Batey Bould Ride
At Batey-Bould ORV Trailhead
During September's PANTRA meeting, Newport-Sullivan Lake District Ranger Gayne Sears and Pend Oreille County Commissioner Mike Manus brought to the table issues regarding the future of the Batey-Bould Trail System.
District Ranger Gayne Sears discussed liability and sustainability issues within the trail system that may partially or completely close the Batey-Bould Trail System down. She said she would make a determination following a report from an evaluation team she was sending up the following week.
County Commissioner Mike Manus was at the meeting to discuss his idea of enhancing the Batey-Bould Trail System and make it a "destination" place to ride rather than to close it.
With seemingly competing visions of the future of Batey-Bould, the first order of business was to wait for the liability and sustainability report before any call-to-action was initiated. The good news is the report came back with "better than expected" trail conditions with the exception of one bridge that is not usable/safe and needs to be replaced and/or the trail rerouted.
Currently a meeting has been scheduled tentatively around the end of November with Gayne Sears to discuss the short and long term future of Batey-Bould and what will be required in the way of repair, maintenance, and enhancements.
To help prepare for the meeting, this will be a fun 'trail evaluation' ride so those that are interested can see first hand what will be required for the short and long term viability of Batey-Bould.
Go here (http://pantra.org/where-to-ride/batey-bould-trailhead/) for directions to the Batey-Bould trailhead. See you there!