After several months of project work with the State Trail Crew, it was back to a more normal summer-fall workday which means a little of this and a little of that. With 12 crew members out, we split into 2 crews with one heading out to clear a tree on the Skyline-to-Sea Trail near the Joe Metty Bypass and what would be a 5+ mile day while the other crew followed up on several miscellaneous things that had been pending for a couple of months.
A big shout out to the 8 intrepid trail crew members who came out for a special work day. The BBVTC assisted the state park crew working on the Skyline to the Sea reroute near Dool Trail. We all met at the shed but saw no sign of José, state park crew lead. John & Devdutt walked over to HQ and there he was! We loaded tools into Dale P's & José's vehicles and they drove over to Gazos Creek picnic area to a spot very close to the work site. Several of our group walked the 5 minute distance to the site from the shed.
The dogs days of summer were on us with hints of the coming cooler weather and hopefully the containment of the numerous fire throughout the state. Seven crew members showed up and they split into 2 groups with David B, Janette, and Michelle being dropped off by Dale P at the Sequoia Trail junction at 236.
The crew met the state trail crew lead by Chris Pereira and Jose Casteneda, Chris' lead person, at HQ at 9. We made it to the shed a bit later and based on our crew of 9 it was decided that there were enough tools already staged on the new re-routing with exception of our sledge hammer. It only took about 10 minutes to hike to the work site.
Sometimes the impact of our work is immediately apparent as when a tree blocking a trail is removed or passersby say thank you, but other times it is less obvious. The April workday was one of our longest in several years. The crew that headed out to the Sunset Trail Camp had to stop and clear numerous blockages on Gazos Creek Fire Rd. The impact of this routine work was apparent during the May workday when park staff received a report of a smoldering illegal campfire at the trail camp with rangers and CDF units raced out to check on things. If not for the work of the April crew in clearing the road the response time to the fire would have been much longer!
As for this month's work, we had nine people out and were able to split into two crews and cover issues on the Eagle Rock, Basin, Eastridge and Dool Trails, along with stripping the bark from four redwood bollards that will be used in campground parking areas.
The first month of Spring brought out 10 crew members, which shows the level of support we have been getting! . Four of our regular crew members unable to make the April workday so we had our smallest turnout since last summer.
During the usual morning gathering we received word of a large tree down on the Sunset Trail about a mile from the Sunset Trail Camp, so we decided to break into two groups with five people driving out Gazos Creek (that would be an adventure itself!) to the trail camp to deal with the new report while the remainder would continue the work from last month on the large tree laying length ways along North Escape Rd.
A good turn out of 14 crew members including one new person and Fran from days past! Two crews this month with most people heading out to N. Escape Rd to work on that massive 100ft length Doug Fir on the road at a 30deg angle with a 16ft circumference at the base that equates to 4.5ft diameter and still ~3.5ft OD at 70ft from base! Now that some work. The other crew took care of a couple of things off Lodge Rd for Sempervirens and then a tree on Middle Ridge near Ocean View Overlook.
The Trail Crew had another very good turnout of 17 people on a very spring like February workday. We started the day remembering the Sempervirens Fund's Linda Yule who passed away in December with, what else, pie! Linda would often bring warm pies out for the Trail Crew to enjoy in exchange for help with grove preparation work and I like to think she would have enjoyed being remembered in this way.