"Wonder if the downey creek bridge will EVER be fixed. Doubt it."
They're apparently working on it this summer/fall. It's scheduled for completion by November according to the list of damaged trails/projects at REI. In the meantime, for all you bikers, there is a solod temporary footbridge over Downey Creek that you can use now.
You need more than a hand saw up there. Chainsaw or forget it. 4 foot trees with a hand saw, ug."
I wasn't thinking about the big ones, Brian. I'm not quite that dumb. Close, but not quite. ;) Rather, I was thinking about all the little ones that are so annoying to get around/over/under. A hand pruning saw with a rip tooth blade makes short work of them and can save a lot of aggravation. The big ones are not as frequent, IME, and you just have to take your lumps there. Unless you want to lug a chainsaw. Even then it would take a while to get through some of the really big ones. Not exactly how I'd want to spend a backpacking trip.
I have a friend who's going to do a recon trip up the Sulphur Mountain Trail in June in preparation for the Bath Lakes High Route. I'll post what he finds when I debrief him. I'm expecting a real mess after 5+ years with no trail maintenance, and it'll probably be pretty much the same everywhere in there, so his experience may be predictive.