Effects of the ongoing drought in our region kept us busy removing fallen trees at the beginning of the year. The Woolsey Fire in November was massive enough that it will affect our trail work for the foreseeable future. We expect this to be a multi-year effort; fire and the rain are a potent one-two punch. Without plants to absorb the rain, water becomes a driving force to move earth from one place to another. In between these two kinds of activities, we managed to get one more kiosk completed along the Backbone Trail, held another Trail Days event in Point Mugu State Park and provided crew leaders for three COSCA trail building events. We marshaled the resources and volunteers to keep trails open where we could, but the task we attempt is a job that will never be finished. It is worth repeating that the majority of trails we worked on would not have been repaired without our efforts. Government budgets for Trail Work are anemic at best - NPS and State Parks depend on us and in turn we depend on you to join us for an event or two each year. Consider joining us for a work event in 2019!
72 events were held in 2018.
64 of those events took place on trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
4,286 hours of volunteer labor performed on the trails.
285 unique volunteers provided 1,753 hours of labor
14 dedicated volunteers accounted for 2,518 hours!
15 volunteers from CSU Channel Islands worked 186 hours
2 Events and 153 volunteer hours in Channel Islands National Park
Along the way, we worked with CORBA, Trail Runners, employees from Farmers Insurance, Air Force personnel, Sierra Club Task Force, and North Face Employees. With a shared appreciation for our trails, we repaired and worked together for a common cause.
The Woolsey Fire in November of 2018 burned hot and moved fast. SMMTC crew leaders performed several post fire assessments for NPS and State Parks. With a mixture of sadness, awe and optimism we noted areas of the Backbone Trail that survived and areas that were damaged. Of concern were trails that traversed slopes that had burned. Water will either cut straight down the slope and bisect the trail or stay on the trail and scour the tread. That adds up to lots of work. Look at the image above and see where Barry's trekking pole is pointing. Thousands of these long channels appeared after the last rain.
The Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council (SMMTC) has put together a project to improve a select group of trailheads with amenities defined below. The project provides improvements to twelve BBT trailheads, broken down into four subprojects.The Four Project Groups
Implementation of the project will be by a team comprising agency representatives from National Park Service and California State Parks along with SMMTC members and volunteer organizations. Three of the twelve sites have been completed as part of an Eagle Scout Project. The young men worked hard planning, organizing, digging, installing and learning skills that will be useful in their future careers.
The Agencies and the SMMTC will provide guidance and much of the funding and materials. This project will continue thru 2019.
Trailhead amenities were designed to provide a BBT user with a satisfying entry/exit to the BBT. Not all amenities will apply to every trailhead but will be applicable depending on usage and accessibility.
|12/29/18||NPS||Sandstone Peak Trail||10||6||4||60|
|12/22/18||NPS||Sandstone Peak Trail||8||6||2||48|
|12/19/18||NPS||Sandstone Peak Trail||5||4||1||30|
|12/15/18||State Parks||La Jolla Valley Loop||7||7||0||42|
|12/8/18||State Parks||Leo Carrillo State Park||18||8||10||108|
|12/3/18||State Parks||Leo Carrillo Trails Post Fire Assessment||3||3||0||9|
|12/1/18||State Parks||Upper Sycamore Post Fire Assessment||3||3||0||18|
|12/1/18||State Parks||Serrano Canyon Post Fire Assessment||3||3||0||19.5|
|11/28/18||State Parks||Fire Assessment - MCSP||2||2||0||12|
|11/17/18||State Parks||Rogers Road Bypass, Topanga SP||9||9||0||54|
|11/3/18||NPS||Mishe Mokwa trail, Circle X Ranch, NPS||9||9||0||54|
|11/1/18||State Parks||Camp 13 Trail||2||2||0||4|
|10/27/18||State Parks||Malibu Lagoon||12||10||2||72|
|10/20/18||COSCA||COSCA Trail Day||12||11||1||58|
|10/13/18||State Parks||Upper Sycamore Canyon||2||1||1||6|
|10/10/18||State Parks||La Jolla Valley, Point Mugu SP||5||4||1||30|
|10/6/18||NPS||Mishe Mokwa trail, NPS||12||9||3||72|
|9/29/18||State Parks||La Jolla Canyon trail, Point Mugu SP||23||10||13||138|
|9/26/18||NPS||Upper Zuma Cyn||1||1||0||8|
|9/22/18||NPS||Paramount Ranch Trails, NPS||7||6||1||24.5|
|9/19/18||State Parks||La Jolla Valley, Point Mugu SP||7||5||2||42|
|9/15/18||NPS||BBT, Solstice Canyon, NPS||8||7||1||48|
|9/8/18||NPS||BBT, Upper Zuma Canyon, NPS||5||5||0||20|
|9/1/18||NPS||Grotto Trail, NPS||35||5||30||210|
|8/22/18||State Parks||Downed Trees Hondo Canyon||9||9||0||54|
|8/11/18||State Parks||Lower Piuma||11||10||1||44|
|8/1/18||State Parks||BBT Kiosk Projects||6||2||4||113|
|6/30/18||State Parks||Santa Ynez Trail||5||5||0||20|
|6/23/18||State Parks||La Jolla Valley, PMSP||9||8||1||54|
|6/20/18||NPS||Saddle Peak - Spanish Broome, NPS||4||3||1||24|
|6/16/18||COSCA||Westlake Village YMCA Trails||8||7||1||48|
|6/14/18||COSCA||Trail Work Survey||2||2||0||6|
|6/13/18||COSCA||COSCA Trail Work||10||2||8||40|
|6/9/18||NPS||Lower Zuma Canyon trails, NPS||7||7||0||42|
|6/2/18||NPS||National Trails Day||13||11||2||39|
|5/26/18||COSCA||COSCA Work Day||12||11||1||48|
|5/23/18||State Parks||La Jolla Valley Loop, Point Mugu State Park||12||7||5||72|
|5/20/18||CINP||Channel Islands - Santa Rosa||3||3||0||44.5|
|5/19/18||State Parks||Serrano Canyon, Point Mugu SP||18||9||9||108|
|4/28/18||State Parks||Trail Days||133||10||123||798|
|4/27/18||State Parks||Hidden Pond Trail||6||1||5||24|
|4/25/18||State Parks||Upper Sycamore||3||3||0||18|
|4/21/18||State Parks||ADA Trail Leo Carillo State Park||13||8||5||78|
|4/14/18||NPS||BBT, Newton Canyon||12||7||5||72|
|4/11/18||State Parks||Fossil Trail, Point Mugu State Park||8||5||3||48|
|4/10/18||CINP||Channel Islands - Scorpion||4||4||0||108|
|4/7/18||NPS||Malibu Springs Trail, NPS||25||9||16||150|
|4/5/18||State Parks||Serrano Trail - Tree Removal||7||7||0||42|
|3/31/18||NPS||Upper Solstice Cyn||7||7||0||42|
|3/24/18||State Parks||Saddle Peak Trail||7||7||0||42|
|3/17/18||NPS||BBT, Mishe Mokwa Trail, Circle X Ranch, NPS||7||7||0||42|
|3/14/18||State Parks||Fossil Trail, Point Mugu State Park||12||10||2||72|
|3/7/18||NPS||Saddle Peak Trail, NPS||7||6||1||42|
|2/24/18||NPS||Canyon View Trail, NPS||7||7||0||42|
|2/17/18||State Parks||Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park||6||6||0||36|
|2/14/18||State Parks||Fossil Trail, Point Mugu State Park||7||6||1||42|
|2/10/18||State Parks||BBT, Hondo Canyon Trail (lower)||22||8||14||132|
|2/7/18||State Parks||Sycamore Canyon - Downed Trees||3||3||0||6|
|2/3/18||NPS||BBT, Mishe Mokwa trail, Circle X Ranch, NPS||9||8||1||54|
|1/27/18||State Parks||BBT Trail Saddle Peak Connector||10||7||3||60|
|1/20/18||State Parks||Old Cabin Trail||8||7||1||48|
|1/17/18||State Parks||Toe Stubber||4||3||1||24|
|1/13/18||NPS||BBT Kanan Towards Latigo||19||8||11||114|
|1/7/18||State Parks||Topanga School Trails||7||6||1||42|
|1/3/18||State Parks||Blue Canyon||4||4||0||16|