. You're invited to help complete the job this Saturday, Aug. 31. Mike Cooper, trail designer and builder with Caribou Recreation, will lead a short trail-building workshop before we go to work on the trail section from the parking lot to the North Ledges. Iz Yankura, crew leader of the crew that did most of the work on the trail this summer, will be on hand as well. The goal is to finish and open the last major new section by the end of the day.
Please join us in the Mt. Will parking lot (across from the transfer station on Route 2) at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday. We expect the work to take until about 2 p.m. Bring loppers if you have them, lunch and water. Other tools will be provided.
The trail is on property owned by the Town of Bethel and several generous private landowners. We are lucky to live in a town that has such resources so close by, allowing us to get out and enjoy the beauty of our backyard. We estimate that, based on informal car counts, the trail sees more than 500 users each year. This project is a collaboration among the Town of Bethel, Mahoosuc Pathways, the Bethel Conservation Commission, and the Bryant Pond 4H Camp and Learning Center. An Outward Bound crew put in a day of trail work as well. It is amazing how much work can get done in a relatively short amount of time when so many people chip in, so thanks to those who have helped us come this far.
Another opportunity to get out on the trail is at the end of the month when we plan to have a grand opening of the reconditioned trail on Friday evening, Sept. 27, as part of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org), an effort to get as many Mainers outside as possible doing a wide variety of free activities. Western Maine is the focus of this particular weekend so many local organizations are planning special events. We hope you'll take part with your favorite group or maybe try something new.
Jessie Perkins, Bethel Conservation Commission and Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
Landon Fake, Bethel Conservation Commission and Mahoosuc Pathways