April Service Project: Dickerson Creek Waterfall Trail Renovations


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One of our biggest focus’ is to impact not just the veterans in our community, but the community itself. This is why we jumped on the opportunity to get involved with the Ueland family lands. We were very honored when we were contacted by the property managers to help them upgrade and maintain one of Bremerton’s most treasured hiking trails, the Dickerson Creek Waterfall Trail.

A volunteer, Chase hammers trail guards into place along the trail leading down to the waterfall.

A volunteer, Chase hammers trail guards into place along the trail leading down to the waterfall.

The project was lead by the Ueland grounds keeper and volunteer. Showing us the areas of focus that we would be working on. We started with the most heavily trafficked areas first, the trail to the waterfall. Because this trail is so popular in Bremerton we had to schedule our trail maintenance on a Monday, even still we had many groups of hikers coming through to see the falls. By focusing on the waterfall trail on an off day we were able to get a significant amount of work done leading down to the waterfall. Which can be slippery and dangerous to some hikers. So to start off we installed safety guards along the sides of the more precarious areas of the trail, as shown to the right. Using downed trees that were sourced from the grounds itself we cut lengths out, drilled holes all the way through, and then hammered lengths of rebar into the soil to hold them in place. These guards will not only show people the designated trail areas, but will also greatly help with erosion of the trail during heavy rains. Once we had installed all the trail guards we began to dig into the hill side to create a side trail, and installed log stairs in the slippery downhill areas. We did this because this trail is so highly trafficked by locals and visitors alike and most don’t expect the trail to have some very slippery sections. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this local treasure and by installing these renovations we have made it safer for all members of the family, and skill level of hikers.

Ueland volunteer and project lead, David showing us the areas of the trails that need maintenance before we got to work.

Ueland volunteer and project lead, David showing us the areas of the trails that need maintenance before we got to work.

Volunteers laying out the log steps to get spacing before drilling and hammering rebar through them to keep them in place.

Volunteers laying out the log steps to get spacing before drilling and hammering rebar through them to keep them in place.

Just a few of the supplies we used to complete the section of the project. Cut sections of downed trees, cut lengths of rebar, and a cordless drill.

Just a few of the supplies we used to complete the section of the project. Cut sections of downed trees, cut lengths of rebar, and a cordless drill.

Volunteer, Chase taking a breath before setting rebar through the log stairs

Volunteer, Chase taking a breath before setting rebar through the log stairs

The steps almost completely set and hammered into place

The steps almost completely set and hammered into place

Finishing up the last step in this section

Finishing up the last step in this section

David, the project lead working on setting the last bit of trail guards.

David, the project lead working on setting the last bit of trail guards.

Hammering steps into the newly cleared out trail section

Hammering steps into the newly cleared out trail section

It was our pleasure to be able to improve the Dickerson Creek Waterfall Trail, and we are thankful to the Ueland family and land managers for this opportunity to make a positive impact in our community.