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Trail Work Day – Whiting Ranch – Jan 28, 2018 | Report

Published on January 29, 2018 under SHARE
Trail Work Day – Whiting Ranch – Jan 28, 2018 | Report

Whiting Ranch Trail Maintenance – Assistance to OC Parks
Cactus and Sage Scrub Trails

January 28th 2018

 

The SHARE Mountain Bike Club worked with volunteers to assist the OC Parks with trail maintenance in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park on January 28th. We had 45 volunteers that were made up of members from the SHARE MTB Club, Trail Angels MTB Club, Non Dot Adventure Racing, OC Parks Trails Coordination staff, The Path Bike Shop racing team, Pure Ride Bike Shop racing team, Shimano Corporation, El Toro High School MTB Team members, parents and coaching staff, and also individuals who enjoy mountain biking and hiking on the trails in Whiting Ranch – they all wanted to come out and help the OC Parks to maintain the trails that they love to ride and hike.

The volunteers helped the Whiting Ranch Park Ranger and maintenance staff work on the Cactus Trail and Sage Scrub Trail to address trail damage caused by past rains and general use by hikers, bikers and equestrians. The volunteers were split into 5 different groups with each group focusing on different sections of the Cactus and Sage Scrub trails.

• Repair: The Cactus Trail had become very uneven with a lot of ruts and bumps. As a result, the trail had become very difficult to navigate for the trail users. Many of the volunteers worked with the Park Rangers to create a smoother trail – this was done by using tools to break up the bumps and ruts and then repairing the trail by adding fresh dirt mixed with water that was brought in via the Park Ranger’s trucks.

• Drains: The rain had also caused sand, dirt, and debris to fill the previously installed natural “drains” that had been built on the sides of the trails for the purpose of guiding the water off of the trail into the surrounding wilderness. Some of the volunteers helped to clear the existing drains and create new drains where needed; this will provide a place for future rain to run off of the trail. These drains are very important for preventing the formation of channels and ruts on the trail which are caused by a steady flow of water going downhill on the trail.

The overall goal of the trail repairs is to provide trail users with safe and enjoyable trails while at the same time protecting the surrounding wilderness habitat from trail user encroachment (which occurs when trail users try to go around the damaged trail and go off into the adjacent brush).

Thank you to the OC Parks staff and all of the volunteers who came out to help work on the trails!

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