April 22, 23, 24
Point Mugu State Park

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39th Annual
Santa Monica Mountains
Trail Days

Registration Opens February 1

People - dinner
All Volunteers Welcome!

Trail Days is a weekend for individuals, families, and groups to give back to the parks by helping maintain trails. Partners for this event include California State Parks National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council, Building Bridges to the Outdoors - Sierra Club, CORBA, and Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of Sierra Club.

Our Generous Sponsors

A special shout out to four of our hardworking Trail Crew Leaders who have provided raffle prizes or monetary donations: Don Brusselars, Dave Edwards, Anne M. Russell and George Sherman. Many, many thanks to Dave Edwards and the numerous people who collect recyclable bottles and cans throughout the year to generate substantial cash toward purchasing raffle items!

What if you were offered free camping at the Danielson Ranch in Point Mugu State Park, a barbecue dinner, coffee & bagels in the mornings and the chance to win one of a few dozen raffle prizes, would you take it? If yes, come work with us for a day or two. We have been gathering together in April as hikers, runners and cyclists to work on the trails we love and use since 1981. We have crew leaders from the Trails Council, the Sierra Club Task Force and CORBA to teach you the basics of trail work (if needed) and then guide you as we work on several different trails in the park. The recent rains have provided ample opportunity to repair stream crossings and washed out sections of the trail. In some areas you might be building or clearing drains. Working on trails is good exercise and the best kind of work that is fun. When the weekend is over your trails are in better shape and you have a better than average chance of meeting a new friend. Sounds like everybody wins!

Event Details!

DIRECTIONS: Ventura Freeway to Wendy Drive in Newbury Park; South to Potrero Road, turn right and at Reino Road bear left to NPS service road (first driveway). Address is 4122 West Potrero Road. View on Google Maps.

Please note the vehicle arrival and departure times. There is restricted access to and from the camp site. The campground is 4 miles from the PCH or Newbury Park with locked gates at both ends. Cars may only drive to and from the campground at specified times with an escort. We are not permitted to drive into or out of the interior of the park except in caravans lead by Authorized California State Parks Employees. At all other times, the entry gate will be locked.

ARRIVE: Cars will be escorted INTO the park at designated times:
Friday - 5 pm and 7 pm
Saturday - 7:30 am and 4:30 pm
Sunday - 7:30 am
DEPART: Cars will be escorted OUT of the park at designated times:
Saturday - 4 pm and 9 pm
Sunday - 8:00 am and 2:30 pm
Bring: Lunches, beverages, snacks, water bottle or hydration pack, insect repellant and sun screen. Be Green, Bring your own mug! Please pack your own lunch for Saturday trail work. You will eat at your work site.
Tools are provided, but you can bring a pick, shovel, Pulaski, McLeod, pruning saw, or long-handled loppers.
(Please, no light-weight tools or chain saws.) Must See: Training and Safety Video (YouTube) - this video is also accessible from our website's Trailwork page
Mornings: Bagels and hot beverages supplied Saturday & Sunday mornings for campers.
Dinner: Saturday Night Barbecue Free for trail workers - Please sign up for Trail Days by Tuesday April 19 and let us know you are going to join us for BBQ.
Bring appetizers and beverages.
Thank-you raffles Saturday night AND Sunday after work!
Wear: Gloves, hat, long pants, protective clothing*, sunscreen, lip balm, and work boots or sturdy shoes.
*to keep you warm/dry/comfortable as weather requires, protective eye wear/sunglasses, etc.
Camping: Bring your gear! Free camping Friday and/or Saturday nights for Trail Days workers at the Danielson Multi-use Area located under the sycamores and oaks in the heart of Point Mugu State Park. Advance camping registration appreciated by April 19. Register online. Print Camping Information (pdf).
Rain (unless torrential) does not cancel.

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council,
Barb Thomas (805) 509-3426

Camp Site
People - dinner