Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, February 17, 2013
On a sunny Saturday morning, we met up with Wil and Greg of the USFS at the Penny Pines parking area. After some chit chat, we shuttled a couple of cars down to the small parking area at the foot of the trail to Garnet Peak. We loaded up with trail tools and headed up the trail to the junction with the PCT. To our pleasant surprise, there was hardly any snow left on the trail and it was not the muddy mess that sometimes follows melting snow. I fired up The Obliterator and the Forest Service guys launched their machine as well and off we headed. First, we brushed the trail back south to the point where we left off from a previous outing. Then, we hiked back up to the junction and worked on the trail heading north. All in all, I'd estimate we covered about a half mile. And a pretty half mile it is too! The day warmed up nicely, to about 60 degrees, so with the breeze it was ideal trail work conditions. Note the attached photo showing the dramatic views out over the Anza Borrego desert and the Salton Sea.
The rest of the hard working crew kept right on our heels, lopping wayward branches and tossing the accumulated detritus (aided by a nice east wind). Post-work, we headed over to Todd's cabin for lunch (thanks Todd!). I had a growler of Token imperial stout from Alpine Beer, which was well-deserved and well-enjoyed by the crew.
I'd like to note that this was our last working session with Greg of the USFS. We've enjoyed working with him on several occassions and soon he wil be leaving for other employment and then to do the entire PCT this coming April. We hope to finish off the rest of this section between Penny Pines and Pioneer prior to his arrival in April so that he doesn't have any reason to complain....Best wishes to Greg and good luck on your PCT adventure!
Thanks to John Hockett, Julius Ulit, Jeff Coon, Neil Feerick and Ashley Andersen for all of their hard work on the trail. Thanks to SURF for our lunch fixings and thanks to Mother Nature for providing a great day to be outdoors!