Monongahela National Forest
June 24 - June 30
Canaan Mountain Backcountry is located on a high elevation plateau ranging in elevations from 3,100 to 4,145 feet. This is a semi-primitive area that includes many seasonally wet places. Poor drainage from trail surfaces, dense rhododendron thickets, and broken bog crossing structures have diminished the quality of recreation opportunity in the area. These sections of trail currently don’t receive much day to day use due to their present condition, making this a severely underutilized high priority backcountry loop. Trail use does still occur which has caused mud filled spots to widen and worsen. The project on Plantation trail will focus on cutting back Rhododendron from the trail to allow a wider trail corridor and greater evaporation of water from the tread. On Pointy Knob trail, the focus will be on repairing and installing crossings and elevated trail tread in chronically wet areas. Improving these specific trail sections will improve what is an exceptional backcountry loop that includes a branch off to visit Table Rock, one of the most gorgeous overlooks in the area.