Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 16, 2015
Twas another lovely winter week for trail work! On Wednesday, Ken McIntyre, Howard Wiggins, Denis Trafecanty, Rick Hoopes and I met up at Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. I'd brought along The Obliterator, fresh from it's annual overhaul and maintenance. We headed over to work on the Kelly Ditch trail, continuing the long, long battle to cut back the overgrowth. With The Obliterator happily humming along, we quickly piled up some massive amounts of brush, soon to be stashed by the hard working crew. The trail is currently quite passable for runners and hikers, so check it out if you're looking for a new trail to explore.
On Sunday, I met up with Eric Paavola, Andi Ramer, Michelle Pauley and Andrew Moreau at the Horsethief trailhead for the Secret Canyon trail. Taking loppers and hedge clippers, we trimmed, clipped, nipped, and generally manicured about 1.4 miles of this trail. From the Horsethief trailhead in about 4.5 miles, this trail is in near perfect condition. In particular, we cut back an area that had some poison oak just starting to sprout leaves, so that should make for a safer passage for runners.
Oh, and the weather was indeed lovely. By the time we got back to the trailhead, it was sunny and about 75 degrees. Perfect for a nice picnic lunch and some Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point. The cheerful attitudes everyone had on the trail were boosted even higher by a great lunch and good company.
As always, many, many thanks to our hard working crews. The other day I was talking to an individual who leads some trail work volunteers for another organization and he told me that most of his volunteers can only hike about one mile. Not so our fellow ultra runners! So, get out there soon and enjoy the Secret Canyon trail while the weather is still cool.