Volunteers, trail lovers needed to repair big scar in Ogden foothills

Friday , October 27, 2017 - 5:00 AM

LEIA LARSEN, Standard-Examiner Staff

The Front Climbing Club and Ogden Trails Network are seeking a throng of volunteers to mend an ugly abrasion in the Ogden foothills.

Dubbed the “Castle Rock Scar” because it runs from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the popular Castle Rock climbing boulder, the gash is visible between the 27th Street and Lake Street trailheads. It has eroded over the years from off-trail hiking and runoff. The scar is now about 100 yards long and 100 feet wide in places.

“It’s so deep ... if we were to have a big snowmelt, you’d see a shift in that whole slope,” said Blake Hirschi, a manager at the Front. “It could potentially wash out the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and access to the Lower Boulder Field.”

It’s a big project. That’s why the Front and Ogden Trails need at least 100 volunteers to build retention walls, reseed the scar and install biodegradable fabric to hold the soils in place. 

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Lake Street Trailhead and work until around 1 p.m. They should come equipped with gloves and long pants.

A few sponsors will offer additional incentive — Wasatch Roasting Company is donating coffee, Bella’s Mexican Grill will have breakfast burritos and Lucky Slice Pizza will provide lunch.

Those interested can sign up online through volunteersignup.org. More details are available on The Front Ogden’s Facebook page or call (801) 393-7625. 

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