Cody Field Office and Montana Conservation Corps improve public trails and river access
Story by Zach Cowfer, Cody Field Office Recreation Technician; and Sarah Beckwith, Wind River/Bighorn Basin District public affairs specialist. Photos by Zach Cowfer.
Three trails near Cody, Wyoming received some special attention this summer thanks to efforts by the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) and the BLM Wyoming Cody Field Office. Recreationists can enjoy improvements to the BLM-managed Sheep Mountain Trail, Bobcat–Houlihan River Access Trail, and the Twin Creek Trail as they hike, ride horses, fish and hunt this fall.
“The trail crew came with a positive attitude and a lot of energy, and now they have experience building safe, sustainable trails,” said BLM Recreation Technician Zach Cowfer. “I hope both locals and visitors head out this fall to enjoy these trail improvements.”
On the Sheep Mountain Trail, located just west of Buffalo Bill Reservoir between Cody and Yellowstone National Park, the crew installed several rock and wooden stairs in steep sections, mitigated trail washouts and cleared fallen rock. The work will help prevent erosion and dangerous sliding for foot and horse travel alike, and aid in trail compaction over time.
Next, the crew worked along the South Fork of the Shoshone River at the Bobcat–Houlihan campground and river access trail. Vegetation was removed to improve tent camping and reduce wildfire risk. An overgrown corridor from the parking area to the river was cleared. In addition, the crew installed a 16” footbridge over a stream in the trail, reducing erosion of the creek bed and allowing easier access to the river.
Finally, the crew improved the Twin Creek Trail, another public access point along the South Fork of the Shoshone River. Sections of trail were widened and redefined. In steeper sections, the crew installed retaining walls, constructed wooden check steps and laid timbers along the critical edge of the trail to mitigate damage caused by rockslides and to reduce the risk of falling or sliding.
“Overall, the work we completed with the MCC crew makes these trails better defined, easier to find and access, and more sustainable into the future,” said Cowfer.
To learn more about MCC, visit: http://www.mtcorps.org.
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