USFS trained B Sawyer Matt Baffert clears a tree on Valley Forge trail. Trees fall across our trails every time the winds pick up in the Angeles National Forest. Even 10 years after the Station Fire, trees weakened by fire are falling. Some are thin and some are massive and heavy. Multiple trees tangle and fall and you have a complicated mess. MWBA Volunteers with quality … [Read more...] about Chainsaws in the Angeles National Forest
There is a tool for just about everything When you do trail work with us, you may need to know what tools you will be using, what they look like and their function. However, we would be remiss if we didn't mention the most important thing about the tools. Safety. Safety First. Safety Always. Your number one concern when using trail work tools is to be aware of your … [Read more...] about Tools are Cool
Would you like to be an active part of our trail conservation movement and help maintain/build sustainable trails? But are you hesitant because you don't know what to expect? That's perfectly normal. Most of us when we first got involved with trail work had no idea what we were doing, nor did we know how much fun it would be to play in the dirt. (No really, it is!) Before you … [Read more...] about MWBA Trail work 101
Provided below is a list of words that you might over hear on a trail work day. If you are more of a visual person and words are bad, here is a visual aid on some of the terms provided below. Backslope – The excavated bank on the uphill side of a trail tread. Berm – The raised outside edge of a trail. Blowdown – A fallen tree across the trail. Borrow – Fill material … [Read more...] about Words, good
Trail Work Day Number 7: January 17 ,2016 on the Ken Burton Trail Restoration project. MWBA teamed up with CORBA for another great day of trail work in the San Gabriels. All volunteers have to make the 7.5 mile climb up Brown Mountain to reach the next section of trail needing work. We can't drive up the mountain and nobody we know has a helicopter, so pedal we must. Just the … [Read more...] about Ken Burton Trail Work Update
Proof is in the pudding: MWBA in action! In 2015, photographer Alex Thompson contacted MWBA about including our trail work volunteers in his photo project, Builders. The Builders project is an ongoing series of photo essays; each one focusing on a different Builder. The project started out of my curiosity of how things are made and my desire to learn about and examine the … [Read more...] about Photographer Alex Thompson and MWBA Trail Work
If you haven't visited The Radavist, you are missing out. John Watson's website is a great resource for all things bicycle. New products, honest reviews, and features that span interests from bike packing trips, gravel grinders, cross racing, cargo bikes, and mountain biking. Truly a well rounded source for all things with pedals. Not only does The Radavist provide quality … [Read more...] about The Radavist features MWBA, CORBA, & the Ken Burton Trail
MWBA's Dec 2014 Sunset Trail work was a BIG SUCCESS 17 volunteers worked to repair water damage from the recent heavy rains in the Angeles. Many new drainages were created to keep water from flowing down the center of Sunset Trail and a number of older drainages were cleared and prepped for the next storm. As always, there is plenty more work to do, but the volunteers made a … [Read more...] about Finishing the year on a great note!
To encourage trail courtesy and with permission from the USFS, MWBA installed "Share the Trail" signs at a few of the busiest trail junctions in our local San Gabriel mountains. This week we installed a sign at Eaton Saddle where many riders start their descent into Altadena. Signs were also put up at the start of Sunset Trail and along the popular El Prieto single … [Read more...] about Share the Trail
Sunday August 17th, thirteen MWBA volunteers braved the heat and worked hard on El Prieto. Brush had grown heavily throughout El Prieto despite conditions dryer than many of us have ever seen in the canyon. It was a very successful day thanks to the big number of people who showed up to help. Tailgate sandwiches & cold drinks wrapped up a good day on El Prieto. A big … [Read more...] about August on a very dry El Prieto.