Trail News

A mixture of trail news and a log of the trail work we perform in the Santa Monica Mountain Trails.


  • Etz Malloy Trail now Open! - The Etz Meloy Trail crosses privately owned land, the National Park Service has acquired property and created a trail to link the fireroad to Yerba Buena Road.

  • Trail Etiquette With so many of us enjoying our local mountains, it is probably a good time to talk about trail etiquette. CORBA and the SMMTC have (ok so mostly Steve Messer of CORBA) have put a lot of information into a brochure that outlines basic courtesies for hikers, horses and bicyclists. Read More? Tell us your thoughts. Like it? Love it? Hate it?

  • Las Virgenes Trail Extension, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and other dignitaries were at the groundbreaking ceremonies for "The Don Wallace Trail Project". This new trail connection has received permits from both Cal-Trans and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The connector has been designed and approved by the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation and a contract has been let to a contractor skilled in working in sensitive environments. This extension will allow access for hikers, riders, equestrians and wildlife on trails "from the Beach to the Simi Hills and Beyond". background info.

  • Let's Fix Trail Problems!
Members of the Trails Council and their friends and associates are requested to report issues regarding signage, trails and other situations that need repair:
  • Missing or vandalized signs
  • New signage requests
  • Repair/correction request trails
  • Brushing needed
  • Tread repair needed
  • Erosion correction
  • Removal of dangerous situation
  • Trailheads Access improvement needed
  • Problems may be reported to 818-222-4531 or via email, mail@smmtc.org

May 11 This report reflects 3 days of trail work on Rogers Road in Topanga State Park. It was a joint project with the Sierra Club Task Force. A spike camp was set up as a base camp to work from each day. Some people camped either one or two nights and some hiked about 2 ½ miles to work for the day only. The work consisted entirely of rushing the trail to establish a corridor of about 6-8 feet. A state park employee used a flail mower to cut in on both edges of the trail followed by our volunteer crew using two gas powered hedge trimmers. The trail was heavily over grown is some sections with deer weed, buckwheat, sage and various other plants. There was a considerable amount of lopping and sawing of limbs from small trees growing into the trail. Other crew members followed behind raking the cuttings and dumping them off to the side. Rogers Road is now completely cleared for about 3 miles starting at its juncture with the Topanga Fire Rd. Work summary: May 10: Crew size: 7 (4 SMMTC, 4 SCTF) includes one juvenile with SCTF Hours worked: 7 Crew hours 56 Feet of trail worked: 1300 May 11: Crew size: 6 (SMMTC, 9 (SCTF) includes one juvenile with SCTF Hours worked: 7 Crew hours 105 Feet of trail worked: 3350 May 12: Crew size: 2 (SMMTC), 4 (SCTF ) includes one juvenile with SCTF Hours worked : 5 Crew hours: 30 Feet of trail worked: 4000 (The flail mower cleared most of the trail on the way back out the previous evening. The crew lopped and brushed where needed on the way out that day)

May 08 Cleared brush using 1 brush cutter and hand tools. Built or re-built 12 drains. Brush was extremely dense consisting of mustard and other types of vegetation. Cleared 1600’ of trail.

May 07 Survey of trail prior to May 18 Event at this location.

May 04 This was a joint project with the Sierra Club’s Santa Monica Mountains Task Force Trail Crew to widen the bypass for passage of an ATV for support of a spike camp down Rodgers Road (approx. 3 miles). Arrive at Trippet Ranch parking lot. Sign-in sheet and shuttle to trailhead. Distribute tools and discuss logistics. Hiked to area where we last worked this section of the Backbone Trail on November 17, 2018. Split into groups with the Sierra Club clearing brush along the section near the trailhead, another group used a hedge trimmer to remove vegetation while working back towards trailhead, another group hiked to the junction of the bypass with Rogers Road, and another group hiking towards the spike camp area scheduled for the following weekend. Take lunch break. Resume work removing brush and slough. Improving tread and widening trail. Stop work and hike back to trailhead. Return tools. Shuttle back to Trippet Ranch. End of day. 10 volunteers x 6 hours = 60 hours (see sign-in sheet) Total distance maintained = 2100 feet.

April 28 Volunteers began to arrive and sign in. Ten SMMTC volunteers were on hand to organize and supervise the trail maintenance activities. Crew leaders and volunteers were shuttled to the trail head. Volunteers were organized into two crews, assigned crew leaders and issued tools. The crewleaders conducted tool talk and safety briefings to their respective crews. The trails, crews and work accomplishments were as follows Crew #1: Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. 49 volunteers. Crew #1 used power tools to cut weeds and lighter brush. Loppers were used to remove heavier brush, to reestablish the four foot width. A short section near the upper end of the trail were slightly realigned and cleaned. Near the mid-section of the trail, slough was removed and tread outsloped. Crew leader: Dave Edwards/Barry Dydyk Total volunteer hours: (49 volunteers x 3 hours) = 147 hours Feet of trail maintained: 716 Crew #2: Blue Canyon Trail. 18 Volunteers (under 10 years of age and parents). Crew #2 Lopped and chopped light brush alongside the trail to reestablish the four foot width. Crew leader: Barb Thomas/Anne Russell Volunteer hours (18 volunteers x 3 hours) = 54 hours Feet of trail maintained: 200 CORBA: Two Foxes Trail: 6 Volunteers. The CORBA crew brushed and chopped weeds on the Two Foxes Trail.. Crew leader: Steve Clark Total volunteer Hours: (6 volunteers x 3 hours) = 18 hours Feet of trail maintained: 2,213 Campground Breakdown: 4 Volunteers. After trail work and lunch, 4 volunteers stayed behind to clean up the campground, pack up equipment and return equipment to the Storage Unit. Total volunteers (4 volunteers x 3 hours)= 12 hours Total volunteer hours for Sunday: 219 hours Feet of trail maintained: 2,413

April 27 Volunteers began to arrive and sign in Twelve SMMTC volunteers were on hand to organize and supervise the trail maintenance activities. Volunteers were organized into several crews. Crews were shuttled to various trail heads, assigned crew leaders and issued tools. The crewleaders conducted tool talk and safety briefings to their respective crews. Seven crews hiked to their assigned work sites, up the Blue Canyon/Old Boney trails. The Sierra Club volunteers were shuttled their work sites on the Wood Canyon Vista Trail. The CORBA crew was shuttled to the Two Foxes Trail The trails, crews and work accomplishments were as follows: Crew Under 10 Years-of- age (and parents): Blue Canyon Trail. Fourteen volunteers performed lopping and weed removal on 1,640 feet of trail. Crew Leader: Barb Thomas Total volunteer hours: (14 volunteers x 6 hours) = 84 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,640 Crew #1: Blue Canyon Trail; 11 volunteers. Crew #1 Lopped brush from a badly overgrown trail. Since much of the trail had been washed away in the winter rains, the trail alignment was delineated and widened. Crew leader(s): Jon Van Gorder/Don Brusselars Total volunteer hours: (11 volunteers x 6 hours) = 66 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,300 Crew #2: Blue Canyon Trail. 11 volunteers. Crew #2 Chopped heavy weeds and growth along trail, widening the tread. Repaired two badly silted drains. Removed rocks and other debris from the entire section of trail... Crew leader: Anne Russell Total volunteer hours: (11 volunteers x 6 hours) = 66 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,270 Crew #3: Old Boney Trail; 13 volunteers. Crew #3 Chopped heavy weeds and growth along trail, widening the tread. Three new drains were installed, through a large berm. Filled 150 feet of trench in the trail. Outsloped and cleared 60 feet of trail. Crew leader: George Sherman/Chris Morneau Total volunteer hours: (13 volunteers x 6 hours) = 78 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,110 Crew #4: Old Boney Trail; 14 volunteers. Cr

April 26 Began work with six SMMTC volunteers. Three volunteers hiked the Blue Canyon/Old Boney trails performing assessment and documenting tasks to be performed on Trail Days. Two volunteers surveyed the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. After lunch, two volunteers performed tool maintenance, sharping and lubricating tools as necessary. The crew assisted in setting up the campground for big event. Gathered and staged tools for Saturday’s event. Completed work. Total volunteer hours: (6 volunteers x 6 hours) = 36 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

April 25 This was the 38th annual Trail Days event. As in the past several years, the event was held in Point Mugu State Park. The campout and BBQ dinner were held at the Danielson Group Campground and volunteers performed trail maintenance on several trails in the area. Several SMMTC crew leaders met and camped in the campground a few days ahead of time to make preparation for the main event to be held on the week end. Four SMMTC Crewleaders met at Danielson Campground to begin planning and preparations for Trail Days. Began work. Hauled tools and all Trail Days event equipment and materials from the storage unit in Newbury Park. Unloaded tools. Three volunteers hiked the Blue Canyon trail performing assessment and documenting tasks to be performed on Trail Days. Completed work. Two volunteers camped overnight. Total volunteer hours: (4 volunteers x 7 hours) = 28 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

April 20 Rehabilitation of trail, joint activity with CORBA, MBU, Girlz Gone Riding. Met at Reagan Ranch parking lot for multiple shuttles into MSCP through back gate on Crags Rd. Parked adjacent to MASH site and hiked @ 0.2 miles to work site. Cleared brush and large debris piles from recent flooding, removed burned trees and branches that were impeding the route. Removed large to medium rock slides that had fallen onto the trail at 3 sections. Reconstructed washed-out tread in 3 areas, consisting of reinforcing the trail with rock and covering with dirt to create a path wide enough for safe use. Re-routed one section around large displaced drainage pipe. Removed a branch from very large downed oak that couldn’t be otherwise moved and improved re-route around area. (That issue still needs attention.) Hiked out of worksite and shuttled back to Reagan Ranch parking lot after picnic lunch provided by CORBA Total volunteer hours: 36 volunteers x 4 hours = 144 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~2500

April 19 This is the newest trail in the Conejo Open Space. Trails Council crew leaders have surveyed and flagged the trail, and have led volunteer crews on work days from the time the trail was laid out. The main objective for today was to finish cutting in the trail on the connecting hill between the west and east legs of the trail. This trail work day event was organized by Leadership Conejo. We had, including Bill Dinino as the crew leader, a total of 26 volunteers. This total included 4 rangers who actively participated. Bill Dinino and the rangers met at the Yarrow Family YMCA at 7:30am to finalize trail work and assignments. Volunteers started arriving at 8:30am and were assigned to one of two crews. The first crew was led by Bill Dinino and the second crew was led by one of the rangers. Crews proceeded to hike to work areas carrying tools, which involved hiking roughly 7/10ths of a mile uphill and then downhill to their designated work areas on the hill connector between the west and east legs of the trail. Volunteers primarily worked on cutting in the trail on the hill connector.

April 13 Arrive at pull-out on Piuma Road. We worked the BBT segment going towards Saddle Peak. Two regular volunteers take two (2) weed whackers with gear and fuel. Walk to trailhead and begin removal of vegetation. Other volunteers remove slough, debris, cuttings, and improve tread. Reach Dark Canyon creek crossing after removing branches and cutting back poison oak. Proceed up the trail past the creek. Remove fallen trees. Weed Whip brush and grasses along edge of trail. Improve tread and remove slough. Resume work. General tread maintenance and slough removal. Continue weed whipping up the switchbacks. Improve and widen tread. 6 volunteers x 6 hours = 36 hours (see sign-in sheet) Total distance maintained = 2600 feet. Please add 2.5 hours for Greg Sweel’s trail assessment performed the prior week.

April 10 Today’s work was a joint project with volunteers for the NPS and SMMTC. The work consisted entirely of smoothing the trail and knocking down the berm on the outside edge of the trail. The berm was created as a result of excavator work by an NPS operator clearing slide material as a result of the recent rains. There were about 10 volunteers for the NPS. Crew size: 7 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 42 Total feet of trail worked: 3200 Agency: NPS

April 06 This is the newest trail in the Conejo Open Space. Trails Council crew leaders have surveyed and flagged the trail, and led crews on trail work day from the time the trail was laid out. The main objective for this day was to finish cutting in the trail. There is some work left to be done but it’s mostly cosmetic, trail building per se is now complete. The trail work event was organized by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks. We had, including the 5 crew leaders, a total of 58 volunteers. This total includes 4 rangers who actively participated. Crew leaders for this event were Anne Russell, George Sherman, Barbara Thomas, Bill Dinino, and John Kross. Crew leaders met at the Yarrow Family YMCA to get trail assignments. Volunteers were assigned to one of 5 crews. Crews proceeded to hike to work areas, which involved hiking roughly 7/10ths of a mile uphill, carrying tools. Volunteers were willing and able, and getting to the work areas was not a problem for anyone. In addition to cutting in the trail, volunteers restored trail width where narrowed by dirt that washed down with the rains, and filled in ruts. Crews hiked back down the hill. Everyone was treated to lunch and a drawing was held, with prizes. Day complete, everyone left Total Volunteer Hours: 58 people x 4 hours = 232 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1, 428

April 06 This was a routine trail maintenance project. It was a joint project with students from CSUCI. The objective of this project was to perform routine trail maintenance on the Fireline Trail. Unfortunately, the scheduled bus to transport the students from CSUCI campus to Point Mugu State Park did not show up. The students agreed to carpool to the work site. Once at the state park. Things went according to plan. There were 21 CSUCI and 5 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the CSUCI campus. Met at the Sycamore Canyon day use area parking lot. Hiked to the Fireline trail head. Arrived at the trail head. Conducted safety and tool talks. Began the work about .4 miles up the trail (where we finished work at the last work event). One brush trimmer (operated by a SMMTC volunteer) preceded the student volunteers on the trail, cutting the heavier brush and other growth. The other volunteers followed and cleaned up cuttings, removed slough and smoothed the eroded tread. Drainage on the trail is effective so we did not need to clean or install any drains. Completed work and hiked back to the trail head. Completed the students required paperwork and conducted a gift raffle (handed out five gifts). Student volunteers hiked back to the parking lot. Total volunteer hours: 26 Volunteers x 6 hours = 156 hours Feet of trail serviced: 1,050

April 05 Anne gave a presentation to an Aerospace company in El Segundo.

March 31 Hours for record keeping and scheduling of events.

March 30 This was a joint effort with the Sierra Club Task Force. Brushing and lopping were the order of the day. Vegetation was encroaching upon the trail at many locations. Grass, Poison Oak, Mountain Mahogany, Sage Brush were among the plants we removed or trimmed. Low hanging ceanothus (often dead and beginning to fall onto the trail) were cut down to allow equestrians to travel through without ducking. Lots of Poison Oak was removed – we did our best to remove the plants waiting to catch you not paying attention. Tread was repaired and slough removed. Our group of 12 worked 6 hours each for 72 hours and cleared about 2000 feet of trail.

March 27 This was a routine trail maintenance project. The objective of this project was to repair damage resulting from the Woolsey Fire and winter rains. There were 6 volunteers present. Removed two downed trees on the trail. Removed the worst of the slough on the trail. Filled some trenches in the tread. Repaired/restored 4 drains. Met up with the NPS crew on the far side of the canyon. Under their direction, we helped to realign a short section of trail. Total volunteer hours: 6 Volunteers x 6 hours = 36 hours Feet of trail serviced: 3,200

March 23 We had a large group of volunteers for today’s work plus Mike Zenan from NPS trail crew. We spent a considerable amount of time repairing damage to several sections of the trail where a bulldozer cut a fire break during the Woolsey fire. This involved lots of tread work restoring the trail especially so bikers could ride more safely. We smoothed the tread all along the dozer path. We installed two major water drains. Once this was complete we turned the crew’s attention to light brush cutting, weeding and widening the trail with McCleods. The trail had the usual slide material coming down as a result of the recent rains. We cleared about 0.35 mile of trail starting from the east end where it joins with Etz Meloy working our way down towards Yerba Buena Rd. This leaves about 0.15 mile of trail left to work on the lower portion. It’s mostly light brushing and tread work. There’s no major issues with this lower part of trail and we don’t expect to come back to finish it anytime soon. Crew size: 18 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 108 Total feet of trail worked: 1900

March 16 This was COSCA’s Spring Trail Work Day, which for many years the Trails Council’s crew leaders have organized and led. Over about 3/10ths of a mile, the trail was vanished by the rains -where the trail used to be is now a flood plain-, so we moved the trail uphill. This basically meant building a brand-new trail uphill from where it used to be. Over another 6/10ths of a mile, we redefined the trail so it can be found and followed, and widened and improved it where needed. Total Volunteer Hours: 54 people x 4 hours = 216 hours Feet of trail maintained: 4, 752

March 13 Trail Survey and Flagging prior to the volunteers showing up.

February 27 Upper Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park. Todays work consisted of building a reroute of the trail which was washed out by the recent rains. It involved building a rock wall about 2 ft high by 20 ft long along the bottom portion of the reroute. This will help prevent erosion when the creek rises from heavy rains in the future. In building the reroute we dug a 20% grade straight into an 8 ft vertical dirt and rocky bluff. This new trail joins up with the existing trail at the top of the bluff and is some 30 ft long from top to bottom. We also repaired a short section of trail at the next creek crossing which was damaged by the high water. Hours worked: 6 Crew size: 9 Total hours: 54

February 23 This was a trail work day with trail runners. A total of 27 runners participated, as well as 10 Trails Council volunteers SMMTC volunteers meet at the Wendy and Potrero trailhead. SMMTC volunteers reconvene at Danielson Campground SMMTC volunteers meets runners at the junction of Old Boney and Chamberlain trails. Dale Skinner of State Parks drove the tools up to the work site on a Gator. After picking up a tool and a safety talk, runners were organized into groups of 6 to 8 and assigned to TC crew leaders. Crews start up the hill to the work areas. The trail runners put in an excellent effort and performed quality work on the trail. They went all the way up to Chamberlain Rock. Maintenance accomplished consisted of filling in ruts on the trail to restore the bench, clearing slough to re-establish trail width, cutting into the hillside to widen the trail where needed, sawing hazardous branches, and cleaning and putting in new drains. A total of 6 drains were cleaned and 4 new drains were built. We stopped work and hiked back to the Gator to drop off the tools Some runners ran back, SMMTC volunteers and some runners hiked back to Danielson Campground. Two trucks took runners to the entrance gate at the top of the hill and went back to get the SMMTC volunteers, then drove out of the park. SMMTC volunteers were back to their vehicles at the Wendy and Potrero trail head Total Volunteer Hours: 37 people x 8 hours = 296 hours Feet of trail maintained: 6, 652

February 20 Work consisted entirely of filling in a large ditch with various sizes of rocks and gravelly dirt. The ditch (created by the recent heavy rains after the Woosley fire) eroded across the trail some 15 ft long, 3 ft deep and 2 ft wide. We built a rock wall on the down side of the ditch up to level with the trail and backfilled with various sizes of rocks and gravel. Once this task was completed we conducted a trail assessment of the BBT heading west from the juncture with the Zuma Ridge Rd. for about one mile thru the old Schwarzenegger section. The trail has no hazardous sections but needs some tread work. Hikers will have no problems hiking this area. Hours worked: 5 Crew size: 5 Total hours: 25

February 10 Cut and removed large Oak tree that fallen across the trail.

February 09 Worked on the BBT at Kanan Road. Meet with NPS staff, receive hard hats and assemble suspension system. Provide safety talk for first time volunteers. Walk to trailhead lateral connector. Proceed north along trail to creek crossing and observe trail conditions following overnight rains. Remove rocks, smooth tread, and repair erosion where needed. Work back south towards parking area. Half of group goes with NPS staff towards Newton Falls to repair badly eroded trail. Other half cleans up trash (broken bottles, cans and detritus from road above. General tread maintenance and slough removal. NPS staff use chain saw to remove fallen trees across the trail. Improve and widen tread. 11 volunteers x 6 hours = 66 hours Total distance maintained = 3500 feet.

January 26 Worked in La Jolla Valley. Cleared brush using 2 brush cutters and hand tools. Cleared trail toward the old pond and beyond. Cleared 2000’ of trail. We had 10 volunteers and worked six hours for a total of 60 hours.

January 19 Worked the Backbone Trail where it crosses Piuma Road. Distribute sign-in sheet and tools. Use loppers to clear brush along trail. Remove slough and improve tread. Clean/create drains/diversions to get water off the trail. Remove fallen tree blocking trail near the California Wildlife Center. General tread maintenance and brush clearance. Hike back to Piuma Road, cross over, and assess trail conditions to Dark Canyon creek crossing. Clear brush, improve and widen tread. 11 volunteers x 6 hours = 66 hours (see sign-in sheet) Total distance maintained = 2500 feet.

January 16 Winter/Spring Scheduling meeting

January 10 This was an unscheduled trail damage assessment project. The SMMTC trail crew has conducted four work days on this section of the BBT during the last month. This work included the repair and installation of 61 drainage features. This assessment was to survey the work done over the last few weeks to see how these features performed during the recent rain. There were 4 volunteers present. Met at the Sandstone Peak parking lot. We hiked up the trail to the steps leading to Sandstone Peak. We found that some (illegal) hikers had removed the materials that had been installed to keep users off of the damaged steps. The trail realignment we had installed was not being used. We reinstalled the materials to block the steps and made the new trail more obvious. We then hiked back sown the trail inspecting the drainage features to determine their effectiveness. We did minor repair to one drain. All other drainage features are working as intended. Completed the hike at the parking lot. Project complete. Total volunteer hours: 4 Volunteers x 6 hours = 24 hours Feet of trail serviced: 7, 400

January 05 This was a scheduled trail maintenance project. This section of the Backbone Trail was heavily impacted by the Woolsey fire a few weeks ago. This was the fourth in a series of work days to assist NPS with remediation efforts on this section of the trail. The objective today was to complete this project. There were 16 volunteers present. Met at the Sandstone Peak parking lot. Began work. Hiked up the trail to point where we left of off on the last trip (approximately 0.5 mile). The NPS leader had previously flagged the locations where she wanted drains cleaned or installed. We began working our way downhill working at all the flagged areas. In addition, we cleaned some drains which were not flagged. We also installed three new drains which were not flagged, but were needed. We all, we cleaned/installed 14 drains. This will prevent future damage to three existing washouts on the trail. Stopped work and hiked back to the trail head. Arrived at the parking lot, just as the rain began. Not only completed today’s event, but completed the overall project. This trail is in terrible condition. The tread has been neglected for several years and there is much erosion in need off attention. While our work was significant, at best, it only slows the derogation of the trail. The trail needs major attention (with heavy equipment) to restore it to NPS trail standards. Total volunteer hours: 16 Volunteers x 6 hours = 96 hours Feet of trail serviced: 2, 600

December 29 This was a scheduled trail maintenance project. This section of the Backbone Trail was heavily impacted by the Woolsey fire a few weeks ago. This was the third in a series of work days to assist NPS with remediation efforts on this section of the trail. There were 10 volunteers present. Hiked up the trail to point where we left of off on the last trip (approximately 1.0 mile). The NPS leader had previously flagged the locations where she wanted drains cleaned or installed. We began working our way downhill working at all the flagged areas. We cleaned/installed 10 drains. At the last location, we uncovered the intake end of an old culvert. We installed new drainage features to direct water into the culvert. This will prevent future damage to three existing washouts on the trail. This trail is in terrible condition. The tread has been neglected for several years and there is much erosion in need of attention. There are many more drains to be serviced this was the third of several trips required just to try to improve the drainage. While our work is significant, at best, it only slows the derogation of the trail. The trail needs major attention (with heavy equipment) to restore it to NPS trail standards. Total volunteer hours: 10 Volunteers x 6 hours = 60 hours Feet of trail serviced: 2,600

December 22 Work consisted entirely of clearing and installing new water drains (some 13 total). This work is considered vital to help prevent further erosion of the trail after the Woolsey fire when more winter rains come. We expect lots of silt and debris from rains to create further damage in the near future. Work will continue here as time permits. Two of our crew hiked down the Chamberlain trail on the Backbone to assess trail conditions. They will submit a separate report but reported that the trail is mostly clear but will be subject to severe erosion and debris slides when more rain comes. The entire trail corridor from the Sandstone Peak parking down to the trail juncture of Chamberlain and Old Boney was burned. Feet worked: 1000 Crew size: 8 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 48

December 19 This was a scheduled trail maintenance project. This section of the Backbone Trail was heavily impacted by the Woolsey fire a few weeks ago. The objective of today’s project was to assist NPS with remediation efforts on this section of the trail. There were 5 volunteers and two NPS staff present. Met at the Sandstone Peak parking lot. Began work. Hiked up the trail to the stairs which lead up to the peak (1.5 mi). On the way, the NPS leader flagged many drains to be cleaned or installed. The stairs were heavily damaged by the fire. We remove the mains of the timbers and hardware and moved them a safe distance away. Under the direction of the NPS leader, we cut in a small new, temporary trail which circumvents the area of the stairs and provides a safe access to the peak. After lunch, we began the hike back toward the parking lot. Beginning at the top of the trail, we began to clean out or install the flagged drains. We managed to service several drains on the way down. Arrived at the parking lot. Completed project. This trail is in terrible condition. The tread has been neglected for several years and there is much erosion in need off attention. There are many more drains to be serviced – this is the first of several trips require just to try to improve the drainage. While our work is significant, at best, it only slows the derogation of the trail. The trail needs major attention to restore it to NPS trail standards. Total volunteer hours: 5 Volunteers x 6 hours = 30 hours Feet of trail serviced: 1,050

December 15 La Jolla Valley Loop Trail; We brushed about 3/8ths of a mile of this trail from the La Jolla Valley Fire Road towards the connection with the trail going to the pond. Two Brush cutters, a weed whip, and a few Mcleods were used to bring the trail back to its normal width. Thick with Deerweed, Bush Mallow and grass, vegetation was encroaching on the trail. Additional work will be required to complete the brushing of this particular trail.

December 08 This was an outing with the students from CSUCI. 10 students attended this trailwork event. In addition, 8 of SMMTC's regular volunteers participated. I split the group of students into 2 groups of 5, Dave Edwards led one of the groups of five students and two regular volunteers up the Nicholas Flats trail. The other 5 students and 4 regular volunteers proceeded with me up the Willow Creek trail. In addition, Jason from State Parks escorted us and he came with me on the Willow Creek trail. Proceeded to the trails. The rocks and debris we had identified last Monday had mostly been washed off the trail by the rain. Instead, we found a lot of slough and silt built up on the trail and we focused on trail clean-up. On the Willow Creek, we built up 4 washouts with rocks, added 3 new drains and restored 3 others. Also, we filled in a long rut near the top. On the Nicholas Flats, Dave and his crew added 5 new drains and restored 25. At 11:30 we took a lunch break, we led the students to the top of the hill and had lunch while enjoying the magnificent 360 degree view. We resumed work at 12:15 and headed out shortly after 1:30. We were back at the cars and departed at 2:30. Total Volunteer Hours: 18 Volunteers x 6 hours = 108 hours Feet of trail maintained: 11,035

December 03 This was a special trail damage assessment hike. The objective was to hike the Nicholas Flats (lower 1 mile) and Willow Creek trails to assess potential damage and general condition of the trails following the recent Woolsey Fire. We Began the hike at the Nicholas Flats trail head at Leo Carrillo State Park and hiked to the junction with the Willow Creek trail, then back to the beginning, a total of 2.2 miles. There were 3 volunteers present. Generally, this section of trail is in fair condition. All though the Willow Creek trail has no specific, dangerous conditions, one must use caution while walking in areas where minor slides have occurred. Met at the Rancho Potrero parking lot. Carpooled to Leo Carrillo State park Campground. Began hike at the Nicholas Flats trail head. Hiked up the hill to the junction with the Willow Creek Trail. This entire area was burned. However, the trail is in pretty good condition. All the drains need cleaning and there is a lot of light debris littering the trail. The trail is easily passable with no hazardous conditions. At the junction of the Willow Creek Trail, we headed downhill. This entire slope also burned. There are no specific hazardous spots, but there is a lot of slough and light debris on most of the trail. The footing is somewhat treacherous, so one must be very careful not to trip or slip. The lower part of the trail, where it parallels PCH is in very good condition. Completed the hike at the Nicholas Flats Trail head. Returned to the meeting place. Completed project. Total volunteer hours: 3 Volunteers x 3 hours = 9 hours Feet of trail surveyed: 11, 600 (2.2 miles)

December 01 This was a special trail damage assessment hike. The objective was to hike the Blue Canyon and the western end of the Old Boney Trails to assess potential damage and general condition of the trails following the recent Woolsey Fire. We Began the hike at the BBT trail head at Danielson Campground and hiked to the Old Boney trail, then west, back to Sycamore Canyon Road, a total of 5.2 miles. There were 3 volunteers present. Generally, this section of trail is in fair condition. Completely passable with no safety hazards present. We entered the burn area at.5 mile. The effects of the fire increased as we headed south to the junction with the Old Boney Trail. There were several large trees which had fallen, but the fire crews had already cut them and cleared the trail. There is only minor clean-up and tread work remaining to be done. At the junction of the Old Boney, we headed west toward the junction with the Chamberlain trail. The effects of the fire continued to worsen as we proceeded. Once we passed the first two stream crossing, we entered the “moonscape” environment. The slope on both sides of the trail have been completely consumed with only the ceanothus skeletons remaining. There were numerous light, burned limbs and tree trunks on the trail, which we cleared as we proceeded. Even though the trail is now clear, areas on this section of trail have always had slides and erosion problems, which will fair even worse with the winter rains. The two trail signs at the Chamberlain junction were destroyed. The entire slope to the south, up towards Chamberlain Rock has completely burned. We did not hike up the Chamberlain Trail but is safe to assume that there will be lots of cleanup needed. From the Chamberlain Junction westward, all the way down to Sycamore Canyon Road, the trail was bulldozed to create a fuel break/fire road, 15 to 20 feet wide. This creates a pretty stark landscape since this area was almost completely burned off. There will be no need for lopping in this area for a long time, however there w

December 01 Today's objective was to assess fire and wind damage to the trails after the recent fires as well as to evaluate drainage and general conditions in anticipation of the rain season. We began at the Serrano Canyon trailhead and hiked up the canyon. Then proceeded on the Serrano Loop trail through Serrano Valley and continued to the Old Boney trail, then made our way down the Old Boney (Toe Stubber) to Sycamore Canyon road and then back to the Serrano Canyon tail. The Serrano Canyon trail is in good condition and did not suffer any fire damage. About 0.5 miles in, there was a large tree blocking the trail, about 8" in diameter with lots of branches. We were able to cut enough branches with our hand saws to make the trail passable. At 1 mile we ran into another large tree across the trail, also with a trunk roughly 8" in diameter. Again we cut enough branches to make the trail passable. And at 1.4 miles, yet again another large tree blocked the trail, and once more we were able to cut enough branches to make the trail passable. The Serrano Valley Loop trail's southern leg, 2.4 miles from the trailhead, is badly in need of brushing. We didn't see any signs of fire until we got close to the top of Serrano Valley loop trail. At that point, the Serrano Valley trail coming in from Serrano Valley road has been bulldozed by the firefighters to cut a 10 feet wide wider in some parts- fire break all the way down the Toe Stubber to Sycamore Canyon road. Additional Survey Information: An inspection of the Fireline trail and the Scenic trail from the Sycamore Canyon fireroad did not show any fire damage on either of those two trails. Total Volunteer Hours: 3 Volunteers x 6.5 hours = 19.5 hours Feet of trail surveyed: 43, 824 (8.3 miles)

November 28 Rode with state park employee and escorted to trail head at Corral Canyon. Escort required due to fire closure of road to public. Began hike to assess fire damage to Mesa Peak fire road down to Piuma parking lot along Malibu Canyon Road. Feet worked: N/A Crew size: 2 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 12 Comments: This section of trail covers about 5.7 miles. We performed an assessment of trail conditions after the recent Woolsey fire. A fire crew apparently worked the entire fire road portion smoothing the road with a dozer. There were 3 downed trees/limbs on the edge of the road which need clearing at some point but isn’t a priority at this time. The first tree is about one mile from Tapia. The other two trees are about 1.7 miles from Tapia. We hand sawed several limbs of one of the trees which were blocking the edge of the road. Apparently a fire crew chain sawed other trees and cleared from road. Otherwise the road portion of Mesa Peak is in great condition. Likewise the trail portion where it leaves the road going down to Tapia is in good condition and needs no work at this time. Unfortunately the kiosk at the trail head at Corral Canyon was destroyed by the fire and needs replacing. The picnic table was not damaged.

November 17 Arrive at Trippet Ranch parking lot. Sign-in and carpool to trailhead on Temescal Canyon fire road just south of Cathedral Rocks. Distribute tools and hike to the end of the connector trail where it merges with the original route. Begin brushing/lopping, removal of slough, and tread repair. Some sawing of branches required to improve trail width for future project access. Continue brushing/lopping, removal of slough, and tread repair. Stop work and return to vehicles for drive back to Trippet Ranch. Return to Trippet Ranch.

November 03 This was a scheduled trail maintenance project. The objective was routine trail maintenance on the Mishe Mokwa Trail. We had worked on this trail three weeks ago. Today’s objective was to continue working from where we left off last time and go forward as far as we could. There were 9 volunteers present. Met at the Mishe Mokwa parking lot on Yerba Buena Road. Conducted safety and tool talks. Hiked approximately one mile to the worksite. Began work. Work was primarily lopping. However, we did some slough removal and widened the trail in short sections. Completed work. Hiked back to the meeting place... Completed the day’s project. Total volunteer hours: 9 Volunteers x 6 hours = 54 hours Feet of trail maintained: 2,530

November 01 This was an unscheduled, special trail maintenance/restoration project. About two years ago, we did some extensive trail maintenance to correct erosion and related issues on the Camp 13 Trail. This work involved closing off two “short-cut trails from the Camp 13 Trail downhill into the campground. While these trails started in an area already eroded, hiker use has greatly increased the ongoing damage. Part of our remediation attempt was to plant some prickly pear in the eroded area to reduce the erosion and to discourage human use of the area. The prickly pear we planted were not properly prepared prior to planting so, did not survive. A few months ago, I collected some new cutting from the area, potted and tended to them. They were now ready for transplanting. The objective today was to transplant these new cuttings to the damaged area. There were 2 volunteers present. Planted seven cutting in the target, eroded areas and three others in nearby eroded areas. Watered each plant.

October 27 Brushing and tread work along various trails in Malibu Lagoon State Beach Park. Sierra Club Task Force partnered with us for this event.

October 20 We provided crew leaders for COSCA. Seventy-two volunteers guided by flags placed on a slope cut a bench for a new trail. An enormous amount of dirt and rocks were moved with nothing more than Mcleods and picks. One more effort will be required to complete this task.

October 13 John removed a fallen oak tree that had blocked the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail.

October 10 Point Mugu State Park. La Jolla Valey. Cleared brush using 1 brush cutter and hand tools. Cleared 1320’ of trail.

October 06 Mishe Mokwa Trail. We started work at the trail juncture where the BBT connects to the Sandstone Peak trail. Work consisted mostly of brushing using loppers and hand saws. We cleaned 5 drains. Performed major tread work on a short section. We still have about 1.2 miles of brushing left to Split Rock. Worked ended. Arrived back at the parking area. Feet worked: 4000 ft Crew size: 9 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 54

September 29 La Jolla Valley, Point Mugu State Park. This was a joint project with BSA Troop 730. Four Eagle Scouts from this troop refurbished this camp after the recent Springs fire and the troop has committed to maintaining the camp as an ongoing effort. Thirteen Scouts and leaders worked with ten SMMTC volunteers to complete the effort. We divided into two groups with one group working in the group camp area and the other the individual campsite area. Each team used a brush cutter and McLeods to complete the cleanup effort. The camp is now back in excellent shape. 23 volunteers @6 hours = 138 hours

September 26 This was an unscheduled event to finish brushing and lopping on the Backbone Trail in Upper Zuma Canyon. We had visited this are on September 8, 2018. There was one lone SMMTC volunteer. Prepared tools and hiked to the bridge. Began brushing Wild Rose bushes growing out into the bridge and trail. Removed overhead branches from trail corridor that would be an obstruction for equestrians. Trimmed lots of Ceanothus and Laurel Sumac crowding the trail. Removed mustard plants and non-native grasses where they were growing out into the trail corridor. The trail is in good condition and the re-route we did has firmed up and looks like it has always been there! Temperatures hit 96 degrees when I finished at 3 PM. Volunteer hours: 1 volunteers @ 8 hours = 8 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1600

September 22 The SMMTC provided crew leaders for this event. Lopping and tread work was performed on several trails in the area. Several drains were also cleared and at least two were reestablished. The event was lightly attended (due to the heat) but the trails looked a lot better after we were done.

September 19 La Jolla Valley Trails, Point Mugu State Park. Cleared brush using two gas-powered brush cutters and hand tools. Seven volunteers. Cleared 1600’ of trail.

September 15 The Trails Council trail crew worked on the BBT - Upper Solstice Canyon, as previously planned. We drove two vehicles in on the Newton Motorway to the spot where the BBT crosses the road. From there we descended into Solstice Canyon. We performed minor lopping, cleaned out several silted up drains, cleared two small slides and filled about 80 feet of trenches in the trail. We only made it about.5 mile down the trail, not quite reaching the bottom where the trail levels out. More work needed on this section of trail.

September 08 Started work at the entrance from the pull out on Kanan Road juts north of the trail head parking. We did some dried mustard removal for about 100 feet. Ran into an area where the trail tread was being pushed to the downhill side of the trail. Noted that the large amount of slough and trees overgrowing the trail were forcing hikers and bikers to the outside edge. Removed about 3 feet of slough from uphill side of trail and then cut back overgrown trees. We effectively moved the trail 3 feet to the uphill side for about 400 feet of trail. This same scenario needs to be repeated for several additional areas down the trail. Due to the excessive heat (100 degrees) we terminated our efforts at 12: 30

September 01 Met troop at Circle-X group camp, assembly, trail safety talk, divided into patrols to split up the trail work. One TC volunteer joined each patrol, along with troop leaders. Troop has a lot of trail experience, so they were serious about the work, very professional and aware of those working around them. Worked the trail from camp down to the grassy dry creek Brushing, widening trail by removal of duff from upper slopes. Some overhead shrub work with hand saws, some cutting through grasses. Regroup at dry creek to finish work, with 10 of the scouts hiking back up to the camp to help carry out the tools.Total volunteer hours: 35 volunteers x 3.5 hours = 122.5 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~2700

August 22 At 8a.m., a group of 3 with a chain saw started down the BBT at the Saddle Peak road access to the Fossil Ridge trail. This group cleared four areas where small trees were blocking the trail, and also cleared many trees that presented a hazard. Another group arrived at Greenleaf Canyon road, off of Topanga Blvd. and took out a large tree blocking the BBT. This second group then moved to Old Topanga and hiked in about ½ mile to take out two very large branches blocking the trail Both groups completed the day’s assignment and we proceeded back to TOTC. Total Volunteer Hours: 9 Volunteers x 6 hours = 54 hours Miles cleared of fallen and low hanging trees: ~4 miles

August 16 Annual Scheduling meeting for Trail work September 2018 thru January 2019. Representatives from CORBA and the Sierra Club Task Force were also in attendance.

August 11 We cleared a short section of the Backbone trail starting at the trailhead along Piuma Rd. up to the wildlife sanctuary. Work consisted of using a chain saw to clear two large tree limbs blocking the trail. We also used a hedge trimmer to clear tall grass and weeds. The crew followed with McCleods raking the trail clean. Worked ended. Arrived back at parking area. Feet worked: 1000 ft Crew size: 11 Hours worked: 4 Total hours: 44

August 01 This was a scheduled multi-day, eagle scout project. This is the second of four subproject in the Trails Council's plan to provide improvements to 12 Backbone Trailheads. This project was in Topanga and Will Rogers Historic State Parks and involved the installation of three display kiosks. The eagle scout candidate organizes the project, provides fellow scouts for labor and purchases some minor hardware and equipment for the project. The Trails Council purchases the large expense items, provides coordination with the park service(s) and provides on-site supervision. August 1, 2018 Today we had two SMMTC volunteers, one scouting adult and three boy scouts. Drove to Malibu Creek State Park where the materials (kiosks and picnic tables were stored). Unpacked the materials from the pallet and loaded the materials required for Thursday’s tasks in the truck. August 2, 2018 Today's task was to install the legs for one display kiosk at the Backbone Trail trailhead at Will Rogers State Historic Park. Today we had one SMMTC volunteer, two scouting adults and three boy scouts. Drove to Will Rogers State Historic Park. Unloaded tools and materials from the truck. Began digging the holes for the two legs of the kiosk. The ground in this area was very compacted soil making the digging very difficult. Positioned the legs in the holes and poured concrete in the holes. It is necessary to keep the upper part of the kiosk, laying in a horsional position while the concrete hardens. Waited one hour for the concrete to harden. Once the concrete hardened, detached the upper portion of the kiosk and set it aside, off the trail. August 3, 2018 Today's task was to install the upper part of the kiosk and attach a Backbone Trail sign. Today we had two SMMTC volunteers, one scouting adult and four boy scouts. Drove to Will Rogers State Historic Park. Arrived at Will Rogers State Historic Park. Attached the Backbone Trail sign, attached the roof and installed the upper part of the kiosk Drove to the D

July 21 This was an unscheduled event to remove a downed tree which was blocking the Backbone Trail in Upper Zuma Canyon. There were three SMMTC volunteers. Met at the parking lot at Kanan and Agoura Roads. Drove to the trailhead on Kanan Dume Road. Prepared tools and hiked.5 miles to the site of the downed tree. Cut up the tree using the chainsaw. Removed debris from the trail. Hiked back to the trailhead. Loaded tools and returned to the meeting place. Completed project. Volunteer hours: 3 volunteers @ 2 hours = 6 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

July 14 Scheduling, reporting of trail work activities.

June 30 Trail brushing, tread work. Joint workday with Sierra Club followed by end-of-season BBQ Met at Topanga SP, Trippet lot. Hikes 0.5 miles down into Santa Ynez canyon to reach worksite and worked back up clearing significant brush and clearing a number of stairs on the trail of brush and backfilling. Completed work and hiked back to Nature Center for awesome BBQ. Joined by Ruth Gerson, SMMTC and Ron and Mary Ann Webster, TC. Bill Vanderberg received the Sierra Club Volunteer of the Year award. Total volunteer hours: 5 volunteers x 4.0 hours = 20.0 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~400

June 23 Trail brushing, minor tread work Met at Wendy trailhead and drove to La Jolla Canyon. Hiked while using weed trimmers and brush cutters, trimmed and opened 0.72 miles of trail. In places, there was very heavy brush, nearly covering the trail. Opened up 2 drains. Total volunteer hours: 8 volunteers x 6.0 hours = 48.0 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~3800

June 20 Held a scheduled workday on Saddle Peak. We had four SMMTC volunteers. We used the “cut and paint” technique, using Pathfinder II. There was not a large number of plants. Plants didn’t seem to be this spring’s seedling but more mature plants. About 25 percent of these plants had seed pods. We stripped the seed pods from the plants, then treated the plants. Used a total of 88 oz of Pathfinder II. We have 12-13 surviving oak trees that are 3’-7’ high. Finished work and hiked/drove back to the meeting place. Completed the day’s project. Total volunteer hours: 4 Volunteers x 6 hours = 24 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

June 16 Though official start up time was 8 a.m., as soon as people arrived they were assigned to a crew and crews got going as soon as they had sufficient people. So by 7: 30 we had two crews already on their way. We continued building the trail where we had left off on May 26. The hillside is steep in most areas, so cutting the bench meant removing a lot of dirt. We had 4 crews headed by TC crew leaders, each with 10 to 15 people. John Kross and two of the rangers jumped ahead of everyone to a section that required a bit more attention. Also, Dave Edward worked on an washout that needed special attention and he armored the outside edge of the trail with rocks. In total we had 58 volunteers, 5 rangers, and 6 TC crew members We were treated to a catered lunch of tri-tip, pulled pork BBQ and chicken BBQ with beans, mac & cheese, salads, etc. Total feet of trail built: 1, 960 – Hours per TC crew member: 4.75 Total hours SMMTC: 6 x 4.75 = 28.5

June 14 Survey and flagging of a trail for an upcoming event

June 13 Bill Dinino and John Kross supervised a group of 10 volunteers from SAGE Publishing, Thousand Oaks, in a trail building project for the Conejo Recreation and Parks District. The project consisted of widening a trail we built just last October as well as filling in a set of box steps so the steps can be finished. At noon we stopped work for the day and were treated to Jersey Mike’s subway sandwiches and refreshments. Total feet of trail built: 96 Total Hours SMMTC: 2 x 4 = 8

June 09 Zuma Canyon Trails. We employed two hedge trimmers and one weed whacker cutting back brush and weeds. Four crew members followed behind raking and clearing the trail. Feet worked: 4500 ft Crew size: 7 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 42

June 02 This was the National Trail Day event with National Park Service. There were many volunteers including 13 SMMTC volunteers. The volunteers were split up into crews and dispatched to work on the Phantom, Lookout and Chaparral trails. Met at the parking lot at Malibu Creek State Park. Volunteers were split up into three different crews and sent to assigned trails. Generally, the work was mostly brushing and light tread work. Crews completed work and returned to the parking lot for a NPS provided lunch. Completed project. Volunteer hours: 13 volunteers @ 3 hours = 39 hours Feet of trail maintained: 2, 600 (est)

May 26 This was a little-publicized event, but we still got 24 hearty volunteers. With 12 Trails Council members, we had a total of 36 volunteers. The project consisted of building a brand-new trail. Because of the steepness of the hillside, we had to remove a lot of dirt in order to cut in the bench. We worked until 11: 30. In the course of the morning, we completed 4/10ths of a mile of trail, 2, 112 linear feet. At the end of the trail work day, the COSCA rangers treated everyone to lunch. By about 12: 30 everyone adjourned, hopefully, to reunite on June 16, when there will be a bigger Spring Trail Work Day.

May 24 Survey and flagging of a trail for an upcoming event

May 23 La Jolla Valley Loop. Shuttled into Sycamore Canyon, up and over Hell Hill and down to work area. Cleared brush using 2 brush cutters, 1 weed whip and hand tools. Cleared 4200’ of trail. 12 volunteers x 6 hours 72 hours

May 20 This was a scheduled volunteer work project on Santa Rosa Island in Channel Islands National Park. This was the second trip to the Channel Islands this year. The objective of this trip was to perform trail maintenance on the three main trails: Cherry Canyon, Torrey Pines, and Lobo Canyon.

May 19 Annual Newbury Park Boy Scout Trail Work event in Serrano Canyon. Eighteen adults and 25 Scouts. Team #1: Brushed trail from start to quarry 5000 feet Team #2: built two stone steps and created out slope on top of hill. Team #3: Built stone wall and created crossing for drainage. Moved trail slightly up hill. Team #4: Hiked to end if trail and surveyed trees hanging over trail. On return removed overhanging branches as needed.

May 19 Scheduling, reporting of trail work activities.

April 28 This was the 37th annual Trail Days event. As in the past several years, the event was held in Point Mugu State Park. The campout and BBQ dinner were held at the Danielson Group Campground and volunteers performed trail maintenance on several trails in the area. Several SMMTC crew leaders met and camped in the campground a few days ahead of time to make preparation for the main event to be held on the week end. Total Volunteers: 133 Total Volunteer hours: 499 Total Feet of Trail maintained: 17,882 (3.9 Mi.)

April 28 Hours worked by Barb, Carlyn & Diane during Trail Days 2018

April 27 Work was performed by the Bank of America Native American Professional Employee Network. Work consisted of brushing and lopping.

April 25 Removed 18 inch diameter tree completely blocking trail. Removed myriad other smaller trees and bushes encroaching on trail. Total 1000 feet of trail maintained.

April 24 Hours worked by Barb in preparation for Trail Days 2018

April 21 Leo Carrillo State Park, Camp 13 Trail. This was a scheduled trail maintenance project, with student volunteers from CSUCI. The objective was routine trail maintenance on the Camp 13 Trail. There were 8 SMMTC volunteers and 5 CSUCI Student volunteers present. SMMTC volunteers met early. Two volunteers started work early and began brushing the trail with two gas powered brush trimmers. Met student volunteers. Conducted safety and tool talks. Hiked short distance to the trail head and began work. The student and remaining SMMTC volunteers primary task was to pick up the cuttings left by the power tools and perform any necessary lopping. Completed work. Hiked back to the meeting place... Completed the days project. Total volunteer hours: 13 Volunteers x 6 hours = 78 hours Feet of trail maintained: 2,600

April 21 Scheduling, reporting of trail work activities.

April 14 BBT, Newton Canyon. Began working at trail head just off Latigo Rd. heading west. Work consisted almost entirely of brushing utilizing a hedge trimmer/chain saw combo and a weed whacker. Two new water drains were installed. Our SMMTC crew partnered with CORBA. Worked ended. Arrived back at parking area. Feet worked: 2500 Crew size: 12 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 72

April 11 Our third trip to the Fossil Trail in Point Mugu State Park this season. Our crew continued brushing trail using hedge trimmer and hand tools nearly all the way to the junction with the Old Boney Trail. Our focus was on brush that was encroaching upon the trail.

April 10 This was a scheduled volunteer work project on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park. Since our scheduled March trip to Santa Cruz had to be cancelled due to the weather, this was our first trip to the Channel Islands this year. The primary objective of this trip was to perform both corrective and preventative maintenance on various trails in and around Scorpion Canyon. Four SMMTC volunteers were on the project. Volunteer Hours: 4 Volunteers X 7 = 28 Total hours Feet of Trail maintained: 2,100 (.4 Mi) Project Totals: Feet of trail maintained: 12,670 (2.4 Mi.) Total Volunteer Hours: 4 volunteers X 27 hours = 108 hours Individual Volunteer Hours: Jerry Mitcham: 27 Hours Anne Russell 27 Hours John Kross 27 Hours Bill Dinino 27 Hours

April 07 This was a joint project with the Sierra Club Santa Monica Mountains Task Force and students from USC. We met at the Malibu Springs trailhead, had a safety talk and distributed the tools before proceeding up the trail. This trail gets little use and was overgrown with tall grasses and brush. Two brush cutters led the way, with crews behind them raking the cuttings and also lopping any branches that either hung low on the trail or were growing onto the trail. This is a hiker/equestrian trail, and care was taken to cut low hanging branches in order to get the 10 clearance required for equestrians. Before the students arrived, Jerry Mitcham led a couple of people to cut and treat several Spanish broom plants. Trails Council and USC volunteers worked on the lower part of the trail, covering 0.6 miles. Sierra Club Task Force began their work 1.9 miles up the trail and covered 0.2 miles. At 1:30 we stopped cutting and finished cleaning up the trail At 2:30 everyone departed. Number of volunteers: Trails Council: 9 USC: 9 Sierra Club: 7 Number of volunteer hours: 102 including the Sierra Club: 150 Feet of trail: TC/USC: 3,168; SC: 1056 Total: 4224

April 05 Cut and remove 3 large trees that were laying across the trail Moved a large rock that somehow had ended up right in the middle of the trail. Cut up and removed a log jam that was damming the creek and diverting water onto the trail. Surveyed work to be done with boy scouts in May. Surveyed condition of steps and considered possible restore/rebuild/modify options.

March 31 Trail brushing, minor tread work . Met at Corral Canyon parking lot and hiked down to the end of the “meadow” to begin trail work. Using brush cutters, cleared trail, being careful along the area of endangered plant species to not disturb the soil. Much of the clearing was overhead brush. Brushing and fixing the rocks in a stream crossing. Total volunteer hours: 7 volunteers x 6.0 hours = 42.0 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~2500

March 24 Hiked about a mile to begin work on the Saddle Peak trail where we left off last time. This is the third work day this year for this section of trail starting from the juncture with the spur trail off of Stunt Rd. and working up toward Saddle Peak. Todays work was mostly brushing using a gas powered trimmer. We still have about 500 ft. of trail to brush just below the big rocks near the top. We filled in a minor trench with rock steps just above the first set of rock steps going up through the pass. Worked ended. Arrived back at parking area. Feet worked: 1600 Crew size: 7 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 42

March 17 Mishe Mokwa Trail. Tread work and light trimming from Split Rock towards Sandstone Peak Trail. Cleared and repaired eight drains, built a rock wall and repaired lots of tread. Three new drains were added. Trail was muddy in places and damp overall. This worked in our favor as moved a fair amount of dirt to channel run off.

March 14 Fossil Trail Point Mugu State Park. Continue brushing trail using hedge trimmer and hand tools. One crew built a rock wall at the first creek crossing. Johns fingernail was a casualty of this effort one finger remained in place as a rock was lowered into its place. Ouch! Another crew worked the upper stretches of the trail while a third crew worked with the brush trimmer on the lower half. There was one small stretch of trail that remains. We had a nice sized crew today: 12 volunteers; 66 Hours of Labor; 2,400 of trail groomed.

March 07 This was a rain make-up day for the event canceled March 3rd. The objective was routine trail maintenance on the section of the BBT from the Stunt Road Connector uphill toward Saddle Peak. We worked on this section of trail a month ago; today we continued from where we left off on the last trip. There were 7 volunteers. Met at the dirt pull out on Stunt Road near the connector trail head. Conducted safety and tool talks. Hiked approximately six tenths of a mile to the worksite. Began work. Used the gas powered brush cutter to cut back the smaller brush encroaching on the trail. Used loppers, pole saw and hand saws to cut back larger brush and overhanging limbs. Cleaned our 16 drains. Completed work. Hiked back to the meeting place... Completed the days project. Total volunteer hours: 7 Volunteers x 6 hours = 42 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,600

February 24 Canyon View Trail near Circle-X. We had 7 volunteers and completed 2400 feet of trail. Our efforts were concentrated primarily on brushing the trail to an 8 foot wide corridor. Additionally we worked on the tread in several places where minor washout had occurred, cleaned three drains and did a minor trail reroute to avoid a washout. Weather was perfect temp and sunny.

February 24 Scheduling, reporting of trail work activities.

February 17 Began work on the Old Santa Susana Stagecoach Road consisting entirely of brushing. We brushed along the outside edge of the road exposing a corridor of some 3 to 6 ft wide next to the mostly rocky road bed. This newly cleared corridor next to the road will eventually provide an alternative to hiking on the rocky road bed. It will take several more outings to finish brushing along the road. Worked ended. Arrived back at parking area. Feet worked: 1500 Crew size: 6
Hours worked: 6
Total hours: 36

February 14 Fossil Trail in Point Mugu State Park. Cleaned out all existing drains to be ready for the next deluge. Widened trail using brush cutter to remove vegetation on sides. Used hand tools to remove branches and trunks of a large size. Estimated length of trail maintained = 2400.

February 10 This was a scheduled trail maintenance project. The objective was routine trail maintenance on the lower section of the Hondo Canyon section of the BBT. The trail had been previously surveyed. There were a total of 22 volunteers (including one minor) including 11 volunteers from the UCS Outfitters Club. Met at the dirt pull out on Old Topanga Canyon Road. Conducted safety and tool talks. Began work at the trail head. Began work. Used loppers, pole saw and hand saws to cut back larger brush and overhanging limbs. The level of work required varied light to moderate brushing in some areas none at all in others. Cleaned out 16 drains. Total volunteer hours: 22 Volunteers x 6 hours = 132 hours Feet of trail maintained: 5,000

February 07 We met at the Sycamore Canyon trailhead day parking area. At 8:30 we shuttled to the trailhead and hiked ~2/10 miles to the first tree, a small tree. After we cleared it we continued another 1 and 2/10 miles to a very large oak tree laying across the trail. Each cut had to be made from two sides because our chain saw was not long enough to go through the entire diameter of the trunk. At 10:30 we were finished cutting, moving the huge chunks off of the trail (with the help of a pry bar), and clearing all the smaller branches, some of them 6 inches in diameter, that we had to cut before getting to the main trunk. We proceeded to shuttle back to the parking area to end our day. Number of volunteers: 3 Number of volunteer hours: 6 Feet of trail: N/A

February 03 We met at the Mishe Mokwa trailhead at 8:30 A. M. and hiked 2.5 miles to our work area. The canopy was thick and literally coming down on the trail. We cut the overhanging branches and took out the dead trees with hand saws and loppers. We also restored two drains. At 1:30 P. M. we proceed to hike out, and were back to our cars by 2:30 Number of volunteers: 9 Number of volunteer hours: 54 Feet of trail: 1584

January 27 This was a scheduled trail maintenance project. The objective was routine trail maintenance on the section of the BBT from the Stunt Road Connector uphill toward Saddle Peak. The trail had been previously surveyed. There were 10 volunteers present (nine adults and one minor (who worked very hard)). Hiked approximately two tenths of a mile to the worksite. Began work. Used the gas powered brush cutter to cut back the smaller brush encroaching on the trail. Used loppers, pole saw and hand saws to cut back larger brush and overhanging limbs. Cleaned our 21 drains. Total volunteer hours: 10 Volunteers x 6 hours = 60 hours Feet of trail maintained: 2,100

January 20 We met at the Wendy/Potrero Road trailhead and promptly at 8:30 shuttled into Point Mugu State Park. From the water tank on Big Sycamore Canyon road at the end of NPS property we hiked one mile to the top of the Upper Sycamore Canyon trail, and began to brush using two gas powered brush cutters. Along the way we took a short detour and brushed the Waterfall trail down to the creek. More outings will be needed but we made good progress. Feet worked: 2700 Crew size: 8 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 48. At 1:30 PM we proceeded to hike out, then shuttled back to the cars. We got to the cars shortly after 2:30 PM.

January 17 Cleared encroaching brush using two brush cutters. Removed heavier vegetation using hand tools. Maintained 1320 of trail.

January 16 First Trail Work Scheduling Meeting of 2018. Met for two hours and planned work events.

January 13 This project was a joint project with CORBA. The objective was routine trail maintenance on the section of the BBT East of the Kanan Dume Road Trailhead. The trail had been previously surveyed and flagged. There were 19 volunteers present. Met at the parking lot at the Kanan Dume Road trailhead. Conducted safety and tool talk. Hiked approximately one tenth of a mile to the worksite. Began work above the tunnel. At the worksite, conducted tool talk and safety briefing. We used the gas powered brush cutter to trim brush alongside the trail. The heavier brush and overhanging limbs were lopped by hand. Cleaned out 44 drains and constructed 16 new drains. Total volunteer hours: 19 Volunteers x 6 hours = 114 hours Feet of trail maintained: 4,700

January 07 This was a scheduled trail maintenance project. The objective was routine trail maintenance on the section of the BBT near the Topanga School. There were seven volunteers present.. Met on Topanga School Road, near the Topanga School. Conducted safety and tool talk. Hiked approximately one tenth of a mile to the worksite. Began work. Cut up and removed three downed, dead trees. Cleaned out a few drains. Cut back brush and cleared debris from the trail. Completed work on the eastern section of the trail. Moved to the lower section of trail below the water tank. Repaired one serious erosion problem. Began clearing brush along the trail. Removed and treated a small patch of Spanish broom growing alongside the trail.. Completed work. Hiked out back to the meeting place. Completed the days project. Total volunteer hours: 7 Volunteers x 6 hours = 42 hours Feet of trail maintained: 500

January 03 We met at the Wendy trailhead at 8:30 and shuttled down to the Danielson ranch house. The first tree we took out, a good size sycamore, was at the very beginning of the trail. We took out a total of 4 trees. The sycamore, the biggest of them, was the easiest because the trunk was laying across the trail. The others, where branches completely blocked the trail, were a lot more work. More cuts, more cuttings to move off the trail. At 11:30 we proceed to hike out, then shuttled back to the Wendy trailhead, and were back at our cars by 12:30 Number of volunteers: 4 Number of volunteer hours: 16 Feet of trail: N/A

December 30 Utilized Brush Cutter and Weed Whip to work on 1,600 feet of trail. Cleared several drains along the way. Worked up to the last drainage crossing before Chamberlain Trail. Note: Need to return to complete work up to Chamberlain trail.

December 16 Our main effort was clearing the trail of brush and weeds using two gas powered brush cutters. We also cleaned 9 water drains and installed one new one. The trail is now completely cleared. Feet worked: 4000 Crew size: 7 Hours worked: 6 Total hours: 42

December 02 Nine volunteers working with two brush cutters cleared nearly a half mile of trail. The trail corridor was returned to its eight foot width. Several drains were cleared and returned to full utilization. Two small slides were worked on to replace tread that had been buried.

December 02 This was the third workday of an Eagle Scout project to implement the first sub project of the TH Improvements Project. This workday resulted in the completion of installation of fixtures at the Coral Canyon, Ray Miller and Danielson Ranch Backbone Trail trailheads. The previous two workdays of this subproject installed the legs for thedisplay kiosks at each trailhead. Today's tasks were to complete the assembly of the kiosk, add a "Backbone Trail" sign and attach the kiosk to the previously installed legs. There were two SMMTC volunteers (plus one adult scout member) and four minor boy scouts present. Arrived at the Coral Canyon trailhead. Began work. Attached the pre-assembled roof and added the custom made "Backbone Trail" sign to the Kiosk. Stood the kiosk upright and attached to the legs. Carpooled/caravanned to the Ray Miller BBT trailhead in La Jolla Canyon. Arrived at the Ray Miller Coral Canyon trailhead. Began work. Attached the pre-assembled roof and added the custom made "Backbone Trail" sign to the Kiosk. Stood the kiosk upright and attached to the legs. Carpooled/caravanned through Sycamore Canyon to the BBT trailhead at the Danielson Ranch Group Campground in Sycamore Canyon. Arrived at Danielson Ranch Group Campground. Began work. Attached the pre-assembled roof and added the custom made "Backbone Trail" sign to the Kiosk. Stood the kiosk upright and attached to the legs.. Total volunteer hours: 3 Volunteers x 6 hours = 18 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

November 28 This was the eighth and final of several, special trail workdays to restore the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. The primary objective of the project was to construct a large retaining wall to support a new and wider trail tread. The primary tasks for this work day were to install some drainage structures to protect the newly construed wall. There were five SMMTC volunteers present. Hiked approximately one mile to the worksite. Began work. Installed a low wall as a water diversion at the top of the newly constructed retaining wall. Also installed a large dip swale to drain water off the trail above the newly constructed trail tread. Backfilled behind the wall with rocks and dirt. Completed work. Gathered all tools which had been stashed near the work site and hiked out.

November 25 Arrive at trailhead. Distribute sign-in sheet and tools. Describe and view trail conditions. Begin trail maintenance activities which included constructing an inside drain and filling-in a long and deep erosional trench. Brush cutter and lopping. Tread maintenance. 4 volunteers x 6 hours = 24 hours Note: Greg Sweel worked an additional 2 hours for pre-evaluation of trail conditions. Total distance maintained = 500 feet.

November 18 This was the first of four sub projects/ Eagle Projects in the BBT TH Improvement Effort The effort occurred over three days as follows: Day1 (j Mitcham, B Dydyk) 1 hour Load trucks with tools and table and Kiosk parts Day2 ( J Mitcham, B Dydyk, S Horvath, L Stark) 9 hours Install picnic table at Corral Canyon TH Dig holes, in rock, for kiosk legs and cement legs into ground. Day 3 ( J Mitcham, B Dydyk, S Horvath,M Marangola, B Kuo, R Wolf, H Petcher) 7.5 hrs Install kiosk legs at Ray Miller TH and at Danielson Hours per person: J Mitcham 17.5 B Dydyk 17.5 S Horvath 16.5 L Stark 9.0 M Marangola 7.5 B Kuo 7.5 R Wolf 7.5 H Petcher 7.5 In addition to the above adult effort we estimate that there were 187 hours of effort from the Boy Scouts.

November 18 Trail brushing, tread work. Met at trailhead. Hiked in to just above the creek crossing. Cleared brush (lots of grass), removed partially downed trees and blocked social trail. Reconstructed tread in several areas, continuing with brush work and tread work to the Oak grove. Blocked a second social trail at the Oak grove. Worked back out from the Oak grove toward the trail head continuing with brush work and minor tread work. Total volunteer hours: 5 volunteers x 6.5 hours = 32.5 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~2100

November 16 Today was the 7th special trailwork day to restore the Upper Sycamore Canyon trail. We continued working on construction of the wall, which is now nearly complete. Leveling the trail is also proceeding nicely. We worked until 1:30, collected our tools, hiked out and shuttled back.

November 14 Continuation of work on the Upper Sycamore trail in Pt. Mugu State Park. Rocks were added to retaining wall and area was groomed for the next event. Six hearty volunteers were on hand to support this effort.

November 11 Rehabilitation of trail, joint activity with CORBA and Girlz Gone Riding. Met at Reagan Ranch parking lot for shuttle into MSCP through back gate on Crags rd. Parked adjacent to MASH site and hike @ 0.2 miles to work site. Cleared brush, removed partially downed trees along route. Removed large to medium rocks that were embedded into the trail at various sections. Reconstructed tread in 2 areas, consisting of reinforcing the trail edge with rock and covering with dirt to create a path wide enough for safe use. Reworked tread, widening trail as needed along work segment. Hiked out of worksite and shuttled back to Regan ranch parking lot. Total volunteer hours: 24 volunteers x 4 hours = 96 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~2500

November 09 This was the fifth of several special trail workdays to restore the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. The primary tasks for this work day was to continue construction of the retaining wall and to begin the restoration of the trail tread. Th Hiked approximately one mile to the worksite. Began work. Continued working on construction of the wall. Began the leveling and smoothing of the trail tread above the lower portion of the wall. Continued working on the trail tread and backfilled behind the wall with rocks and dirt. Completed work.

November 07 We met at the Wendy trailhead at 8:30 and shuttled into Point Mugu State Park, and then from the Upper Sycamore trail trailhead we hiked ~1 miles to the work area. The project for today was to continue the restoration/rebuilding of a section of said trail. We worked on the retaining wall. We have made a lot of progress on building this wall and hopefully will be able to complete the work in another 3 to 4 outings. We had a new volunteer, Rex Levi, who was enthusiastic and full of energy. He made a difference.

November 04 This was a scheduled, special project to host student volunteers from California State University Channel Islands. The objective of this project was to complete work started on the Willow Creek and Nicholas Flats Trails in October. There were 20 student volunteers and 6 SMMTC volunteers present. Split into two work crews. One crew worked on the Willow Creek Trail starting from the bottom of the hill and working up to the junction with the Nicholas Flats trail. The second and larger, crew worked on the Nicholas Flats Trail starting at the leave off point on the last work day and working downhill. The work was general trail maintenance tasks, lopping, chopping weeds and cleaning drains. Total volunteer hours: 26 Volunteers x 6 hours = 156 hours Feet of trail maintained: 4,200

November 02 Work continued on construction of a retaining wall. We have finished 2 1/2 rows of base rocks. When finished the wall will be about 28 feet long, 4 feet wide and will vary in height from 2 to 6 feet. Several more rocks were "mined" from the steep solid rock drainage above the work site.

October 31 Work continued on construction of a retaining wall. Build first two rows of rock wall about 25 feet long Gathered additional material for next outing.

October 28 Worked on a segment of trail nearly two miles from parking area. Our crew of eight began brushing and fixing tread. Five water diversions were either created or restored. Additional work will be performed in the next few weeks.

October 27 Cleared brushy spot where large tree had fallen across the trail.

October 26 This was the first of several special trail workdays to restore the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. The trail crew installed some temporary repairs, which were suitable for hikers, but did not resolve the hazardous conditions for equestrians. Several special, weekday, workdays have been added to the regular weekly trail maintenance schedule to accomplish this project. The major part of the project involves the construction of a large, dry masonry, retaining wall. Rocks and soil will then be used to backfill behind the wall to develop a smooth, unobstructed trail tread. Additional tasks will be to install drains and other improvements above the damaged area to reduce future water runoff from damaging the trail. When completed, the project will result in a trail which will be safer and provide a more pleasant trail experience for all trail users. The primary tasks for this work day was to clear fallen trees/limbs and other debris from the work area. In addition, many, large rocks were stockpiled for the next phase of the project. There were six volunteers present. Began work. Cut down and removed several small, dead trees. Cut up and removed several downed trees and large limbs from the work area. Lopped back the live, new growth. Removed organic material and other debris from the work area. Began to dig out the footing for the future retaining wall. Collected and stockpiled many large rocks to be used in the wall. Total volunteer hours: 6 Volunteers x 5 hours = 30 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

October 21 Excellent day of trail work. It was a lot of digging and we moved a lot of dirt. In several areas, in order to cut a bench we ended up with a 3 to 5 foot vertical cut on the uphill side. The total length of trail was 0.67, we finished one-half of that and left the rest in various degrees of completion, from near-ready to just-started. Volunteers: We had a total of 193 volunteers, and most of those ended up in one of our crews. To all crew leaders, a shout-out to you for a job well done!

October 19 Trail survey of washout in Upper SycamoreCanyon.

October 15 Setting up this morning we tied, taped and weighed down everything , and everything held up just fine. There were moments of winds, but none of the gusts that were predicted. I took four gallon jugs filled with water and hung them at each corner of the canopy. The photo boards were tied to legs of the canopy (no easels) and the banner was secured with the clamps and also tied with twine to the top of the legs of the canopy. Given the fact that we didn't get high gusts of wind perhaps it was overkill, but as the old adage goes, "better safe than sorry". I stayed until 10:30a.m. then left. I called Dave Edward and after a brief chat told him I'd join him before 3. I was there at 2:45. The reason I decided to do that is because neither Dave nor Jon have ever taken down our outreach setup and are not familiar with it. Also where to put the stuff inside the storage unit. So when the time came we loaded everything into my truck and since neither Dave nor I were looking forward to going to the storage unit in the late afternoon heat I said I would take the stuff to storage tomorrow.

October 14 This was the first Fall Semester 2017 outing with students from CSUCI. Sixteen students and two additional volunteers participated. Our crew of five regulars made for a total of 23 volunteers. The work consisted of brushing the trail on both sides, clearing the slough along the hill side in order to bring the trail to the original width, and sawing or lopping branches sticking onto the trail. There was also a washout that had substantially pinched the trail and a crew under the direction of Dave Edwards was able to widen the trail back to its original width. With that size crew we were able to finish the Willow Creek trail, so we started down the Nicholas Flats trail. The Nicholas Flats trail is going to need probably two more outings (with our regular crew). Greg Sweel, with a crew, took on the lower part of the trail while the rest moved up. Total Volunteer Hours: 23 volunteers 6 hours = 138 Hours Total Feet of trail Maintained: 4,324

October 11 Completed work on the Ray Miller Trail - Pt. Mugu State Park. Cleared trail of encroaching, dead mustard and tarweed. Used brushcutter and hand tools. Cleared heavier brush using hand tool. Feet of trail maintained: 3200 feet 30 Person Hours

October 04 Work was on a 40 ft section of the Lookout trail in Malibu Creek State Park. Work involved building a rock retaining wall at the site of a minor slide. This wall was about 12 long by 3 ft high and should help prevent further erosion. We also cleared brush which was overhanging the trail and pushing hikers and equestrians to the outside edge, creating a dangerous pass through. We also widened the trail substantially by picking soft sandstone from the inside edge of trail. The trail along this section is now about 4 ft wide or wider and allows for safe passage.

September 30 This was the annual National Public Lands Day trail maintenance event. Routine trail maintenance; lopping, cleaning drains and correcting erosion damage was performed. There were 18 volunteers present. Met at the Mishe Mokwa parking lot on Yerba Buena Road. Conducted tool talk and safety briefings. Broke up into 3 crews. One crew worked eastward from the parking lot on the BBT. Crew two worked on the BBT/Mishe Mokwa connector trail and the third crew worked on the badly damaged section on trail near the trailhead. All sections of the trail were brushed and numerous drains were cleaned of accumulated silt. The badly eroded and trenched section near the trail head was improved. This section of trail was not completely repaired. It still needs lots of work. It may become a special project next year. Stopped work and hiked back to the parking lot. Completed the project. Drove to Circle X Ranch for an NPS hosted lunch. Total volunteer hours: 18 Volunteers x 4.5 hours = 81 hours Feet of trail maintained: 3,690

September 27 This was a scheduled project. The object of this project was to perform Spanish Broom removal on Saddle Peak. There were 7 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the BBT trail head on Stunt Road. Held tool talk and safety briefings. Hiked. 5 mile up the BBT to the work site. On the eastern slope of the peak, we treated approximately 1 acre of infested area using the cut and paint technique. Finished the broom treatment. Spend the rest of the morning cleaning out the drains on the nearby BBT. Finished work and hiked/drove back to the meeting place. Completed the days project. Total volunteer hours: 7 Volunteers x 3.5 hours = 24.5 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

September 23 Volunteers arrive, sign-in and carpool to Danielson Ranch (Big Sycamore Canyon). Distribute gloves and tools. Safety talk. Split into teams to support 2 hedge trimmers. Begin working where trail maintence left off last Saturday (intersection of Blue/Boney). Two SMMTC crew leaders took 3 volunteers each to support and clean-up after. Remaining 2 volunteers went ahead to clear thick brush and lopping. Used hedge trimmers to clear grasses and low brush along trail corridor. Supporting teams followed and cleared cut vegetation and loose rocks. Lunch break. Stopped work. Resumed work. Stopped work for the day. Returned to Danielson Ranch for carpool back to Wendy. Returned tools and gloves. End of work day. Feet of trail maintained = 2,600 Feet (GPS 0.54 miles) Volunteer hours: 10 Volunteers x 6 hours = 60 Hours Total Volunteer hours = 60 Hours

September 16 - Cleared trail of dead tarweed and mustard, bush mallow, and other weeds encroaching on the trail. - Trimmed back sycamores and laurel sumac. - Restored 3 water bars. - Realigned the Blue Canyon trail along the last creek toward the top, removed/cut back mule fat. - Removed unnecessary water dam. Seven volunteers met at the Wendy and Potrero trailhead. Two trucks shuttled everyone down Sycamore Canyon. One truck with two volunteers proceeded to the Toe Stubber to work on that trail while the rest shuttled to the Danielson Group Campground to work on the BlueCanyon trail. Total Volunteer Hours: 7 volunteers 6 hours = 42 Hours Total Feet of trail Maintained: 2,851

September 14 Cleared trail of encroaching, dead mustard and tarweed. Used brushcutters, one from top end of trail and one from bottom end. Cleared heavier brush using hand tools. Feet of trail maintained: 1760 feet 12 Person Hours

September 13 Cleared trail of encroaching, dead mustard and tarweed. Used two brushcutters, one from top end of trail and one from bottom end. Cleared heavier brush using hand tools. Feet of trail maintained: 6800 feet Labor = 60 Person Hours

August 24 This was a special volunteer work project on Santa Barbara Island in Channel Islands National Park. This project was preceded by two earlier assessment trips. The primary objective of this trip was to perform both corrective and preventative trail maintenance on the Landing Cove Trail. This trail is 650 long and has about a 150 foot elevation gain. The trail includes over 170 steps. The trail has never had good drainage features installed and has had minimal maintenance over the years. The poor drainage has resulted in severe damage. The Island has been closed to visitors for almost two years due to damage to the boat landing and the Landing Cove Trail.

August 03 This was an unscheduled event. This was a follow-up to the damage assessment conducted on April 5, 2017. The main purpose of this trip was to survey the site with the park archeologist. We also reviewed the work needed and updated the earlier assessment. The Park staff is interested in repairing the damage to the trail to improve safety prior to repair of the landing and also for any visitors landing from private boats. While the repairs are not an immediate concern, they would like to have the trail repaired ahead of the landing repairs.

July 29 On Saturday July 29 we had a special trail work day to take out two branches of a very large oak tree that fell on Old Boney trail, past the waterfall, past the switchbacks.

July 19 We had 5 people and worked 5 hours for 25 total hours for State Park. Report: Work consisted of weed whacking and minor brushing. We cleared about 2200 feet of trail. This completes work on the Upper Sycamore Canyon trail except for about a 300 ft section which has minor weed issues.

July 06 We cleared about 1200 ft of the Upper Sycamore Canyon trail using a weed whacker followed by hand saws and loppers. We also chain-sawed a 15 inch diameter tree leaning across the trail. One more outing will suffice in clearing the rest of the trail. We had a crew of 5 working 6 hours for a total of 30 hours.

June 28 Special project. We used two brush cutters to clear tall weeds from the trail. We started near the bottom of the Saddle Creek trail and worked up, clearing about 3000 ft. of trail. This leaves maybe 1/4 mile still very weedy. But the trail is very hike-able. We worked 6 hours with 7 persons for 42 total hours.

June 17 This was a scheduled trail maintenance event. The object of this project was to cut back the vegetation on the badly overgrown sections of the trail. The plan was to begin work at the upper end of the trail and work downhill, then hiking down to Piuma Road when work was complete. We were using 4 power tools. There were 10 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the dirt pull out near the BBT on Piuma Road. Loaded tools in one truck and carpooled to the BBT connector tail on Stunt Road. Hiked in about one mile before beginning work. The trail in this area was badly overgrown with black mustard, thistle and sage. We used two weed whackers and two brush trimmers to cut back the overgrowth, widening the trail corridor significantly. Six crewmembers followed the power tools to clear the cutting from the trail. We changed operators on the power tools frequently. After clearing approximately .7 mile of trail we stopped work and began the hike back to the meeting place.

June 15 With the help of two persons from The Ranch at Malibu, we finished clearing the Serrano Canyon trail up to the valley and then through the valley almost to the intersection with the Serrano Ranch trail. We cleared about 2000 ft of trail. The trail is now completely cleared from Sycamore Canyon road trail head up to the valley and beyond. 5 persons from SMMTC @ 6 hours = 30 hrs total 2 persons from The Ranch at Malibu = 12 hrs total

June 14 This was a scheduled project. The object of this project was to perform Spanish Broom removal on Saddle Peak. There were 6 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the BBT trail head on Stunt Road. Held tool talk and safety briefings. Two volunteers hiked to the peak, while the other four road in the vehicle. On the peak, we treated approximately 3 acres of infested area using the “cut and paint” technique. As expected, there was a significant amount of broom in the area, but still at an easily manageable level. We treated the flat area on top of the peak as well as the lower level and alongside the road leading in from the property line. There is still broom to be treated on the southern and eastern slopes and in the meadow above the large water tank... .Finished work and hiked/drove back to the meeting place. Completed the day’s project. Total volunteer hours: 6 Volunteers x 6 hours = 36 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

June 07 Continued work on Serrano Canyon Trail. Our team made good progress and ran out of time near the ascent into Serrano Valley. One more trip will be required to complete the removal of overgrown brush from this trail. Cleared trail of heavy brush using brush cutter and 2 weed whips. We were joined by four representatives of the Ranch. These guys made a big difference in moving the amount of cleared trail forward. Three Good Sam/Camping World employees also assisted in the clearing of the abundant overgrowth of brush crowding the trail. Feet of trail maintained: 3700 feet 66 Person Hours

June 03 National Trails Day. We provide crew leaders for this annual NPS event. Dave Edwards had a crew of 10 counting John Kross and myself. We worked the Upper Sycamore Canyon trail. It was entirely clearing weeds and brush. We worked about 1500 feet of trail. Greg Sweel, Chris Morneau, Jon Van Gorder from the Trails Council, plus Mike Zenan, Nellie and another from NPS, and three other volunteers. This crew completed 0.15 mile of trail by brushing and drain clean-outs.

June 01 This was a special project day at Los Leones with personnel from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center/Global Positioning Systems, a subordinate unit of Air Force Space Command located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo. Work was mostly light brushing and clearing weeds. About 3500 feet of trail was cleared.

May 27 Did our best to remove overgrown brush from the trail with hand tools. This would have been better with the gas powered brush trimmer. We worked from Mile Marker 8 towards Mishe Mokwa trail. An additional event will be required to return the trail to its 4 foot width.

May 20 SMMTC crew leaders met and proceeded to TH and began weed wacking and brushing Scouts and adult leaders met at parking area and hiked to TH. Divided into teams and received safety briefing. One team started at TH and second team moved down the trail and both teams cleared cuttings and groomed trail. Teams worked their way down the trail leapfrogging as needed. A third team repaired a stream crossing washout.

May 17 Special outing to remove two oak trees and a sycamore tree that were reported by Norm Simmons and Jon Sheldon (a Sierra Club hiker) 8:30 a.m. Four volunteers met at the Wendy and Potrero trailhead and shuttled to the Upper Sycamore Canyon trailhead by the bridge at the bottom of the asphalt grade. From there volunteers hiked ~1.5 miles to the furthest fallen trees, a very large sycamore and large oak tree that was brought down by the sycamore.

May 04 Second Day of Two day Wilderness First Aid Training.

May 03 Trail Crew members attended a Wilderness First Aid Training along with Park Rangers from COSCA.

April 30 36th Annual Trail Days Volunteers began to arrive and sign in. Ten SMMTC volunteers were on hand to organize and supervise the trail maintenance activities. Crew leaders and volunteers were shuttled to the trail head. Volunteers were organized into two crews, assigned crew leaders and issued tools. The crewleaders conducted tool talk and safety briefings to their respective crews. The trails, crews and work accomplishments were as follows Crew #1: Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. 13 volunteers. Crew #1 Lopped and chopped light brush from alongside the trail to reestablish the four foot width. Groomed the tread to improve drainage. Total volunteer hours: (13 volunteers x 3 hours) = 39 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,580 feet Crew #2: Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. 7 Volunteers. Crew #2 Hiked in approximately 1 mile to the work site. The crew realigned approximately 80 of trail where the previous had been completely washed out. The new alignments took the trail out of the stream bed and up a new ramp to the old trail on the other side. Cleared heavy weeds and light brush on 200 feet of trail. Total volunteer hours: (7 volunteers x 3 hours) = 21 hours Feet of trail maintained: 280 feet Total volunteer hours for Sunday: 60 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,860

April 29 This was the 36th annual Trail Days event. Volunteers began to arrive and sign in. Ten SMMTC volunteers were on hand to organize and supervise the trail maintenance activities. Volunteers were organized into several crews. Crews were shuttled to various trail heads, assigned crew leaders and issued tools. The crewleaders conducted tool talk and safety briefings to their respective crews. Four crews were shuttled, by vans to their work sites at the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. One crew consisting of CORBA and MBU members was shuttled to the Wood Canyon Vista Trail Head. The Sierra Club crew shuttled to the Coyote Trail. The trails, crews and work accomplishments were as follows: Crew #1: Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail; 8 volunteers. Crew #1 Realigned an eighty foot section of trail around a massive washout. This involved clearing a downed tree, creating a new tread across the stream bed and building a new ramp out of the steam. Removed overgrowth from about 550 feet of badly overgrown trail and repaired one minor cross drainage. Total volunteer hours: (8 volunteers x 6 hours) = 48 hours Feet of trail maintained: 630 Crew #2: Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail. 8 volunteers. Crew #2 Chopped heavy weeds and growth along trail, widening the tread. Filled a trench and installed one armored drain.. Total volunteer hours: (8 volunteers x 6 hours) = 48 hours Feet of trail maintained: 790 Crew #3: Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail; 11 volunteers. Crew #3 Constructed a new trail steam crossing. Created tread across the streambed and built a new ramp out or the creek. Filled a trench and repaired the tread across a new drainage. Chopped heavy weeds and growth along trail, widening the tread. Total volunteer hours: (11 volunteers x 6 hours) = 66 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,230 Crew #4: Sycamore Canyon Trail; 9 volunteers. Crew #4 Filled a large trench and established a new tread through badley eroded streambed and large rocks. Chopped heavy weeds and lopped brush to widen trail.

April 28 Began work with four SMMTC volunteers. Two volunteers drove to the Malibu Sector Office on PCH and weed whacked the parking lot (this work was preparation for the Backbone Trek next week. The other two volunteers performed tool maintenance at Danielson Ca

April 27 Four SMMTC Crewleaders met at Danielson Campground to begin planning and preparations for Trail Days. Began work. Hauled additional tools from the storage unit in Newbury Park. Four volunteers hiked the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail performing assessment an

April 26 This was the 36th annual Trail Days event. Several SMMTC crew leaders met and camped in the campground a few days ahead of time to make preparation for the main event to be held on the week end. Hauled in tools and setup camp.

April 22 This was a regularly scheduled trail maintenance event. The Trails council was supporting the State Parks and SM Foundation in an Earth Day Event. Trail Maintenance was just one of several activities available for volunteers. There were approximately 40 trail volunteers, including three CSUCI volunteers and six SMMTC crewleaders. Met at the parking lot in Malibu Cree State Park. Over a hundred volunteers were present. After initial announcements, the volunteer were divided into different groups for different activities. Forty volunteers were designated for trail work. The volunteers and SMMTC crew leaders hiked approximately .5 mile the the work site. The State Parks staff had previously cut a new bench for a new section of trail approximately .25 miles long. Today's volunteers were tasked to groom the new bench. This included sloping the inside bank and out sloping the tread. Completed work hiked back to the meeting place. Completed event. State Parks provided lunch. Total volunteer hours: 13 volunteers x 3.5 = 45.5 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,320 ft.

April 19 Trail maintenance outing at the request of the Conejo Valley Runners. In all 10 runners participated. Volunteers met at the main parking area, at the Reagan ranch. The following work was completed: - Filled in trenches along the first 3/10ths of the trail. - Moved trail above the trench for a total of 50 feet - Leveled and smoothed bench for a total of 60 feet Total Volunteer Hours: 12 volunteers × 2.5 hours = 30 Hours Feet of trail Maintained: 528 feet

April 18 This was our annual trip to the Prisoners Harbor area of Santa Cruz island to work on the Del Norte Trail. The primary objective of this trip was to perform trail maintenance on the that section of the Del Norte Trail between Navy road and the Del Norte Campground, We would also work on the campground and on the Montanon Ridge Trail at the end of Navy Road. We were a crew of four SMMTC volunteers. Project Totals: Feet of trail maintained: 11,620 (2.2 Mi.) Total Volunteer Hours: 4 volunteers X 24.5 hours = 98 hours Individual Volunteer Hours: Jerry Mitcham: 24.5 Hours Anne Russell 24.5 Hours Israel Ulloa 24.5 Hours John Seltzer 24.5 Hours

April 15 Poison Oak removal, brushing, tread work, removal of rocks and tripping hazards from trail. Removed overhead branches using pole saws and hand saws. 2600 feet of maintained trail. 14 volunteers x 5 hours = 70 hours.

April 12 Weed Whipped 300 yds. Of trail Cleaned out 15 water diversions Rebuilt trail over one earth-slide Removed trees overhanging trail Removed brush encroaching on trail Feet of trail maintained: 3000 feet

April 08 SMMTC set up and staffed an information booth at the annual Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day Celebration at the Thousand Oaks Community Park. Three SMMTC volunteers staffed the booth

April 05 This was an unscheduled event. In response to concerns of the Channel Islands National Park staff, one SMMTC volunteer traveled to Santa Barbara Island to perform a trail damage assessment in preparation for a future SMMTC trail crew maintenance trip to the island. The island is currently closed to visitors (except for those landing from private boats), due to extensive storm damage to the landing pier. The winter rains have also damaged the trail from the landing up to the Ranger Station/Campground. The Park staff is interested in repairing the damage to the trail to improve safety prior to repair of the landing and also for any visitors landing from private boats. While the repairs are not an immediate concern, they would like to have the trail repaired ahead of the landing repairs.

April 01 This was a regularly scheduled trail maintenance event. This section of trail is the last land acquisition to complete the Backbone Trail. At the time of acquisition, there was minimal work done to convert the existing social trail into a maintained trail. It still needs additional work to bring it up to the BBT standard.. There were thirteen volunteers present; nine SMMTC volunteers and four CSUCI volunteers. Met at the Yellow Gate on Encinal Canyon. We carpooled/caravanned to the trail head. Conducted toll talk and safety briefings. Began work at the trail head working in an easterly direction. We chopped weeds and light brush along the trail to create a four foot tread. We did minor lopping, mainly to increase overhead clearance for the equestrians. We cleaned out several drains and installed several new drains. Filled a short stretch of trench in the trail. Total volunteer hours: 13 volunteers x 6 = 78 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,000 ft.

March 29 This was a Farmers Insurance team building event sponsored by National Parks Service. Volunteers met at Paramount Ranch, next to the entrance to Western Town. The Farmers Insurance team was split into 3 crews, led by Dave Edwards, Jerry Mitcham, and John Kross. After distributing tools and safety talk, we proceeded to the Medea Creek loop trail to commence trailwork. Each crew worked on a different leg of this trail. In all, crews cleared weeds and brush to bring the trail to min. 4 feet wide bench, filled in trenches, did light lopping, and cleaned out 8 drains. Work completed, everyone hiked out. Total Volunteer Hours: 36 volunteers 2 hours = 72 Hours Feet of trail Maintained: 2,620 feet

March 25 Work on the Upper Sycamore Canyon trail in PMSP was done at two sites. Both were the site of extensive damage from the recent rains. At the first site we cut in a trail on the side of a washed-out vertical creek bank which was about 7 feet high and 30 feet long. We took out a large clump of laurel sumac in the middle of the trail. Also several rocks strewn across the creek which made for an uneven crossing were cleared to make for a smooth trail. We improved access into and out of the creek crossing on both sides. Several small trees and some brush were removed. At the second site we also improved access into and out of a washed-out creek crossing. We removed several small trees to allow for temporary access to the main trail. Several more work sessions are required to fully restore the trail to a hikeable condition. About 200 feet of trail was worked.

March 18 Annual Spring Trail Work event during which Trails Council crew leaders survey and flag work areas prior to the event and lead crews on the day of the event. Volunteers met at the Conejo Canyons trailhead on Conejo Center Drive. After registration, at 8a.m. volunteers were divided into teams that ranged between 6 and 14 people, were assigned their tools, and hiked to their designated work area. The following work was completed: Team 1: Filled-in severely eroded ~50 foot section of trail Built rock wall and improved drainage to prevent future erosion Team 2: Cut in trail re-route to get around a very muddy creek area ~400 feet Team 3: Brushed, removed slough, widened bench in places in order to bring trail back to min. 4 feet of bench width (this is an equestrian trail) ~800 feet Team 4: Filled in trenched areas, cut in or restored 8 water bars ~1,500 feet Additional work accomplished Filled in deep trench at the junction of Hawk Cny trail and Hawk Cny fire road ~20 feet Work completed, everyone hiked back for a lunch provided by COSCA rangers. Total Volunteer Hours: 65 volunteers 4 hours = 260 Hours Feet of trail Maintained: 2,770 feet

March 15 Rebuilt 6 water drains Filled ruts, flattened trail and installed out-slope Cleared slough from inside and widened trail.

March 10 This was a scheduled volunteer work project on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National park. Since our scheduled February trip to Santa Cruz had to be cancelled due to the weather, this was our first trip to the Channel Islands this year. The primary objective of this trip was to perform both corrective and preventative trail maintenance as a result of damage inflicted by early rain storms this year. Two SMMTC volunteers had visited the Island earlier this month to assess the damage. Project Totals: Feet of trail maintained: 5,596 (1.06 Mi.) Total Volunteer Hours: 4 volunteers X 24 hours = 96 Individual Volunteer Hours: Jerry Mitcham: 24 Hours Dave Edwards 24 Hours John Reyes 24 Hours Don Brusselars 24 Hours

March 04 This was a scheduled joint project with students from CSUCI. The object of this project was to perform routine trail maintenance on the Nicholas Flats Trail. We havent worked on this section of trail in at least 3 years, so there was much work to be done. There were 6 CSUCI Students and 14 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the Leo Carrillo State Park day use parking lot. Three of the SMMTC volunteers, Greg Sweel, John Kross and Barry Dydyk. Began brushing the trail using the power brush trimmers. Other volunteers waited at the meeting place for the students. Students arrive. Held tool talk and safety briefings. Began work at the trail head, across the street. We split into two crews. The students and some crewleaders began by clearing the brush cuttings left behind by the earlier workers. The remaining SMMTC volunteers proceeded up the trail ahead of the brush cutter to begin tread work on the upper part of the trail. By the end of the work day, the combined crews had maintained about a quarter mile of trail. Clearing brush, cleaning drains, installing new drains and filling the trenches in the tread. Total volunteer hours: 3 volunteers x 7 = 21 hours 17 Volunteers x 6 = 102 hours Total hours = 123 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,320

March 02 In response to concerns of the Santa Cruz Island park rangers, two volunteers traveled to Scorpion Canyon to perform a trail damage assessment in preparation for our scheduled maintenance trip later in the month.

February 25 This was an outing with the Coyote Trail Runners. In total 9 trail runners and 9 SMMTC regular volunteers participated. Volunteers met at the Wendy and Potrero trailhead. The runners ran in. The rest shuttled. The following work was completed: - Rerouted stream away from the trail on several locations in order to recover/restore the trail - Removed blockage along creek to allow the water to run back on the creek instead of running on the trail - Extensively restored sections of the trail badly rutted - Realigned the trail on several locations - Deep and steep trenches, about 4 feet deep and 10 across, were ramped and the trail restored - Cleared a land slide that pinched the trail, making it difficult to get by Work completed, we regrouped at Danielson campground. Loaded up tools. Total Volunteer Hours: 18 volunteers × 6 hours = 108 Hours Feet of trail Maintained: 3,168 feet

February 23 Assessment of storm damage in Upper Sycamore Canyon of Pt. Mugu State Park. Lots of work to be done. Trail nearly impassable in three spots.

February 22 widened tread, rebuilt 24 drains and built 2 sets of stairs dug into tread

February 11 We worked on the Saddle Creek trail in Malibu Creek SP. We cleared 2 small trees blocking the trail near the trailhead on Piuma Rd. We repaired a section of trail about 3/8 mile in where a slide occured. The slide covered some 30 ft of trail. One large inside drain was completely reworked. We brushed the trail sporadically for about 3/4 mile beginning about 1 1/4 in from the trailhead. About 4000 feet of trail was worked. A large tree fell across the trail in Dark Canyon and will require clearing with a chain saw at a later date.

February 08 Cleared two trees from Toe Stubber, three trees in Blue Canyon and two trees on the Old Boney Trail.

February 04 This was a scheduled trail maintenance event. The object of this project was to perform routine trail maintenance on the Ridgeline Trail. There were 11 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the trailhead on Decker Road. Conducted tool talk and safety briefing. Hiked one mile to the worksite. . Began work. The trail in this area was badly overgrown and the tread eroded. We used the chain saw to cut back the overgrowth, widening the trail corridor significantly. We added many new drains to prevent future erosion. .Completed work - began hike back to meeting place.. Arrived at meeting place. Completed event. Total volunteer hours: 11 Volunteers x 6 hours = 66 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,580

January 31 Cleared three trees on La Jolla Canyon Loop. Scouted out several other downed trees in Blue Canyon and Old Boney Trail.

January 28 Rehabilitation of trail, joint activity with Sierra Club. Addition of carsonite signs with Dale Skinner, State Parks Met at end of Reseda parking lot. Crew drove or hiked in approximately 1 mile to trail head. TC crew started at the bottom and SC crew started at the top of the trail. Goal was to widen trail, repair tread, and brush trail. The trail had significantly narrowed over time, in places only 12 inches wide. Trail widening included making significant cuts into hillsides and rock faces to try to widen to 3 feet, removal of duff and debris, and knocking down berms. Fill from the hillsides was used to repair tread. Brush was cut back to arm's length from the trail. Brush was used to block social trails going straight uphill that had created significant erosion and denuding of the slope. We repaired one switchback with an awkward slope, significantly widening it and changing the slope to make it safer. Two crew members joined Dale to place carsonite signs on this and other trails, rejoining the main crew at lunch. Lunch break. Resumed work, continuing with work described above. Finished work and hiked or drove back to parking lot Total volunteer hours: 10 volunteers x 6 hours = 60 hours Feet of trail maintained: 800

January 25 This was a scheduled project. The object of this project was to perform Spanish Broom removal on Saddle Peak. There were 5 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the BBT trail head on Stunt Road. Held tool talk and safety briefings. Hiked up to the meadow above the water tank. Treated approximately one acre of infested area using the “cut and paint” technique. There was not a lot a broom in this area. Upon completion of broom treatment, we performed some trail maintenance on the BBT. Removed some fallen limbs cross the trail and cleaned all the drains.. .Finished work and hiked back to the trailhead. Total volunteer hours: 5 Volunteers x 3 hours = 15 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,500

January 18 Removed downed tree on Hidden Pond Trail. Removed 4 downed trees on Blue Canyon Trail. Removed 4 downed trees and lopped bushes encroaching on Upper Sycamore Trail. Built and remove sediment from 33 water diversions on Fossil Trail. Feet of trail maintained: 7000 feet Total Volunteer hours: 60.0 hours

January 14 This was a scheduled project. The object of this project was to perform routine trail maintenance on the Canyon View Trail. There were 11 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the Sandstone Peak parking lot. Held tool talk and safety briefings. Began work at the trail head, across the street. Generally, the trail was in good condition. The maintenance tasks performed were light lopping and slough removal.

January 05 Planning and scheduling meeting for work events thru June.

January 04 This was a scheduled, special project. The object of this project was to mitigate a potential erosion problem on and near the Staircase Beach Access Trail. We worked on this trail last fall, filling trenches, building two retaining walls and widening of the trail. Shortly after or work, there was a small brush fire near the trail. In fighting the fire, the fire crew cut a fire break on the slope near the trail, leaving a completely bare strip of slope. Not only did the firebreak leave an area susceptible to massive erosion, it also drained directly onto the trail creating a future serious erosion problem on the trail. Our objective today was to install some waddles on the slope and to install a drain near the bottom of the firebreak to divert water away from the trail. State Parks supported this project by purchasing the materials required. There were 6 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the beach parking lot, near the firebreak. Two, twenty-five foot waddles had been dropped off nearby. We cut the waddles in half and began installing them across the firebreak. Other crew members began building an armored drain near the bottom of the firebreak. A State Parks employee arrives with two additional waddles. We installed the new waddles with the others. Total volunteer hours: 6 Volunteers x 3 hours = 18 hours Feet of trail maintained: NA

January 03 Removed cluster of trees, vines and bushes that were overhanging trail causing hazardous conditions.

December 17 This was a follow-on trail maintenance project. About 2 more work days are needed to complete the work. Volunteers met at the pullout near mile marker 8 on Yerba Buena road. We worked on the Backbone trail toward the Mishe Mokwa trailhead. The following

December 14 This was a scheduled, special project. The object of this project was to correct an erosion problem on the Camp 13 Trail. We worked on this trail last spring, repairing two large “blow outs” in the side of the trail, by installing retaining walls. How

December 10 Met at Sandstone Peak parking area and hiked to Tri Peaks trailhead after loading gator with tools. Primary activity was brushing the trail in heavily overgrown areas. Due to long hike we extended our day by one hour. Supported by two State Park employee

December 07 Built two major water diversions Filled out-trenches with dirt. Removed brush from work areas with mcleods,rogue hoes, shovels, buckets, loppers. pole saw and gator to haul dirt and tamp down dirt fill. Feet of trail maintained: 200 feet Total Volunt

December 03 Work was on the Musch trail in Topanga State Park. We started work at the trail head at Eagle Junction. The Sierra Club Task Force joined in our effort. We cleaned and/or installed some 26 water drains. Other work mostly consisted of brushing and wide

November 30 This was a scheduled project. The object of the project was to correct an erosion problem on the Grotto Trail resulting from work we did last year. There were 6 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the day Grotto Trail tral head at Circle X Ranch Campground.

November 19 This was a scheduled project with students of CSUCI. The object of the project was to perform routine trail maintenance on the Scenic Trail. There were 17 CSUCI students and 9 SMMTC volunteers present. Met at the day use parking lot of the Sycamore Canyon Campground. Held introductions, project briefing, tool talk and safety briefing. Hiked to the trailhead. Began work. Work was exclusively tread work to repair the extensive erosion that has occurred on this trail. We installed 9 new drains and cleaned out several existing drains. On the upper portion of the trail, we installed several check dams in the existing large trench in the trail. On the lower portion of the trail we moved in a large amount of soil to fill the large trench. Completed work. Hiked back to the meeting place. Total volunteer hours: 26 Volunteers x 5 hours = 130 hours Feet of trail maintained: 350

November 12 Six volunteers performed brushing, tread work, removal of rocks from trail and cut overhead branches. A power hedge trimmer made quick work of brush encroaching on the trail. Several branches that fallen across the trail were removed from the trail and drains were cleared. 1600 feet of trail were improved upon.

November 05 Eleven volunteers performed brushing, tread work, removal of rocks from trail and cut overhead branches. Two pole saws and four per hedge trimmer made quick work of brush and branches obstructing the trail. Several branches that fallen across the trail were removed from the trail and drains were cleared. 2600 feet of trail were worked on.

November 02 Held a scheduled work day on Saddle Peak. We had six SMMTC volunteers. The objective for the day was Plant new oak trees (replacements for earlier plantings that have died), and to treat new broom growth on the peak. The crew met at the dirt pull-out and then drove to the peak. We planted four new trees using cocoons which we have never used before. The cocoons require a much larger hole that the traditional planting method. The ground on Saddle Peak is very rocky meaning our task was very labor intensive. In addition there was a learning curve which slowed us down a bit. It took four us about three hours to plant the four trees, After the tree planting we used the cut and paint technique to treat new broom growth 2:00 PM Completed work. Treated approximately 1 acres.

October 25 We managed to clear the Danielson Road at the major washout to 7 feet wide. We also cut in a new water drain just above this spot. This ensures that the Gator can get by this spot and haul our tools, etc. to the work site on Dec 7

October 22 This was a follow-on trail maintenance project. The work needed is now complete. A total of 17 CSUCI student volunteers were present, in addition to 6 SMMTC regular volunteers and crew leaders.. Volunteers met at the parking area for the Staircase Beach. We split into 4 groups and proceeded to the trailwork areas. The following work was completed: - Widened 100 feet of the lower section of the trail - Built two rock walls to fix washouts on the lower section of the trail - Lopped and brushed 100 feet around the middle section of the trail - Filled, with road base, ditches in the first 180 feet of trail Total Volunteer Hours: 23 volunteers @ 6 hours = 138 Hours Feet of trail Maintained: 380 feet + 2 rock walls

October 16 Community Outreach at the Thousand Oaks Street Fair.

October 15 This was the annual Conejo Open Space fall trail day event. The project was in the Western Plateau Area and covered several trails in the area. There were approximately 150 community volunteers, including 15 SMMTC volunteers. Collaborated with the COSCA Rangers and held briefings on the project. There were three general areas to work. Screamer Trail, the largest effort was to cut in a 0.5 mile new section of trail, requiring 6 crews. The Hill Canyon Connector Trail, a section of old road to be converted to single track trail requiring 3 crews. Lastly the Hawk Canyon Connector Trail a new connector trail to be cut in requiring 3 crews. Formed the volunteers into crews of ten and dispatched them to the work areas. For the “Screamer Trail”. the route had already been brushed. The volunteers cut about 0.4 mile of new bench, removing many stumps in the process. The “Hill Canyon Connector Trail” crews removed much brush, smoothed tread and installed several drains. The “Hawk Canyon Connector Trail” crews, cut in 0.1 mile of new bench, removed vegetation and smoothed the tread for 0.2 miles. Total volunteer hours: 15 Volunteers x 5 hours = 75hours Feet of trail maintained: 5,800

October 12 Widened trail removing brush from uphill side, removing slough and rocks from uphill side, sloping trail to outside to ensure water doesn't collect on trail. 800 Feet

October 08 Work was on the Phantom trail beginning about 1/2 mile from trail head at end of Liberty Canyon Rd. Work consisted entirely of tread work, mostly widening the trail, fixing old water drains and adding some new ones. We repaired or fixed 13 water drains. About 2000 feet of trail was worked. This was a Red Flag day which prevented us from weed whipping several very weedy sections. The Phantom trail needs lots of work from one end to the other, particularly the middle one mile or so of the 2.8 mile trail.

October 01 Met at locked gate and drove to designated parking. Hiked 2.3 miles to work area. Upper 1000 feet of trail was very rutted due to poor drainage. We repaired existing inside drain where possible and built four new drains to take water off the trail. Brushed trail to 6 foot width and cleared sluff to provide a four foot tread. Due to condition of trail we only completed 1000 feet of trail maintenance.

September 24 This was the annual National Public Lands Day. The Trails Council supported State and National Parks in organizing and executing the event. There were 9 SMMTC volunteers and numerous other community volunteers present. 8:30 AM Met at Malibu Creek State Park. Coordinated with park officials to establish crew assignments and leaders. The trail council was assigned two crews to work on the Chaparral Trail. . 9:30 AM Community volunteers arrived. After sign in, volunteers were assigned to crew leaders. The Trails Council volunteers hiked to the trailhead. We picked up tools at the trail head. One crew began work at the eastern end of the trial, the other crew started at the western end of the trail. Conducted tool talk and safety briefing at eh trailheads. State Parks personnel had already brushed the trail, so we only had to do tread work. Many established drains were cleaned out and several new drains constructed. Trenched sections of the trail were filled in throughout the trail. 11:30 AM Completed work. Hiked back to the meeting place. 12:00 PM NPS provided lunch for all volunteers. (Trails Council provided funds to the park service to purchase the lunches) Total volunteer hours: 9 Volunteers x 3.5 hours = 31.5 hours Feet of trail maintained: 2,100

September 21 Rebuilt three switchbacks including inside drains. Blocked numerous use trails with old discarded brush. Widened stretch of trail removing rocks and sloped to outside to remove water. Removed brush overhanging trail. Feet of trail maintained: 1320 feet Total Volunteer hours: 50.0 personhours

September 19 Dave and John provided Crew leader support ofr several groups of UCLA students at the Los Liones Trail. We worked 4 hours. My crew of 11 did brushing and John's crew of 10 cut in new water drains. There was a total of 128 UCLA volunteers. It was their 8th annual UCLA Volunteer Day. The remainder of students spent their time dragging brush to a roadside dumpster.

September 17 This was a scheduled project with the UC Outfitters Club of USC. The object of the project was to perform routine trail maintenance on the BBT. There were 8 UC students and 12 SMMTC volunteers present. 8:30 AM Met at the large dirt pull out at the 9.0 mile marker on Yerba Buena Road. Held introductions, project briefing, tool talk and safety briefing. 8:45 AM Began work. We accessed the trail about 0.1 mile from the Yerba Buena trailhead. We performed light lopping, removed slough, roots/stumps and cleaned the drains at the four switchbacks. 2:00 PM Completed work. Hiked back to the meeting place. Total volunteer hours: 20 Volunteers x 6 hours = 120 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,580

September 10 SMMTC volunteers arrive and discuss trail condition, division of tasks, and students. Meet Pepperdine students, sign-in, distribute gloves and tools. Safety talk. Split into 2 groups and hike in to work area and begin work. Two SMMTC crew leaders took 3 students and worked on the eastern portion. Three SMMTC crew leaders took 7 students and worked on the western portion. The eastern crew lopped brush. The western crew improved the trail tread, lopped brush, and cleaned 4 water diversions. Both groups meet and combine work. Stopped work and proceed back to parking area. Return tools and gloves. End of work day.

September 03 Met at Malibu Sector HQ parking lot. Widened the trail to the first turn: removing and bagging invasive ice plant and significant dog excrement, excavating hillside to widen trail bed and shoulder, filling in eroded sections. Rework of next segment of trail to remove deeply cut drainage from the trail. Cleared brush from hillside and excavated to create outside drainage down to the outside edge of the ~ 30 foot drop to the beach. Filled in the badly eroded trail with excavations brought by wheelbarrow down from the top and from roadbase supplied by State Parks. Replaced worn, short railroad ties and created new railroad tie steps on steep curve to mitigate erosion and to divert hikers away from the drop off. Total volunteer hours: 7 volunteers x 6 hours = 42 hours Feet of trail maintained: ~400, 5 steps created