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Report: SDMBA Trail Work at Cowles Mt. a Success PDF Print E-mail
On Saturday morning January 14th, 2012, in partnership with the Mission Trails Rangers, 17 San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) members and volunteers participated in trail restoration on the east (backside) of Cowles Mt. SDMBA worked on the slightly under one mile long Mesa Trail for four hours.

Trail brushing is a maintenance procedure normally needed only every few years. Mesa Trail was worked on last February by SDMBA, but due to last year’s above-average rainfall, was heavily overgrown and beginning to overtake the trail.

Figure 1. Richard Julien.

Initial brushing was accomplished with power tools recently purchased with funds from a generous grant from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation -- a string trimmer and a hedge trimmer (See figure 1, above) -- allowing a lot more work to be done than manual brushing in the same amount of time -- followed by volunteers with loppers for spot trimming and rakes to pick up trimmings (See figures 2 & 3, right).

Figure 2. Foreground left to right Dom Dias, Ali Baker and J. Keith Sightler.

In coordination with the rangers, the trail was cleared roughly three feet wide each way from the centerline and up at an angle away from the centerline where feasible to improve visibility. Trimmings were placed at openings of social trails (closed short cuts and historical unsustainable trails) and in erodible areas free of native vegetation.

Figure 3. Front to back, Jessica Iburg, Barcy Bacani and Philip Erdelsky.

Many hikers and mountain bikers came by during the trail work and were enthusiastic about the trail restoration. Trail work was followed by a barbecue at Big Rock Park where swag was provided by BRC Bike Shop. To find out how to participate in SDMBA trail work, go to the website www.sdmba.com.


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