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Re: Report on dozer-created trail problems

Postby gfelsman on Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:00 am

Jack, this happened to the Cruikshank Trail after the Gorda Fire. For decades people were following the old dozer cut as it was the most clear at the time. It was not until Jim Ericson took the effort to find the old trail, then started to repair the tread. The folks from San Luis Obispo area came to help Jim finish the trail as he was unable to. We maintained the trail for many years for foot traffic and continue to do so today.

The VWA came in last year under the guidance of Mike Heard to restore the trail even more. We really appreciate that help as we cannot get up there often enough to keep the brush down.

A big thank you to all who have helped keep this wonderful trail open.
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Re: Report on dozer-created trail problems

Postby gonehiking guest on Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:12 pm

How about landscaper flags, I found some that are biodegradable...

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Report on dozer-created trail problems

Postby jack_glendening on Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:09 pm

For those that have not gotten out to those trails which have been impacted by dozer-created firebreaks from the Soberanes fire, I went out to the Arroyo Seco area yesterday and found that the Camp Cawatre Trail, for example, had been crossed multiple times by a new dozer fireline (see trail report at http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/venta ... 665#p10410 ). That firebreak is several dozer widths wide. Where it crosses the trail following the true trail requires some searching - and some will likely simply climb up along the dozer tread instead. Where the dozers have followed, and obliterated, the trail, figuring out where the tread is supposed to be is problematic and the trail departure from the dozer line difficult to find. In the photo below I've put an orange flag at the trail exit - can you find it? (You will need to see the full-resolution photo to do so).

What is really needed are some pin flags and/or a macleod-created tread to make the trail followable.

While I was there Mike Heard was working on removing some of the berms created by the dozers crossing the Santa Lucia Trail.

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