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In cooperation with California State Parks, volunteers are heading out to Coe this Saturday to do some trailwork:

Trail work in Coe this Saturday: Meets 9:00 am Hunting Hollow.

Update: see post #2 for revised work description.

To ensure that there are enough tools and equipment to go around, please let Paul Nam know if you are coming by posting here or emailing: [email protected].

Thanks,
///Charlie
 

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An important change in plans for the trail work this Saturday:

In response to a report of a large downed tree on the Rock Garden section of the Grapevine Trail, we'll be initially heading there to remove the timber from this popular front country trail. Ranger Eric Griggs will be meeting us at Hunting Hollow at 9am in a park vehicle, and will bring a chainsaw.

Riders can ride out to the site while Eric drives up Coit Rd to the Coit Spring area to drop into the site of the fallen tree. We will offer to tow the chainsaw down to the tree and back up in a trailer for him.

Following this repair, a much as time allows, we'll investigate the condition of the Kelly Cabin Canyon-Milias trail corridor, which underwent a controlled burn a couple of weeks ago.

Because of the more remote ranging needed (and dry conditions permit it), I plan on bringing a vehicle into the park, and will be able to provide rides, and maximize the available daylight. The ranger should be able to help with transport as well. Space may be limited.

Bucking the tree out of the Grapevine Trail is a higher priority action at this time than anything else. This trail is popular.

(Thanks to Skyline35 for posting and the report on the fallen tree.)

-Paul
 
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As of last Saturday there was also a tree down on grizzly gulch not far from coit rd, just past the final creek crossing. One can get under it though by dismounting
 

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It is possible to ride under the tree on Grizzly Gulch if you get behind the saddle and drop real low. Kind of fun.

We will not be able to make this one since I will be getting my braces installed. :)
 

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I did a little reconnaissance ride today, here are pictures of the fallen tree in the Grapevine Rock Garden:







I asked a random trail user to demonstrate the difficultly of getting past this:





btw, wood is still smoldering in Kelly Cabin Canyon (from the prescribed burn a few weeks ago) which made
the Cross Canyon Trail amazing in the morning:






///Charlie
 

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Cool shots of Cross Canyon. The light is nice.

That random biker looks like he/she should lay off the Cheetos for a while.
 

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I can't be there this Saturday but need to pay the trail gods before the year is up. If there are more trailwork days between the 20th of December and the 4th of January, someone should post. I'm available. (Available for bike rides too.)
 

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It is possible to ride under the tree on Grizzly Gulch if you get behind the saddle and drop real low. Kind of fun.
Maybe fun for you, but do you remember how tall diskus was last time we saw him?
 

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Fun day - getting my photos up first because once Skyline35 has posted, everything else becomes second rate :)

Rain held off all day and many obstructive trees were taught a lesson.

Our first assignment - clear this tree on Grizzly Gulch Trail


Roy shows that his legendary stamina extends to his upper body as well!


Charlie severs the lower part of the trunk


50 minutes of sawing later and we broke through. The trunk had an interesting image inside - if only it was of Jesus we could make a fortune on eBay..


Grizzly Gulch cleared, we headed to Grapevine to catch up with the chainsaw gang. They've already cleared the tree (cheating with a chainsaw).. here Paul gives it the final test ride with a bob trailer attached, no less...

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Paul enjoys a reroute bench done further down Grapevine


Grapevine done, we ride back up it, met the trucks and threw our bikes on to hitch a ride to Kelly Lake. The controlled burn in that area a few weeks ago touched a few spots on the Kelly Cabin Canyon Trail.. At the trailhead, the fire has cleaned out all the debris on the ground


Charlie and Roy scout for a potential trail reroute


Down on the creek bed, no shortage of moisture makes for plenty of green


This gorgeous oak marked the end of our work on the Kelly Cabin Canyon Trail


Charlie and I hitchhiked up to the top of the hill then bombed down Domino Pond over to Grapevine for another run down this fun trail with Anza for dessert. This is my obligatory shot on Domino Pond.


Thanks for being my guide Charlie! These days are always fun.
 

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Cool shots of Cross Canyon. The light is nice.

That random biker looks like he/she should lay off the Cheetos for a while.
Hey! I don't think I've had any Cheetos at all this year.

:skep:

I mean, it looks like that random stranger has been living a Cheetos-free life.




:p
 

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I'm happy to be able to report that a couple of the most popular Hunting Hollow
trails—Grapevine and Grizzly Gulch—can now be ridden with out interruption by
both Cheetos consumers and Cheetos non-consumers. Thank you ratpick,
plymmer, ~Diesel, Sorcerer, Rob, and Coe Maintenance Ranger Eric! :thumbsup:

///Charlie



Early morning in Hunting Hollow; ~Diesel bundled-up and preparing for the work day:





plymmer, ratpick, and myself were tasked with the fallen tree on Grizzly Gulch as reported by diskus. Load up a couple bow saws...





...and we're on our way:





We cut at all sorts of weird angles to get through the tree trunk; ratpick here:





plymmer:





The "after" picture for Grizzly Gulch Trail:





And the "after" picture for Grapevine Trail:





ratpick on the same rock that Paul rode over in that vid:





After we were finished with cutting the trees, we all drove to the Kelly Cabin Canyon Trail to put in a few hours there.





On the ride back to the parking lot at the end of the day, I was distracted by the sky...while we all fully expected rain at some point in
the day, happily there was only just a trace once or twice:

 

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Thanks to everyone who came out to help!

1. Grapevine - Before
2. Grapevine - Eric beefed up his "little" saw with a longer bar, just for this job
3. Grapevine - Rob and Eric check out the results, while Sorcerer grooms the lower section of the trail
4. Sorcerer takes the "alternate" route through the turn, with the trailer in tow
5. Lower Grapevine - Fresh tracks and fresh trail, with Ratpick and Skyline35 looking on
 

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6. Sorcerer, Plymer, and Ratpick climb upper Grapevine
7. L-R - Plymer, Rob, Skyline35, Ratpick, Sorcerer, and Eric go over the plan of attack at the top of Kelly Cabin Canyon trail
8. Skyline35 does some heavy lifting
9. The recent burn in the canyon has made some of the abandoned roads easier to see
10. Sorcerer and Plymer heave a downed pine out of the way
 

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That boulder that Skyline35 cleared had huge potential to cause catastrophic problems for a passing rider. You can see from the skid marks next to it how close some have come.

Well done for spotting it and taking the initiative to move it to a safe location out of harm's way! It still amazes me that you were able to move it with just your shovel and we never had to break out the explosives!\

"Skyline Three Five Fix Trail"
 
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