Trail work reports archive

4/22 to 5/2

May 7, 2015
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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 world-renowned RD, Scott Mills, joined us along with Rick Hoopes and we headed back once again to Sugar Pine.  This time, we were on a mission to remove a bunch more trees that were blown down by the high winds during the Lost Boys race.
For those of you not in the race, I ask you to imagine that you're nearing the end of the 50 mile course on a rainy, blustery day when you run into......a huge downed oak tree (see photos) that you can just crawl through.  Ouch.  We got rid of 7 downed trees on Sugar Pine last week, but the massive oak will have to wait a few more days for the chainsaw pros of the park to finish it off.  Parts of it were simply too big for the biggest chain saw we could haul up there!
On Saturday, I met with Joshua Moulthrop, Mark Backes, Brenan Oliver, Rich Brownlee, Peter Cross, Art Messier, Matt Provencher, Ted Hering, Ken McIntyre and Ken Marsh to work on the Westside trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  It was a lovely spring day and we cleared .75 mile on this trail.  While I had previously informed the crew that Saturday was World Naked Gardening Day, no one selected the clothing-optional method for trail work.......  Post work, we had a relaxing picnic lunch at the Paso Picacho campground.  See photos including a nice before/after set.  Los Tres Kens were running a brush cutter and pole hedger and our hard working crew was right on our heels the whole way swamping and stashing the cuttings.  The trail looks beautiful!
Thanks to our great volunteers.  You guys and gals are so fun to work with.  It's great to hear (when I'm not ensconced in my sawyers helmet with ear plugs) everyone talking and joking around while getting the job done.g
 

Trail Work News From All Over Cuyamaca Peak

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

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

February 16, 2015
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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

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

February 2, 2015
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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

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

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

June 6, 2014
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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

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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