OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) is to work toward the perpetuation of the legal and moral claim by the American people to use horses and mules for recreation on public lands.  

The Grays Harbor Chapter is one of the 32 BCHW chapters across the state who are dedicated to keeping trails open for all users; educating horse users in Leave-No-Trace practices; and providing volunteer service to resource agencies.

Our chapter is made up of members who live in all areas of Grays Harbor or who live out of the county but who like to ride and work on the same trails as we do. 

Since 2008 we have had a Volunteer Agreement with the Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District, Quinault office working to maintain and improve the West Fork of the Humptulips Trail (WFT) #806. The BCHW state organization has been awarded several grants from the Washington state Recreation Conservation Office, with some of those funds going to help purchase materials used to maintain and improve this trail. The WFT trail is located inland between Humptulips and Quinault off U.S Highway 101. A true rain forest area, the WFT crosses the West Fork of the Humptulips over 20 times in its 17 miles in length. Plans are in the works for a camping area and loop trails to the river and WFT. 
More details here on the Lower West Fork and  Upper West Fork
We also work with the Department of Natural Resources on the Porter Creek trail in Capitol State Forest.

We will be adopting the Green Diamond property again for 2019, Grays Harbor BCHW has leased 4,722 acres from Green Diamond Resource Company. This area is gated and the gates are locked for most of the year.  Chapter members have their own keys and can access the area any time that they want. We are mapping out trails and working to get them put in so we can ride there. We are able to camp on the acreage and be behind locked gates. Members have their own keys and can access the area any time that they want.

If you're interested in trail riding and are concerned about access to recreational opportunities by stock users on our public lands, then this just might be the organization for you. You can help make a difference by learning and teaching methods of responsible stock use, by helping on trail maintenance projects, or with fundraising activities. All the while making new friends and having a great time in the process!
Our members also enjoy many social activities, including trail rides, camp outs and potluck dinners, monthly meetings, a Christmas Party, a fund raising Fun Ride, the annual state Rendezvous and in general having a good time with folks that share our interests. You're welcome to contact us for more information or come to one of our meetings and meet a good group of folks that share your interests. 
Our monthly chapter meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month and start at 7 pm. We typically meet at the Brady Fire Department with a social half hour beforehand. We do not have a December meeting and in the summer we may meet elsewhere to tie it in with a camping trip.

Membership is open to anyone who shares the objectives of the organization.   Annual dues include memberships in the Chapter, the state organization and the national organization, the Back Country Horsemen of America. Dues are $51.00 for single and $64.00 for family membership. You can get an application by clicking here or by coming to a meeting.
If this sounds interesting and you want to find out even more about us, click here for our Facebook page  And take a look at the state organizations page, www.bchw.org and the national page www.bcha.org 
below that  will be a list of contacts or officers

Partner of the Olympic Public Access Coalition https://www.opac.land/ and  https://www.facebook.com/groups/145647539498584/

2019 Officers
President: JoAnn Yost  joanny295@gmail.com 360-482-3257
Vice President: Cheryl Clark Cherylac146@gmail.com 360-581-2469
Secretary: Susie Seip susieseip12@gmail.com
Treasurer: Mary Owens owens.maryj@gmail.com 360-482-8375
Director: Lori Lennox llennox82@gmail.com 360-482-2742

Also find the Grays Harbor Chapter on Facebook

Click here for a printable flier

Upcoming State & Chapter activities:

February 25 - BCHW Legislative Day, Olympia
March 15-17 - Rendezvous, Ellensburg
March 23 - Great Gravel Pack in, Capitol State Forest
April 6 - Green Diamond Cleanup Day
June 22 - Chapter Fund Ride, Matlock

Local Ocean Riding Opportunities:
Ocean Acres B & B Horse Camping Grayland, WA
Screamin Eagle Horse Camping, Ocean City, WA