Giving back – trail maintenance

Tomor­row I’m going to give back to all of those that have gone before me. I’m going to spend the day help­ing oth­ers per­form some trail main­te­nance so that future hik­ers can enjoy hik­ing the trails in our area of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia as much as I have. I have no idea what to expect. I was told to bring myself and my reg­u­lar hik­ing gear, plenty of water and snacks and some heavy gloves. They will pro­vide all of the tools.

I’m actu­ally look­ing for­ward to this new expe­ri­ence – see­ing how oth­ers work together in the great out­doors. Since we have a fairly large lot with quite a few large trees on it, I spend plenty of time work­ing out­side try­ing to keep our place look­ing half-ways decent. It is espe­cially task­ing after a storm. I have a pretty good size trailer I fill up on a reg­u­lar basis and haul off to a nearby recy­cling business.

I’ll let you know in a cou­ple of days how it all went.

Do any of you out there help with trail main­te­nance? Tell us all about your experiences.

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2 Responses to “Giving back – trail maintenance”

  • PJ says:

    Hi. You asked about trail maintenance.

    I live in Ven­tura county, and our ter­rific Los Padres Nat’l For­est Ser­vice ranger, Heidi Ander­son, has monthly trail work that seeks vol­un­teers, and I’m proud to say that I help out quite a bit. It’s a really good group of reg­u­lars, folks who I would be happy to just social­ize with off the trails because they’re so gen­uine, down-to-earth, and unpre­ten­sious when we’re work­ing to repair or upkeep a trail.

    There are addi­tional vol­un­teer trail groups that she over­sees, too.

    ANy­way, I just wanted you and your read­ers to inquire at the local For­est Ser­vice if you’re inclined to give back to our country.

  • Marko says:

    Hey there. I have a good deal of expe­ri­ence doing trail work. I built some rus­tic bridges in New Hamp­shire, and did 6 months of trail main­te­nance on the PCT from the Mex­i­can bor­der up to Ange­les NF.

    It is one thing to go for a day hike or back­pack­ing trip; it is quite another thing to spend up to 10 days liv­ing and work­ing on a small seg­ment of trail. Through my work I’ve become very closely acquainted with some beau­ti­ful places: Snow Canyon on Mt San Jacinto’s north face; Hol­comb Creek and Deep Creek in San Bernardino NF; Apache Peak, south of San Jac­into; Chi­huahua Val­ley in Cleve­land NF; the list goes on. I got to work on a closed seg­ment of Ange­les NF where the Sta­tion fire wreaked some seri­ous havoc on the PCT, which was like being let in the back­door to a for­bid­den place.

    It is a tremen­dous feel­ing to sweat and curse your way through a trail main­te­nance project to leave that por­tion of trail usable and self-sustaining hope­fully for decades to come. But to reit­er­ate, it is the deep con­nec­tion with a spe­cial place that is the most trea­sured part of trail work for me.


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