Saturday, April 21, 2012

Rattlesnake On Rattlesnake Canyon Trail - 4/21/12

This rattler was spotted on Rattlesnake Canyon Trail today sitting about one foot from the side of the trail. I would have never spotted it had it not rattled. I took a few snaps then scooted it off the trail with a stick so the next person or pet would not get a leg full of fang. The location was about 1/4 mile below the meadow and it was full grown. Be aware, they could be just about anywhere along your favorite trail. D

Can you spot the rattler?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SCE Clearing Fire Roads In The Tunnel Trail Area This Week

Be cautious while using the fire roads around Tunnel Trail this week! Southern California Edison will be plowing winter damage today(4/17) through Friday. Below - Hikers move out of the way of the grader clearing the area in front of Tunnel Trail.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

State Trails Day 2012, San Antonio Creek Trail

A group of 20 + volunteers showed up for State Trails Day 2012 held this year held on San Antonio Creek Trail.  The event focused on brush removal and repairing water drainage features on this great trail.  SB County Parks along with City of SB, SBMTV, SB County Outdoor Foundation, and ourselves all participated.

The group preparing to depart from Tuckers Grove Park

Chris Orr and Stephan compacting wet soil

Curt Cragg of SBCOF taking pix

Some of the 6 women representing this day

Corey Anderson talks with Mandy from SB City Parks

Kevin finishes off a water drainage feature

Stephan and Lauren  finishing a rolling grade dip

Mark Guy from SB County Parks

The mini excavator opening up a culvert to prevent water from entering the trail

Ocean view from upper SACT

John and Roberta standing on their proud new WDF

Before- note the water running down the trail has created a small rut

After- this water drainage feature will prevent further rutting

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Flowers Are In Bloom On Figueroa Mountain?

The Flowers are starting to bloom on Figueroa. The lack of rain and fire last year make the bloom less than what it would normally be at this time of year. Mostly poppies but a few lupine coming through.

Poppies on the top of Ranger Peak with Lake Cachuma in the background

Grass Field on the Davy Brown Trail

Field along Figueroa Mtn Rd

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cold Spring Trail High Wire Act

Be on the look out for some high wire aerobatics the next few days on Cold Spring Trail. Southern California Edison is replacing transmission wire using choppers and other heavy equipment, expect some delays in the ridge trail/ fire road intersection.