In 1988, FATRAC was created to work with the California Department of Parks and Recreation in developing and constructing a system of trails within the Folsom Lake and Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) near Sacramento. FATRAC's purpose was to educate trail users about proper trail stewardship including maintenance and trail building techniques. FATRAC would also begin to develop relationships with State Parks leadership and other trail user groups in order to be better recognized as a legitimate trail user group. FATRAC strived to become an active participant in the formation of the Folsom and Auburn trail systems and trails policy, including access issues. Over the years, FATRAC has proven to be a respectful, organized and a well disciplined group, while still having fun in the process.
FATRAC, Mother Load Trail Stewardship, and Friends of the El Dorado Trail have scheduled a work day on the El Dorado Trail for Saturday, January 22nd, at 9:00 AM to noon or thereabouts.
We will meet just east of the train depot at El Dorado. Directions: from Pleasant Valley Rd, head north on Oriental St. Stay left at the fork. Turn right on the gravel road and head northeast parallel to the railroad track. On the right, just before the pen with the bulls in it, there will be a wide space to park. Watch out for broken glass. Restrooms are available at the train depot.
The primary work site will be on the east side of Blanchard Rd, which we will walk to from the parking area. We'll be finishing the work we started in October, benching in new trail segments, some of which will be heavy pick and shovel work. There may be poison oak, so everyone should wear long pants, closed toed shoes or boots, long sleeve shirts, gloves, eye protection, etc. Tools will be provided by MLTS, but feel free to bring your own pick, shovel, or McLeod.
Lunch will be provided when we are finished. Please bring your own water. Also, please note that El Dorado County requires all volunteers to be at least 14 years old.