This years SDMBA Spring trail work at Elfin Forest was a
huge success thanks to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew and the 37 SDMBA trail
work volunteers. The day started off at the Elfin Forest Fire Station with Inga
and Jason from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew providing classroom instruction on
topics like trail building, maintenance and the importance of trail
sustainability. After class we all headed over to the Lake Hodges Overlook
Trail at Elfin Forest for more instruction and to practice what we learned on a
new section of trail.
This new trail is actually an old unused jeep trail that was
uncovered during the firestorm of 2007. In March of 2008 the SDMBA Trail Crew
and the Elfin Forest Rangers discussed the possibility of re-opening the old
trail. Late last year we received word that our request to reopen the old trail
and re-route the unsustainable fall line section had been approved.
The new trail is about .4 miles long and connects the Lake
Hodges Overlook Trail to the Lake Hodges Overlook Loop Trail. Starting from the
Loop Trail, the new trail follows the old Jeep trail for about two-tenths of a
mile before it becomes steep and unsustainable. The new trail bypasses the old
fall line trail as it follows the hill side contours. The new section contains several
switchbacks and natural rock features as it climbs the grade back to the Lake
Hodges Overlook Trail. When completed, the trail will be a multi-use bidirectional
trail. Look for the new trail to be opened in the next few weeks.
Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday to
learn something new and help us cut in a new trail. The total volunteer hours
for this trail work were 134.
Special thanks to Subaru
of America, Inga and Jason of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, The Elfin Forest
Fire Station, Ranger Jeff Anderson and his OMWD team and our events corporate
sponsor Beyond Bikes for providing schwag. The next scheduled SDMBA event at Elfin
Forest is Saturday October 24 which will be held in conjunction with Beyond