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Emerald Canyon Train in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Open

Thank You Irvine Ranch Conservancy and OC Parks

Emerald Canyon “Trail to Nowhere” has been re-opened

With the help of non-profit organizations, members of the public and community groups, OC Parks has re-opened the Emerald Canyon Trail. The trail was closed due to extensive damage sustained after heavy rains in 2010. The trail reconstruction included constructing a 60-foot bridge over a landslide area.

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New 60′ Bridge

The project was a partnership between OC Parks, as the land owner, and Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Laguna Canyon Foundation, as non-profit support groups focused on the protection and preservation of the open space. Working together with community groups such as SHARE Mountain Bike Club and other volunteers from the public, the challenging project made constant progress over a six-month period.

Initial restoration work began on Emerald Canyon back in January. The most challenging step prior to opening the trail was to complete the construction of an additional bridge over a deep gully created by the storm damage. More than 1,500 bridge components were either hand-carried along the single-track trail or hauled by a powered wheelbarrow approximately ¾ mile to the bridge location.

Once at the work-site, the components had to be partially assembled and then hoisted across the gully on a suspended cable system. The final assembled bridge weighs in at just over 10,000 pounds, and is capable of handling equestrians and light maintenance equipment loads of up to 4,000 pounds.

Vegetation along the closed trail was overgrown and needed to be heavily trimmed, to create a final width of 36 inches. Crews also elevated the trail in sections that needed a natural drain to channel runoff away from the trail surface. A wooden bridge was constructed over a large section of trail that had eroded away.

This Emerald Canyon trail follows the bottom of Emerald Canyon in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Orange County. SHARE highly recommends this trail.

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Emerald Falls (BVD) trail leading into Emerald Canyon

 

Habitat Restoration Work Day – February 22

SHARE/IMBA – Helping our partners the Laguna Canyon Foundation

Description

Come and join the Laguna Canyon Foundation on Saturday, February 22, from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm, as they build a loop trail, cast wildflower seeds, and plant native plants at the Big Bend Restoration Site. The LCF is reaching out to the mountain biking community since this is in a park that we enjoy while riding. The LCF needs a few hands to help us with the finishing touches of creating a park that is both a healthy habitat and an inviting place for local resident to come and relax. This restoration will entail the following activities: Digging 18” deep holes, planting 1-gallon plants, packing soil around plants, carrying mulch and supplies to planting sites, standing and kneeling repeatedly, hand-casting seed, tamping seed into the ground, trail construction, laying mulch over the trail,and various other activities related to planting seedlings.

Contact Person

Please contact Matthew Sutton, Restoration Coordinator for Laguna Canyon Foundation, to RSVP for this project. You can reach Matthew by phone at (310) 703-3341 or by email at Matt@Lagunacanyon.org.

Date and Time

February 22, 2014 at 9:00 am – 12:30pm. Please arrive 30 minutes early to accommodate our shuttling individuals from the parking lot to the restoration site.  We would like you to stay for the entire period to cut down on shuttling needs during the planting activity.

Location

Park at the Big Bend Staging Area off of Laguna Canyon Road, http://goo.gl/maps/sG13R . The Big Bend Staging Area is about a mile inland from the Laguna Beach coast. We will shuttle you from the staging area to the grassy field (our restoration site) located at 2875 Laguna Canyon Road (http://goo.gl/maps/dGxzg), which is about a quarter mile south of this parking area and on the opposite side of Laguna Canyon Road.

Requirements

Participants must be at least 15 years old. All minors must be accompanied by a parent. Participants must be physically fit and capable of an extended period of digging and bending down to place plants in the soil.

What to bring

Please wear boots or sturdy shoes, long-sleeved shirt, sturdy pants, clothing layers, gardening gloves, 32-ounce water bottle with water, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Other recommended items include work gloves, knee pads and a spade. If you have tools at home it would help us if you could bring a shovel, trowel, or metal rake (please see note below regarding tools request). The LCF will provide snacks and water.  We’ll provide tools and gloves but feel free to bring your own gear.

 

Great Opportunity to help reopen Emerald Canyon Trail!!! February 1

Exciting Trail Work Day to Reopen Emerald Canyon Trail

SHARE/IMBA members have a great opportunity to assist OC Parks in reopening this trail is coming up! On February 1st, our partners OC Parks, LCF and IRC are having a trail work day to clear vegetation through out this area to prepare for the placement of a bridge.

RSVPs are a must! Click Here to RSVP

If you’re a OC MTB rider than  you are  probably familiar with the Emerald Canyon Trail below the BVD and Old Emerald trail intersections that are known as “The Trail To Nowhere”.  This hidden gem is one of the most beautiful trails in Laguna Beach, and goes through an incredibly diverse and beautiful range of habitat.

Unfortunately, a couple of years ago, heavy rains completely washed out a 60 foot portion of the trail leaving behind  a gully that is close to 30 feet deep, and 60 feet wide! Well the opportunity to assist OC Parks in reopening this trail is coming up! On February 1st we will be working to clear vegetation through out this area to prepare for the placement of a new bridge over the gully. Please volunteer on this day and be part of the reopening of Emerald Canyon Trail!

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 Details: Emerald Canyon Trail Work Day

  • Saturday, February 1st
  • 9:00-1:00 pm
  • Tools, water and snacks provided
  • Meet at the junction of Emerald Canyon and Old Emerald Trail (Not Old Emerald Falls aka BVD)
  •  No shuttling available so you will need to ride in (fun!) or hike in (about 3 miles). It is at the bottom of Old Emerald Trails in Emerald Canyon. Please check the map for trails from either Dartmoor or Big Bend)
  • SHARE/IMBA people that want to ride. We will meet and leave at 8:30 am at Ridge Park Trail Head and ride to the Trailwork Site.

RSVPs are a must! Click Here to RSVP

When you get there, tell them you are with SHARE/IMBA. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Trail Work – Saturday March 30th @ 8 am

2013 OC Trail Work Season in Full Swing

The weather is perfect and Spring wild flowers are starting to bloom. Please join OC Parks and IMBA/SHARE Mountain Bike Club for Trail Work in Orange County. We will be completing much needed trail work in our local Orange County parks.

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Laguna  Coast Wilderness Park – Saturday – March 30

Join us on Saturday, March 9th for some much needed trail work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. We will be working on Old Emerald and Old Emerald Falls (BVD) doing some brushing and tread work. We will be meeting at 8:00 am at the Big Bend Parking Area (parking free for volunteers) on Laguna Canyon Road (see link below).

Bring: Sturdy shoes, hat and water, we will supply the tools. We will hike or ride up to the trail work location.
We should be done by 12:00 noon in time for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
We do need you to RSVP so we know make sure we have enough tools and equipment for everyone, so please let us know if you are coming.

Summary

  • Trail Work Day: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
  • What: Old Emerald and Old Emerald Falls (BVD)
  • Date: Saturday March 30
  • Time: 8:00 am to noon(ish)
  • Location: Big Bend Parking Area (parking free for volunteers) on Laguna Canyon Road (see link above)
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Please RSVP: SHAREMTB@gmail.com

Special Benefit for Being a Trail Work Volunteer

Don’t  forget our volunteers get this special offer for helping out.

At DirtBaggies, they understand great trails don’t maintain  themselves. Please come and invest some sweat equity in the land. DirtBaggies will reward your involvement by offering a 20% discount ($50 value) on their wonderfully comfortable, hyper-ventilated, made in SoCal, made for SoCal, baggy-bib MTB shorts.

Dirtbaggies Info

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SHARE Trail Work Opportunities – February 9

2013 OC Trail Work Season in Full Swing

Please join OC Parks and IMBA/SHARE Mountain Bike Club for Trail Work in Orange County. We will be completing much needed trail work in our local Orange County parks.

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Santiago Oaks Regional Park – Saturday – February 9

Join SHARE mtb and IMBA on Saturday, February 9th for some much needed trail work in Santiago Oaks Regional Park (SORP) . We will be working on the Chutes Ridgeline and will be meeting at 8:30 am at the SORP Ranger Station where parking is free for volunteers. The parks are beautiful right now and the soil is perfect for maintaining our trails.

Summary

  • Trail Work Day: Santiago Oaks Regional Park
  • What: Chutes Ridgeline
  • Date: Saturday February 9
  • Time: 8:30 am to noon(ish)
  • Location: SORP Ranger Station (parking free)

Please RSVP: SHAREMTB@gmail.com

Special Benefit for Being a Trail Work Volunteer

Don’t forget our volunteers get this special offer for helping out.

At DirtBaggies, they understand great trails don’t maintain themselves. Please come and invest some sweat equity in the land. DirtBaggies will reward your involvement by offering a 20% discount ($50 value) on their wonderfully comfortable, hyper-ventilated, made in SoCal, made for SoCal, baggy-bib MTB shorts.

Dirtbaggies Info

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National Trails Day Saturday June 2nd

Trail Work Event!

We have a great event coming up Saturday. SHARE is partnering with the Laguna Canyon Foundation and REI for REI’s National Trails Day event.

What: Trail Work Day
When: Saturday June 2nd @ 8 am to noon
Where: Laguna Coast Wilderness Dilly Parking which is located 1/4 mile north of the 73 freeway on the east side of Laguna Canyon Road. Look for the SHARE trailer!
What: Rehabilitate some trails and remove invasive plants.

Working with REI is always a treat. They provide lunch and then throw in an highly valued REI volunteer shirt. These shirts have become so popular  that some say National Trails day is all about the trails and the REI shirt. There is a different design each year.

For information and Registration click here or call REI Huntington Beach at 714.379.1938. Registration is required through REI.

Thank you and I hope to see you there for some trail work, good food, good company, and of course….the shirt!

         

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