Fast tracks made on SawPit

09 March 2008

Wow, We got a lot done thanks to the hard working crew that turned out. We had some new trailworkers show up for this workday and some of it was due to a generous coupon offer from Lars at Trailhead Cyclery. We had a total of 11 people show up to show support for the CDF and all the great trails they have in the Demo forest. The Stewards of Soquel Forest and the CDF have been working on all of the trails in the forest this year, trimming back branches and fixing up drainage features, and we are making good progress so far. Here's the list of people who showed up to help:

Shane and Kim shaping the trail
Shane and Kim shaping the trail

Thom, Jason, and Bob working on a drain
Thom, Jason, and Bob working on a drain

Scott clearing the trail of fallen trees
Scott clearing the trail of fallen trees

Scott Robinson looking kinda scary for such a nice guy...
Scott Robinson looking kinda scary
for such a nice guy...

A happy bunch of trailworkers feeling satisfaction after a great day!!!
A happy bunch of trailworkers
feeling satisfaction after a great day!!!

Tom and Scott from the CDF
Shane Reed
Scott Robinson
Kim Salmon
Lars Thomsen
Paul Gyorey
Jason Austin
Robert Kensinger
Forrest Glick
Art Taylor

Most of the crew worked throughout the day to stop and clear existing drains of silt build up as we climbed up Sawpit. Scott Robinson and the new CDF assistant Scott were busy cutting fallen trees out of the trail up by the Rock Garden. On the way back down the trail we used rakes to drag a LOT of sticks and branches out of the trail.

Along with all that maintenance we also worked in small groups to build some new dirt lips on fallen trees and stumps, and we removed a huge amount of fallen branches from the trail that would take out derailluers.

Here's a short blurb that Lars wrote about the workday that will show you just how much it rocked:

So, we killed it on Sunday with just 10 workers, including Thom and his new employee Scott who wore the chaps. Scott took out three trees with Scott Robinson spotting. Kim and Shane re-located the sign from Ridge/Saw Pit, just as Thom and I were having the same thought. Rad. A bunch of drains were cleared and lips to landings built or cleaned up. We made it nearly to Tractor! Quiet Bob systematically single handedly cleared multiple drains while his dog, Rocky looked on. Forest, Jason Strick and Paul followed directions to a T and Shane took it upon himself to kill as many poison oak saplings as possible. Big Art was there until noon using giant arms to move dirt. I brought my camera, but ended up carrying Thom's. So, all the shots are on his card. The good news is, I took as many shots as I could without being paparazzi... By the time I was back on SJ Soquel Rd, it was 4 p.m. Good day.

Cheers,
Lars

So to summarize we got a ton of stuff done that included drain repair, trail tread repair, tree trimming, stunt repair, and don't forget sharing some tasty beverages and snacks at the end of the day. Enjoy the trails and we'll see you out there at the next trailwork day!

Shane Reed
Stewards of Soquel Forest