This trail idea was suggested by a member of the Back Country Horsemen during the summer that volunteers worked to develop the eight miles of equestrian trails on the westside of Illinois River Forks State Park. One of the appealing aspects of the idea is the fact that the first half of the route follows an abandoned prospect road to where it ends at a prospect about half
way up the mountain. A proposal and application for Title II funding to construct the trail was submitted in the spring of 2015 and was approved. Final environmental work on Phase One of the project is expected to be done by the BLM and State Parks this spring and summer with the possible start date of Phase One trail construction likely to begin in the fall of 2016. It will take longer to get final approval for Phase Two trail construction to allow adequate time for the BLM to do a thorough environmental assessment of the botanically unique upper part of the mountain. Maybe 2017.
The goal of this project is to provide local residents with a hiking trail to the top of Woodcock Mountain. Once on top, the ridge can be followed to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Rough & Ready Creek Canyon, and other locations.
Long Range Goal
The long range goal is to create a hiking route that Cave Junction residents can follow from their home to the top of Woodcock Mountain, a distance of about two and a half miles.
Funding and Maintenance
The project will be partially funded by a Title II grant. Additional grant request will be submitted to cover the cost of trail construction. Additional funding from donations and volunteers are expected when the project gets started.
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