Monday, April 13, 2015

State Trails Day 2015 A Success! West Fork Trail Has Been Saved

Over 30 people joined in with the USFS, City and County of Santa Barbara to bring the West Fork Trail some well needed maintenance.  Removing downed trees, cutting brush and widening narrow tread were just some of the tasks successfully completed.  Big thanks to all that participated!


Improving the tread in a chronic slide area

Before

After


Friday, March 27, 2015

Rattlesnake on Rattlesnake Canyon Trail - 3/27/15

This little guy decided to curl up right in the middle of Rattlesnake Canyon Trail.  Semi-burrowed, he was well hidden, just waiting to get stepped on or snap at some unsuspecting passerby.  




 Although he looks rather big in the photos, when coiled he was only about 4 inches in diameter and about 1 foot in length when he decided it was time to leave with encouragement from a tree branch.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cold Spring Trail Erosion Control

Lack of water drainage features on Cold Spring Trail began to cause a deep channel to form.  Front Country Trail Coordinator Chris Orr worked in cooperation to prevent future damage by adding water drains along the trail in key spots.

Cold Spring Trail showing water damage


 Lack of drainage

Chris Orr finishing off a drain


Before


After, knicks line the trail

More problem areas

A new knick

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Arroyo Burro Erosion Control

Arroyo Burro Trail, one of Santa Barbara's first trails but also most neglected trails.  It has been years since any erosion control has been performed on this trail and it is showing with a high degree of erosion from recent rains.  Water drainage features or water bars as they are more commonly called have now been repaired in many key areas to prevent further water damage.



Water erosion damage  or "channeling" on this steep section of trail

After - filled in rut with waterbars repaired above this section to prevent future channeling

One of many areas where water running down the trail created the "creek bed" effect

Water drainage feature in place

The last sunset of 2014


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Flakes On La Cumbre Peak 12/31/14

Just enough snow to dust the highest peaks......


Camino Cielo just behind La Cumbre

Arlington and Cathedral with a light dusting on the backside

 frozen solid

Snow in the backcountry

Pine needle popsicles

Picnic Table at La Cumbre

Upper Tunnel Trail Head