On National Public Lands Day, 19 volunteers went to work on Little Pine Trail. The event was sponsored by the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers, Los Padres Forest Association, and Los Padres Forest Service. Close to half of the volunteers rode bikes in from Upper Oso campground, allowing us to get further up the trail. Despite hot and dry conditions, we met our goals for the day.
The trail is in extremely dry condition leading to loose, dusty trail surfaces and easily displaced trail bed. There are several sections with scree slides and crumbling outer edges. By widening the trail bed and clearing brush on the high side of the trail, users will be better able to use the center of the trail, decreasing erosion of the outside edge. Where the trail has been replaced by a scree slide, we brought down the rocks and dirt from the high side to create a more stable, flat trail bed where trail users can safely pass.
After all our work, the ride down was one of the most rewarding parts of the day, as we saw how dramatically our work had improved the trail and our riding experience. SBMTV Treasurer Paul Herning met us with a Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch picnic lunch at the bottom, and we all enjoyed the shade and a cold drink. Items from Mountain Air Sports, REI and Cranky’s bike shop including packable chairs, new backpacks, and first aid kits were raffled off to volunteers. SBMTV president Chris Orr and SBMTV member Michael Blake camped overnight and completed an additional 5 hours of trail work on Sunday. Thank you to everyone for helping to preserve and maintain our public lands. — Lauren Jacobson