***The weather forecast is calling for rain. If it's raining at anytime on Friday March 25th, this work date will be canceled!!**
We can not go into the burn area if its been raining prior to a work date. To many possible hazards.
With plans to open the front range for hiking again, a lot of trails are in need for some work. Since the Station Fire, much if not all of the hiking trails have been closed to all visitors. In the very near future much of the area south of Mt. Lowe will be once again open to hiking. Also, the entire 30 miles of the Gabrielano Trail. Unfortunately Bear Canyon will remained closed for some time.
We will be working in stages along the Gabrielano to do much needed work so the forest visitors will have an enjoyable outing. This will be the first of 3 planned outings. April 16th & May 21st are the other dates. The exact locations have not yet been determined for these 2 dates.
We will be meeting on Angeles Crest Highway just north of the 210 freeway in La Canada @ 7:45am. If the crest has been repaired and is open, we will drive up to Red Box via the ACH. If it is still closed, and I think it will be, we will have to take a long detour around and up Big Tujunga Canyon. Only time will tell.
From Red Box back into the West Fork area, trucks & high clearance vehicles will be needed. So anyone with that type of vehicle will be very much welcome. If you do plan on joining in, please sign in or e-mail me. This way I make sure we have plenty of tools for everyone. If you have hand saws, shovels, loppers or McClods, feel free to bring them along. I have NOT been on the trail so I do not know what work is needed to get this section of trail back up to snuff. But considering there has been literally no foot traffic on it in about 2 years, I'm sure there will be no shortage of things to do. I will also be bringing along a crosscut saw & rock bar for any downed tree's that might be there.
Everyone should wear good work or hiking boots. 8" high is recommended buy not a priority. NO tennis shoes will be allowed. Long pants & long sleeved shirts are recommended. No shorts but short sleeves will be o.k. A good pair of work gloves & safety glasses if you have them. Bring a lunch & water. We will not be near the vehicles so make sure you have your day packs. Other optional items... a hat, sunscreen, bug repellant, camera and a good sense of enjoyment.
We are trying to comply with Forest Service guidelines as far as shoes & clothing. The 8" high boots are recommended as well as long pants & long sleeved shirts. We might have members of the F.S. with us... possibly. So lets just be prepared.
If you have any questions??? Feel free to e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and we'll See You On The Mountain!!