The Fremont-Winema National Forest Hosting A Gearhart Mountain Wilderness Event on June 7

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261

Lakeview, Oregon– The Fremont-Winema National Forest is hosting a Gearhart Mountain Wilderness Event in honor of National Trails Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This event will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the North Fork Sprague River Trailhead (also known as the Blue Lake Trailhead).

At this event, volunteers are needed to assist Forest Service staff to install and update information kiosks, clean up the trailhead and clear trails, as time allows. All volunteers are required to wear work boots, gloves, hats, long pants and long-sleeve shirts.

The Gearhart Mountain Wilderness Event is the first of many activities the Fremont-Winema National Forest is hosting this summer to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was signed on Sept. 2, 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson.

To introduce the public to the concept of wilderness, Forest employees will conduct wilderness walks and Leave No Trace activities focused on ways to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Additionally, Forest Service Resource Specialists will give talks on their specific areas of expertise. Event participants are encouraged to dress in layers and bring a lunch, plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray.

To reach the North Fork Sprague River Trailhead, from Bly, Oregon, go east on Oregon State Highway 140 about 1.5 miles to Campbell Road, turn left onto Campbell Road and turn right a half-mile to Forest Service (FS) Road 34. Drive 19 miles to FS Road 3372, turn left and go about 8 miles. Watch for the Gearhart Wilderness sign, then turn left onto FS Road 015 for 2 miles.