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Wednesday’s July 24 edition carried a short article headlined, hiking trails in good condition,” as reported by Nancy Brown from the Corvallis Adult Ed Hiking program. Although I know she is reporting on trail conditions in that context, the headline is very misleading. The Bitterroot National Forest hiking trails are far from being in “good condition.” Two examples; the Camas Creek trail, to Camas Lake, a close by, popular hiking route looks like a bomb went off on parts of it and the Little Rock Creek trail is in the same if not worse condition. I would use the word horrible to describe this hike to another beautiful lake. Recently, I hiked in the Mission Mountain Wilderness as well as on the Beaverhead National Forest. The trails on both of them were well maintained with excellent water control across the trail, brushed out and had beautiful stream crossing built as needed. The Bitterroot has a long way to go regarding trails, trail maintenance and having a good inventory of hiking trails that are in “good condition”.

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— Tom Kresan, Hamilton

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