21 Oct 17 San Gorgonio Wilderness - SGWA volunteers David Bratt, John Flippin, Diana Gossard, Ronn Knox, Kristy Loufek, Manish Pagey, Tej Patel, Bob Stokke, Robin Thuemler, Charlie Wells, and Bob Williams.
We all don our finest fall fashion colors. Because all trail maintenance volunteers are very dear, we don't want any shot during the fall rifle deer hunting season.
One of our SGWA trail bosses ready to rip rock.
SGWA is lucky to have many women on our trail crews. We had three this weekend. If there is a weaker sex, it is not them.
A bright smile on a cool morning.
Eager to hit the trail.
REI is a major sponsor for all SGWA trail maintenance in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness and the Cucamonga Wilderness. Thank you REI !
A crew of 11 making their way in on the Johns Meadow Trail in the San Gorgonio Wilderness - David Bratt, John Flippin, Diana Gossard, Ronn Knox, Kristy Loufek, Manish Pagey, Tej Patel, Bob Stokke, Robin Thuemler, Charlie Wells, and Bob Williams
A Rest Stop On the Way In
First Obstacle to Fix
A three to four foot climb up over rock with the approach trail tread falling farther and farther down a steep side slope due to erosion. Our objective - to make the way easier for all, especially those with backpacks, younger children, and older seniors. We'd also like to save that little tree just above the water bottle.
First Obstacle Again
About 75 feet beyond the first obstacle. Similar problem. A difficult four foot step up over large tree roots with the approach trail tread falling farther down due to erosion on a steep side slope.
Second Obstacle Again
Arrived at Work Site - Discussing Plan of Attack
Studying the Big Root Step Up Problem.
Looking over the work to be done.
Boulder removal at first obstacle.
Primary tools for the task are a couple of rock bars.
Two others working on "The Rock."
It took an hour to get it broken apart and moved , its base remaining underground. Much of it was used in the retaining wall to be built.
"The Rock" is gone and retaining wall started.
Little tree being held by volunteer out of frame to right has been saved.
Move That Dirt!
Forty feet of the trail had to be moved back up the steep side slope about 5 feet.
Lots of dirt and rock to move.
Thankfully, it was a beautiful cool day.
A lot of rock, many very large, had to be carried in from places up and down the trail to build two retaining walls.
More rock coming in.
Starting retaining wall on "The Big Root" problem.
Really big rock. In all, literally a ton of rock was hauled in by the crew.
For steps and the base rocks of retaining walls, if a rock can be lifted by one person - it is too small. Many of the rocks required two to four people carrying them with a rock net.
Very large base rocks have to be carefully placed.
Happily, we've never had any fingers crushed - these folks are pros.
More Retaining Wall Rock.
More Rock? Ok, one more net full.
More of the Ton of Rock Coming In
Beginning of retaining wall for "The Rock" spot.
Moving dirt to realign trail is dusty work.
Everyone is happy to be in the mountains serving the public on a beautiful autumn day.
New Trail Where "The Rock" step up used to be. Little tree on open side of retaining wall is saved.
Where "The Rock" stepup/down used to be, looking down the trail.
New tread looking down the trail.
Finishing off new tread over the big tree roots.
New retaining wall at the former big tree root step-up
New trail tread on top of new retaining wall.
Easy approach now to the big tree roots.
Older hiking couple going over new trail tread that was not there when they went up in the morning.