Six dedicated trail builders turned out for today's Jesusita Trail wall building project. Several thousand pounds of rock were located and carried into place during this mornings session and the wall is approaching 3/4 complete. Look for another work day coming in the next few weeks to finish this project off.
Big thanks to all those who participated in National Public Lands Day this past Saturday on Jesusita Trail. The main objective was to repair a section of trail damaged by people switchback "cutting" . The project is halfway completed and it will hopefully be fully restored in the next several weeks. Contact us to find out how you can help!
The section of trail damaged by hikers "cutting" a switchback
Constructing a wall to reinforce the hillside and rebuild the trail
Trails are designed to hold up under a lot of hard use and abuse . However, when they are not used properly they can fall apart. A common problem us trail maintenance groups face is when people decide to "cut switchbacks" to save a little time and or make the journey more challenging.
This particular switchback shown below(Jesusita Trail) has been a favorite of hikers to cut for years. Tree limbs have been placed to discourage cutting but they have all been pushed aside in order to cut. In the last six months this trail has gone from about a foot of usable tread to non-existent. It is going to be a major repair to fix this section of trail and probably cost in the thousands of dollars.
The trail is now a dangerous and has a six foot drop to the trail below. If on this trail, be careful and NEVER CUT A SWITCHBACK!