We also had the pleasure of having a large tree fall across the trail just a few minutes before we arrived (according to a hiker that saw it fall) not too far from the lake. Since we weren't going to be turned back at this point (and we heard there were vehicles on the other side that needed rescuing
) we decided to clear the trail. Steve & Matt starting hacking away at it with a small but effective hatchet while Nick and I rigged a snatch block and chain to the Mule's winch. We used the winch to snap the tree in half where the cut was started, then we re-rigged the snatch blocks and pulled the large piece off of the trail. Great fun and good practice.