Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, March 17, 2014
A lot has been happening out on the trails since my last report. On March 5, Ken McIntyre, Howard Wiggins and I joined one of the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park employees, Cole, to work on the Sugar Pine trail. Over the course of about 1.5 miles, we removed approximately 20 downed trees. And there are still more left! See before and after picture of a big oak "squid" that Cole and I worked on.
On the weekend of March 7-9, Dave Capron and I camped out on Palomar Mountain in order to participate in a PCTA/USFS class on cross-cut saw usage (necessary in wilderness areas where the use of a chainsaw is prohibited). We both got certified as Saw Operators for cross-cut saws (plus Dave also renewed his chain saw certification).
On the 12th, K-Mac, Howard and I returned to Cuyamaca thinking we would drive up the Middle Peak fire road and then work on the remaining trees on the upper section of Sugar Pine. Alas, it was not to be as we kept having to stop our vehicle and remove downed trees on the fire road. Not sure of the total count, but it included some big oaks and we never actually made it to the top of Middle Peak. Maybe next time.....
On the 16th, we assembled another eager crew at the Red Tail Roost on Mt. Laguna: Matt Kafka, Kristine Gillis, Dan Curley, Allison Potrekus, Ashley Anderson, Edgar and Margarita Campos, John Feher and Renee Drucas. After shuttling down a few cars to the Dale's Soup Kitchen aid station, we hiked south on the PCT to the start of the Long Valley section. We brushed the trail through the valley, which should be appreciated by both the thru-hikers and runners in the PCT 50. It was lovely weather, sunny with a nice breeze. We saw one mountain biker illegally riding on the PCT but he turned around once he saw our work crew. I suspect he thought we were a bunch of dangerous inmates turned loose on the trail.....
Post-work lunch was provided by SURF at Todd's cabin (thanks Todd and Carola!). Everyone had a good appetite thanks to the trail work and hiking, plus a good thirst that was slaked by our two growlers from Alpine Beer. Many thanks to our hard-working crew. The trail looks great.