Our adopted trail received a mini-facelift early Sunday morning on Sept 23. A group of dedicated volunteers joined us at 7:00 am to improve and make safer a section of the trail just above the Sierra Saddle. A HUGE hearty thank you goes out to our sister organization, CORBA, specifically, Steve Messer, who incidentally, co-authored a fantastic guide to mountain biking in Los Angeles called Where to Bike Los Angeles MTB. Check out Steve’s baby here. And Hans Kiefer, Owner of BellFree Contractors, a company that has been in the forefront of trail and pedestrian bridge construction for over 35 years. Check them out here.
While Hans taught the rest of us newbies the ins and outs of composite retaining wall building, Steve led the other volunteers as they rock armored 2 switchbacks that needed a lot of attention. I must say, we did some fine work! We are beyond impressed at the quality of work that was achieved in a relatively short period of time. This could not have happened with out the 14 volunteers who represented a slew of our local organizations including MWBA, CORBA, PMBC, Pasadena Cyclery, SoCal HS Cycling League and PAA. It was a match made in trail-building heaven.
Enjoy our work by riding Sunset! Let us know what you think by commenting on our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MWBAorg/
As always, please contact us at [email protected] if you stumble across a section on Sunset Ridge that needs attention.
Follow this link to watch a time lapse video of the composite retaining wall construction, courtesy of Steve Messer.
Inaugural Trail Crew
MWBA’s newly adopted trail, Sunset Ridge got some much needed attention on June 30. “It makes sense for MWBA to work on Sunset; it is in our backyard and most of us love to ride this trail, ” said Doug Sullivan, President of MWBA. It couldn’t have happened at a better time, Sunset was in dire need of maintenance. The overgrowth of poison oak, sagebrush, foxtail barley and other flora, was making it dangerous to hike or bike along the trail, particularly at the start of the trail where the Spanish Broom practically swept you off the trail if you were not careful. With a party of 9 dedicated trail workers, the top part of Sunset Ridge to the saddle was cleared away and the trail in some places widened for safety. A big thanks goes out to all of the volunteers, including Steve Messer from CORBA, Mitch Marich, Greg Lozano-Buhl, David Zaitz and Jenny Johnson from MWBA, Matt Lay from Pasadena Cyclery, Daisy Farias from PMBC, Joe Asa, and Keenan Koch from Saint Francis HS.
“I love working on the trail and seeing the mountain bikers and hikers ride through as we work. They are so appreciative and it’s nice to get immediate feedback,” exclaimed Daisy Farias of PMBC. “I can’t wait to work on the lower section of the trail!” Daisy returned in two weeks with Mitch, David, and Sean Robman, and they cleared the trail on Lower Sunset to Millard Campground for a flowy and obstruction – free ride or hike. Both sections of trail were used by the runners of the Angeles Crest Century on July 22. Thanks to our diligent volunteers for making Sunset Ridge fun and most importantly, safe for all trail users!
MWBA will be working on Sunset Ridge regularly and on an as-needed basis from this point forth. Future plans include building containment walls along some of the washed out sections of the trail, fixing the water bars along the lower half of the ridge and on-going pruning. If you notice something on the trail that needs to be worked on or fixed, please feel free to contact Greg Lozano-Buhl at [email protected] or Mitch Marich at [email protected].
National Trails Day was bright and clear when we gathered at Red Box to divide up and work on the Gabrielino Trail. While some groups worked from the top of Mount Wilson on other trails, MWBA, CORBA, Bear Canyon Trail Crew, volunteers from REI and others started from Red Box. Mitch and Doug led our group down to a “short cut” to take us half way down the trail to Switzers. Unfortunately, since the last time we used this side trail, it became completely overgrown with Poodle Dog Bush and we had to bushwhack and detour up a wash to the main trail. Once there, we fell to work not just cutting the PDB, but uprooting it for lasting results, as well as clearing other brush. As you can see in the Photos area, when we finished a section it was wide and open. The Bear Canyon crew started down from Red Box, but much of the trail remains overgrown with PDB and more work will be needed. After getting back to Red Box we were treated to lunch from REI and thanked by the Native Americans who run the Haramokngna Indian Cultural Center. They also set up a much-needed wash-up station and an easy up over their tables.