The Last Workday on Table Mountain

06 February 2005

Or nearly so. Today 14 of us shuttled down to the top of Lower Table Mountain, where it meets Charcoal Road, and began our trail maintenance ritual while we hiked down toward Stevens Creek. We had a slight delay where a fallen tree slumped a buch of Poison Oak onto Charcoal, leaving it too narrow to pass. Patty Ciesla demonstrated here overhead P.O. extraction techinque, and we were back on track. When we put into Lower Table, we didn't know we would work the entire 1.3 mile of trail, and get to the creek by lunchtime.

Patty demonstrates the overhead Poison Oak extraction technique. Don't try this at home.
Patty demonstrates the overhead Poison Oak
extraction technique. Don't try this at home.

Andrew, Bertrand, Shane, and Janet work the outside edge of the trail.
Andrew, Bertrand, Shane, and Janet work the outside edge of the trail. The challenge here is to slope the trail enough for water to flow off, but not so much the trail users won't stay on.

Glenn and Pierre are beginning a drainage nick.
Glenn and Pierre are beginning a drainage nick. They dug this area to about the proper depth, now they will need to widen it and smooth things out.

Jaime cuts into the outside edge of the trail with his Pulaski, while Linda scrapes dirt down and away from where he is working.
Jaime cuts into the outside edge of the trail with his Pulaski, while Linda scrapes dirt down and away from where he is working.

With the exception of the new guy Andrew Laird, who was a fast learner, we had a very experienced crew that made quick work of the drainage features we cleared out, and the new ones we built. Most of the Teplitxky Family was there to lend a hand, Pierre, Chirstina, and Bertrand, as well as ROMP members Janet Wagner, Linda Wegner, Glenn Wegner, Paul Nam, and Richard Andrews. While out there, Jaime Villarreal also removed an inch or so of silt covering the wooden bridge near the bottom of the Canyon, and Carrie Presnall heroically cut back Poison Oak and other vegetation to keep it out of trail users eyes. Shane Reed and Charles Jalgunas shared Crew Leader responsibilites, and the crew leapfrogged from one drain to the next.

We stopped just short of the creek, at the muddy, channelled switchback where the trail crosses the creek. We are contemplating different solutions here, including realignment or armoring of the trail, and are running that by County Parks officials, but that will be another day. We made a great deal of progress thsi day, and look forward to playing on this trail for the remainder of the Winter. Patty demonstrates the overhead Poison Oak extraction technique. Don't try this at home. Andrew, Bertrand, Shane, and Janet work the outside edge of the trail. The challenge here is to slope the trail enough for water to flow off, but not so much the trail users won't stay on. Glenn and Pierre are beginning a drainage nick. They dug this area to about the proper depth, now they will need to widen it and smooth things out. Jaime cuts into the outside edge of the trail with his Pulaski, while Linda scrapes dirt down and away from where he is working.