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Elfin Forest Trail Work 3/21/09 PDF Print E-mail

This year’s 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 event’s 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 Bikes Biketoberfest.



IMBA Trail Care Crew Training 

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Training


Elfin Forest TW Volunteers 

SDMBA Volunteers (hard working crew)


Flagged new trail 

Flagged new trail looking west


Clean Up Old Trail 

Preparing old trail for re-opening


Bench cut 

New bench cut



Spartacus in action


Re-build old switchback 

Complete rebuild of an old switchback


New Switchback 

New switchback with armored tread


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