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Event#:606
Date: 2018-12-01
Agency:State Parks
Trail: Upper SycamoreCanyon Trail
Leader:Jerry Mitcham
Hours: 18
Volunteers:3
Distance:0
Status: Completed
Regulars: 3
Casuals: 0
pdf:20181201BlueCanyon.pdf
CSUCI: 0
Tag:PMSP, BBT, Woolsey_Fire
Previous Events
ID Date Leader Hours
6062018-12-01Jerry Mitcham18.0
Crew Member Hours
Jerry Mitcham6.00
Norm Simmonds6.00
Sharon Simmonds6.00
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