Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 2, 2015
Nothing like a cool and cloudy morning in the Cuyamacas to get you ready to warm up doing trail work! Another enthusiastic crew met up at Paso Picacho ready to tackle one of our more unusual projects: Neil Feerick, Ken Marsh, Ken McIntyre, Susan Russo, Margarita Campos, Edgar Campos, Gloria King, Joe Brophy and Juan Gonzalez. Technical advice and supervision was provided by a highly experienced state park employee, John Sproule.
Our project was to re-build a section of the Los Caballos trail that had been abandonded and rehab a parallel section of trail that was not in the proper location. Check out the group photo. The veritable jungle of downed trees and brush behind them is where the trail was supposed to go. When I first checked out this project, there was no indication that a trail ever passed through this area. So, you get the idea of the job we were about to tackle.
Our volunteers got to work on clearing brush, removing several downed trees, and chopping out bushes that had grown into the trail bed. In several places, the trail bed had to be re-made, which the crew eagerly accomplished.
John showed us how to rehab the old trail, which generally meant chopping it up and covering it with cut brush, small branches, etc. In a year or so, you'll never know it was there. With John's supervision, we also regraded nearby portions of the Los Vaqueros trail and built a number of water bars to help control erosion. The end result was a beautiful section of trail, nicely graded, free of obstructions, and ready to be used.
Post-work lunch was enjoyed indoors in a meeting area at park headquarters. Maybe it was just the cold weather, but it seemed like the food disappeared faster than usual.... It is always a pleasure, and a privilege, to work on the trails with a great group of cheerful, hard-working folks. What a great way to spent a morning in the mountains! Many thanks to all the volunteers. Thanks to John for showing us how to do trail rehab and build water dams. Lastly, thanks to Jim Dascoulias of CRSP for suggesting we tackle this project.