Watershed association schedules trail cleanup effort
April 09, 2013 10:40 AM

FORD CITY — Crooked Creek Watershed Association will host a trail maintenance and cleanup day for the historic Baker Trail on Sunday.

The association has adopted a 3-mile section of the trail that begins at the covered bridge on Horney Camp Run and continues north around Crooked Creek Lake, ending at the spillway of the dam.

Volunteers should meet at 2 p.m. at the parking lot of the spillway. Cleanup will be finished by 5 p.m.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Maintenance includes picking up litter/debris, removing branches to keep the trail passable, and maintaining trail markers or blazes. The Crooked Creek Watershed Association will supply all volunteers with necessary tools, trash bags, etc. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, water, and to wear sturdy footwear.

Contact Kelly Cossey at cosseyk12@gmail.com or (832) 498-7690 for more information.

The Baker Trail, one of the 18 state-designated hiking and backpacking trails in Pennsylvania, was established in 1950 and named for the late Pittsburgh attorney Horace Forbes Baker, who was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Pittsburgh Council of the American Youth Hostels after World War II. The trail originally extended from Aspinwall to Cook Forest State Park.

However, extensive development along the Allegheny River caused the Aspinwall-Freeport section to be abandoned. In 1971, the trail was extended northward from Cook Forest Fire Tower to near the Allegheny National Forest, making the trail 132 miles long.

The Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy currently oversees the entire trail, and many local groups volunteer to maintain sections of it. For more information on RCTC, visit www.rachelcarsontrails.org.

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