A small group of trail volunteers completed some important restoration work on the Appalachian Trail on a Saturday in early November. The A.T. section just south of Lehigh Gap in eastern Pennsylvania was washed out by a torrential tropical storm last August. The storm cut huge ruts in the trail and washed out water bars. Hikers had started a bushwhack trail up the side of the hill to avoid the damage.
Five volunteers from the Keystone Trails Association Appalachian Trail group performed the restoration work on a beautiful fall day. Charlie, Janet, Kathy, Steve and Jim hauled rocks from nearby piles and placed them in the ruts. They rebuilt several water bars to divert water away from the trail. The bushwhack trail was blocked with trees and brush at both ends. The group plans to put up some wooden posts with painted blazes to direct hikers to the proper trail. The group stayed socially distant and followed the A.T.’s guidelines for trail work during the pandemic.
Thanks should also go to the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club and Appalachian Trail Conservancy for allowing the KTA’s A.T. group to borrow tools for the work.
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