Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 • Backcountry Horsemen rebuild Caribou Wilderness corrals

On a sunny autumn Saturday, at the end of October, members of the Backcountry Horsemen gathered at the Cone Lake trailhead to rebuild damaged corrals.

Members of the High Country Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen work on a corral at the Cone Lake Trailhead. From left: Pam and Jerry Eckhardt, Mike McCourt, Lynn Cherry, Sandy Jansen and Harry Weir.

Eight hard-working members of the High Country Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen traveled from Greenville, Susanville and Milford to work on the project. They spent the day planting posts and bolting rails in place on two new corrals to replace ones that had been damaged from last winter’s snow load.

“Cone Lake is the first of three corrals they will be rebuilding.” said Janie Ackley, the Almanor Ranger District’s resource officer. “The others are at the Caribou Lake and Hay Meadows trailheads. That work will be completed in 2018.”

The Backcountry Horsemen are a national non-profit organization dedicated to keeping trails maintained for hikers, bikers and horseback riders on public lands. The High Country Unit is based out of Susanville, California. Multiple units of the Backcountry Horsemen perform annual maintenance on trails across the Lassen National Forest. The High Country Unit performs annual trail maintenance in the Caribou Wilderness, among other places on the Plumas and Modoc National Forests.

Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood for homes, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.

For more information, call 257-2151 or visit fs.usda.gov/lassen.

Members of the High Country Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen work on a corral at the Cone Lake Trailhead. From left: Pam and Jerry Eckhardt, Mike McCourt, Lynn Cherry, Sandy Jansen and Harry Weir.