To access the trail, follow the red trail markers (Buteo Trail) from below the power lines to the apex of the loop. You will find the Outcrop trail marked in purple heading down the first outcrop ridge, to the new bridge crossing the intermittent stream. The trail on either side of the new bridge may be muddy at times and we do plan to build some bog bridges in this area to address the situation. From there you will head up hill and pass a few smaller outcrop ridges and eventually connect with the backside of the look-out loop trail which is also the old tower jeep trail. Turning right will take you to the look-out, turning left will take you back towards the parking area.
Our next major trail project will address this old jeep trail as it has succumbed to severe erosion during the last few major storm events. This trail will have to be fixed, and in some cases, rerouted to help protect our sensitive ecosystems and increase trail stability.
In addition to the trail work, we expect to have official trail markers by this spring and will be seeking volunteers to help post the permanent markers.
If you would like to be part of our Joppenbergh Volunteer work group, please contact us here.
WVLT would like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help build this new trail, extra special thank you goes to to Pete Nimmer from the Fats in the Cats Mountain Bike Club for helping us lay out the trailwith respect to the sensitive habitats, and to Martin Trumbore for donating his time and materials to build us two bridges in the park.