Wayne and I went up Powell Lake to check out the logging roads at Beartooth. We'd like to ride our quads up the valley that rises up towards a snaggle-toothed peak of the same name.
What we found were logging leftovers. The barge ramp was damaged and alders blocked the road up the valley.
|Barge ramp blocked with driftwood and alders clogging the logging road.|
Next to the ramp is the skid logging trucks used to dump their loads into the lake. Logs were penned nearby in booms prior to being towed down the lake to the extraction point in Block Bay. Click here to see how log trucks dump their loads.
|Massive skid logs are deteriorating.|
While the dock and bridge to shore look to be in good condition, winter storms have separated them. The bridge has sunk and the dock floats a good distance from shore.
Looking at the Western Forest Products project map, there will be future logging in this area. When it's done, we'll get our chance to return and ride the refurbished roads. -- Margy