2017 BCHW State Wide Work Party

Please note that the 2017 BCHW State Wide Work Party has been CANCELED due to Forest Fires

Note: Each individual who plans to attend MUST sign up on the BCHW survey by July 1st

2017 SWWP

The 2017 Back Country Horsemen of Washington State Wide Work Party will be in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness located in the far north east corner of Washington in the Colville National Forest.  This range is in the Rocky Mountains with most work will be held in Wilderness areas. 

Come learn about a wonderful new vacation destination while contributing to our Mission Statement. This year’s work party will give all members a chance to hone their trail work skills and celebrate year #5 of our annual SWWP. The work area approximately 95 miles north of Spokane, in a rare inland rain forest which has wildlife not seen in our other Washington wilderness areas, such as Woodland Caribou and grizzly bears.

We will be partnering with Back Country Horsemen of Idaho, Washington Trails Association, Pacific Northwest Trail Association and the US Forest Service. Packers, cross cut sawyers and trail technicians are needed at this event. This year will see us riding trails into Idaho and opening loop trails back to Washington horse camps. Camping and staging will probably have us at Gypsy Meadows. Information on how to sign up will be coming as we draw closer. So right now, put August 2nd – 5th on your calendar!

Back Country Horsemen of Washington State Wide Work Party Survey - Click here to help plan the event


Frequently Asked Questions

 Question: Do I need to let you know I am coming?

Answer: Yes. We need to know this for meal planning, determination of trail crew needs, camp site requirements and other logistical information. Please fill out the SWWP Survey, it and more information is located at http://www.bchw.org/2017SWWP.html  (Link above)

Question: Do I need to provide my own meals?

Answer: Aug 2nd – 5th meals will be provided for those who signed up on the SWWP Survey! It and more information is located at http://www.bchw.org/2017SWWP.html

Question: Do I have to bring pack stock?

Answer: No. We normally have enough pack stock to accomplish our work. Contact Jason if you have skilled pack stock via email Jhridlon@fairpoint.net

Question: Do I have to have a horse to attend?

Answer: No.  SWWP 5 will encompass lots of different tasks. Hike in projects are an option as well as camp duties like LNT.

Question: Do I need to bring my chapter tools?

Answer: Yes, bring well marked tools, items like loppers, saws, shovels, axes, hammers and be sure to inventory what you bring. Be responsible for your tools!

Question: Do I need to be Cross Cut Saw Certified?

Answer: No, we will assign you to a group that carries a saw certified person. 

Question: Do I need my own PPE’S?

Answer: Yes. Bring your own saddle bag 1st aid kit, gloves, hard helmet, ankle high boots, eye protection, long sleeve shirt. And you will be expected to wear proper PPE’S while doing trail work.

Question: Can I bring my dog?

Answer: Yes, but: No dogs allowed on the trail with work crews!  Dogs left in camp will be expected to remain quite while you are out all day working. No dogs in kitchen area! No dogs wandering around camp without leash. Please respect these rules that are reasonable for those that do not love your pet like you do.

Question: What else do I need to know?

Answer: If you currently have a NW Forest Pass, bring it. If not, by being a part of this work party a pass can be provided. You will need to bring your own equipment to high line your animals. Stock water will be provided to your camp site, bring your own bucket. Certified weed free hay will be provided, but please bring a few of your own bales in case we run short.  Please notify me if you have all current paper work to transport stock into Idaho.  This might be useful to cover the area in Idaho. 

Jason Ridlon, Organizer

jhridlon@fairpoint.net cell 509 699-9927


Area Map Below  Click here for a printable PDF map



More detailed map at: https://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=48.88844&lon=-117.08459&datum=nad27&zoom=32&map=auto&coord=d&mode=zoomout&size=m


Directions to Gypsy Meadows:

From Ione, WA:  Head west on Main St toward S 2nd Ave/International Selkirk Loop N for 174 feet.  Turn left at the 1st cross street onto WA-31 S/S 2nd Ave/International Selkirk Loop S continue to follow WA-31 S/International Selkirk Loop S for 0.9 miles.  Turn left onto Elizabeth Ave/Sullivan Lake Rd continue to follow Sullivan Lake Rd for 0.4 miles.  Turn left to stay on Sullivan Lake Rd for 12.4 miles.  Turn right onto NF-22/Sullivan Creek Rd for 5.3 miles.  Slight left onto NF-2220/Sullivan Creek Rd for 6.7 miles. 

Google map directions from Ione, WA

Click here for 2016 State Wide Work Party Report and Photos