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Dutra Flat Trail Project

Buckeye Trailhead

PROJECT: Clearing the Spruce Creek Trail and Three Peaks a.k.a. Dutra Trail near Dutra Flat Camp in the Silver Peak Wilderness. 3 day/2 night backpacking trip in a scenic area of the Silver Peak Wilderness. Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2020. OVERVIEW: We will carry tools, food, and backpacking gear from Salmon Creek on Hwy 1 to Dutra Flat Camp. The hike is approximately 5 miles, climbing from 400’ to 2100’ on well-used wilderness trail. We will spend Friday clearing and maintaining the Spruce Creek Trail as we hike to Dutra Flat Camp. Saturday we will continue working on the Spruce Creek Trail and spend another night at Dutra Flat. Sunday we will break camp and hike out (scenic hiking options are abundant). Dutra Flat has a large meadow for setting up tents, abundant clear water in a spring-fed trough, and a well-established fire ring and picnic table. There is no toilet at camp. THE WORK: Work will involve cutting brush, grubbing brush from the trail, maintaining the tread, and removing deadfall with small saws. There is very little poison oak on this trail. MEET: We will meet at the Salmon Creek Station (a.k.a. Buckeye Trailhead) Friday, 5/1 at 9:00 a.m. There is room for several cars to park at the ranger station, but you are encouraged to arrange carpools to minimize impact. https://goo.gl/maps/h2hRXsqkFzNYzXMu6 LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED: Please sign up for this trip, but your participation is dependent on leader approval. LOCAL WEATHER: Significant rain causes misery – misery loves company. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.3582351617515&lat=35.81582400593673#.XmHdt25FxhE WHAT TO BRING: • This is a backpacking trip – pack in your own shelter, sleeping system, clothing and gear necessary to be comfortable primitive camping for two nights. • Bring your own food and backpacking stove for all the meals and snacks you will need. • Bring snacks/hors d'oeuvre to share potluck-style in camp. • Sturdy work clothing and footwear. Long sleeves and pants encouraged to minimize bleeding. • Sun glasses/safety glasses for eye protection. • Container for at least 2 qts of water while working. • Hard hats, work gloves, and tools will be provided. You may bring your own if desired. • Tecnu or similar for poison oak if you need it. There is some poison oak in the area. • A sun shower may be nice. FOR QUESTIONS OR DETAILS: Steve Cypher, [masked]

Back Pack One Night BRUSHING Trail Work Pine Ridge Trail

TRIP TITLE / DATES / IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS: Backpack One Night Pine Ridge Trail IMPORTANT: RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 2-3. TRIP DATE STILL DEPENDS ON CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS BEING RELAXED. CHECK BACK FOR STATUS. VWA TRAIL CREW LEADER: Betsy MacGowan OVERVIEW: BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE 1.5 miles from the trailhead to Terrace Creek Camp. Set up camp, and hike another 2.5 miles to the end of work, on the Pine Ridge Trail. Exact location will depend on how much progress is made in previous trips. NOTE: this trip may change, including location, depending on this progress. WORK on the Pine Ridge Trail between the Ventana Camp Trail and the State Park boundary. Terrace Creek Camp. This section of the trail burned in the Soberanes Fire in 2016 and the trail has been closed since then. VWA volunteers have cleared the Terrace Creek Trail down to Terrace Creek Camp. Now we are working on the Pine Ridge and Ventana Camp Trails. We are working back towards the State Park boundary. Work is challenging but very rewarding to see the clear sections. This will be a good introduction to backpacking and trailwork. Plus an opportunity to support the effort to re-open the Pine Ridge Trail. THE WORK: There is work for all abilities. Beginner to expert. Tools and instruction provided for brushing/tread work. The work location doesn't have a lot of poison oak, but we walk through a section at the start of the hike. So long sleeves and long pants are recommended even for the hike in. MEET: Big Sur Multi Agency Facility 8 A.M. DON'T BE LATE! IMPORTANT: Meetup directions may not be the best. In your mapping program, search for: Big Sur Station, 47555 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 The Big Sur Multi Agency Facility is at Big Sur Station, on the east (inland) side of Highway One, about a half mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For those coming from the north, after you pass Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, you cross the Big Sur River on an inconspicuous bridge. Then as you start the uphill, use the left turn lane to turn in to the Multi Agency Facility. If you go over a larger bridge, and get to the Post Office and the Big Sur Bakery, you have gone too far. LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED due to the access issues; contact leader for acceptance on this trip and meeting details. LOCAL WEATHER: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.211186929941974&lon=-121.54655456542969#.Uso3xbRa_BY FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE DETAILS: Betsy MacGowan using the Meetup messaging feature. WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy work clothes with long sleeved shirts and long pants; sturdy footwear. A daypack to carry your water and lunches for each day. ALL FOOD for 2 days/1 night WATER The camp is next to Terrace Creek which has plenty of water. You WILL need to take all your water for the time we are working - Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning. Filtering is always a good idea. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it. A DAYPACK for your lunch and water for each day. Tecnu lotion for poison oak protection if you need it. There is SOME poison oak on this trail. Your favorite work gloves, safety glasses, loppers and/or saw if you have them, otherwise tools and hardhats will be provided. A tent for protection from rain. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it.

Back Pack One Night BRUSHING Trail Work Pine Ridge Trail

TRIP TITLE / DATES / IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS: Backpack One Night Pine Ridge Trail VWA TRAIL CREW LEADER: Betsy MacGowan OVERVIEW: BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE 1.5 miles from the trailhead to Terrace Creek Camp. Set up camp, and hike another 2.5 miles to the end of work, on the Pine Ridge Trail. Exact location will depend on how much progress is made in previous trips. NOTE: this trip may change, including location, depending on this progress. WORK on the Pine Ridge Trail between the Ventana Camp Trail and the State Park boundary. Terrace Creek Camp. This section of the trail burned in the Soberanes Fire in 2016 and the trail has been closed since then. VWA volunteers have cleared the Terrace Creek Trail down to Terrace Creek Camp. Now we are working on the Pine Ridge and Ventana Camp Trails. We are working back towards the State Park boundary. Work is challenging but very rewarding to see the clear sections. This will be a good introduction to backpacking and trailwork. Plus an opportunity to support the effort to re-open the Pine Ridge Trail. THE WORK: There is work for all abilities. Beginner to expert. Tools and instruction provided for brushing/tread work. The work location doesn't have a lot of poison oak, but we walk through a section at the start of the hike. So long sleeves and long pants are recommended even for the hike in. MEET: Big Sur Multi Agency Facility 8 A.M. DON'T BE LATE! IMPORTANT: Meetup directions may not be the best. In your mapping program, search for: Big Sur Station, 47555 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 The Big Sur Multi Agency Facility is at Big Sur Station, on the east (inland) side of Highway One, about a half mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For those coming from the north, after you pass Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, you cross the Big Sur River on an inconspicuous bridge. Then as you start the uphill, use the left turn lane to turn in to the Multi Agency Facility. If you go over a larger bridge, and get to the Post Office and the Big Sur Bakery, you have gone too far. LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED due to the access issues; contact leader for acceptance on this trip and meeting details. LOCAL WEATHER: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.211186929941974&lon=-121.54655456542969#.Uso3xbRa_BY FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE DETAILS: Betsy MacGowan using the Meetup messaging feature. WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy work clothes with long sleeved shirts and long pants; sturdy footwear. A daypack to carry your water and lunches for each day. ALL FOOD for 2 days/1 night WATER The camp is next to Terrace Creek which has plenty of water. You WILL need to take all your water for the time we are working - Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning. Filtering is always a good idea. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it. A DAYPACK for your lunch and water for each day. Tecnu lotion for poison oak protection if you need it. There is SOME poison oak on this trail. Your favorite work gloves, safety glasses, loppers and/or saw if you have them, otherwise tools and hardhats will be provided. A tent for protection from rain. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it.

Back Pack One Night BRUSHING Trail Work Pine Ridge Trail

TRIP TITLE / DATES / IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS: Backpack One Night Pine Ridge Trail IMPORTANT: TRIP DATE STILL DEPENDS ON CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS BEING RELAXED. CHECK BACK FOR STATUS. VWA TRAIL CREW LEADER: Betsy MacGowan OVERVIEW: BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE 1.5 miles from the trailhead to Terrace Creek Camp. Set up camp, and hike another 2.5 miles to the end of work, on the Pine Ridge Trail. Exact location will depend on how much progress is made in previous trips. NOTE: this trip may change, including location, depending on this progress. WORK on the Pine Ridge Trail between the Ventana Camp Trail and the State Park boundary. Terrace Creek Camp. This section of the trail burned in the Soberanes Fire in 2016 and the trail has been closed since then. VWA volunteers have cleared the Terrace Creek Trail down to Terrace Creek Camp. Now we are working on the Pine Ridge and Ventana Camp Trails. We are working back towards the State Park boundary. Work is challenging but very rewarding to see the clear sections. This will be a good introduction to backpacking and trailwork. Plus an opportunity to support the effort to re-open the Pine Ridge Trail. THE WORK: There is work for all abilities. Beginner to expert. Tools and instruction provided for brushing/tread work. The work location doesn't have a lot of poison oak, but we walk through a section at the start of the hike. So long sleeves and long pants are recommended even for the hike in. MEET: Big Sur Multi Agency Facility 8 A.M. DON'T BE LATE! IMPORTANT: Meetup directions may not be the best. In your mapping program, search for: Big Sur Station, 47555 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 The Big Sur Multi Agency Facility is at Big Sur Station, on the east (inland) side of Highway One, about a half mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For those coming from the north, after you pass Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, you cross the Big Sur River on an inconspicuous bridge. Then as you start the uphill, use the left turn lane to turn in to the Multi Agency Facility. If you go over a larger bridge, and get to the Post Office and the Big Sur Bakery, you have gone too far. LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED due to the access issues; contact leader for acceptance on this trip and meeting details. LOCAL WEATHER: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.211186929941974&lon=-121.54655456542969#.Uso3xbRa_BY FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE DETAILS: Betsy MacGowan using the Meetup messaging feature. WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy work clothes with long sleeved shirts and long pants; sturdy footwear. A daypack to carry your water and lunches for each day. ALL FOOD for 2 days/1 night WATER The camp is next to Terrace Creek which has plenty of water. You WILL need to take all your water for the time we are working - Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning. Filtering is always a good idea. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it. A DAYPACK for your lunch and water for each day. Tecnu lotion for poison oak protection if you need it. There is SOME poison oak on this trail. Your favorite work gloves, safety glasses, loppers and/or saw if you have them, otherwise tools and hardhats will be provided. A tent for protection from rain. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it.

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