We had a great turnout at today’s Lower Santa Cruz Trail Work day, 28 Volunteers! We broke out into three initial work crews. Two bike in groups with Doug and Jason went all the way up to the first slide — about 2.2 miles up the trail, and a hike in crew with Peter worked from the start of the trailhead to just beyond the 19 Oaks trail intersection. Lauren also lead small groups of people as Dough and Jasons crews finished up projects and started sending people down the trail bit by bit to continue work. They pulled on a number of threatening yucca plants from the trail — bye bye punctures, whew.
The dirt was in perfect workable condition as it had just rained a few days before. So, we were able to really shape our work. We built a lot of water drainage features, nicks, rolling grade dips and worked on benching with outslope in many locations. There were some berms put in right after the meadow, you might have caught them in action on our instagram feed :).
After the solid day of work we rode down (hiked out) the hero dirt and enjoyed lunch and beverages together at the picnic tables next to the Upper Oso parking area.
Thank you so much to all the Volunteers!! You did an amazing job!
So excited to get out and ride this trail!! Hope you have a chance to check it out soon! It is currently a great out and back ride at about 4.6 miles roundtrip from the parking — and if you have some extra energy add in a Camuesa lap!
And a little reminder, if you are interested in being a SBMTV Crew Leader we are offering Trail Academy in January, the weekend of the 12th and 13th. It is a two day intensive school that will teach you the basics of sustainable trail design and other skills needed for leading a small work crew on the trail. Check it out here: www.sbmtv.org/event/trailschool .