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Trail Work in San Gabriel Mountains

Trail building in the forests help keep hikers from cutting their own trails and helpd reduce pollution, errosion, and other damage my concentrating foot traffic along known, safe routes.

On 17/Sep/05, the Trail Builders group came to the Crystal Lake area of the San Gabriel Mountains to perform maintenance on existing trails, and to remove fallen trees that obstructed the trails. Mount SAC students worked with long-time Trail Builders --  http://www.sgmtrailbuilders.org/
The staging area at Crystal Lake
The staging area at Crystal Lake
Another look at the staging area
Another look at the staging area
A look at the general area, looking South East
A look at the general area, looking South East
 Safety was a primary concern.  There was a safety meeting before we started
Safety was a primary concern. There was a safety meeting before we started
Here's the first tree that needed to be cut up and removed.
Here's the first tree that needed to be cut up and removed.
Mike is the cutter -- he has his chainsaw certificate and the proper equipment
Mike is the cutter -- he has his chainsaw certificate and the proper equipment
Trail work taking place below the tree cutting effort
Trail work taking place below the tree cutting effort
Cleaning, opiling, gassing, and checking the chainsaw.  Trail work in the back
Cleaning, opiling, gassing, and checking the chainsaw. Trail work in the back
After the first cutting, moving the heavy tree sections off of the trail
After the first cutting, moving the heavy tree sections off of the trail
We roll -- or actually they roll -- a large section off trail, across the road
We roll -- or actually they roll -- a large section off trail, across the road
Clean up after the second tree is removed
Clean up after the second tree is removed
The third burned tree after we had already done a lot of work
The third burned tree after we had already done a lot of work
Another look at the same thing
Another look at the same thing
With the burned tree removed, the huge rock gets dug up and moved
With the burned tree removed, the huge rock gets dug up and moved
Clean up of the trail after all that work
Clean up of the trail after all that work
The photographer did some work, too.  Honest I did.  See the dirt? Shovel?
The photographer did some work, too. Honest I did. See the dirt? Shovel?
After the work was done, back to the staging area
After the work was done, back to the staging area
We're visited by two deer.  Hunting is FORBIDDEN so they thrive up here
We're visited by two deer. Hunting is FORBIDDEN so they thrive up here
Another attempot to photograph the deers
Another attempot to photograph the deers
From the highway as I biked back down the mountain 25 miles
From the highway as I biked back down the mountain 25 miles
 http://www.sgmtrailbuilders.org/

Oregon Indy Media readers might be interested in some of the trail building work that volunteers do in the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. The volunteer effort builds trails and performs repairs and maintenance on exist trails, allowing hikers to have a safe, comfortable hike through the mountains, helping to limit errosion, litter, and other problems that can occur when numerous hikers would otherwise crash through the brush making their own trails.

The heavy rains in California last year caused significant damage to most trails, washing some of them completely away. Trees that had been killed by the various fires in the area -- the Curve Fire and the later Williams fire -- also fall or are cut for safety reasons, winding up blocking trails.

I joined up with the San Gabriel Mountains Trail Builders this past week end, joining the tree cutting and hauling crew while a team of about 60 or 70 other volunteers spread out along various trails to level and clear them.

The work was not too difficult; we removed and cleared brush and branches from fallen trees, dug under them with shovels through the rocky dirt to allow the chain saw to cut cleanly through the fallen trees, then we push, pulled, kicked, and hauled the tree segments off the path, cleaning up the trail after it was cleared.

Because of the ash, charcol and soot from the fires that had come through at times, a couple of us were really dirty toward the end -- more so after spending a great deal of time digging up a boulder, moving it off the trail, then leveling the trail again.

Here are some of the photographs I took.

I should add that I'm not a member of the group that went up there, nor were most of the volunteers that joined the San Gabriel Mountains Trail Builders. Any opinions, comments, or statements I make are solely mine and aren't the opinions, comments, or statements of anyone else.

 http://www.sgmtrailbuilders.org/

homepage: homepage: http://www.sgmtrailbuilders.org/

Thank you 19.Sep.2005 15:42

Desertphile NCHRA@hotmail.com

Thank you one and all very much for performing this service.


What, you crazy?! 21.Sep.2005 11:17

Nonerya Business

I saw you on that bright orange bicycle. Isn't it dangerous biking that far? What if you get hit by a car? You would be lying there for hours.