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5-21-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, May 22, 2016,
Memo to self:  schedule trail work for cold, windy mornings as it apparently makes the volunteers work harder!  OK, I'm just kidding around.  But today's crew of Kurt Erlandson, Ed "The Jester" Ettinghausen, Rich Arriaga, Rafael Covarrubias, Martin Santos, Jeff Coon and Matt Eyre seemed to find extra inspiration from the cool weather.  Or, maybe it was the promise of cookies and beer once we finished clearing the trail?  Gosh, even The Obliterator seemed eager to demolish more ceanothu...

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5-7-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, May 22, 2016,
Despite a gloomy weather forecast, I met up this morning with Jesus Garcia-Fernandez, Hector Aleman, Treacy Sommer, Ken McIntyre and Ken Marsh at Paso Pichacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  Our plan was to work on clearing brush on the Black Oak East trail, which is part of the SD100 course.  But, first we had to get to the trail......
Sure, it started out easy enough.  We drove past the gate at the bottom of MIlk Ranch Road and started up the hill.  The higher up we went, ...

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4-2-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Saturday, April 2, 2016,
It was a lovely spring day in the mountains.  I met up with Matthew Zuniga, Daniel Shamburg, Jeffrey Miller, Sean Nakamura and Mike Thomas at the Red Tailed Roost on Mt. Laguna.  We hiked down Thing Valley Road to access the PCT from where we left off last week.  Then it was time to fire up The Obliterator!  And off we went clearing trail over about a mile of the PCT, finishing up about .5 mile south of Dale's Soup Kitchen.  We saw several thru hikers and a covey of ultra runners doing...

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3-26-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, March 27, 2016,
It was a lovely spring morning today on Mt. Laguna.  Sunny and crisp.  Alas, a bit too sunny and crisp because the Forest Service said we could not operate power equipment today.  So, it was back to old school trail work with just hand tools.  But, did that intimidate our crew?  Of course not!
I met up with Kelsey Hausken, Daniel Griffin, Jonathan Hunter, Cesar Salas and Umberto Guerrero at the Red Tail Roost Activity Center.  We hiked over to the PCT near Burnt Rancheria campground and...

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3-5-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, March 7, 2016,
We snuck in another trail work day ahead of the next storm on Saturday March 5.  I met up with Dan Cicchelli, Beto Campos, Ryan Shaw, Chris Muller, Edward Wang and Neil Feerick at the Sunrise Picnic area on Mt. Laguna.  We hiked over the PCT, fired up The Obliterator and began working our way south clearing out the overgrowth.  In total, we cleared about 1.3 miles, which may be a new one-day record for TrailFit.  I was cutting brush as fast as my little feet would go and the crew was r...
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2-27-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Wednesday, March 2, 2016,
Ah, the joys of endless summer.  No rain in sight and luckily, the USFS said it was safe enough to operate power equipment today (Friday:  no go).  So, I packed up The Obliterator, food and the usual equipment and headed up to Cibbets Flat campground to meet John Hockett, Scott Holliser, Cris Francisco, Brian Ritschel and Syvere Valentin.  We hiked up that #$%@* road to the PCT and then south on the PCT itself about a mile to the point where we left off from previous work.

Soon, I was ...

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2-13-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 15, 2016,
Well, I am here to tell you officially that winter must be over!  Last night I froze water in my water bottles so that I would have something nice and cold to drink while working.  I met up at the Horsethief trailhead with Stacy Fox, David Fellow, Bill Skyles, Even Goodwin, Anthony Harju and Ryan Shaw.  Due to the warm weather, the Forest Service rules would not allow us to use power equipment (even though most of our work today was not within the Pine Creek Wilderness).  So, armed wit...

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2-6-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, February 7, 2016,
Well, I guess winter is over, huh?  On Wed, I went out for a solo scouting hike 5 miles on the Secret Canyon trail from the Horsethief trailhead and it was freezing.  Ran into a big downed oak that I was able to clear using a couple of hand saws. 

Today, I met at the same trailhead with Edward Wang, Greg Gayman, Tony Sandoval, Andi Ramer, Michele Pauley and Vince Villegas.  It was sunny and about 15 degrees warmer than the same time on Wed.  Go figure.  
Our cheerful tribe hiked in 4 mil...

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1-30-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 31, 2016,
This was our first Grrrls Only trail work day and it was fabulous.  Anita and I met up at Todd's cabin with Angela Shartel, Mary Lou Lackey, Renee Drucas and Carrie Jesse.  The day was sunny with a brisk wind blowing, just about perfect for trail work.  We left behind Anita and the warmth of the cabin and headed up Todd's hill to join the PCT.  I powered up The Obliterator and we proceeded south along the trail, trimming back the new growth that has come up iin the past few years.
Just ...

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1-24-16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 31, 2016,

Hi!
Yup, we're back in business making the best trail system on the planet.  On Sunday, I met up with Alex Batchelor (coming in all the way from London!), Jay Hilton, Eric Miersma, Andrew Moulis, Nancy Moulis and Jeri Ginsburg to work on the PCT north of Kitchen Creek Road.  It was a beautiful crisp sunny winter morning so everyone was eager to get to work.
We cleared a half mile of the trail and as you can see from the photos, the trail looks great.  If all goes according to plan, with...

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4/22 to 5/2

Posted by Scott Crellin on Thursday, May 7, 2015,
Hi!

Is it spring, is it summer or is it still winter?  I guess it depends on which day of the week you venture out on the trail.  Just ask the runners in the Lost Boys 50.
Our previous Wednesday outings on April 22 and 29, we were out removing various downed trees in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  The usual Wed crew of Los Tres Kens (Bonus, McIntyre and Marsh) and Howard "Don't Call Me Ken" Wiggins, removed a lot of downed trees on Sugar Pine and some other trails.   On the 29th, our own w...

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Trail Work News From All Over Cuyamaca Peak

Posted by Scott Crellin on Wednesday, April 22, 2015,

Ah, spring has finally sprung in the local mountains, or so we thought on April 8 as Los Tres Kens and Howard "The Guy Who Isn't Named Ken" Wiggins headed up Peak Road to the top of the mountain.  Where we encountered ice on the trees (!) and an very cold breeze.  We quickly shuffled down to the start of the Burnt Pine trail and began clearing brush and various small trees.  Sorry, no pics.
The following Wed, the 15th, the Gang of Four returned again to the upper section of Burnt Pine t...

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4/1 and 4/4

Posted by Scott Crellin on Wednesday, April 8, 2015,
Yes, it was on April 1 when us two fools (me and Ken McIntyre) hit the road early to drive up to the San Mateo Wilderness west of Lake Elsinore.  We'd been asked by the Forest Service to remove a large downed oak on the Bear Canyon trail.  We had a lovely hike in, and began sawing away on the oak using a a 4 foot crosscut saw and a 5 foot two-man saw.  Everything was going swell and we should have foreseen that we would be the recipient of an April fools hoax......
The hoax, in this cas...

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2/11 and 2/15

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 16, 2015,
Hi!

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, s...

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2/4/15

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, February 8, 2015,

On Wednesday
, Los Tres Kens (Bonus, Marsh and McIntyre) plus Howard Wiggins headed up to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to work on the Kelly Ditch trail.  For those who may not be familiar with the trail since it's not included any of the races, it runs from Lake Cuyamaca to William Heise County Park, about 8 miles one way.  After being heavily overgrown for years, it's now in pretty good condition, subject to recent downed trees here and there.  You could make a nice training run out of t...

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1-31-15

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 2, 2015,
Hi!

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 C...

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1-24-15

Posted by Scott Crellin on Thursday, January 29, 2015,
Twas a blustery day in the mountains on Saturday, January 24.  Overcoming the headwinds on I-8, our fearless crew met me at the Pioneer Mail picnic area on Mt. Laguna:  Tim "Mr. Orange Mud" Christoni, Karen Ross, Vic Marlow, Kurt Erlandson, Daniel Griffin, Christine Bilange and her friend Bill (sorry Bill:  I couldn't quite make out how your last name was spelled).  

Kudos to Daniel for coming down all the way from Berkley, CA to participate in the day's work.  He is currently in the le...

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1-10-15

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 11, 2015,
Our first trail work outing of the new year was down in the Anza Borrego desert, near the tiny hamlet of Shelter Valley.  Larry Pustinger, the RD for the Old West 50K, arranged for us to meet at the Shelter Valley Community Center at the same time that a local church group was cooking up a delicious free breakfast (thanks guys!).  Of course, who better to appreciate a free meal than a bunch of ultra runners?  Jared Gustafson, Madonna Bentz, Bud Phillips, Brian Gonzalez (RD for Lost Boy...

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6-1-14

Posted by Scott Crellin on Friday, June 6, 2014,
Hi!

On Wednesday May 21, we got together a small crew at Paso PIcacho campground consisting of my son, Martin, Dave Capron, Rhonda Cody, Howard Wiggins, Darren Quigley and Ted Hering.  Dave, Darren and Ted took a chainsaw and began removing downed trees on the Black Oak east and west trails.  I took Martin, Rhonda and Howard and we pursued downed trees on Sugar Pine (first trail in the SD100).  Due to the recent high winds, both groups found plenty of stuff to do!  At the top of Sugar Pine, wh...

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5/7 to 5/17

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, May 18, 2014,
Lots to do on and for the trail this time of year!  On May 7, Dave Capron and I (along with other park staff) went down to Anza Borrego for annual training in the application of herbicide.  We staved off hunger on the long drive from Paso Picacho to the desert with an ample supply of donuts.  

On May 11, I went for a loop hike from the school camp up Harvey Moore and back around on Dyar Spring to check out the conditions on the HM switcbacks, etc.  The trail is in great shape, but this was bef...

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4/23 to 5/3

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, May 4, 2014,
Another trail work day, another bunch of dead ceanothus..... Yes, spring has sprung and apparently immediately transitioned to the dead of summer.  So, here is the latest news:

On April 23, Ken McIntyre, Phil Anthony and I hiked up the West Mesa trail and on to Burnt Pine in order to remove a very large oak that had fallen and blocked the trail.  Mac did some masterful work with the chainsaw to remove the oak.  We also did some trimming back of ceanothus in the area so that trail should be qui...

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4/8 and 4/12

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, April 14, 2014,
Yes, the ceanothus keeps on growing so we keep on doing trail work!  But not without proper nutrition and hydration......  On Tuesday, April 8, John Martinez (the capo di tutti cap1 of SURF) graciously hosted dinner and a selection of ales at O'Brien's Pub for yours truly, Dave Capron, Howard Wiggins and Ken McIntyre.  This was a nice "thank you" to us geezers who make up the Wednesday trail work squad.  It was an unseasonably warm evening and the company was delightful.  Many tall tales, gro...

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5/21-5/29

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, March 31, 2014,

Hi!

Over the weekend of March 21-23, Wes Edell, his wife Louisa, and I joined ranger Fred Braun as part of a backpacking crew to work on the Dripping Springs trail in the Agua Tibia wilderness.  After a long slog uphill to our campsite, we set up camp Friday night shortly after it got dark.  Saturday, we hiked about 4 miles and worked on clearing brush and cutting out a couple of good sized downed trees.  This area burned in a fire back in the late 80s or early 90s and it still has a fair amou...

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3/5, 3/8, 3/12, and 3/16

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, March 17, 2014,
Hi!

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 partic...

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2/16/14

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 17, 2014,

On Sunday February 16, we assembled another enthusiastic trail work crew consisting of Jeff and Nancy Martin, Julieann Storm, Dale Miller, Jennifer McDaniel, Weldon Thomson, Karen Ross, Vic Marlow, Johan Cronje and Anders Juncker-Jensen.  And they had good reason to be enthusiastic on a day in mid-February where the high was about 75 degrees.  No one dared to call this winter!
We hiked in about 4.5 miles to pick up working from where we left off last Saturday.  Armed with our Pulaskis, the cre...

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2/8/14

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 10, 2014,
There has been plenty of trail work completed since my last missive.  On February 1, I took a nice long solo hike on the Secret Canyon trail starting from the Pine Creek trail head.  Starting from where Ken McIntyre, Howard Wiggins and I had left off several weeks ago, I clipped the new sprouts that were coming up from plants cut over the past year or so.  As a result, the first 7-8 miles of the trail is groomed like the fairway at Torrey Pines golf course.  Sorry, no selfies were taken that ...

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1/26

Posted by Scott Crellin on Tuesday, January 28, 2014,

On Wednesday January 22, Ken McIntyre, Dave Capron and I attended the required annual chainsaw class at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  No, I did not take pictures of the bunch of us sitting around, eating donuts and getting educated on the finer points of chainsaw safety and maintenance.....
On Sunday, we had another cheerful crew meet up at Paso Picacho:  Henk Overdest, Anne Fleming, Andi and Don Ramer, Tony Sandoval and Dave Capron.  It was a sunny and crisp morning and after a short shuttle o...

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1/15 and 1/18

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 c...

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1/8 and 1/11

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 12, 2014,
On Wed, Howard, Max, K-Mac and I started working on the Harvey Moore trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, beginning at its junction with the Pine Trail and heading east.  While it was a lovely sunny morning, when we started out it was a chilly 26 degrees at the bottom of the Pine Trail, tucked down in the holler of Descanso Creek. Fortunately, we began to thaw out once we started working on the trail.  Twas our usual cutting and spraying assault and as you can see from the before and after pi...

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1/2 and 1/4

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 5, 2014,
Hi and Happy New Year to All!

K-Mac, Howard and I thought that the best way to start out the new year would be to kill some more ceanothus.  With that objective in mind, on Thursday we hitched a ride to the top of Cuyamaca Peak and began hiking down the Burnt Pine trail, noting for future removal various downed trees along the way.  After a couple of miles, we hit the last section of overgrowth and deployed a brush cutter and herbicide to their usual deadly effect.  This completes all of the h...

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11/13 and 11/17

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, November 18, 2013,

The usual gang of geezers:  yours truly, Ken McIntyre and Howard Wiggins, head up to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on Wed. 11-13.  We met up with one of the park staff, John Sproule, to remove downed trees on the Sugar Pine and Black Oak West trails.  In total, we removed about 10 trees, ranging from some small saplings to a massive oak that was about 40 inches across.  John showed us some clever techniques when using the big 32 inch chainsaw.  Post-work lunch was at the picnic area at Paso Pica...

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11/9/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, November 10, 2013,
On Wed. 11-6, Ken McIntyre and I headed up to the Cuyamacas to work on the Black Oak west trail.  Sorry, no photos so you'll have to take my word for the fact that the trail is almost completely re-worked.  Mac and I hit the overgrowth with a combo of a brush cutter and pole hedger, followed by a dousing with herbicide on the cut stumps of ceanothus.  It was a lovely fall day, with views all the way to Point Loma, San Clemente Island and Catalina Island.

On Saturdy, 11-9, we had another outing...

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10/23 and 10/27

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, October 28, 2013,

On Wednesday 10-23, Dave Capron, Ken McIntyre and I headed up the Middle Peak fire road for an outing on the Black Oak west trail.  While it was sunny and crisp on the mountain, the lower elevations were still socked in with clouds, as show in the photos.  We did our usual slashing of ceanothus with The Obliterator, followed by a dousing of the cut stumps with herbicide.  Die ceanothus die!  OK, I feel better now.

On our way back to Paso Picacho, we stopped and pulled out a chainsaw to cut dow...

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10/19/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, October 21, 2013,


We kicked off the start of the 2013-2014 trail work season with a small group of volunteers:  Michele Pauley, Bryce Williams, Ken McIntyre (recently home from completing on foot the 500 mile Saint James pilgrimage in Spain!) and yours truly.  We met at the Roost on Mt. Laguna and drove in on Thing Valley Road to the location of the Dale's Soup Kitchen aid station.  From there, we cleared brush south about .5 mile to Big Rock, which is pretty darn good for only 4 trail workers.  I've enclosed ...

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6/1/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Saturday, June 1, 2013,
For our last Saturday outing of the season, we assembled a fabulous crew consisting of Morgan Goff and his teenage son, Gavin, Anne Fleming, Mitch Reese, Ken McIntyre and your truly.  Eager to beat the heat, we shuttled a couple of cars over to the Cuyamaca School Camp and started work on the Dyar Spring trail.  
I ran The Obliterator and sprayed cut stumps of ceanothus as well as a few patched of poison oak.  I had to run The Obliterator to the max as the crew was right on my heels the...

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5/25/13 part 2

Posted by Scott Crellin on Wednesday, May 29, 2013,
First a few catch up items.  On Monday May 20, we had an informal thank-you dinner for the Wednesday trail work crew at O'Briens Pub.  John Martinez and Scott Mills graciously agreed to pick up the tab.  Thanks John and Scott!  I was there along with Ken McIntyre, Howard Wiggins and Dave Capron.  A shout out goes to Paul Schmidt and Julie and Carlos Santillan, who have worked with us on Wednesdays but were unable to attend the dinner.  We spent much of the evening brainstorming over tra...

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5/25/13 part 1

Posted by Scott Crellin on Wednesday, May 29, 2013,

Five hearty souls showed up bright and early to tackle another section of Secret Canyon on May 25.  The effort was amazing.  Another .2 miles of dense trail were cleared and have brought us to a dubious section of trail where massive amounts of poison oak reside and await our future onslaught :-)   The days workers were Pas Poignard, Pat Meskell, Chris Muller, Jennifer Luoma and Scotty Mills.  We really had a great day and enjoyed some nice refreshments upon our 3.2 mile hike out back ...

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5/18/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, May 19, 2013,
Well, the ceanothus is in bloom and the killer 'pillers are beginning to emerge from a long winter sleep.  But our trail crew volunteers, like the IRS, know neither fear nor shame.  On Wednesday, May 8, Ken McIntyre, Howard Wiggins, Wally Boerschel, Paul Schmidt and I met up at the Paso Picacho toolyard for an early morning session.  We were joined by John Sproule and then we headed out to theSugar  Pine trail.  Despite the recent rain and slippery mud on the Middle Peak fire road, John...
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5/4/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, May 5, 2013,
On Wed, Ken McIntyre, Howard Wiggins, Ted Hering and I met at Paso Picacho campground for some trail work on the West Mesa trail.  We picked up from where we left off the previous Sunday and continued clearing brush until we connected up with some previously cleared areas just below the junction with the Burnt Pine trail.  I should note that Ted had recently returned from serving his country in Afghanistan and he seemed to instinctively know to treat the ceanothus and poison oak the sa...

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4/28/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, April 29, 2013,
Hi!

On Wednesday, Ken McIntyre, Wally Borschel, Howard Wiggins and I met up with Wil Brennan of the Forest Service at Penny Pines.  We brushed south about .5 mile to connect up with some earlier work we had done in the area north from the Storm Canyon overlook.  Sorry, no pics from this outing but the trail looks great and I expect the through hikers will appreciate the effort.
On Sunday, K-Mac and I led a hard working crew of Andi Ramer, Don Ramer, John Vanderpot and Cris Francisco out...

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4/20/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, April 21, 2013,
Another fantastic group of volunteers meet up with me at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on a beautiful, crisp sunny morning.  Ken McIntyre came early to pull power equipment for us while everyone assembled down in the picnic area.  This included gawking for a few moments at a deer carcass (presumably roadkill) that the vultures had been working on.  We then carpooled up Peak Road to park near the intersection with the Westside Trail.  See the nice photo of our group, including the Campos C...
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4/17/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Thursday, April 18, 2013,

Early on Wednesday the 17th, Howard Wiggins, Dave Capron, Ken McIntyre and myself met up with John Sproule at Paso Picacho toolyard (after Mac and I had, even earlier that day, stashed a vehicle at the junction of Fern Flat fire road and the West Mesa trail).  We drove up to Cuyamaca Peak where we discovered that the wet cloud conditions and high winds overnight had left the trees covered in exotic ice drapery.  See attached photos.  In some places, the ice was feathered on branches in...

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3/17/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, March 18, 2013,

On Wednesday, Julie and Carlos Santillan, Ken McIntyre, Wally Borschel and I did some trail work on the west end of the Secret Canyon trail, starting near it's junction with the Espinosa Trail.  We had lovely warm weather, but cool enough water in Pine Creek that we could stash a bottle of beer to cool down for lunch.  While the beer was cooling, our small group cleared about .5 mile of trail.  Before and after pics are attached.  And, as I explained later that day to my wife Anita, "I...

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3/17/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, March 18, 2013,

The March 17 SD Trailfit "Overflow" volunteer consisted of 10 hearty souls who gathered with work tools at the trailhead and proceeded to hike up Secret Canyon for 2.5 miles to commence working the southern section of the canyon.  An impressive .6 miles of trail was cleared and all of us enjoyed the beauty and views that were afforded at every turn.  The hike back out was interrupted by a 6 foot rattler that made it clear we were not welcome on his trail :-), but other than that a spec...

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3/2 and 3/3

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, March 4, 2013,

I must say that the weather gods smiled upon us this weekend with unseasonably warm temperatures.  The weekend began bright and early on Saturday when a crew of Alex Batchelor, Eli Ellefsen, George Katsikaris, Bryce Williams, Ken McIntyre and yours truly met up at Paso Picacho campground.   Alex, by the way, is the current record holder for coming the longest distance to do trail work:  all the way from London!  Or as Alex put it:  "It's the farthest I've ever gone to do a bit of garde...
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2/26/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Friday, March 1, 2013,
To borrow a phrase from Winnie the Pooh, it was a blustery Windsday, when we arrived at the Pine Creek trailhead.  I passed out the new official Friend of the Trail t-shirts, which were modelled by our wind-blown crew of Ken McIntyre, Howard Wiggins (just back in action after minor surgery), Julie and Carlos Santillan and Brian Recore (see attached photo).  We hiked into the point where we had left off previously and began a new assault on the over growth.

 Much chopping, digging, lopp...

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2/16/13

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 Fores...
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2/2/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 4, 2013,
Greetings!
On Saturday, we took advantage of the nice weather and got a trail work crew together to work on the PCT near the Sunrise Aid station.  One group took loppers and clippers and brushed the trail north to the junction with Mason Valley Truck Trail.  A second group, drove over to the gate for the Lucky 5 Ranch and work back north on the PCT with a couple of brush cutters.  Post-work lunch was held at Todd's cabin (thanks Todd!) and included an interesting analysis by Cory Schmel...

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1/19/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, January 21, 2013,


What a difference a couple of weeks make.  Instead of 18 degrees at the Secret Canyon trailhead, our crew encountered a balmy 50 degrees with clear sunny skies.  We hit the trail, hiked under the Pine Creek bridge and down to our finish point from the last time.  After a safety briefing, we got to work and in a few minutes ran into Rangers Wil and Zack.  We didn't reunite the old rock band Three Dog Night, but we did have a Three Zack Day (see list of names of volunteers below).  OK, i...
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1/5/13

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 6, 2013,

Brrrrr!  It was only 18 degrees at the Secret Canyon trailhead as our soon-to-be-Dirty Dozen hit the trail to try and keep warm.  Luckily, there was no breeze and after a 45 minute brisk walk to our starting point (out in the sun), everyone could again feel their fingers and toes.  And once started, this crew was a trail clearing juggernaut.  We covered about 4 tenths of a mile and as you can see from the before and after pictures, it was a huge improvement.   All done with hand tools: ...
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12/8/12

Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, December 9, 2012,

It was cloudy and drizzly on the coast on Saturday morning, but up at Pioneer Mail on Mt. Laguna, it was a beautiful sunny morning.  Just a light wind so as the day warmed up, it was ideal conditions for trail work.  And work we did, as evidenced by the photos.  We met up with Wil, Zack and Greg of the USFS and our fearless band of ceanothus killers headed south on the PCT.  Scott Mills and I traded off for running The Obliterator and Jim Crosson and Jeff Conery provided the finishing ...

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11/17

Posted by Scott Crellin on Wednesday, November 28, 2012,
Hi!

Well, at least this Saturday no one was in danger of heat exhaustion.  45 degrees, cloudy with a brisk wind at Pioneer Mail.  Todd Leigh, Ken McIntyre, Nathan Simpson and I met up with Wil and Greg of the Forest Service.  We also ran into Denis Trafecanty and Glenda Kimmerly, returning to Pioneer after doing some early morning trimming on the PCT.  Due to my cold fingers, didn't get as many photos as usual.  You'll just have to imagine us out on the trail.  
I fired up The Oblitera...

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11/3-11/4 Agua Tibia

Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, November 5, 2012,

The adventure began early on Friday morning when Dave Capron and I met up with Ranger Fred at the Dripping Springs campground, about 10 miles east of Temecula.  Also at the meeting point were Dean and Bianca.  Bianca, by the way, is a Forest Service employee, who cheerfully got out from behind her desk to lend a hand.  We rode with Fred through some private land holdings in order to access the Wildhorse Trail, near its junction with Crosley Road, on the eastern edge of the Agua Tibia w...

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