The OHTA had another work weekend, this time centered around the Ozone area.
12 of us met Saturday at the Ozone Campground and then drove to where the trail crosses a road on top of Moonhull Mountain. One group headed west to take care of a small reroute and fill-in a large hole in the middle of the trail. My group headed east, with a sawyer clearing downed trees from the trail, two brush cutters clearing all the brush within 2-3′ of the trail, and several people lopping and moving cut brush off the trail. We made it as far as Brushy Ridge – about 1.5 miles – and made a big improvement in a part of the trail that hasn’t been well-maintained.
Overnight accommodations (plus dinner and breakfast!) were provided by one of our crew and his wife, who have a cabin near Ozone. He’s part of a family with deep roots in the area and whose name is attached to several nearby geographical features. It was great to hear his stories.
On Sunday 8 of us worked from the Ozone Campground east about 1 mile to Little Piney Creek, with a sawyer, two brush cutters. and several loppers.
The OHTA will have another work weekend March 5 & 6, probably in the Hurricane Creek Wilderness.