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: 30September 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 milesAugust 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: 44August 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 DJuly 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: NAJuly 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: ~400June 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: ~3800June 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: NAJune 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 = 28.5June 14 Survey and flagging of a trail for an upcoming eventJune 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 = 8June 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 eventMay 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 2018April 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 2018April 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: 2,600April 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: 72April 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 HoursApril 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: 4224April 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: 42March 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: 1,600February 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: 36February 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: 5,000February 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/AFebruary 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: 1584January 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: 2,100January 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: 4,700January 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: 500January 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/ADecember 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: 42December 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: ~2100November 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: ~2500November 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: 4,200November 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: NAOctober 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: 4,324October 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 HoursOctober 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: 3,690September 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: NASeptember 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 HoursSeptember 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: 2,851September 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 HoursSeptember 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 HoursAugust 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: NAJune 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 HoursJune 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 CaApril 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 anApril 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 feetApril 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 HoursApril 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 feetApril 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 boothApril 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 feetMarch 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 feetMarch 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.
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: 1,320March 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 feetFebruary 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 treadFebruary 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: 1,580January 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: 800January 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: 1,500January 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 hoursJanuary 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: NAJanuary 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. HowDecember 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 employeeDecember 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 VoluntDecember 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 wideNovember 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: 350November 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 7October 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 wallsOctober 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: 5,800October 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 FeetOctober 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: 2,100September 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 personhoursSeptember 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: 1,580September 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