Man, we moved a lot of dirt! Corral re-route

25 March 2007

We started out the day with a quick saftey talk followed by some coffee and snacks. Everyone grabbed some extra goodies to put in their camelbacks. Kim Salmon could not make it to the trailwork but made sure we were well taken care of by making double chocolate brownies and banana bread. These turned out to be the hit of the day when people were tired and low on energy later in the day. YUM!!

big berm on hairpin turn
big berm on hairpin turn

bench cutting lower section after hairpin, big crew here hard at work
bench cutting lower section after hairpin,
big crew here hard at work

fork in the trail for optional log jump on the highline
fork in the trail for optional log jump
on the highline

Two of the newcomers, Colin and John. These guys did great! Just look at the quality of trail behind them.
Two of the newcomers, Colin and John.
These guys did great!
Just look at the quality of trail behind them.

Section that has been cleared and now ready to dig. This is where we will pick up on the next workday.
Section that has been cleared and now
ready to dig. This is where we will pick up
on the next workday.

Charles hard at work clearing the path for the trail.
Charles hard at work clearing the path for the trail.

Ed and Charles clearing the thick underbrush so the rest of the crew can come through with the digging tools.
Ed and Charles clearing the thick underbrush
so the rest of the crew can come through
with the digging tools.

One of the few sections that will be easy to build. This area of the forest is beautiful.
One of the few sections that will be easy to build.
This area of the forest is beautiful.

We drove to the top in trucks so that we could get as close to the work site as possible. This was only possible by special permission from the State parks so please don’t attempt this on your own. We then hiked down ridge trail, trimming poison oak on the way to the top of corral. It’s especially lush this year so if you ride out at demo be sure to wash well with either Technu or some hand detergent like Dawn.

First thing we did was walk down and start clearing duff of the surface of the ground to outline where the trail would be. Then we dug, and dug and dug some more. The extremely steep side slope meant that we would have to dig a very deep bench cut in some spots.

Meanwhile Ed and Charles walked ahead of us and used the chainsaws to cut vegetation back so we could have a clear area to build the new trail. There was a lot of poison oak up there so we were all thankful for their bravery.

Since we did not want to have a super off camber switchback we added a cool berm to keep riders on the trail. Then we built a really cool approach to a fallen down tree so that we could make a jump out of it. It came out awesome.

We had a great crew of very hardworking people show up and everytime I ride this trail in the future I will think of the effort they put in to make it happen. The quality of trail that we put in is some of the best I've seen in a while and everyone left the workday feeling very psyched to ride it in the future. Thanks guys.