Posted by Scott Crellin on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Being unable to resist the lure of another summer day in January, on Wednesday we got together a great crew for Cuyamaca Rancho State Park of K-Mac, Howard Wiggins, Dave Capron, recent college grad Max Dieckmann and two enthusiastic teenagers: Jesse and Kayla Lennox (children of park employee Ray Lennox). Our first stop was the lower section of the Kelly Ditch trail to look for downed trees after the recent high winds. And, our searching was not in vain. Due to the red flag weather conditions, we could not use power equipment so we deployed hand saws, loppers and Dave's big crosscut saw.
Having exhausted the trees on Kelly Ditch, we headed over to the Sugar Pine trail. We removed several more trees and also dug out the first batch of about a zillion ceanothus stumps in and near the trail bed. Special acknowledgement is due to the "kids:" Max, Jesse and Kayla, who really whupped on those stumps. Meanwhile, Howard and Dave hiked further down Sugar Pine and found a couple more trees to remove. It was a very productive day of old-school trail maintenance!
On Friday, I took a recon run on the PCT down into Long Valley (south of Dale's Soup Kitchen aid station). It's been over 5 years since we last worked in this area and now we've got some work to do, again with just hand tools as it's simply too far to hump in The Obliterator. I've added six more trail worker slots for March 16 at our website: www.sdtrailfit.org.
On Saturday, K-Mac, Dave, Joel Tuckey and I met up with park staff Jim Dascoulias and John Sproule at Paso Picacho. We car pooled down to Anza Borrego State Park and up the jeep trail to the Coyote Canyon area. We deployed 4 (count 'em 4!) brush cutters to clear a two mile section of the hiking trail through the Lower Willows area. Much plant destruction ensued and we even won a tough mano-a-mano battle with a 20 foot long scorpion! Having completed our mission, we enjoyed lunch along the creek and Jim showed us a couple of the nearby petroglyphs before we headed back up to Paso.
Happy Summer to All!