On February 16, we'll be heading back up to work on Strawberry Peak trail. The trail is still closed to public use, and while much work has been completed, there is still much more to be done. Our goal is to get the classic Colby Trail/Strawberry Peak trail loop in good enough condition that the forest service will consider lifting the closure this year.
UPDATE: We will meet at Redbox at 8:00 a.m. If you'd like to carpool, meet just north of the 210 freeway on Angeles Crest Highway at 7:15 a.m.
Lunch will be provided afterwards, but bring a water bottle or hydration pack and some light snacks to take out on the trail. The work will consist of restoring tread, replacing wooden retaining walls, and rock-armoring drainages, among other things.
Most of the work we'll be doing is more than two miles in. The trail is not open to the public, and we only have permission to use bicycles to access the work site. We have a few Bob trailers to carry tools, but these are only compatible with 26" standard quick release wheels (135mm).
The Forest Service requires you to wear long sleeves and long pants, sturdy work boots or hiking shoes. Bring a water bottle/hydration pack, sunscreen and trail snacks, but lunch will be provided afterwards. We will supply tools and other required safety gear, including hard hats and gloves (though you're welcome to bring your own if you have them). No experience is necessary, as trail crew leaders will cover safety training and tool use. This is one of the most iconic and classic Southern California backcountry rides, and we're excited to help get it restored with the generous support of REI and the National Forest Foundation. We'll also be joined by the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association.
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