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Mono Camp Un-Earthing: June 26, 2017 Survey - 06/26/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Mono Camp Un-Earthing: June 26, 2017
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Mono Campground
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 06/26/2017
End Date: 06/26/2017
Project Description:Helped Valerie un-earth the tables and fire rings at Mono Campground.

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Sage Hill Hazard Tree Felling Survey - 05/24/2017 - by Mickey McTigue
Project Name:Sage Hill Hazard Tree Felling
Project Leader:Mickey McTigue
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Sage Hill Campground
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/24/2017
End Date: 05/24/2017
Project Description:Mickey and Linda felled three hazard trees at Sage Hill Campground in support of Parks Management.
Santa Barbara Canyon ACE Support Survey - 05/06/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Barbara Canyon ACE Support
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/06/2017
End Date: 05/13/2017
Project Description:Setting up and removing an ACE Trail Crew from Santa Barbara Canyon.
19 Oaks Camp Survey Survey - 06/10/2017 - by Logan Beckstrand
Project Name:19 Oaks Camp Survey
Project Leader:Logan Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:19 Oaks, Santa Cruz
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/10/2017
End Date: 06/10/2017
Project Description:Surveyed 19 Oaks campsite.  To gather information for an eagle scout project.

Items needed.

1 - pit toilet.  the old one burned.
2 - 3 tables.  One survived.  2 have metal.  one brand new.  this would give 4 total
3 - fire rings.  would be great to get 4 new fire rings with grills.
4 - reestablish paths to each sit and toilet.
Nira to South Fork Survey - 06/09/2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Nira to South Fork
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:32
Patrolled Areas:Upper Manzana Trail, Lost Valley Camp, Fish Creek
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/09/2017
End Date: 06/11/2017
Project Description:Rik and I completed a 3 day wilderness patrol from Nira to SouthFork, and cabin maintenance projects on the South Fork Ranger Station.

We base camped at the Narrows and I hiked the 16 mile round trip to check on the cabin and make a few repairs.  

The 15 mile trail section from Nira to SouthFork has been worked on by a number of crews and volunteers over the past few months.  This is the best I have seen this section in a long time.

We too measurements on the updated toilet structure at FishCreek as a model for upgrading the toilets at Narrows and Coldwater camps. We have selected the new site for the relocation of the toilet at Narrows Camp. 
 
We interacted with 11 backpackers who were hiking to various locations.

Water is flowing at all campsites but there are standing pools only at HHG Camp.

The weather was ideal with few flies and no mosquitos.
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ACE Caliente Crew Setup Survey - 06/07/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:ACE Caliente Crew Setup
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Rock Camp, Middle Santa Ynez, Caliente Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 06/07/2017
End Date: 06/07/2017
Project Description:Set up ACE Crew to work on the Caliente Trail.
Upper Santa Ynez Camp Cleanup and Survey Survey - 05/21/2017 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Upper Santa Ynez Camp Cleanup and Survey
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Upper Santa Ynez Camp, Juncal Road
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/21/2017
End Date: 05/21/2017
Project Description:
It was toasty up there yesterday 91 degrees…The road up there had some growth but wasn’t tough to drive to, went all the way  to the divide……

The camp site was in great shape,  I painted the table quickly, the place is over run with all insects, due to the close by water source, the little creek is still running, but will probably dry up by late June….the little pool below was somewhat stagnant…. Jameson at 60% looks good and a trickle was running into it from the east fork……!


Went by the hot-springs, looks great…
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 06/03/2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:4miles ,40 miles driven
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail..Camino Cielo to Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 06/03/2017
End Date: 06/03/2017
Project Description: Wilderness patrol on Cold Springs trail . Check out Forbush Camp and clean up where necessary.
Water is still running at the campsite but very slow and low. Th trail is still in need of brushing.
Howard Creek Continued Survey - 06/03/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Howard Creek Continued
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:0.5
Patrolled Areas:Howard Creek
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/03/2017
End Date: 06/03/2017
Project Description:Continued from other Howard Creek Maintenance
Howard Creek Trail Maintenance, National Trails Day Survey - 06/03/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Howard Creek Trail Maintenance, National Trails Day
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:0.5
Patrolled Areas:Howard Creek
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/03/2017
End Date: 06/03/2017
Project Description:National Trails Day,  Howard Creek Trail

Work a half mile section of rutted out trail.  Added Water control features and lots of rock in the bed.
Madulce Working Vacation May 2017 (2 of 2) Survey - 05/20/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Madulce Working Vacation May 2017 (2 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:3.5 miles worked
Patrolled Areas:Portions of Madulce trail, Santa Barbara cyn trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/20/2017
End Date: 05/29/2017
Project Description:Portions of Madulce trail, Santa Barbara cyn trail, Puerto Suelo trail worked. 3.5 miles total
Madulce Working Vacation May 2017 (1 of 2) Survey - 05/20/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Madulce Working Vacation May 2017 (1 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3.5 miles worked
Patrolled Areas:Portions of Madulce trail, Santa Barbara cyn trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/20/2017
End Date: 05/29/2017
Project Description:Portions of Madulce trail, Santa Barbara cyn trail, Puerto Suelo trail worked. 3.5 miles total
Matias Trail Maintenance Survey - 05/26/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Matias Trail Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Matias
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/26/2017
End Date: 05/26/2017
Project Description:Finished brushing Matias trail from Rancho Oso Trail head to Matias Connector
Memorial Day at Forbush Survey - 05/28/2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Memorial Day at Forbush
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Forbush Camp, North Cold Springs T
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/28/2017
End Date: 05/29/2017
Project Description:Rik and I hike down the North Cold Springs trail from the saddle and found both campsites unoccupied. WE raked up the leaves and sticks, cleaned out the firepits, and watered the 4 small cedars that were planted to replace the hazard trees.  

There is evidence of bear damage to two of the young cedar trees.

There is no water at the upper campsite, but flowing water at the lower campsite.  One of the large dead alders has fallen parallel to the creek.  There a few tall dead alders across the creek but they are not a hazard to the campsite itself.

Later 4 hikers arrived from Mono with lots of stories about the hard hiking conditions through the Mono Jungle.
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Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 05/24/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:68 driving miles,4 hiked
Patrolled Areas:Forbush recon
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 05/24/2017
End Date: 05/24/2017
Project Description:Drive to & from Cold Springs TH at Camino Cielo . Hike to Forbush Campsite to check campsites after
last weekend with 60 or more campers from the UCSB Adventure Excursion Club . The campground
is in very good condition . I was glad to
 not find a single piece of trash or TP at the campsite or on the trail. The clean up was excellent.
    There is still some water flowing in the creek .  The trail is in need of brushing.
Murietta Trail and Campground Survey Survey - 05/13/2017 - by Ed Diaz
Project Name:Murietta Trail and Campground Survey
Project Leader:Ed Diaz
Ranger District:Ojai Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Murietta Trail and Campground
Organization:High School Forest Volunteers
Start Date: 05/13/2017
End Date: 05/13/2017
Project Description:Surveyed Trail and Campground.  Trail has many downed small trees and needs brushing, especially between campground and upper road. Poison oak abundant between 1st crossing and campground.  Campground in good shape and water flowing.
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Murietta Trail Survey Survey - 05/13/2017 - by Ed Diaz
Project Name:Murietta Trail Survey
Project Leader:Ed Diaz
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Murietta Trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/13/2017
End Date: 05/13/2017
Project Description:Surveyed Murietta Trail.  Trail in rough shape west of camp to road.  Some areas overgrown and trail not visible.  Poison Oak everywhere, especially between 1st crossing and campground. Water at camp.  Widowmaker reported to USFS at 1st crossing.
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Cozy Dell Trail Survey Survey - 04/09/2017 - by Ed Diaz
Project Name:Cozy Dell Trail Survey
Project Leader:Ed Diaz
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Cozy Dell Trail
Organization:High School Forest Volunteers
Start Date: 04/09/2017
End Date: 04/09/2017
Project Description:Surveyed Cozy Dell Trail, took photographs and removed poison oak from trail.
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Potrero John Survey - 04/23/2017 - by Ed Diaz
Project Name:Potrero John
Project Leader:Ed Diaz
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:4 miles
Patrolled Areas:Potrero John Trail
Organization:High School Forest Volunteers
Start Date: 04/23/2017
End Date: 04/23/2017
Project Description:
Worked the trail with High School Forest Volunteer Team, removing 10+ downed (4-6”) trees across trail using silky saws or by hand.

Performed light brushing but main focus was downed trees.  Trail in decent shape and easy to follow.  Moderate water flow to camp but on the decline.

A potential Hazard Tree (dead tree leaning towards trail  at .57 miles in at 34°53’32’’N, 119°16’3’’W 
One 8” tree remains across trail at .75 miles in at 34°35’37”N, 119°15’59”W

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Crosscut Re-certification Survey - 05/20/2017 - by Mickey McTigue
Project Name:Crosscut Re-certification
Project Leader:Mickey McTigue
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Figueroa Mountain
Organization:LLPFA
Start Date: 05/20/2017
End Date: 05/20/2017
Project Description:Crosscut re-certification at figueroa mountain. 
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Manzana Narrows SCA Crew Pack Out Survey - 05/09/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Manzana Narrows SCA Crew Pack Out
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:8
Patrolled Areas:NIRA Campground, Lost Valley Camp, Manzana Trail,
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/09/2017
End Date: 05/10/2017
Project Description:Packing out and support for packing out the SCA Crew at Manzana Narrows Camp.
Pratt Trail Maintenance Survey - 05/06/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Pratt Trail Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Pratt, Nordoff Ridge
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/06/2017
End Date: 05/06/2017
Project Description:Pratt Trail maintenance started off great.  Headed out to Rose Valley and to the top of Nordoff.  On our way to the trailhead the rain started.  The road began to get muddy before we set off.  So we decided to head down to Howard Creek Trail.  When we arrived the rain started and continued.  We decided to postpone the rest.
Patagonia Environmental Partner Event Survey - 5/11/2017 - by Ed Diaz
Project Name:Patagonia Environmental Partner Event
Project Leader:Ed Diaz
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 5/11/2017
End Date: 5/11/2017
Project Description:Tabled at the Patagonia Partner Event at the Patagonia Headquarters.
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 05/10/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:drive 35 m., hike 4
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail..Camino Cielo to Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 05/10/2017
End Date: 05/10/2017
Project Description: Drive to Cold Springs TH at Camino Cielo, Hike to forbush, back to car ,then home.
Top 1/2 of Gibraltar and all of Camino Cielo was 46 degrees ,visibility of 50 feet and very wet. A very slow drive.
 Trail down to Forbush camp needs brushing although the tread is OK for the most part.
  Forbush Campsites were empty and in relatively good condition. Removed some rubbish  from the firepits. Water is still running in the creek by campsites.
  Glad to get back to the car and warm up.
Manzana Working Vacation at Happy Hunting Ground Survey - 04/14/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Manzana Working Vacation at Happy Hunting Ground
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:15 patrolled, 4 worked
Patrolled Areas:Patrolled 15 miles of Manzana Trail from Nira to S
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/14/2017
End Date: 04/23/2017
Project Description:Patrolled 15 miles of Manzana Trail from Nira to South fork Station. Worked 4 miles of Trail from HHG to South Fork Station. 
Manzana Working Vacation at Fish Camp (2 of 2) Survey - 04/01/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Manzana Working Vacation at Fish Camp (2 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:2.6 miles worked
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Trail from Nira to Manzana Narrows patroll
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/01/2017
End Date: 04/09/2017
Project Description:Manzana Trail from Nira to Manzana Narrows patrolled. Trail from Fish to the Narrows logged out. Trail from Fish to 1/2 mile past Ray's Camp was Brushed and treaded as needed. 
Manzana Working Vacation at Fish Camp (1 of 2) Survey - 04/01/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Manzana Working Vacation at Fish Camp (1 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2.6 Miles worked
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Trail from Nira to Manzana Narrows patroll
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/01/2017
End Date: 04/09/2017
Project Description:Manzana Trail from Nira to Manzana Narrows patrolled. Trail from Fish to the Narrows logged out. Trail from Fish to 1/2 mile past Ray's Camp was Brushed and treaded as needed. 
Franklin Trail Phase 3 Survey - 03/13/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Franklin Trail Phase 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1 mile worked
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA/Trails Council
Start Date: 03/13/2017
End Date: 03/13/2017
Project Description:Volunteers supporting efforts on the Franklin Trail
Franklin Trail Phase 3 (2 of 2) Survey - 03/04/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Franklin Trail Phase 3 (2 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2 miles worked
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA, Trails council
Start Date: 03/04/2017
End Date: 03/04/2017
Project Description:Volunteers supporting efforts on the Frankln Trail
Franklin Trail Phase 3 (1 of 2) Survey - 03/04/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Franklin Trail Phase 3 (1 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2 miles
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA and Trails council
Start Date: 03/04/2017
End Date: 03/04/2017
Project Description:Volunteers supporting efforts on the Franklin Trail 
NIRA down Manzana to Sisquoc River Survey - 21/Ap/2017 - by Bard Salcido
Project Name:NIRA down Manzana to Sisquoc River
Project Leader:Bard Salcido
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:18
Patrolled Areas:NIRA, Portreo, Coldwater, HSB, Dabney, Schoolhouse
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 21/Ap/2017
End Date: 24/Ap/2017
Project Description:Trail patrol from NIRA down the Manzana to Sisquoc. When we arrived at NIRA, not a parking spot to be found. Cars parked along road. Did not know what we would find on the trail. Manzana trail in good shape. Designated campsites fairly litter free. Campfires cold to the touch. Ran across a group of 70 Montessori School backpackers at Portreo Camp (number according to trail register). Met Jim Blakely on trail returning from Montgomery Portreo. Backcountry starting to heat up.
Sierra Madre Road and Spring Survey Survey - 04/15/2017 - by Lori Rafferty
Project Name:Sierra Madre Road and Spring Survey
Project Leader:Lori Rafferty
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:40
Patrolled Areas:Sierra Madre Road from Miranda Pines to Maducle Tr
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/15/2017
End Date: 04/16/2017
Project Description:Water flow currently good at all springs checked. Cherry Orchard trough is filled in, but spring H20 access is ok both fenced in and open. Chokecherry Spring has minimal damage from winter rains (surprise!), is flowing nicely and water in trough typical greenish with algae. Road whole length of Sierra Madre now accessible to 2 wheel drive high clearance vehicles after we filled in several drainage issues, and Bates Canyon was recently graded (good job on that!). Big Pine/Buckhorn road at SB Canyon split and to end of survey at Maducle Trailhead  via electric bikes is not passable to anything other than bicycles due to multiple rock slides approaching Chokecherry Springs. Nothing a good dozer can't fix though, no surprises. Best for someone to obtain further road reports to Bluff and out to Upper Oso as multiple bike-packer riders have been having fun utilizing these forest roads, good for them. Heard Forest Service is currently working on SB Canyon access= thank you!
Lost Valley Trail Sawyer Project Survey - 04/30/2017 - by Michel Giroux
Project Name:Lost Valley Trail Sawyer Project
Project Leader:Michel Giroux
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2.5 miles
Patrolled Areas:Upper Manzana trail (1 mile) to Lost Valley trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/30/2017
End Date: 04/30/2017
Project Description:Went up the Lost Valley trail for about 1.5 miles to cut a downed tree and clear the trail. Trail is clear and in good shape to that point, we saw a slide near the beginning of the trail but I did not take pictures or GPS coordinates. There are still downed trees farther on the trail as reported by a previous surveyor.

Only 4 last pictures in the online gallery are relevant to this project.
Manzana Narrows Campsitting - SCA NFWF Survey - 04/27/2017 - by Aanjelae Rhoads
Project Name:Manzana Narrows Campsitting - SCA NFWF
Project Leader:Aanjelae Rhoads
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Lost Valley Camp, NIRA Campground, Manzana Trail,
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/27/2017
End Date: 04/30/2017
Project Description:Camp-sitted 3+ days at Manzana Narrows while the SCA Crew went for resupplies in Santa Barbara.
Caliente Trail Survey Survey - 04/29/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Caliente Trail Survey
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Caliente, Upper Caliente
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/29/2017
End Date: 04/29/2017
Project Description:Surveyed trail to upper caliente camp.

Brushing is needed throughout the trail.  This could be a hedger.

One tree after the dam and before the jungle.  18 inch Cottonwood blocks the trail.

The section through the jungle and at most crossing had major silting over the backs, covering the trail.

Pool is nice, not as deep as it used to be.  About 8 feet at the waterfall  then decrease.

Benches were painted during this project.
Forbush Camp Survey - 04/08/2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs TH, Forbush Campsite
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/08/2017
End Date: 04/09/2017
Project Description:The trail to Forbush from East Camino Cielo/ Cold Springs Trailhead is in great condition.  The Forbush campsites are in good shape.  There is still water flowing in Gidney Creek.
Forbush Camp Survey - 04/29/2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs rail, Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/29/2017
End Date: 04/30/2017
Project Description:Rik and I hike from East El Camino Cielo/Cold Springs trailhead to Forbush Camp.  The trail is passable. There is water flowing in Gidney Creek.  There was one other camper at the lower campsite who was also interested in LW gear. We raked the upper campsite and cleaned out the fire pit ashes.  Forbush Camp is in excellent condition.
gear sale at Wheeler Gorge Survey - 04/22/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:gear sale at Wheeler Gorge
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:68 driving miles
Patrolled Areas:Wheeler Gorge center
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 04/22/2017
End Date: 04/22/2017
Project Description:    Set up all gear for sale . Sell & socialize remained of the day. Pack up all remaining gear .
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 04/24/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail..Camino Cielo to Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 04/24/2017
End Date: 04/24/2017
Project Description:   Take Gossamergear  folks to Forbush camp to show our local backcountry .
 Water still flowing at camp . Tread Ok...trail could use some brushing.
Drop Off Archaeologist - Sierra Madre Road Survey - 04/15/2017 - by Aaron Songer
Project Name:Drop Off Archaeologist - Sierra Madre Road
Project Leader:Aaron Songer
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:310 driven
Patrolled Areas:Sierra Madre Road, Painted Rock Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/15/2017
End Date: 04/16/2017
Project Description:Drive to Painted Rock and drop off archaeologist Jim Blakley at Jackson Trailhead
Cold Spring Trail - Oak Tree Logging Survey - 04/13/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Cold Spring Trail - Oak Tree Logging
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Cold Spring Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/13/2017
End Date: 04/13/2017
Project Description:Cleared downed oak from Cold Spring Trail, front country Santa Barbara about 1-2 miles up from the trailhead.
Wheeler Gorge Open House Survey - 04/21/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Wheeler Gorge Open House
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:NA
Patrolled Areas:NA
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/21/2017
End Date: 04/23/2017
Project Description:Support for the Wheeler Gorge Open House.
Santa Barbara Earth Day 2017 Survey - 04/23/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Barbara Earth Day 2017
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:NA
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/23/2017
End Date: 04/23/2017
Project Description:Worked the booth at the Santa Barbara Earth Day.
Future gear sale Survey - 04/15/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:68 driving miles
Patrolled Areas:Summerland to Wheeler Gorge and back....twice
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 04/15/2017
End Date: 04/16/2017
Project Description: Two trips with gear to Wheeler Gorge for gear sale on April 22nd.
Future gear sale and supplies for South Fork Cabin Survey - 04/06/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale and supplies for South Fork Cabin
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:55 driving miles
Patrolled Areas:buy supplies for South Fork Cabin and finish tents
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 04/06/2017
End Date: 04/06/2017
Project Description:      Set up tents at home for future sale and make Tyvek floors for open shelters. Procure needed supplies for South Fork Cabin and deliver to Graham Goodfield.
Big Cone Spruce and Hurricane Deck Archaeology Survey - 03/06/2017 - by Jim Blakley
Project Name:Big Cone Spruce and Hurricane Deck Archaeology
Project Leader:Jim Blakley
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Manzana, Big Cone Soruce, Hurricane Deck, Lost Val
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/06/2017
End Date: 03/09/2017
Project Description:Hiked up Manzana from Nira. Surveyed Big Cone Spruce trail to fire road and back. Hike to White Ledge camp. Surveyed Hurricane Deck trail to slide a mile west of Lost Valley Trail. Returned by Lost Valley Trail and Manzana Trail. Deck survey aborted by slide.
Hurricane Deck Archaeology Survey - 03/29/2017 - by Jim Blakley
Project Name:Hurricane Deck Archaeology
Project Leader:Jim Blakley
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Manzana, Potrero, Hurricane Deck
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/29/2017
End Date: 04/01/2017
Project Description:Hiked down Manzana and up Potrero Trail to Hurricane Deck Trail. Surveyed east to slide, about a mile west of Lost Valley Trail and returned. Surveyed Deck trail west to Manzana Schoolhouse. Returned by Manzana Trail. Completed archaeological survey of Hurricane Deck Trail.
Hi Valley Trail Restoration Survey - 03/25/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Hi Valley Trail Restoration
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Hi Valley Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/25/2017
End Date: 03/26/2017
Project Description:Trail restoration along the Hi Valley Trail from Hi Mtn Rd out to Hi Valley.  The work was primarily clearing brush and fixing slumps that were making the trail difficult for horse travel.
Rose Lion to East Fork Lion Survey - 03/28/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Rose Lion to East Fork Lion
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Rose, Lion, East Fork Lion
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/28/2017
End Date: 03/28/2017
Project Description:Rose Lion Connector needs some brushing and some tread work, water bar clean out.

From the junction to the fork there is brushing needed, mainly sections of wild rose.

From the junction up to east fork camp.  there is one tree blocking stock.  there is also some tread work that is needed.
Images:
Ojai Trail Meeting Continued Survey - 4/1/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Ojai Trail Meeting Continued
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Meeting
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 4/1/2017
End Date: 4/1/2017
Project Description:Continued meeting
Ojai Trail meeting First Saturday Survey - 04/01/2017 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Ojai Trail meeting First Saturday
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Meeting
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/01/2017
End Date: 04/01/2017
Project Description:Meeting to discuss trail projects for First Saturday events.

May 6 - Pratt trail.  Need Road survey upper and lower section.

June 1 - NTD. Lion Canyon.  Continue from last year.
Future gear sale Survey - 03/30/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:40 car miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/30/2017
End Date: 03/30/2017
Project Description:Drive to Home Depot and buy 2 more containers for gear . Pick up sundries at Home Improvement for tents . Fabricate 3 sets of tent poles for display of GG tents . Finish labeling and $ gear.
Three Peaks Trail Project Survey - 03/17/2017 - by Steve Cypher
Project Name:Three Peaks Trail Project
Project Leader:Steve Cypher
Ranger District:Monterey Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.1
Patrolled Areas:Three Peaks Trail, Dutra Flat Camp, Murry Mine Tra
Organization:Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) & Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA)
Start Date: 03/17/2017
End Date: 03/19/2017
Project Description:
  • 6 volunteers backpacked from Ragged Point Inn to Dutra Flat Camp in Silver Peaks Wilderness using Baldwin Ranch Rd. and Murry Mine Track - trails clear in good condition with exception of one deep washed out section and a log approx. 18" across trail.
  • Based at Dutra Flat Camp. Camp clean, good water in spring, ground quite mushy near spring and creek east of camp.
  • Cleared Three Peaks Trail approximately 1.1 miles from camp to top of ridge and through thick brush on north side of ridge.
  • 3 volunteers camped at corral at Baldwin Ranch Rd & Hwy CA 1 Friday night. Rode horses to Dutra Flat Camp to deliver dinner and exited the forest Saturday.
  • Work remaining to be done - Three Peaks Trail from Dutra Flat Camp to intersection with road to Three Peaks Camp (approx. 2.7 miles) is easy to follow but needs to be widened to FS standard. One log across trail approx. 20" diameter.
  • Hiked out Dutra Use Trail - trail narrow but easy to follow. One large oak tree down across trail near Dutra Creek.
SB canyon to 3 mile Survey - 03/18/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:SB canyon to 3 mile
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:6 plus 195 driven
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn road to SB canyon TH to 3 mile
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/18/2017
End Date: 03/19/2017
Project Description:  Drive to Reyes ranch , Hike Buckhorn Rd to SB Canyoon TH , Hike to 3 Mile , return next day.
Buckhorn Rd. from gate at Reyes Ranch is impassable. 1st 1 1/2 miles has major wash outs.
 SB canyon trail to 3 Mile is in Ok condition considering previous rain . Lots of water flowing.
Future gear sale Survey - 03/16/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:drive 50 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/16/2017
End Date: 03/16/2017
Project Description: Drive to Los Prietos and pick up remaining containers for gear. Return home and work on packing all gear.
Future gear sale Survey - 03/11/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:drive 50 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/11/2017
End Date: 03/11/2017
Project Description:Pick up gear stored at VWR cabin. Return home and begin sorting and preparing .
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 03/12/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:Forbush recon
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/12/2017
End Date: 03/12/2017
Project Description:Drive to TH , hike to Forbush camp and do some raking and campsite cleanup.
Return home and work on future gear sale
Sespe River Survey - 03/10/2017 - by Ryan B
Project Name:Sespe River
Project Leader:Ryan B
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:25/30
Patrolled Areas:Sespe River Trail
Organization:
Start Date: 03/10/2017
End Date: 03/15/2017
Project Description:All of this is from memory so camp names and spelling might be a bit off....Wow..... Possible more damage then the 04/05 season. Personally never seen signs of wash out like this on SRT. I went from Rose to somewhere in around Cortrell Flats, just had to say screw it and pitch camp. Starting from Rose.. Water is high, all tributary's flowing. Experienced hikers can get away with only taking off shoes at Bear crossing and the one after Bear, then again right before Will. Anything after Willett you end up in the water every 20 minutes it seemed... Bear camp got shwaked.. Water crested banks and moved the sand all around, it even removed that huge 20' long 6' diameter fallen tree that was at the main camp site at bear... Not a lot of flat spots anymore at bear. The trail from Rose to Will is in good conditions surprisingly, with just a few minor slides... From Will to Sespe hot is a major bush whack/ river walk, mostly just walking the river in sandals. It is possible to get to Sespe Hot... but, big But.. You need to know exactly where you are going.. After Will i would say 70% of the trail is gone, or just that hard to find, I could see no trail leading off Sespe main up to Sespe Hot....dozens of sections washed out beyond eye sight. . From what I hear it just gets worse further east. Ran into a couple that spent 3 nights trying to get from Wil to Sespe Hot with no luck. Also if you want to get to Oak camp you will have to swim crossed the river. 60+ feet wide and 4 feet deep at Oak. Willet is in good condition overall, just stop leaving your food and trash there please!! If I can hike out what i brought in with a broken back, leg and arm, you can to. PS.. Snake danger off the chart. Saw multiple baby rattlers. Be very careful around willett proper in terms of snakes... Anything passed Will add 100% more travel time then normal. It takes a day to get 5 miles, and I had an idea where i was too... Its just that washed out.  Good Luck, Stay safe, Keep it Clean.
Future gear sale Survey - 03/12/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/12/2017
End Date: 03/12/2017
Project Description:   Load gear from VWR cabin , take home and sort , tag and prepare for sale .
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 03/12/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail..Camino Cielo to Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/12/2017
End Date: 03/12/2017
Project Description: Drive to TH ..hike to Forbush Camp . Both campsites on good condition. Large Girlscout Troup at 1st campsite.  Water flowing. Tread on trail in OK to good shape. Some bush growth along trail could be trimmed. Trail held up much better than others.
Future gear sale Survey - 03/06/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/06/2017
End Date: 03/09/2017
Project Description:  Receive shipment of gear from Gossamer Gear. Check over and inventory. Begin necessary repairs.
  Order materials and finish cleaning and repairs on packs.
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 03/02/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:3.5
Patrolled Areas:Forbush recon for upcoming trail work
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/02/2017
End Date: 03/02/2017
Project Description:   Drive to TH ..Camino Cielo . Hike to Forbush Camp to assess trail slide ....hike back to car & home.

Future gear sale Survey - 03/11/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:Summerland to Los Prietos and back
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/11/2017
End Date: 03/11/2017
Project Description:   Drive to VWR cabin and re organize gear . Load and return home with gear to  tag ... ready for
gear sale in April. Begin listing of new gear as well.
ACE Crew Setup - Buckeye Camp - Sellers Potrero Trail Survey - 03/07/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:ACE Crew Setup - Buckeye Camp - Sellers Potrero Trail
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5
Patrolled Areas:Hi Mtn Road, Trout Creek Trail, Buckeye Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/07/2017
End Date: 03/08/2017
Project Description:Stock support setup of an 8-person ACE Crew at Buckeye Camp.  

Met ACE Crew at the Hi Valley Trailhead (LP Forest Boundary) off Hi Mtn Rd and packed their supplies in to spike camp just west of Buckeye Camp in the Garcia Wilderness.

ACE will be working a section of the Trout Creek Trail as well as the Sellers Potrero Trail from March 7-15.
Forbush Survey Survey - 03/04/2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Survey
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Forbush Camp, North Cold Springs Trail, East Blue
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/04/2017
End Date: 03/05/2017
Project Description:Rik and I hiked the section of trail from East Camino TH to Forbush Camp. We met 5 backpackers hiking from Cottam to miss the forecast rain on Sunday. They commented on the bad slides on the switchback section of East Blue Canyon Trail. 

Rik and I camped at Forbush upper camp.  There were 3 other campers at the lower camp with an aggressive dog.  

We restored the tread on the slide above Forbush, cleared one slide and surveyed the other slides on the switchback section.

We met two young hikers who were hiking back from Mono.  They reported loosing the trail through the Jungle section and being up to waist in mud.

We raked and cleaned up both campsites prior to returning to the TH. 
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Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 03/03/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail..Camino Cielo to Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 03/03/2017
End Date: 03/03/2017
Project Description:Recon Forbush Camp before R&R on trail. Trail in good condition with little erosion after recent rains.
 Campsites need the usual cleanup . Water is available at both camps.....good flow. ...it's been 5 years
or so . Two slides 1/4 mile before campsites .....to be cleared  03/04 . 
Condor Pass Survey - 02/10/2017 - by Bard Salcido
Project Name:Condor Pass
Project Leader:Bard Salcido
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:26
Patrolled Areas:Nira, Lost Valley, Fish, Rays, Oak, Manzana, Narro
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/10/2017
End Date: 02/13/2017
Project Description:Backcourtry patrol and trail survey.

From NIRA along the Manzana trail to the top of Condor Pass (pass between the Manzana drainage and the South Fork drainage)

Photo report attached

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DJyHcnpcTKPPi_uaGhlR8BSdPpJhNrg11TdHj4wkzJ4/edit#slide=id.g1d044ca898_0_52
West Fork Cold Spring Slide Scouting and Maintenance Survey - 02/28/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:West Fork Cold Spring Slide Scouting and Maintenance
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:West Fork Cold Spring Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/28/2017
End Date: 02/28/2017
Project Description:Went to work the slide on West Cold Spring but due to someone else working on it we just hiked down and looked at it, then cut a few trees off the trail on our way back.
Future gear sale Survey - 02/15/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 02/15/2017
End Date: 02/15/2017
Project Description: Check over , box up and store all gear.
Future gear sale Survey - 02/14/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 02/14/2017
End Date: 02/14/2017
Project Description: evaluate , price and label all gear
Future gear sale Survey - 02/13/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 02/13/2017
End Date: 02/13/2017
Project Description: Finish cleaning and sort all gear.
Future gear sale Survey - 01/26/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 01/26/2017
End Date: 01/19/2017
Project Description:    Wash and clean all packs.
Future gear sale Survey - 01/25/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 01/25/2017
End Date: 01/25/2017
Project Description:  Continue repairs on all used gear
prepare for Gear sale Survey - 01/24/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:prepare for Gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 01/24/2017
End Date: 01/24/2017
Project Description:Begin repairing packs and gear.
Future gear sale Survey - 01/23/2017 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 01/23/2017
End Date: 01/23/2017
Project Description:  Finish unpacking shipment and do a inventory.
Annual Gear Sale for LPFA Survey - 01/18/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Annual Gear Sale for LPFA
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 01/18/2016
End Date: 01/18/2017
Project Description:Receive shipment from GG. Set up garage for work on gear. Unpack
Santa Barbara Canyon and Rancho Nuevo Road Recon Survey - 02/25/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Barbara Canyon and Rancho Nuevo Road Recon
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Santa Barbara Canyon Road
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association, Mt Pinos Ranger District Volunteers
Start Date: 02/25/2017
End Date: 02/25/2017
Project Description:4 person volunteer crew to assess the road conditions along Santa Barbara Canyon Rd (aka Buckhorn Rd) as well as Rancho Nuevo Rd.  The SB Cyn Road was impassable about 1mile above the locked gate at the Reyes Ranch.  The crossing of the Cuyama at Rancho Nuevo was impassable.  
Rattlesnake Trail Chain Saw Project: February 19 Survey - 02/19/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Rattlesnake Trail Chain Saw Project: February 19
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:Rattlesnake Canyon Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/19/2017
End Date: 02/19/2017
Project Description:Cleared approximately 10 trees along the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail between Gibraltar Rd and Tin Can Meadow.  Used chain saws.
Forbush Tree Planting Survey - 02/05/2017 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Tree Planting
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs Trail,Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/05/2017
End Date: 02/05/2017
Project Description:Rik and I hiked down to Forbush camp from Cold Springs Trailhead on East Camino Cielo Rd. We planted 3 more western cedar trees to replace the 3 downed pines. We also cleaned up trash and raked the leaves from the fire pits. Lots of water in the creek
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Archaeological Trail Survey Survey - 01/31/2017 - by Jim Blakley
Project Name:Archaeological Trail Survey
Project Leader:Jim Blakley
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:1.2 survey, 6 patrol
Patrolled Areas:Sulphur Creek Trail, Catway
Organization:LPF
Start Date: 01/31/2017
End Date: 01/31/2017
Project Description:Fieldwork completed for upper 1.2 miles of Sulphur Spring Trail. Remainder will require another outing.
Santa Cruz Trail and Alexander Peak Trail Survey Survey - 11/19/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Cruz Trail and Alexander Peak Trail Survey
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:19 Oaks, Santa Cruz Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/19/2016
End Date: 11/19/2016
Project Description:Scouted the Alexander Peak Trail and Santa Cruz Trail from Little Pine down for the SBRD.

http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=e49daf6fb14e4364b5906af54fc8ebd7
Lower Manzana Trail Project 3 of 3 Survey - 01/13/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Lower Manzana Trail Project 3 of 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6 miles worked/6 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/13/2017
End Date: 01/16/2017
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Lower Manzana Trail Project 2 of 3 Survey - 01/13/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Lower Manzana Trail Project 2 of 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6 miles worked/6 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/13/2017
End Date: 01/16/2017
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Lower Manzana Trail Project 1 of 3 Survey - 01/13/2017 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Lower Manzana Trail Project 1 of 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6 miles worked/6 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/13/2017
End Date: 01/16/2017
Project Description:Perform all trail work needed on Lower Manzana trail from lower trail head to the Davis road past horseshoe bend. 
Rancho Nuevo Trail (Cont) Survey - 12/17/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Rancho Nuevo Trail (Cont)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5 miles worked/5 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:
Start Date: 12/17/2016
End Date: 12/19/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Rancho Nuevo Trail Survey - 12/17/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Rancho Nuevo Trail
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5 miles worked/5 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:
Start Date: 12/17/2016
End Date: 12/19/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Mission Pine Working Vacation 1 of 3 Survey - 10/21/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Mission Pine Working Vacation 1 of 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5.5 miles worked, 17 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/21/2016
End Date: 11/01/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Mission Pine working vacation 3 of 3 Survey - 10/21/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Mission Pine working vacation 3 of 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5.5 miles worked, 17 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/21/2016
End Date: 11/01/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Mission Pine working vacation 2 of 3 Survey - 10/21/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Mission Pine working vacation 2 of 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5,5 miles worked/17 miles patrolled
Patrolled Areas:See previous report
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/21/2016
End Date: 11/01/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
LPFA - VWA Little Falls Big Falls Trail Cleanup Survey - 11/05/2016 - by Kathleen Phelps
Project Name:LPFA - VWA Little Falls Big Falls Trail Cleanup
Project Leader:Kathleen Phelps
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Big Falls Trail, Little Falls Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/05/2016
End Date: 11/05/2016
Project Description:Partnership project with LPFA and VWA to clean and maintain Little Falls and Big Falls Trail in SLRD (SLO County).  Project led by Kathleen Phelps.
Manzana Trail Lower Scouting Survey - 01/08/2017 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Manzana Trail Lower Scouting
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Trail, Potrero Camp, Coldwater Camp, NIRA
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 01/08/2017
End Date: 01/08/2017
Project Description:Scouted the Manzana Trail from NIRA to Coldwater in advance of an upcoming LPFA trail project.
LPFA Compound Roofing Survey - 01/06/2017 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:LPFA Compound Roofing
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:80
Patrolled Areas:LPFA Compound Roofing
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/06/2017
End Date: 01/06/2017
Project Description:Worked 12 hours replacing LPFA compound cabin roof.
New Year's SouthFork Cabin Survey - 12/28/2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:New Year's SouthFork Cabin
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Trail,Lost Valley,Ray's,Manzana, Narrows,
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/28/2016
End Date: 01/02/2017
Project Description:Wilderness Patrol of Manzana Trail from Nira Camp to SouthFork Station.  Removed/cut 10 downed trees blocking trail. All campsites in good condition. Packed out trash from Narrows. Water flowing at Ray's, Manzana, Narrows, Alcove, White Ledge and Lonnie Davis Camps. Saw no other backpackers on trail.
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Rancho Nuevo Trail (Cont) Survey - 12/17/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Rancho Nuevo Trail (Cont)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5 miles of trail worked
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:
Start Date: 12/17/2016
End Date: 12/19/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Rancho Nuevo Trail Survey - 12/17/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Rancho Nuevo Trail
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5 miles or trail worked
Patrolled Areas:Worked the last 1.5 miles of trail to Upper Rancho
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/17/2016
End Date: 12/19/2016
Project Description:LPFA Volunteer trail crew finished the last 1.5 miles of trail work needed to Upper Rancho Nuevo camp. ACE and SCA trailcrews worked the trail previously to that point.  
Mission Pine Trail Working Vacation, Oct 2016 (Cont) Survey - 10/21/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Mission Pine Trail Working Vacation, Oct 2016 (Cont)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5.5 miles trail worked
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:
Start Date: 10/21/2016
End Date: 11/01/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Mission Pine Trail Working Vacation, Oct 2016 Survey - 10/21/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Mission Pine Trail Working Vacation, Oct 2016
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5.5 miles worked
Patrolled Areas:5.5 miles of Mission pine trail worked. 17 miles o
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/21/2016
End Date: 11/01/2016
Project Description:10 Day working vacation at Mission pine basin to work on the mission pine trail and santa cruz trails.
Backcountry patrol Survey - 01/15/2016 - by Bard Salcido
Project Name:Backcountry patrol
Project Leader:Bard Salcido
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Lower Manzana - Portrero - Hurricane Deck - Lost V
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/15/2016
End Date: 01/18/2016
Project Description:December backcountry patrol, NO FLOWING WATER IN MANZANA

Trails in good shape, nice carpet of green and flowers to step over on trail.  Thistles lining trail

Thanks for work on Lost Valley trail




Upper Baron Trail Recon Survey - 12/09/2016 - by Curt K Cragg
Project Name:Upper Baron Trail Recon
Project Leader:Curt K Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:5 miles
Patrolled Areas:Baron Ranch, Gaviota Peak, West Camino Cielo
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 12/09/2016
End Date: 12/09/2016
Project Description:Survey Upper Baron Ranch Trail to determine status of regrowth following trail cut in Spring 2016.  Assess need for additional tread work and clearing.
Forbush Camp Hazzard Survey - 12/06/2016 - by John Franklin
Project Name:Forbush Camp Hazzard
Project Leader:John Franklin
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:Forbush Camp hazard tree
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 12/06/2016
End Date: 12/06/2016
Project Description:    Meet at Cold Springs TH..Camino Cielo .   Hike to Forbush Camp site .   Set up rigging with grip hoist.
   Fell suspended tree and clean up campsite. Remove all tape and signs and open camp . Return home. 
New signage & trail report Survey - 12/02/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:New signage & trail report
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:3 miles
Patrolled Areas:top section of east Cold springs trail from Camino
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 12/02/2016
End Date: 12/02/2016
Project Description:    Install new campfire sign restrictions ( 2 ) at Cold Springs TH..Camino Cielo . Hike top section of East Fork trail.......good  condition & recently "tuned up".
LPFA VWR Cabin Working Weekend - Page 2 Survey - 12/02/2016 - by Curt K Cragg
Project Name:LPFA VWR Cabin Working Weekend - Page 2
Project Leader:Curt K Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:LPFA VWR Cabin Paradise Road
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 12/02/2016
End Date: 12/04/2016
Project Description:

VWR Cabin Work Party Weekend

Friday, December 2nd or Saturday, December 3rd at 8AM or whenever you can get there through Sunday, December 4, 2016 until around 4:00 PM or when we are done.

Barbecue Dinner and Beer on Saturday night.  Free camping at the cabin.  Bring your tent, adventure vehicle or small RV (Sorry, no room for motor homes or large trailers).


VWR Cabin

Greetings Volunteer Wilderness Rangers and friends of LPFA,

We are looking for volunteers to join us for a weekend work party at the VWR cabin on Paradise Road.  We recently had new counters installed in the kitchen and have a little work to complete inside.  The main objectives of this project will be painting the kitchen cabinets, repairing the exterior siding on the house and garage, and prepping the exterior for paint.  We are hoping to get it painted by the end of the weekend as well.  There is also some exterior grounds clean up, some garage organization, and cleaning out the interior of the old laundry room.  If you can come Friday, join us.  Otherwise come Saturday and Sunday.


We need both skilled and unskilled volunteers.  If you have trade or skilled experience with any of the following it will be extremely helpful, so please let me know what you can do and what tools that you own (airless paint sprayer, concrete finish tools, etc.)?

Paint prep--siding repairs, sealing, caulking, masking.

Painting- -Kitchen cabinets can be sprayed or hand painted by a skilled painter

     Exterior painting and trim will be painted with airless

Concrete Finishing--Need to replace a small section of sidewalk that was cut out for plumbing repairs.  Also need to fill some holes in the foundation to keep rodents out.

Plumbing--New water heater install. New bath vanity, counter and sink install.

Finish Carpentry--Siding and exterior trim repairs.  Base or ¼ round installation in kitchen and bathroom.  Various exterior projects replacing rotted rafter tails and trim as needed for paint.


We will reward all volunteers with a tri tip barbecue dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast burritos on Sunday morning, so please RSVP so that we have an accurate count.

RSVP to Curt Cragg at 805-260-8233 or sbhikers@gmail.com


Directions:  The cabin is located directly across from the Sage Hill Group Camp area off of Paradise Road.  Take Paradise Road to the ranger station and turn left. It will be on your left as you come to the bottom of the road.   

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/wE4C9YBymTQ2



LPFA VWR Cabin Working Weekend Survey - 12/02/2016 - by Curt K Cragg
Project Name:LPFA VWR Cabin Working Weekend
Project Leader:Curt K Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:LPFA VWR Cabin Paradise Road
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 12/02/2016
End Date: 12/04/2016
Project Description:

VWR Cabin Work Party Weekend

Friday, December 2nd or Saturday, December 3rd at 8AM or whenever you can get there through Sunday, December 4, 2016 until around 4:00 PM or when we are done.

Barbecue Dinner and Beer on Saturday night.  Free camping at the cabin.  Bring your tent, adventure vehicle or small RV (Sorry, no room for motor homes or large trailers).


VWR Cabin

Greetings Volunteer Wilderness Rangers and friends of LPFA,

We are looking for volunteers to join us for a weekend work party at the VWR cabin on Paradise Road.  We recently had new counters installed in the kitchen and have a little work to complete inside.  The main objectives of this project will be painting the kitchen cabinets, repairing the exterior siding on the house and garage, and prepping the exterior for paint.  We are hoping to get it painted by the end of the weekend as well.  There is also some exterior grounds clean up, some garage organization, and cleaning out the interior of the old laundry room.  If you can come Friday, join us.  Otherwise come Saturday and Sunday.


We need both skilled and unskilled volunteers.  If you have trade or skilled experience with any of the following it will be extremely helpful, so please let me know what you can do and what tools that you own (airless paint sprayer, concrete finish tools, etc.)?

Paint prep--siding repairs, sealing, caulking, masking.

Painting- -Kitchen cabinets can be sprayed or hand painted by a skilled painter

     Exterior painting and trim will be painted with airless

Concrete Finishing--Need to replace a small section of sidewalk that was cut out for plumbing repairs.  Also need to fill some holes in the foundation to keep rodents out.

Plumbing--New water heater install. New bath vanity, counter and sink install.

Finish Carpentry--Siding and exterior trim repairs.  Base or ¼ round installation in kitchen and bathroom.  Various exterior projects replacing rotted rafter tails and trim as needed for paint.


We will reward all volunteers with a tri tip barbecue dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast burritos on Sunday morning, so please RSVP so that we have an accurate count.

RSVP to Curt Cragg at 805-260-8233 or sbhikers@gmail.com


Directions:  The cabin is located directly across from the Sage Hill Group Camp area off of Paradise Road.  Take Paradise Road to the ranger station and turn left. It will be on your left as you come to the bottom of the road.   

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/wE4C9YBymTQ2



Temporary shut down of Forbush camp Survey - 12/02/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Temporary shut down of Forbush camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:install signs at TH and campsites, tape off and sh
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 12/02/2016
End Date: 12/02/2016
Project Description:  Drive to Cold Springs TH at Camino Cielo. Install  closure sign at TH. Hike to Forbush Camp . Install ribbon around hazzard tree area. Install signs at both camps indicating temporary closure. Return home.
Hazard tree clearing at Forbush Camp Survey - 12/01/2016 - by Mickey Mctigue
Project Name:Hazard tree clearing at Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Mickey Mctigue
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:Forbush Camp hazard trees
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 12/01/2016
End Date: 12/01/2016
Project Description:    From Cold springs TH at Camino Cielo ...to Forbush Camp.  Work on  3 hazard trees at 2nd campsite.
Future gear sale Survey - 11/28/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Future gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0miles
Patrolled Areas:work at home on gear for future sale
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 11/28/2016
End Date: 12/29/2015
Project Description:    After receiving new shipment of gear from GG.....sort   and begin cleaning and repairing.
Manzana Trail Sawyer Project Survey - 11/27/2016 - by Curt K Cragg
Project Name:Manzana Trail Sawyer Project
Project Leader:Curt K Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5.5 miles
Patrolled Areas:NIRA, Potrero Camp, Coldwater Camp, Horseshoe Bend
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/27/2016
End Date: 11/27/2016
Project Description:

PROJECT PLAN

Manzana Trail One Day Sawyer Project

Dates:  Sunday, November 27, 2016 8:00 AM at NIRA Trailhead parking area


Project Objectives:  Clear 10-12 fallen trees on Manzana trail from Potrero Camp to just past Horseshoe Bend.  There are several tree falls including one large oak that are blocking the trail and need to be cut.
Big Cone Spruce Sawyer Project Survey - 11/18/2016 - by Curt K Cragg
Project Name:Big Cone Spruce Sawyer Project
Project Leader:Curt K Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4 miles
Patrolled Areas:Big Cone Spruce, Big Cone Spruce Camp, McKinley Ro
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/18/2016
End Date: 11/19/2016
Project Description:

Big Cone Spruce Sawyer Project and Weekend Working Vacation

Dates: Friday, November 18, 2016 - Sunday, November 20, 2016


Project Objectives:  Clear brush encroaching into trail to Big Cone Camp.  Clear numerous tree falls on Big Cone Spruce Trail from Camp to Manzana trail junction.  Clean up campsites (fallen trees and branches).  Reinstall Big Cone Camp sign.  


Updated Photos here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6fd4q1k4nebcol4/AABbG8hCsWUzmLcQwEsy2Ms5a?dl=0


Sespe Trail Survey Survey - 11/12/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Sespe Trail Survey
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:5
Patrolled Areas:Sespe, Bear
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/12/2016
End Date: 11/12/2016
Project Description:Surveyed the trail from Piedra Blanca trail head to Bear camp.

Multiple campers at bear and many more hiking in.

The parking lot was full when we left.

good water at Bear.  But the big pools are not looking good.
Matilija Survey Survey - 11/11/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Matilija Survey
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Matilija, Middle Matilija
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/11/2016
End Date: 11/11/2016
Project Description:Surveyed the trail up to Middle Matilija.  Water is good.  Only 1 tree down across the trail.  Silky Size
Images:
trail patrol - equine Survey - 11/11/2016 - by Susie Thielmann
Project Name:trail patrol - equine
Project Leader:Susie Thielmann
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:5mi
Patrolled Areas:USFS pasture on Paradise Road over Aliso Loop trai
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/11/2016
End Date: 11/11/2016
Project Description:

Goal: to exercise the stock, maintain stock familiarity and ability to work together, patrol and clear obstructions from the aliso Trail Loop.

Description: 0900 - 1400

Took my 2 horses and the USFS Mule (Mocha) and patrolled the trail as described.

We cleared one tree that completely obstructed the trail.

The Loop is in great shape.

Susie

LPFA First Aid, CPR & BBP Class Survey - 11/13/2016 - by Susie Thielmann
Project Name:LPFA First Aid, CPR & BBP Class
Project Leader:Susie Thielmann
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/13/2016
End Date: 11/13/2016
Project Description:Teaching First Aid, CPR and BBP to 9 VWR volunteers.
Manzana Trail from NIRA to Manzana School Survey - 11/05/2016 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Manzana Trail from NIRA to Manzana School
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:9 miles
Patrolled Areas:Potrero Camp, Coldwater Camp, Horseshoe Bend, Dabn
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/05/2016
End Date: 11/06/2016
Project Description:NIRA parking area to Manzana Schoolhouse Trip and Trail Survey
Some significant tree falls across the Manzana Trail from just west of Potrero Camp to about 1/2 mile past Horseshoe Bend (before the single track turns into the dirt road on Davis property).

There is some standing, but clear water at Coldwater Camp, some good clear pools of water near Dabney Cabin with some flow.
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 11/01/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:4miles
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail..Camino Cielo to Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 11/01/2016
End Date: 11/01/2016
Project Description:Drive to TH at Camino Cielo. Hike to Forbush Camp and back.  Tread is good...trail narrows at slide area near TH . Could use minor brushing .
      Campsites in good order. Second camp needs removal of hazard trees. No water
Picnic Table Survey - 10/25/2014 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Picnic Table
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:home garage
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 10/25/2014
End Date: 10/27/2016
Project Description:Pick up "retired " table parts from Los Prietos , clean and straighten , recover and clean all hardware. Get
wood top and seats from storage . construct , mark , and package table for mule transport , and deliver to
Bryan Conant.
Buckhorn Road Survey Survey - 10/22/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Buckhorn Road Survey
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Bluff
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/22/2016
End Date: 10/22/2016
Project Description:Surveyed Buckhorn Rd from Upper Oso out to SB canyon.

From Upper Oso about 1.5 miles there are slide and for the next .5 miles with some rain there will be more damage to the road.

After the Chalk Bluff out to Alamar saddle there are no issues for trucks. 

Up to Madulce there are some rock that need prybar work to move so trucks can pass.

From Madulce to SB canyon road is clear.


Images:
Santa Barbara Canyon & Rancho Nuevo Kiosk Installation Survey - 10/18/2016 - by Robert Gilcrest
Project Name:Santa Barbara Canyon & Rancho Nuevo Kiosk Installation
Project Leader:Robert Gilcrest
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 10/18/2016
End Date: 11/21/15
Project Description:Installation of the SB Canyon Kiosk and Rancho Nuevo Kiosk.
McPherson Peak Kiosk Installaion Survey - 10/24/2015 - by Robert Gilcrest
Project Name:McPherson Peak Kiosk Installaion
Project Leader:Robert Gilcrest
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:180
Patrolled Areas:Sierra Madre Road
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 10/24/2015
End Date: 10/25/2015
Project Description:Installation of the new kiosk at McPherson Peak Gate and then half installation of moving the old kiosk to the top of the Aliso Trail.
Mission Pine Spring Water Scouting Survey - 09/17/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Mission Pine Spring Water Scouting
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Mission Pine Spring Camp, McKinley Spring Camp, Mc
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/17/2016
End Date: 9/17/2016
Project Description:Scouted Mission Pine Spring to see if there was water there.
Mission Pine Trail Scouting and Tree Removal, McKinley Spring Water Stash Survey - 10/07/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Mission Pine Trail Scouting and Tree Removal, McKinley Spring Water Stash
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:18
Patrolled Areas:Mission Pine Basin Camp, Mission Pine Spring Camp,
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 10/07/2016
End Date: 10/09/2016
Project Description:Scouted the trail from McKinley to Mission Pine Basin to ensure that the trail was stock passable.  Removed 5 trees from the trail corridor. Stashed 160 gallons of water at McKinley Spring Camp.  Scouted the road up to McKinley.
Scouting Lion Canyon Trail for NPLD Survey - 09/20/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Scouting Lion Canyon Trail for NPLD
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Lion Canyon Trail, Middle Lion Camp, East Fork Lio
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/20/2016
End Date: 9/20/2016
Project Description:Scouted the Lion Canyon Trail in advance of the NPLD project along that trail.

Pictures here:
https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=245a4bd1fe69454ca730e16b385ea721
Franklin Trail National Trails Day PART 2 Survey - 6/2/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Franklin Trail National Trails Day PART 2
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:Franklin Trail, Alder Creek Camp, Middle Santa Yne
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 6/2/2016
End Date: 6/4/2016
Project Description:National Trails Day 2016
Worked up from Jameson Lake along the Franklin Trail 1 mile up to Alder Creek Camp
Franklin Trail National Trails Day PART 1 Survey - 06/03/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Franklin Trail National Trails Day PART 1
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:Franklin Trail, Alder Creek Camp, Middle Santa Yne
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 06/03/2016
End Date: 06/05/2016
Project Description:National Trails Day 2016
Worked up from Jameson Lake along the Franklin Trail 1 mile up to Alder Creek Camp
Curt Cragg Contributions Survey - 10/1/2015 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Curt Cragg Contributions
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:NA
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 10/1/2015
End Date: 9/30/2016
Project Description:General projects and support provided by Curt Cragg in 2015-16.  Includes board meetings, trainings, Backpacking Fundamentals, etc.....
Santa Barbara Canyon Brush and Clearing Project 2 of 2 Survey - 02/19/2016 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Santa Barbara Canyon Brush and Clearing Project 2 of 2
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:7 miles
Patrolled Areas:Santa Barbara Canyon to Madulce Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/19/2016
End Date: 02/21/2016
Project Description:See 1 of 2
Madulce Trail Maimtenance Survey - 08/12/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Madulce Trail Maimtenance
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3 miles worked
Patrolled Areas:3 miles of Madulce trail from buckhorn road to Mad
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/12/2016
End Date: 08/14/2016
Project Description:3 miles of Madulce trail from buckhorn road to Madulce Camp cleared of 20 fallen trees and brushed and tread worked as needed.  
Madulce Trail Maintenance Survey - 08/12/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Madulce Trail Maintenance
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3 miles
Patrolled Areas:3 miles of Madulce trail from buckhorn road to Mad
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/12/2016
End Date: 08/14/2016
Project Description:3 miles of Madulce trail from buckhorn road to Madulce Camp cleared of over 20 fallen trees. Heavily brushy areas brushed and tread work as needed.
Used gear sale Survey - 10/01/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Used gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:Tuckers Grove
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 10/01/2016
End Date: 10/01/2016
Project Description:Load up all gear, drive to Tuckers Grove , set up displays and enjoy the sale. Clean up site after sale.Package and load remaining gear. Drive back home.
prepare for Gear sale Survey - 09/02/2013 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:prepare for Gear sale
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:worked at home and traveled to pick up donations
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 09/02/2013
End Date: 09/21/2016
Project Description:Final preparation for gear sale. Finish cleaning, repairing , tagging and organizing gear.
Mark several trips to  pick up donations.
Lost Valley Working Vacation - Part 3 Survey - 4/8/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Lost Valley Working Vacation - Part 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Trail, Lost Valley Trail, Hurricane Deck T
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 4/8/2016
End Date: 4/17/2016
Project Description:LPFA Working Vacation working the Lost Valley Trail from Lost Valley up to the Hurricane Deck.
Lost Valley Working Vacation - Part 2 Survey - 4/8/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Lost Valley Working Vacation - Part 2
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Trail, Lost Valley Trail, Hurricane Deck T
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 4/8/2016
End Date: 4/17/2016
Project Description:LPFA Working Vacation working the Lost Valley Trail from Lost Valley up to the Hurricane Deck.
Lost Valley Working Vacation - Part 1 Survey - 04/08/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Lost Valley Working Vacation - Part 1
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Trail, Lost Valley Trail, Hurricane Deck T
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/08/2016
End Date: 04/17/2016
Project Description:LPFA Working Vacation working the Lost Valley Trail from Lost Valley up to the Hurricane Deck.
Forbush Camp Survey - 10/07/2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs Trailhead, Forbush Trail, Forbu
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/07/2016
End Date: 10/08/2016
Project Description:Hiked down from Forbush Trail head.  Confirmed that the correct fire restriction sign is in place at trailhead. 
Noted a down tree needs to be limbed near Bulkley Springs.  Campsites are in good order. No water in the Gidley Creek. There is a pile of bedding that needs to have stock carry out.  Tables need to be painted.
LPFA Used Camping Gear Sale Survey - 10/01/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:LPFA Used Camping Gear Sale
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:NA
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 10/01/2016
End Date: 10/01/2016
Project Description:LPFA Used Camping Gear fund raiser for Forest Trail Care.
National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail IV Survey - 09/23/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail IV
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Middle Lion Campground, East Fork Lion Camp, West
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/23/2016
End Date: 09/25/2016
Project Description:LPFA trail project as part of National Public Lands Day.  Worked the lower 3 miles of the trail.
National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail III Survey - 09/23/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail III
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Middle Lion Campground, East Fork Lion Camp, West
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/23/2016
End Date: 09/25/2016
Project Description:LPFA trail project as part of National Public Lands Day.  Worked the lower 3 miles of the trail.
National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail II Survey - 09/23/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail II
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Middle Lion Campground, East Fork Lion Camp, West
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/23/2016
End Date: 09/25/2016
Project Description:LPFA trail project as part of National Public Lands Day.  Worked the lower 3 miles of the trail.
National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 09/23/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:National Public Lands Day 2016: Lion Canyon Trail
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Middle Lion Campground, East Fork Lion Camp, West
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/23/2016
End Date: 09/25/2016
Project Description:LPFA trail project as part of National Public Lands Day.  Worked the lower 3 miles of the trail.
San Antonio Creek Trail Maintenance Part 2 Survey - 10/01/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:San Antonio Creek Trail Maintenance Part 2
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:San Antonio Creek
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/01/2016
End Date: 10/01/2016
Project Description:Continued Trail Work
San Antonio Creek Trail Maintenance Survey - 10/01/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:San Antonio Creek Trail Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:San Antonio Creek, Tuckers Grove
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/01/2016
End Date: 10/01/2016
Project Description:Trail Maintenance work with Troop 26.

Work started at the Via Chaparral Trail Head.

Brushing and cutting of over head limbs continued down to the Chaparral tunnel below the debris dam.
Images:
Manzana School House Drawings Survey - 06/07/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Manzana School House Drawings
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/07/2016
End Date: 06/16/2016
Project Description:Compiled photos and prepared initial floor plan of Manzana School House
Bluff Cabin Drawings Survey - 05/24/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Drawings
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/24/2016
End Date: 05/25/2016
Project Description:Additional drawings for Bluff Cabin and Barn
Santa Cruz Guard Station Drawings Survey - 11/18/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Santa Cruz Guard Station Drawings
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/18/2015
End Date: 11/18/2015
Project Description:Follow-up drawings for S Cruz cabin
Dabney Cabin Drawings Survey - 11/04/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Dabney Cabin Drawings
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/04/2015
End Date: 11/05/2015
Project Description:Refinement of cabin drawings
Dabney Cabin Material and Expense Estimates Survey - 10/27/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Dabney Cabin Material and Expense Estimates
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/27/2015
End Date: 10/29/2015
Project Description:Prepared a materials take-off list, shopped for material pricing, and compiled written estimate
VWR Cabin equipment transport Survey - 08/23/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:VWR Cabin equipment transport
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/23/2016
End Date: 08/23/2016
Project Description:Transported equipment to VWR Cabin Shed
Bluff Cabin and Water Tank Maintenance Survey - 08/05/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Bluff Cabin and Water Tank Maintenance
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:21
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/05/2016
End Date: 08/10/2016
Project Description:Cabin maintenance and fitted valve locks on water tank
Manzana Schoolhouse Survey Survey - 06/06/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Manzana Schoolhouse Survey
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Private Jeepway
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/06/2016
End Date: 06/06/2016
Project Description:Measured and photographed Manzana Schoolhouse
Bluff Cabin Maint. / ACE Crew escort to Alamar Saddle Survey - 05/19/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Maint. / ACE Crew escort to Alamar Saddle
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:29
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/19/2016
End Date: 05/22/2016
Project Description:Cabin Maintenance and escort ACE crew to Alamar Saddle
Bluff Cabin Maintenance Survey - 04/26/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Maintenance
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:21
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/26/2016
End Date: 04/29/2016
Project Description:Cabin Maintenance
Bluff Camp Survey and Unwrapping Survey - 09/03/2016 - by Susie Thielmann
Project Name:Bluff Camp Survey and Unwrapping
Project Leader:Susie Thielmann
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:25
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp, Alamar Camp, Buckhorn Road, Santa Barb
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/03/2016
End Date: 09/05/2016
Project Description:

Quick trip report:

Saturday 9/3/16 Rick and I drove to SB Canyon and up to Bluff camp. We must have passed 50 trucks and camps of hunters. Only one was camped on the other side of the locked gate. The road is in great shape. Choke Cherry is still essentially dry.

We had time to unwrap the Bluff cabin and the outhouse but had to leave the barn wrapped. We left Bryan C. a piece of wrap on the cabin so he could say he unwrapped it and it was too high to reach. Everything looked nice and in place.

 9/4/16 Saturday Otis trimmed Durango’s feet and we took a nice long ride to Upper Oso. Sunday I rode him a short way. He seemed kind of sore so we will shoe him on Friday.

9/5/16 I took my two horses up toward Nineteen Oaks Sunday morning. We couldn’t get too far on the single track trail due to slides so we dropped down into the creek. We actually made it a little farther up the creek but Montana was too fat to fit between two big boulders. He decided to hightail it back towards Upper Oso. Great Day, Susie

Annual Gear Sale for LPFA Survey - 08/01/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Annual Gear Sale for LPFA
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked: 0 miles
Patrolled Areas:worked at home
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 08/01/2016
End Date: 08/31/2016
Project Description:Obtain used , returned and last versions of backpacking gear . Clean sew and repair any gear that needs attention . Sort and tag all items .
Chokecherry Spring Plumbing Survey - 06/24/2016 - by Graham Goodfield
Project Name:Chokecherry Spring Plumbing
Project Leader:Graham Goodfield
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Camp, Chokecherry Spring, Bluff Camp, Buckh
Organization:Los Padres Outfitters
Start Date: 06/24/2016
End Date: 06/25/2016
Project Description:Project to check the Chokecherry Spring and fix the plumbing from the tomb down to the trough.  Also patrolled the Buckhorn Road from Santa Barbara Canyon to Upper Oso.
Images:
Alamar Trail National Trails Day 2016: Part 2 Survey - 04/29/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Alamar Trail National Trails Day 2016: Part 2
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2.4
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp, Alamar Trail, Double Bay Camp, Buckhor
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/29/2016
End Date: 05/01/2016
Project Description:3 day weekend trail project to work from Alamar Saddle down to Double Bay Camp at the bottom of the hill.  We brushed out the worst sections of trail, crosscut over 50 trees off the trail and started on tread work along the switchbacks at the bottom of the trail.

The work was to establish a trail in advance of the paid ACE Trail Crew moving in later in May.
Alamar Trail National Trails Day 2016: Part I Survey - 04/29/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Alamar Trail National Trails Day 2016: Part I
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2.4
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp, Alamar Trail, Double Bay Camp, Buckhor
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/29/2016
End Date: 05/01/2016
Project Description:3 day weekend trail project to work from Alamar Saddle down to Double Bay Camp at the bottom of the hill.  We brushed out the worst sections of trail, crosscut over 50 trees off the trail and started on tread work along the switchbacks at the bottom of the trail.

The work was to establish a trail in advance of the paid ACE Trail Crew moving in later in May.
Bluff Camp Maintenance Survey - 07/15/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Bluff Camp Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:9
Patrolled Areas:bluff, big pine, lower bear, middle bear, upper be
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 07/15/2016
End Date: 07/17/2016
Project Description:Dropped off new water heater at bluff
added fire restriction paperwork to bluff and alamar camps
surveyed big pine canyon and upper sisquoc trail
Santa Barbara 100 Endurance Race Aid Station Support Survey - 07/08/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Barbara 100 Endurance Race Aid Station Support
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:5
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Camuesa Connector Trail, Romero Cam
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 07/08/2016
End Date: 07/10/2016
Project Description:Aid Station support from July 8-10 at the Buckhorn Station for the Santa Barbara 100 Endurance Race.
“Big 4” Survey and Madulce Peak Trail Project - II Survey - 07/02/2016 - by Steve Cypher
Project Name:“Big 4” Survey and Madulce Peak Trail Project - II
Project Leader:Steve Cypher
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:9 miles
Patrolled Areas:Big Pine, West Big Pine, Madulce Peak, Samon Peak
Organization:LPFA, Sierra Club
Start Date: 07/02/2016
End Date: 07/04/2016
Project Description:See “Big 4” Survey and Madulce Peak Trail Project - I
“Big 4” Survey and Madulce Peak Trail Project - I Survey - 07/02/2016 - by Steve Cypher
Project Name:“Big 4” Survey and Madulce Peak Trail Project - I
Project Leader:Steve Cypher
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:9 miles
Patrolled Areas:Big Pine, West Big Pine, Madulce Peak, Samon Peak
Organization:LPFA, Sierra Club
Start Date: 07/02/2016
End Date: 07/04/2016
Project Description:

July 2, 2016 – Big Pine & West Big Pine Mountain Patrol

·      Met at Big Pine-Buckhorn Road gate in Santa Barbara Canyon.

·      After JHA, 17 people in 6 vehicles drove to Windy Gap.

·      Hiked to West Big Pine Mountain summit and lookout site – trail from Windy Gap is overgrown with two significant logs across.

·      Hiked to Big Pine Mountain summit – old road to top cannot be followed due to huge fallen trees and brush. Bushwhacking required.

·      Temperature warm, but cool breeze kept us comfortable.

·      Smoke from Pine Fire could be seen but not smelled. Many aircraft flying to fire all weekend.

·      Set up camp at Alamar Guard Station site – plenty of room for 9 tents & 6 vehicles, toilet much appreciated by group.

 

July 3, 2016 – Madulce Peak Trail Maintenance

·      After JHA, cleared brush, removed several small-medium logs, flagged & cairned route – all brush cut back, still many large logs to climb over.

·      Switchbacks below ridge indistinguishable and impossible to follow, but route is obvious.

·      One hiker completed the HPS list on Maducle and all celebrated.

·      Temperature warm with cool breeze, lots of shade on trail below ridge.

 

July 4, 2016 – Samon Peak Patrol

·      Broke camp and drove to wide spot in road ¼ mile below Chokecherry Spring.

·      Hiked a steep, winding route through brush to Samon Peak – route marked with many small rock cairns, but difficult to follow. Brush pervasive but not too thick.

·      Little shade on route – heat became oppressive.

·      Drove back to Santa Barbara Canyon – road is rough and narrow above Santa Barbara Potrero, but no problem for high clearance vehicles. No flat tires.

Images:
Forbush Camp Survey - 07/01/2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:East Camino Cielo Rd Trailhead, North Cold Springs
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 07/01/2016
End Date: 07/01/2016
Project Description:Rik and I hiked down to Forbush Camp from East Camino Trailhead.  The trail is in good condition.  It could us some level 1 brushing in sections. We cleared an illegal fire ring in the meadow by the upper campsite, and put the rocks into the fire pits of the two camps to indicate present fire restrictions.  I found an abandoned duffle bag with pillow and futon in the Gidley Creek. It will need to be hauled out by pack stock.

Images:
Bluff Cabin Survey Survey - 04/26/2016 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Survey
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:26
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Trail to West Big Pine.
Organization:
Start Date: 04/26/2016
End Date: 04/29/2016
Project Description:Survey cabin supplies, survey trail to West Big Pine, measure cabin.
Alder Creek Bay Laurel Tree Removal Survey - 06/09/2016 - by Bob Burtness
Project Name:Alder Creek Bay Laurel Tree Removal
Project Leader:Bob Burtness
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:N/A
Patrolled Areas:Alder Creek Trail
Organization:Volunteer Wilderness Rangers, USFS
Start Date: 06/09/2016
End Date: 06/09/2016
Project Description:     The mission of the day was to remove the section of a fallen 70 foot, 18 inch diameter trunk bay laurel tree lying across the Alder Creek Trail about a mile above the trailhead.

     Equipment included a five foot long crosscut felling saw, two hand saws, some wedges and a bottle of lubricant for the crosscut saw.

     We also had a Forest Service radio, first aid kit and suitable clothing (including hard hats) for the task.  A JHA was conducted prior to beginning the work.

     Four cuts were made:  one at the base of the tree across the creek (about f50 feet away), one on the upper side of the trail (beyond which were the upper 20 feet of the tree, plus two more cuts on the section blocking the trail.

     Two cuts were required due to the weight of the section across the trail.  The first of these cuts went smoothly, but due to a lack of maneuvering room, it was a challenge to roll a very heavy five foot section off the embankment into the creek.

     The second of these cuts was by far the most difficult.  Under bucking was not an option, and a top cut had to be made by single bucking only; the space for the second bucker was thin air about 15 feet above the creek.

     This operation was performed with the use of both the crosscut saw and the hand saws (Silky and a Corona).  Multiple kerfs resulted, thus adding to our time.  We were therefore exhausted and running out of time.  In the interest of safety, we though it best to stop at this point.

     Only about ten percent of this cut remains to be made.

     An attempt to include the photos with this report resulted in the disappearance of the report before I could send it.  Photos will be sent to Jasonn Beckstrand by separate e-mail.








Madulce Working Vacation II, May 2016 Survey - 05/20/2016 - by Steve Cypher
Project Name:Madulce Working Vacation II, May 2016
Project Leader:Steve Cypher
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5 worked / 12 patrolled
Patrolled Areas:Santa Barbara Canyon Trail, Madulce Camp, Madulce
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/20/2016
End Date: 05/30/2016
Project Description:See Madulce Working Vacation I
Madulce Working Vacation, May 2016 Survey - 05/20/2016 - by Steve Cypher
Project Name:Madulce Working Vacation, May 2016
Project Leader:Steve Cypher
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5 worked / 12 patrolled
Patrolled Areas:Santa Barbara Canyon Trail, Madulce Camp, Madulce
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/20/2016
End Date: 05/30/2016
Project Description: Friday, May 20

1.     6 volunteers hiked from Willow Flat to Madulce on Santa Barbara Canyon Trail.

2.     2 volunteers drove 4 mules & 2 horses packing supplies from Willow Flat to Madulce on Santa Barbara Canyon Trail.

3.     Santa Barbara Canon Trail clear until 2 miles below Madulce. Hikers started work clearing trail until after livestock had passed.

4.     Horses struggled to climb “Heartbreak Hill” – a mule had to lead them through the brush and into camp.

5.     Camp established at Madulce Station site.

a.     Adequate supply of clear water in creek.

b.     Site is being taken over by brushy vegetation – limited tent sites available due to cherry, ceonothus, rose, etc. growing everywhere.

Saturday, May 21

1.     5 volunteers worked to clear bottom of “Heartbreak Hill.”

a.     Able to clear brush on sides of rut and make minor repairs to tread.

                                               i.     Unable to re-establish existing trail to the side of the deeply rutted trail with hand tools.

                                             ii.     Authorization for use of chainsaws should be considered to establish a safe trail for hikers and stock.

                                            iii.     Re-routing the trail away from the steep, rutted route is recommended.

2.     Camp kitchen with tarp shelter erected beneath large cedars in camp.

3.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

4.     2 volunteers took mules & horses to Willow Flat and returned with more supplies.

Sunday, May 22

1.     5 volunteers continued work clearing “Heartbreak Hill.”

2.     1 volunteer took mules to Willow Flats and returned with more supplies.

3.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

Monday, May 23

1.     4 volunteers continued work clearing “Heartbreak Hill.”

a.     Trail cleared just enough to improve stock safety for expert horsemen.

b.     Trail remains very brushy for almost a mile at the bottom of the hill.

2.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

3.     1 volunteer began work to repair corral.

Tuesday, May 24

1.     3 volunteers worked on corral.

2.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

3.     2 volunteers reconn’ed Madulce Peak Trail.

a.     ~ 20 logs across Madulce Trail below intersection with Peak trail.

b.     ~ 35 logs across Madulce Peak Trail – several large and complex.

c.     Several brushy sections.

d.     Switchbacks to ridge difficult to identify – often lost beneath deadfall.

e.     Occasional flagging to identify trail.

Wednesday, May 25

1.     5 volunteers worked to clear Madulce Trail from camp.

2.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

3.     2 volunteers worked on corral.

Thursday, May 26

1.     4 volunteers worked to clear Madulce Trail.

2.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

3.     3 volunteers worked on corral.

Friday, May 27

1.     5 volunteers worked to clear Madulce Trail.

2.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

3.     3 volunteers worked on corral.

Saturday, May 28

1.     5 volunteers worked to clear Madulce Trail in the morning.

a.     Trail cleared from camp about 1.5 miles to just below pine forest.

2.     5 volunteers began work on Puerto Suelo Trail in afternoon.

3.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

4.     2 volunteers worked on corral.

5.     3 volunteers cleared hazard trees from corral area, and removed large log from Madulce Trail using crosscut saws.

6.     2 volunteers took mules & horses to Willow Flat and returned with more supplies.

Sunday, May 29

1.     8 volunteers worked to clear Puerto Suelo Trail

a.     Approx. ¾ mile cleared from camp.

b.     Stopped work in area of intense brush below Puerto Suelo saddle.

2.     1 volunteer prepared meals.

3.     5 volunteers worked on corral - corral completed and safe for several pack stock.

4.     1 volunteer took mules to Willow Flats to begin packing out supplies.

Monday, May 30

1.     Broke camp at Madulce – ensured area clean.

2.     10 volunteers hiked Santa Barbara Canyon Trail to Willow Flat.

3.     4 volunteers drove 5 mules & 4 horses to Willow Flat.

Loma Pelonas to Pens Camp Indian creek trail p Survey - 05/28/2016 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Loma Pelonas to Pens Camp Indian creek trail p
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:1.2
Patrolled Areas:Lomas down to valley floor to Pens Camp Indian Cre
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/28/2016
End Date: 05/30/2016
Project Description:Worked the Lomas to Pens Camp trail brushing top section.  Barely any water at Pens Camp Indian Creek.
Thru hike...Santa Barbara Canton to Nira Survey - 05/24/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Thru hike...Santa Barbara Canton to Nira
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:40
Patrolled Areas:SB canyon , Madulce,Alamar Saddle,Sisquoc River ,W
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 05/24/2016
End Date: 05/30/2016
Project Description:Work Madulce trail with group . Recon trail to South Fork , Upkeep on South Fork Cabin , Hike out to Nira.
Loma Pelonas to Pens Camp Indian Creek trail project - LPFA Survey - 05/28/2016 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Loma Pelonas to Pens Camp Indian Creek trail project - LPFA
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:1.2
Patrolled Areas:Pens Camp Indian Creek -Lomas trail connector to P
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/28/2016
End Date: 05/30/2016
Project Description:Worked from Lomas down to the valley floor towards Pens Camp.  There are still a couple sections of trail that need brushing and some roots that need to be grubbed and removed.  Pens Camp barely had any water.
Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day Survey - 05/21/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:None
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/21/2016
End Date: 05/21/2016
Project Description:Volunteer work at the LPFA and Forest Service booth at Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day.
Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp Survey - 05/14/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Bi-monthly recon to Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:3.5
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail..Camino Cielo to Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 05/14/2016
End Date: 05/14/2016
Project Description:Hike to Forbush camp from Camino Cielo . Trail and tread in good condition . Some light brushing could
  be helpful. The campsites were empty as is not the usual state for a weekend . Generally free of debris
  and clean except for a newly chopped up sapling in the 2nd camp. A small pool of clear water remains
  in the creek by the 2nd campsite .
Buckhorn Road Survey Survey - 05/12/2016 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Buckhorn Road Survey
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:8
Patrolled Areas:Bluff, Buckhorn, Chokecherry Spring
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/12/2016
End Date: 05/15/2016
Project Description:Worked on Buckhorn Trail with Chris Orr

Drove out to Chokecherry and moved tons of rocks.

The road all the way to the turn before chokecherry is manageable.

There are multiple small slides from Madulce to Chokecherry.

The turns before and after chokecherry have rock slides that need the dozer to move the rocks out of the road.

The culvert that allows water to flow under the road is completely blocked by dirt and huge rocks
Images:
Lost Valley patrol Survey - 04/01/2016 - by Bard Salcido
Project Name:Lost Valley patrol
Project Leader:Bard Salcido
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Nira, Lost Valley,Twin Oaks, Hurricane Deck
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/01/2016
End Date: 05/02/2016
Project Description:Patrolled from NIRA up Lost Valley trail to the Hurricane Deck.

Water at NIRA

Water in Lost Valley trail designated to small trickle where creek rose to surface, barely pumpable.  Would NOT rely on pumping in Lost Valley drainage.

Thank you to Equestrians who cleared trail.  Recent log cuts.  Water in plastic jugs at Twin Oaks camp (in case of emergency)

Starting to ge hot on exposed Lost Valley trail.
Mono-Alamar Trail CCC Insertion #2 Survey - 04/25/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Mono-Alamar Trail CCC Insertion #2
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Mono-Alamar Trail, Pie Canyon Jeepway
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/25/2016
End Date: 04/28/2016
Project Description:Support CCC project along Mono-Alamar Trail above Ogilvy Ranch.  Mule pack support and CCC assistance.
Mono-Alamar Trail CCC Extraction Survey - 05/02/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Mono-Alamar Trail CCC Extraction
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:25
Patrolled Areas:Mono-Alamar Trail, Alamar Trail, Poplar Trail, Upp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/02/2016
End Date: 05/05/2016
Project Description:CCC support for extraction from Mono Spike Camp.  Included mule stock support.
Forbush Overnight Survey - 04/30/2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Overnight
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs Trail, Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/30/2016
End Date: 05/01/2016
Project Description:Rik and I hiked to Forbush Camp from Cold Springs Saddle.  The trail is in great condition.  No ticks.
There is some water flowing and some pools with clean water in the creek below the lower campsite.  Both campsites were in great condition.

 
Santa Cruz Guard Station Survey - 04/21/2016 - by Susie Thielmann
Project Name:Santa Cruz Guard Station
Project Leader:Susie Thielmann
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:14
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/21/2016
End Date: 04/22/2016
Project Description:Purpose/accomplished

1. Deliver supplies: chairs, paint, water, kitchen supplies
2. Drive and check road. No problems, no large ruts (except ruts on side road into Happy Hollow)
3. Check water in Santa Cruz Creek: flowing across the road and at the trail. The flow is not very deep but
     better than last year at this time. I don’t think there will be enough water for stock this summer.
4. Pasture: good for stock now
5. Checked fencing: good cross fencing up Black Canyon. Gates intact.
6. Maintenance:
  a. Raked leaves away from SCGS
  b. Painted over exposed wood damaged by bears (SCGS and out house)
  c. Took out trash and outdated food, cleaned
  d. Worked a little on the windows - caulking
  e. Cobwebbed
  f. There are two spare/full propane canisters inside for the stove.
7. Communication check:
  a. Able to use the smaller radio to check in and out with dispatch.
  b. Able to communicate via DeLorme Inreach (email)
8. Trail patrol: Hiked from SCGS to Happy Hollow
  a. Raked leaves away from SCGS
  b. Painted over exposed wood damaged by bears (SCGS and out house)
  c. Took out trash and outdated food, cleaned
  d. Worked a little on the windows - caulking
  e. Cobwebbed
  f. There are two spare/full propane canisters inside for the stove.
  a. Able to use the smaller radio to check in and out with dispatch.
  b. Able to communicate via DeLorme Inreach (email)
  a. There are 4 sections on the ’40 mile wall’ that need stabilization (ie cribbing). Tread generally
       good. One overhead limb needs to be removed. I removed several.
  b. Good for stock now (I didn’t go down the front side)
  c. Wildflower show

Needs: Coleman fuel for lantern, replacement globe, hinges on the propane box need repair (Elmers glue and 20 X 1 inch screws), rats have been eating the porch rafters – needs screening, need small mesh screen for the
outhouse, need brown paint 1 gallon, need grey paint for floor and white non glossy paint for cupboards, WD 40,
Mono-Alamar Trail CCC Insertion Survey - 04/19/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Mono-Alamar Trail CCC Insertion
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Pie Canyon Jeepway, Mono-Alamar Trail, P-Bar, Midd
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/19/2016
End Date: 04/20/2016
Project Description:Project to pack the CCC into their spike camp above Ogilvy Ranch.  Project included meeting the CCC at P-Bar Camp and escorting them over Pie Canyon out to Ogilvy Ranch.  Then meeting a stock packing crew at Ogilvy and packing the CCC up 2miles to their spike camp.


LPFA Earth Day Booth - Santa Barbara Survey - 04/16/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:LPFA Earth Day Booth - Santa Barbara
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:NA
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/16/2016
End Date: 04/17/2016
Project Description:Worked the LPFA booth at Earth Day.  Talking trails, recruiting volunteers, relaying the forest stoke.
Forbush Camp Survey - 04/09/2016 - by Paul
Project Name:Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs Trail, Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/09/2016
End Date: 04/10/2016
Project Description:Rik and I hike from East Camino Cielo/Cold Springs Trailhead to Forbush.  We stayed in the upper campsite.  We raked the area around the fire ring.  We cleaned out the ashes in the fire pit.  We met up with two backpackers from the LPFA Backpacking class and educated them on the area.
Madulce Camp and Trail Survey Survey - 04/01/2016 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Madulce Camp and Trail Survey
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:22
Patrolled Areas:Willow Flat Camp,Madulce Trail, Madulce Camp, Madu
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/01/2016
End Date: 04/03/2016
Project Description:Hiked from Willow Flat Campground (Madulce Trailhead) to Madulce Camp on 4/1. Removed a few downed trees. Good water around mile 4 to base of Heartbreak Hill.  Good water at camp.  

Hiked up to Madulce Peak and recorded the downed trees.   Trail needs to be established near peak and tread restored.
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Lomas to Pens Camp trail brushing Survey - 04/01/2016 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Lomas to Pens Camp trail brushing
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.3
Patrolled Areas:Lomas Pelona Pie Canyon jeepway to Pens Camp Indi
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/01/2016
End Date: 04/03/2016
Project Description:7 LPFA volunteers brushed 85% of the trail from the Lomas on the pie canyon jeep way down to Pens Camp.  The top portion of the trail leaving Lomas still needs some light tread work and brushing.  We flagged the trail thoroughly.  Worked at Pens Camp cleaning and clearing brush around campsite.  The trail into and out of Pens Camp is greatly improved upon.  There was plenty of water flowing at Pens Camp on Indian Creek.  We encountered 2 rattlesnakes on the mid day hike up from Pens to the Lomas on the trail, be careful folks!!!!!
Lomas to Pens Camp trail project Survey - 04/01/2016 - by Richard Humphrey
Project Name:Lomas to Pens Camp trail project
Project Leader:Richard Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:Lomas Pelonas to Pens Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/01/2016
End Date: 04/03/2016
Project Description:Spike camped with 7 LPFA volunteers at the Lomas on Pie Canyon jeep way.  Worked down to Pens Camp on Indian Creek.  Brushed and flagged the 1.2 mile trail.  There still remains a couple small sections that need to be brushed.  There were 2 trees that need to cleared from the trial if pack horses are trying to get through. The first section coming down from the lomas could use some light tread work as well.
Lower Sisquoc Loop Trail Patrol & Recon, March 22-24, 2016 Survey - 03/22/2016 - by Steve Cypher
Project Name:Lower Sisquoc Loop Trail Patrol & Recon, March 22-24, 2016
Project Leader:Steve Cypher
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:43
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Creek Trail, Sisquoc River Trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/22/2016
End Date: 03/24/2016
Project Description:

Lower Sisquoc Loop Trail Patrol & Recon, March 22-24, 2016

 

1.     VWRs Steve Cypher & John Franklin in service at Lower Manzana Creek Trailhead near NIRA Campground, Tuesday morning, March 22, 2016.

a.     Hiked downstream to Manzana Schoolhouse.

                                               i.     Three other cars at trailhead.

                                             ii.     Trail in generally good shape & easy to follow.

                                            iii.     Creek running strong the whole way. Several creek crossings over-the-boot deep.

                                            iv.     A large tree fallen across the creek & trail from the south bank at Potrero Camp. This happened since I last visited 2/27.

                                              v.     Two more large trees down across the trail between Potrero & Coldwater Camps.

                                            vi.     Camps all clean & in good shape. A small group staying at Coldwater and a bigger group at Horseshoe Bend.

                                           vii.     Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Conditions:

1.     Water flowing in Manzana Creek and Sisquoc River

2.     Lots of long grass – Sisquoc River Trail out of camp may be hard to find for those unfamiliar.

3.     A tree has fallen and remains on top of the metal campsite sign.

4.     Some of the shady oaks at campsites have no green leaves. If these trees are dead, they will become hazards that must be removed.

b.     Hiked upstream on Sisquoc River Trail

                                               i.     Long grass caused us to lose the trail many times. There is no distinguishable trail tread in many places.

1.     We often followed the footprints of a single horse headed in our direction while searching for the trail. It appeard that a rider with one horse had completed the Lower Sisquoc Loop all the way back to NIRA a few days before us.

                                             ii.     Three large trees down across trail between Manzana Schoolhouse and first Sisquoc crossing.

                                            iii.     Got wet feet at every Sisquoc River crossing the first day. Sisquoc River exceedingly silty all the way above South Fork.

                                            iv.     Mapped camps in good shape – clean with shovels.

                                              v.     Ran into a solo hiker (male from Santa Barbara) downstream from Water Canyon. He hiked with us to our camp.

                                            vi.     Camped at Miller Canyon Base. Ate Miner’s Lettuce from bumper crop. Muddy water from river doesn’t taste too bad after filtering.

2.     Hiked from Miller Canyon Base to South Fork Station Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

a.     Lost trail where it goes high on north bank downstream from Abel Canyon.

b.     River flowing strong & muddy at Abel Canyon Camp.

c.     Two huge oaks fallen across trail just east of Abel Canyon Camp. Many large logs, one > 40’’ diameter. After thorough investigation we recommend re-routing the trail to the north of the fallen trees. This would deviate from the original tread by just a few yards, but eliminate the considerable time and risk involved in clearing the mess.

d.     Cliff Camp nearly lost in long grass. Didn’t find a shovel. Large, flat grassy area could serve as a spike camp for several workers and stock, if the river is still flowing.

e.     Large tree across trail where it leaves camp to climb the south bank below the cliff.

f.      Trail on south bank near Cliff Camp is narrow in places, but clear. Some hikers don’t like the climb, but we suggest this original route be maintained since it’s more sustainable than a creek-bottom alternative.

g.     A fallen tree near Big Bend Canyon is causing travelers to drop into the creek bottom and miss the ramp up the south bank.

h.     The trail up onto the south bank near Big Bend Canyon is faint and imperceptible in places. In other places it is very narrow or completely sliding off the hillside. We recommend repairing the tread as the most sustainable option, but it will require using a gps to find the route and lots of dirt-work to establish the tread.

i.      Long grass obscures the tread along the bottomlands downstream from Sycamore Camp. Many creek crossings need to be made more plain.

j.      We recommend either installing carsonite trail signs or constructing large rock cairns at creek crossing downstream from Sycamore Camp and also downstream from Cliff Camp where the river is wide and a tread cannot be maintained.

k.     We recommend repairing the old trail leading downstream out of Sycamore Camp up the south bank – it will require a slight deviation from the old route to a better stream crossing at the camp, but eliminates a stretch of sandy and rocky use trail and an un-maintainable river crossing

l.      Sycamore Camp in generally good shape.

                                               i.     Has a small picnic table in good shape.

                                             ii.     Has several acres of flat grass for stock.

                                            iii.     Has a McLeod but no shovel.

                                            iv.     Toilet wall needs to be repaired.

                                              v.     No sign of recent beaver activity where there was a dam at the crossing upstream from camp.

m.   Trail to South Fork in decent shape – same as it has been for last few years.

                                               i.     Trail has had a slight re-route above a dangerous slide.

n.     South Fork Station clean and in good shape.

                                               i.     One backpacker staying in the cabin – left it clean. Two more backpackers arrived in the evening and stayed at campsite by river.

                                             ii.     Best source of firewood is from fallen trees along river below campsites.

                                            iii.     Sisquoc River flow less than expected for this time of year. Water is muddy.

                                            iv.     South Fork water clear, sweet, abundant.

3.     Hiked from South Fork Station to NIRA Campground on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

a.     Trail is in good condition and easy to follow, with minor challenges in rocky sections on the climb from South Fork.

b.     A large log high across the trail near South Fork. Two small trees across trail near Lonnie Davis. One large log across trail at Happy Hunting Ground. One large log across trail near Lost Valley Camp.

c.     Lots of water – flowing at Alcove Camp and over the fall. Swimming hole at Manzana Narrows has beautiful, clear water.

d.     Camps clean fairly clean and looking good (Fish Camp always has some trash).

e.     Saw 3 men camped at Alcove, 7 backpackers headed up trail, and 5 day hikers from NIRA.

f.      Several groups camped at NIRA. Lots of cars in parking lot.

 

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Buckhorn Road Patrol Survey - 03/28/2016 - by Aaron Songer
Project Name:Buckhorn Road Patrol
Project Leader:Aaron Songer
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:36.3 miles
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Chokecherry Spring, Bluff Camp
Organization:
Start Date: 03/28/2016
End Date: 03/29/2016
Project Description:road surveyed from Santa Barbara Potrero to Upper Oso
Sierra Madre Road Patrol Survey - 03/27/2016 - by Aaron Songer
Project Name:Sierra Madre Road Patrol
Project Leader:Aaron Songer
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:46.3 miles
Patrolled Areas:Sierra Madre Road, Painted Rock Camp, Montgomery S
Organization:
Start Date: 03/27/2016
End Date: 03/28/2016
Project Description:road surveyed from 166 to Santa Barbara Canyon
Ocean View Trail Part 2 Survey - 02/26/2016 - by Ray Ford
Project Name:Ocean View Trail Part 2
Project Leader:Ray Ford
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Ocean View Trail
Organization:LPFA VWR
Start Date: 02/26/2016
End Date: 03/26/2016
Project Description:adding add't workers
Monte Arido to Ocean View Survey - 03/26/2016 - by Ray Ford
Project Name:Monte Arido to Ocean View
Project Leader:Ray Ford
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Monte Arido P-Line
Organization:LPFA VWR
Start Date: 03/26/2016
End Date: 03/26/2016
Project Description:The Project was designed to bring water and other supplies to the end of the Divide Pk OHV road to establish a base of beginning construction of a p-line from the DP OHV end for approximately 6 miles to the point where the single track trail joins with an abandoned Forest Service road East Camino Cielo). The project was authorized by the Ojai District Ranger, Sue Exline.

This section of overgrown trail was constructed in the early 1900s and seven for many years as a connector to the Ojai area. After the FS road was abandoned several decades ago the trail feel into disuse and both the road and trail became impassable.

The project involves cutting of a very thin route through the brush to allow the LPFA, Ojai Land Conservancy and Forest Service to determine if it is feasible to re-open the trail after so many years. The section in which the p-line is proposed to be cut is located at one of the most inaccessible parts of the Santa Ynez Mtns. From the east, getting to the single track involves following several miles of trail to Camino Cielo and from there a very rough 6 miles on the abandoned road to the single track.

From the west the OHV road would seem ideal for access but the road is in very poor condition and cannot be driven by any type of vehicle with the exception of vehicles such as the Polaris ATVs or similar due to the road conditions, narrow passages and overgrown brush. The main access at this point for access is from Murrieta Saddle via the Monte Arido "Trail" but this requires a hike up a mile of very steep dozer line that is both difficult to go up and even more difficult to go down. The climb (and descent) is 1,000' and at the very top there are several switchbacks that have eroded out and are extremely dangerous to cross.

Saturday Project
The project focused on getting water to the site via the OHV road and getting a group of volunteers to hike up the Monte Arido Trail to help transport the water 2 miles+ to an abandoned overnight site at White Ledge Camp. Three members of the Search and Rescue Team transported the water for us by driving out to the top of the Franklin Trail and ferrying it out to Divide Peak using a Polaris Rzr 1000. 

Ten hikers worked their way up to the top of the trail, met the SAR crew and from there carted about 25 gallons of water to the camp.

The result: there is now sufficient water at the camp for a number of overnight work parties (2-3 per group at most) and about the same amount hidden near the trailhead that can be transported to White Ledge Camp in the  future.

Recommendations
1) Hikers should be aware of the difficulty of hiking up and back down the Monte Arido Trail and everyone should have poles.

2) Hikers should have sturdy footwear with a tread that will help to avoid slipping and perhaps falling down the trail.

3) There is one set of switchbacks near the top of the trail with extreme exposure. The length of the exposure is not long but sliding off the trail at this point could cause serious injury. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS SECTION BE REPAIRED BEFORE ANY MORE VOLUNTEER GROUPS GO UP OR DOWN THE TRAIL.

4) The Ocean View Trail has been cut previously to White Ledge Camp but the path, while passable, is overgrown to the point that it is difficult to walk through without constantly brushing against the vegetation. Long sleeves and long pants are a must.
 
Divide Peak Road Survey Survey - 03/21/2016 - by Ray Ford
Project Name:Divide Peak Road Survey
Project Leader:Ray Ford
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Divide Peak OHV
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/21/2016
End Date: 03/21/2016
Project Description:

Divide Peak OHV Report

Monday March 21, 2016

Project Leader: Ray Ford

Volunteers: Ron Noe, Paul Herning, Gordon Jenkins

8am-4:30pm 

Overview

The goal of the project was to review road conditions along the OHV route, to determine the ability to drive out to Divide Peak and to make recommendations for future projects.

1) Franklin Access

Currently we are awaiting approval from Pancho Smith for restoration of the upper part of the Franklin Trail. It was important to assess the potential for driving out to the top of the trailhead to work down from the top.

Conclusion: while road conditions are rough, the road is passable for 4x4 high clearance vehicles. The worst section is the final downhill to the Franklin Saddle area. This downhill section may require scouting before descending to the saddle. Two hundred yards beyond the saddle, an extremely rough section that climbs up over the top of a rocky hill, is impassable for anything but the most hard core all-terrain type of vehicles.

2) Ocean View Access

In addition, the LPFA has received approval to construct a p-line to enable us to assess conditions on the historic Ocean View Trail from Divide Peak to the Ojai portion of the Camino Cielo jeepway. The goal is to determine if it is possible to drive beyond the Franklin Saddle area to the end of the OHV road.

Conclusion: See above and image on the next page. The climb immediately east of the Saddle area is extremely difficult (Jeep Rating 8-9) with deep gullies that could cause a vehicle to bottom out. Once beyond this point it is approximately 5 more miles to Divide Peak. There are numerous other sections that are very steep and have gullying, loose rock and other obstacles that are slightly less difficult but would also present serious challenges and brush chokes long sections of the road making it difficult for larger vehicles to get through.

However, it is possible to drive to the end of the Divide Peak OHV road using narrower all-terrain type vehicles. I was able to drive my John Deere Gator over the worst of the sections near Franklin Saddle and from my walk to Noon Peak it appears that it is possible to drive the entire route with a similar type vehicle

Improvements: while I believe it would be possible to improve the road conditions enough for 4x4 access to Divide Peak it is not worth the amount of work required. The problem isn’t just the difficult sections but the amount of roadbed that the brush has grown into, creating a maximum 4-5’ width. In addition, the OHV rider we spoke with on our trip out was very adamant that he and others do not want any improvements because it lessen their experience.

Road Conditions

The OHV road is extremely rocky. It is 8 miles from the locked gate to the Saddle and requires a minimum of 1 hour 20 minutes to get there. There are numerous curves and blind spots, loads of rocks and the constant possibility of meeting a motorcycle or ATV coming the other way. Because there are single track sections that allow the motorcycles to bypass the road it is possible for them to get ahead of you without you knowing it so you always need to go slow.

Along with the rocky conditions, it should be noted that some of the motorcycle riders, who are trying to discourage ATV use of the route, have placed rocks strategically to make it more difficult to drive portions of the road. We talked with one rider, Dana McCorkle, who told us that use by commercial outfits is causing serious problems on the OHV route and that some riders have been cutting the opening at the locked gate to make it easier for larger ATVs to get in.

Their solution has been to place rocks, many of them stacked up, to slow down the ATVs. The result is that drivers may have to stop quite often to remove the rocks. It isn’t clear if this will anger the motorcyclists and cause issues for those of us driving the road.

Communication before Improving: What potentially is an issue if we would like to make improvements to the rough sections of the road is that the motorcyclists do not want the road improved at all if it means the ATV riders can get further up the route.

Before any effort is made to make improvements it seems like there should be communication with the concerned motorcyclists and others to work with them on improvements or other of their concerns. 

Conclusions/Recommendations

1.     Access is open for 4x4 high clearance vehicles to the Franklin Saddle area. Road is rough but passable.  Projects should be planned to go early and drive out later to avoid high use times for OHV use.

2.     Travel beyond Franklin Saddle only for very experienced UTV/ATV type travel.

3.     Users have widened the opening for OHV use t the locked gate so it is now about 56-58” wide (typical standard is 48”).  Work with Warren to help restore opening to the correct width.

4.     Consider meeting with OHV users to understand their concerns and enlist their help in patrolling and maintaining the road.

5.     Work with Warren to install new OHV signs that are now stored at the Pendola Station the motorcyclists would like to see installed on the Divide Peak route.

Buckhorn Trail: Upper Portion Brushing, Group 3 Survey - 03/18/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Buckhorn Trail: Upper Portion Brushing, Group 3
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Happy Hollow, Buckhorn Trail, Buckhorn Road, Santa
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/18/2016
End Date: 03/20/2016
Project Description:

LPFA project to work the top 1.7miles of the Buckhorn Trail. We completed all but 50

yards of the work we planned to accomplish. In addition to the trail brushing, we also

scouted the Santa Cruz Jeepway, felled a hazard tree at Happy Hollow, cleaned Happy

Hollow and cleared any rockfall from the Buckhorn Rd. In all there were 24 volunteers

who contributed 420 volunteer hours. We were based at Happy Hollow Campground.

Buckhorn Trail: Upper Portion Brushing, Group 1 Survey - 03/18/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Buckhorn Trail: Upper Portion Brushing, Group 1
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Happy Hollow, Buckhorn Trail, Buckhorn Road, Santa
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/18/2016
End Date: 03/20/2016
Project Description:LPFA project to work the top 1.7miles of the Buckhorn Trail.  We completed all but 50 yards of the work we planned to accomplish.  In addition to the trail brushing, we also scouted the Santa Cruz Jeepway, felled a hazard tree at Happy Hollow, cleaned Happy Hollow and cleared any rockfall from the Buckhorn Rd.  In all there were 24 volunteers who contributed 420 volunteer hours.  We were based at Happy Hollow Campground.
Buckhorn Trail: Upper Portion Brushing, Group 2 Survey - 03/18/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Buckhorn Trail: Upper Portion Brushing, Group 2
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Happy Hollow, Buckhorn Trail, Buckhorn Road, Santa
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/18/2016
End Date: 03/20/2016
Project Description:LPFA project to work the top 1.7miles of the Buckhorn Trail.  We completed all but 50 yards of the work we planned to accomplish.  In addition to the trail brushing, we also scouted the Santa Cruz Jeepway, felled a hazard tree at Happy Hollow, cleaned Happy Hollow and cleared any rockfall from the Buckhorn Rd.  In all there were 24 volunteers.  We were based at Happy Hollow Campground.
Buckhorn Road Survey Survey - 03/16/2016 - by Gordon Jenkins
Project Name:Buckhorn Road Survey
Project Leader:Gordon Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:Upper Oso to Happy Hollow
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Upper Oso to Happy Hollow
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/16/2016
End Date: 03/16/2016
Project Description:Survey road in advance of upcoming trail project
North Cold Spring Trail maintenance Survey - 03/05/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:North Cold Spring Trail maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:Cold Spring, Forbush
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/05/2016
End Date: 03/05/2016
Project Description:Trail maintenance Cold Spring Trail.  Second list.
North Cold Spring Trail Survey - 03/05/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:North Cold Spring Trail
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:Cold Spring, Forbush
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/05/2016
End Date: 03/05/2016
Project Description:On a rainy day.  Troop 26 went out on their first trail maintenance project.

Was supposed to be Caliente trail, but switch to Cold Spring due to weather conditions.

Lopping from the Trail head to the spring was completed. 

There is still work needed from the spring down to the camp.
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Chainsaw Field Training Survey - 03/12/2016 - by Michael Smith
Project Name:Chainsaw Field Training
Project Leader:Michael Smith
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Figueroa Mountain
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/12/2016
End Date: 03/12/2016
Project Description:Chainsaw certification class for 10 volunteers
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Mission Pine and Santa Cruz Trails Recon Survey - 03/02/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Mission Pine and Santa Cruz Trails Recon
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Big Pine Spring, Mission Pine Basin, Coche Camp, K
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/02/2016
End Date: 03/02/2016
Project Description:Hiked from Big Pine Spring Camp to Flores inspecting the work completed by LPFA trail crews in 2015 along Mission Pine and then also work completed by ACE along Santa Cruz Trail.  All trails were in FANTASTIC shape!
Middle Hurricane Deck Loop Recon Survey - 02/26/2016 - by Steve Cypher
Project Name:Middle Hurricane Deck Loop Recon
Project Leader:Steve Cypher
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:19 miles
Patrolled Areas:Manzana Creek Trail, Potrero Trail, Hurricane Deck
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/26/2016
End Date: 02/27/2016
Project Description:Hiked up Potrero Trail to Indian paintings Friday afternoon. Potrero Trail wide and clear from volunteer project two weeks prior. Camped at well-used site near paintings. 

In morning hiked middle section of Hurricane Deck Trail. Trail was in the best shape I've seen in the last 7 years. A distinguishable tread with fresh footprints persisted for the 6 miles to the Lost Valley Trail intersection. Brushy sections had been recently lopped. There were a few spots where the trail left the open ridge crest and went through the brush that can be easily missed. One place a little over a mile from Lost Valley has very narrow tread across a steep hillside that can be unnerving. 

The Lost Valley Trail is becoming choked with waist-high bushes along the upper part. Descending into the valley there are lots of rocks that have rolled into the tread. Hiking is slow going around the bushes and stepping over the rocks. 

The washed-out places from the storm in the fall are easily navigable. Vulture Spring is running but there are no pools from which to collect water - mostly just a wet spot in a washout. A large tree is across the trail at the spring. Another large tree is across the trail a mile below Twin Oaks Camp. There was a little water flowing in the creek starting a mile below Twin Oaks.

I saw a party of 3 camped half a mile east of NIRA on Manzana Creek. Saw another party of 5 at the west Manzana Creek trailhead who camped Friday night near Coldwater Camp.
MTDC Chainsaw classroom training Survey - 02/27/2016 - by Mike Smith/Mickey McTigue
Project Name:MTDC Chainsaw classroom training
Project Leader:Mike Smith/Mickey McTigue
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:Required 8 hour class
Patrolled Areas:Required 8 hour class
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/27/2016
End Date: 02/27/2016
Project Description:Required 8 hour class
Madulce Trail Project (2 of 2) Survey - 10/23/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Madulce Trail Project (2 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:See 1 of 2
Patrolled Areas:See 1 of 2
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/23/2015
End Date: 10/25/2015
Project Description:See 1 of 2
Madulce Trail Project (1 of 2) Survey - 10/23/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Madulce Trail Project (1 of 2)
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2 miles of the Madulce trail
Patrolled Areas:Maducle trail worked, and patrolled, Buckhorn road
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/23/2015
End Date: 10/25/2015
Project Description:Goal was to crosscut saw and brush approx 2 miles of Madulce trail from the peak trail intersection down trail towards Madulce camp.
Potrero Trail Maintenance ( 2 of 2 ) Survey - 02/13/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Potrero Trail Maintenance ( 2 of 2 )
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3.3 miles worked. 4.6 patrolled
Patrolled Areas:See 1 of 2
Organization:
Start Date: 02/13/2016
End Date: 02/15/2016
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Buckhorn Road Survey Survey - 02/28/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Buckhorn Road Survey
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:25
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/28/2016
End Date: 02/28/2016
Project Description:Surveyed the road out to bluff.
Work on slide issues from bluff to windy gap
Removed downed trees from road,  there are still at least two more trees on the road to bluff.
Blue Canyon and Caliente Saw Work Survey - 02/22/2016 - by Austin Fritzler
Project Name:Blue Canyon and Caliente Saw Work
Project Leader:Austin Fritzler
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:7
Patrolled Areas:Cottam, Blue Canyon, Caliente
Organization:VWR
Start Date: 02/22/2016
End Date: 02/23/2016
Project Description:    Talking with Jasonn, there were reports of multiple downed trees across the Blue Canyon and Caliente trails. Tree 1 was located between Cottam and Forbush, trees 2 and 3 were located near the Upper Blue Canyon section of trail and there were multiple cotton woods down on the Caliente Trail just past the damn. The objective was to spend several days hiking saws to these locations and clearing the trail and removing the obstructions. 

    Day 1 we were able to buck up and clear Tree 1 and the trees on Caliente. Many of the Cotton woods on caliente are stressed and I would not be surprised to see more down with just a few more light winds. Please keep us posted if more do come down and need to be removed. The oaks are also very stressed and are dropping large limbs all over the district, so I expect to see lots of saw work ahead. 

   Day 2 we hiked into upper Blue Canyon to take care of the two trees described in the original report. Both trees were successfully removed and the trail cleared. After this section was cleared we tied in with Warren at Pendola to start taking care of a few trees he wanted down or cut. There is more work to be done for him and hopefully I can get back there in the next few weeks to help him out. He has several dead oaks that pose a potential hazard near campsites. Several of these trees are located in the P-Bar Campground and the one near the bathroom will most likely need a sawyer with a climbing certification. I do not see this tree being possible to fall without damaging the bathrooms. 

The overall project objective was met. However with the condition of the oaks and cotton woods, I see many more sawing opportunities in our near future. Please email me with any questions or concerns regarding this project or if you have any reports of hazard trees or trail obstructions please contact Jasonn and he will get ahold of me. 

Thank you,
Austin 
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Potero John trail tree removal Survey - 02/23/2016 - by Mickey Mctigue
Project Name:Potero John trail tree removal
Project Leader:Mickey Mctigue
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5 miles
Patrolled Areas:Clear fallen trees from Potero John ....1st 2 1/2
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 02/23/2016
End Date: 02/23/2016
Project Description:  Meet at 8 a.m. at M McTigue's and drive to Potero John TH with trail tools incl. rock bar and hydraulic ram.  Remove one large stump from trail and several smaller trees.
    Good water and tread .  Brushing to happen with H. Anderson and volunteers.
Santa Barbara Canyon Brush and Clearing Project 1 of 2 Survey - 02/18/2016 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Santa Barbara Canyon Brush and Clearing Project 1 of 2
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:7 miles
Patrolled Areas:Spike Camp/Willow Camp/Santa Barbara Canyon Trail/
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/18/2016
End Date: 02/21/2016
Project Description:

Santa Barbara Canyon Trail Project Schedule

February 19-21, 2016

Project Description:  Brush Clearing Crosscut project to clear brush and downed trees on the Santa Barbara Canyon Trail

Project Leader:  Curt Cragg

Assistant Project Leader:  Mark Subbotin

Note:  This is a backpacking project.  We will be hiking to a spike camp that is three miles from the trailhead to camp.  Bring all appropriate camping gear.  Pack stock will be providing support to carry tools, water and food to spike camp.  If you car camp at the trailhead (Willow Camp) with the pack crew, you will need to hike into the work site about 3 miles each way.

Project Schedule

Friday, February 19th

9:00 AM Friday Morning Crew Arrival--Santa Barbara Canyon Gate.  Please arrange carpools if possible from Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez or Ventura.  Please arrive at the gate by 9:00 am so that all volunteers can enter together.  We will be replacing the Forest Service key lock with a combination lock for late arrivals.

9:30 AM  Review JHA, sign waivers, safety and project discussion.  Work and hike to spike camp 3 miles from trailhead.

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Hike and work on way to spike camp

5:00 PM Dinner at Spike Camp provided by LPFA

NOTE:  There will be some allowance for Friday PM and/or Saturday AM arrivals.  Please contact me if and let me know when you can arrive.

Saturday, February 20th

7:00 AM Breakfast provided by volunteers--bring backpacking food as needed

8:00 AM Review PPE, JHA, set up work crews and distribute tools Hike in and work project

12:30-1:30 PM Lunch break on own at work area (Volunteers provide their own lunch and/or trail snacks).  Please take your own breaks as needed throughout the day.

4:00 PM Hike back to spike camp

5:00-6:30 PM Dinner at spike camp provided by LPFA


Sunday, February 21st

7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast Burritos provided by LPFA at trailhead (we will hike out in am) or food on own if you prefer to eat early

9:00-10:00 AM Pack up and load up for drive out.


Project Details:

Map and directions to trailhead/meeting location:  Please check this on Google Maps and allow plenty of driving time from your location.

If you’re coming from Ojai/Hwy 33, make a left turn onto Foothill Rd, then left turn on SB Cyn Rd.

If you're coming from Santa Maria/Hwy 166, make a right turn on Kirschenmann Rd, then a left turn on Foothill Rd, and then a right turn on Santa Barbara Cyn Rd.

Locked gate is located at the end of the paved road of SB Cyn at Reyes Ranch.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zO_HvapqlMOE.koiCKkfYIu4s&usp=sharing


New Volunteers Please Read:  https://sbtrails.org/for-new-volunteers/


Food Provided by LPFA:  LPFA will provide a pasta dinner with salad and bread for crew on Saturday and Sunday night and breakfast burritos on Sunday morning.  Volunteers to provide own food and snacks for lunch on trail, breakfast at spike camp on Saturday, and any additional meals that are not provided by LPFA, or specialty foods due to personal dietary restrictions.  


Trail Tools and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Tools to be provided by the LPFA include Crosscut Saws, Loppers, Silky Saws, McLeods, Trailsmith (Pulaski’s), Helmets and Gloves.  Please bring eye protection in the form of sunglasses or safety glasses and a helmet if you have one.  You are also welcome to bring your gloves and personal tools.  Crew leader will provide one crosscut saw for tree clearing as needed.


Job Hazard Analysis and Volunteer Agreement: Crew leaders will review the Job Hazard  Analysis (JHA) with all volunteers prior to the commencement of work. All volunteers must sign the Volunteer Agreement and will be given credit for hours worked.


If you would like to participate or have questions about this project contact Curt Cragg to RSVP, sbhikers@gmail.com 805-260-8233


Recon Forbush Survey - 02/20/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Recon Forbush
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4 miles
Patrolled Areas:Trail from Camino Cielo to Forbush and camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 02/20/2016
End Date: 02/21/2016
Project Description:   Drive to TH and hike to Forbush Camp. Trail could use some brushing , but good tread .
Clean up both campsites, remove ashes from fire pits , pick up trash ,  bring in shovel with new handle
and rake areas around campfire pits.
   There are 4 hazard trees in the 2nd campsite. As we sat in front of an evening fire a huge limb from
a campsite oak came crashing down with no warning. It fell on a tent site. These trees are 30" or more in diameter and require a C class chainsaw expert.
Baron Ranch Survey - 02/06/2016 - by Ray Ford
Project Name:Baron Ranch
Project Leader:Ray Ford
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:.5
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/06/2016
End Date: 02/06/2016
Project Description:The Baron Ridge Trail project consists of new trail construction on the Gaviota Coast. The trail leads from lower Baron Ranch to the SY Mtn crest with about 3 miles of new single track trail when completed. The project combines work done by the LPFA trail crew and volunteers. On this volunteer day we did final tread work on a half-mile section of trail, clearing brush and rock and outsloping the tread.
Potrero Trail Maintenance ( 1 of 2 ) Survey - 02/13/2016 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Potrero Trail Maintenance ( 1 of 2 )
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3.3 miles
Patrolled Areas:3.3 Mile Potrero trail, Potrero Camp, 1.3 Miles of
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/13/2016
End Date: 02/15/2016
Project Description:A 3 day trail maintenance project camping at Potrero Camp.
21 volunteers brushed and restored tread to standard on the entire 3.3 mile Potrero Trail
Caliente Trail Survey Survey - 02/13/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Caliente Trail Survey
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:3 miles
Patrolled Areas:Caliente, Upper Caliente
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/13/2016
End Date: 02/13/2016
Project Description:Survey Trail to Upper Caliente Camp

Brushing for the first 1/2 mile

Then past the dam.  There are about 10 down trees.  18 in Chainsaw can take care of them.
This is a section of Cottonwoods.  

There are no down trees after you reach the creek crossing after the cottonwoods.

Minor Brushing until Caliente pool.

Last section of Brushing is from the Camp back about 1/2 mile.
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Buckhorn Jeep Survey from Upper Oso to Bluff Camp Survey - 02/10/2016 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Buckhorn Jeep Survey from Upper Oso to Bluff Camp
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:42
Patrolled Areas:Upper Oso Gate Buckhorn jeepway to Bluff Camp
Organization:LPFA Volunteer
Start Date: 02/10/2016
End Date: 02/11/2016
Project Description:Surveyed from Upper Oso Gate to Bluff Camp.  Spent 3 hours moving rocks, and debris from jeep way making it safe to travel on.  Also cleared 3 miles above Bluff Camp towards windy gap, large rock slide down, mountain bikes, motorcycles can get around it only.
Valentines Bluff Cabin Patrol Survey - 02/13/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Valentines Bluff Cabin Patrol
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Cabin, Buckhorn Rd, Buckhorn Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/13/2016
End Date: 02/14/2016
Project Description:Bluff Cabin Patrol

- Fixed the broken intake pipes to the water tank.
- The tank is empty, no water.
- There is no water at the intake reservoir in order to fill the tank.
- There is water below the rock wall and flowing down through the campground.
- I cleared 4 trees and brushed the trail from the tank to the spring.
- It appears that someone (non-VWR) turned on the water from the tank in order to use the outside spigots.  Probably in the process of that the tank emptied either by running water inside the kitchen or at another location.
- There was a few gallons of water in both outside spigots, which indicates that someone has been messing with the system even after it was winterized.
- Cabin is void of any water in the pipes at the moment.
- Did not see any indications that there were any other plumbing issues or holes in the tank.
- The new stove pipe looks great, thanks to Mickey!
- Cabin was clean.
- There is a small gas leak in the new three burner stove.  Did not investigate but you could certainly smell gas even when the stove was turned off.
- I left a few 1" pvc couplings and other connectors along with pipe primer and glue.
- Met three mountain bikers who stayed at Bluff and came from SB Cyn.
- Road was very passable, thanks Rick, but there is one large rock just below the Chalk Bluffs that is a little tricky to get around.
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Brushing Lyon Connector Stock Trail Survey - 02/04/2016 - by Ed Diaz
Project Name:Brushing Lyon Connector Stock Trail
Project Leader:Ed Diaz
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:.5
Patrolled Areas:Lyon Connector Stock Trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/04/2016
End Date: 02/04/2016
Project Description:Cleared brush to stock standard on lower to middle of trail.  Repaired 2 rock water bars. Upper portion of trail close to road still needs work.
Images:
Romero Trail Survey to Blue Canyon Camp Survey - 02/06/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Romero Trail Survey to Blue Canyon Camp
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:Romero Trail, Blue Canyon Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/06/2016
End Date: 02/06/2016
Project Description:Romero Trail needs some brushing from Top to bottom.

There are multiple ruts due to the steepness of the trail

There is tread work needed when the trail reaches blue canyon trail.  Just above the creek.

Sign at the junction of blue canyon trail needs to be reattached.

Water is flowing in blue canyon.  Looks great. 

Blue Canon camp was clean.  Thanks to Rik and Paul.
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Camino Cielo to Forbush camp and back Survey - 02/05/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Camino Cielo to Forbush camp and back
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:3.4
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail From Camino Cielo to Forbush Ca
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 02/05/2016
End Date: 02/05/2016
Project Description: Drive to trailhead at Camino Cielo and hike to Forbush . Trail in good order
Pick up all trash and cans and haul out with broken shovel .
Return to town and buy shovel handle at Home Depot and install .
Campsites are now in good order, trail has a good tread  . There is a small pool of good water in the creek just below the 2nd camp. The remains of an old sleeping bag needs removal.
  The remains of an illegal fire below the water tank on Camino Cielo was being cleaned up by a FS Ranger
as I arrived at the TH. He said the areas along the Camino Cielo Road has become a regular part of his
patrol.    Wonderful !
Aliso Canyon Loop Survey - 02/03/2016 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Aliso Canyon Loop
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:4.5 miles
Patrolled Areas:Aliso Canyon Trail Loop..review and minor clearing
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 02/03/2016
End Date: 02/03/2016
Project Description:Hiked the 4,5 mile loop to assess the condition of the trail . There was some minor erosion ,but the entire trail loop remains very accessible to hikers, runners and experienced stock. I removed several limbs and
rocks with no real problems. Great views and a nice uphill work out.
Sisar Road and Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 01/27/2016 - by Ed Diaz
Project Name:Sisar Road and Lion Canyon Trail
Project Leader:Ed Diaz
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:Sisar Rd. and Lion Canyon Trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/27/2016
End Date: 01/27/2016
Project Description:Cleared landslide debris on middle section of Sisar Road, after 2nd gate, on approach to Lion Canyon Trail.  Started clearing brush approx. .6 mile from top of trail and cleared 200 yards down trail, passable for stock.  Checked down trail for additional work needed to a vista point 1.1 mile from top. There are areas in need of brushing and some rock clearing.  Trail is passable for hikers but had some tight places for stock. 
Images:
Lion Canyon and Sisar Road Survey - 01/27/2016 - by Mickey McTigue
Project Name:Lion Canyon and Sisar Road
Project Leader:Mickey McTigue
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Sisar Road, Lion Canyon Trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/27/2016
End Date: 01/27/2016
Project Description:

Cleared landslide debris on middle section of Sisar Road, after 2nd gate, on approach to Lion Canyon Trail.  Started clearing brush approx. .6 mile from top of trail and cleared 200 yards down trail, passable for stock.  Checked down trail for additional work needed to a vista point 1.1 mile from top. There are areas in need of brushing and some rock clearing.  Trail is passable for hikers but had some tight places for stock. 

Images, JHA and signature form to be added within 48 hrs.  ed diaz

Arroyo Burro North Trail Maintenance Post VWR Training, Part II Survey - 01/23/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name: Arroyo Burro North Trail Maintenance Post VWR Training, Part II
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:Arroyo Burro Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association, Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Start Date: 01/23/2016
End Date: 01/23/2016
Project Description:Trail project following the VWR Training.  We worked the Arroyo Burro Trail doing tread work up to the first switchback and chainsaw clearing of two trees up to 1mile up the trail from the water tank.  There were 15 people on the trail project.
Arroyo Burro North Trail Maintenance Post VWR Training Survey - 01/23/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Arroyo Burro North Trail Maintenance Post VWR Training
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:Arroyo Burro Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association, Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Start Date: 01/23/2016
End Date: 01/23/2016
Project Description:Trail project following the VWR Training.  We worked the Arroyo Burro Trail doing tread work up to the first switchback and chainsaw clearing of two trees up to 1mile up the trail from the water tank.  There were 15 people on the trail project.
VWR training day presenters and assistants Survey - 01/23/2016 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:VWR training day presenters and assistants
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0 miles
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/23/2016
End Date: 01/23/2016
Project Description:Collection of hours pre post and during the vwr training.

Presenter hours and prep hours
Assistant hours

VWR Headquarters Limbing and Cleanup Survey - 1/18/2016 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:VWR Headquarters Limbing and Cleanup
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Sage Hill Campground
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 1/18/2016
End Date: 1/18/2016
Project Description:Removed hazard limbs from oak trees, cut back bamboo, weed whacked grass and built new fire pit.
Santa Barbara Canyon RIRI Patrol Survey - 12/18/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Barbara Canyon RIRI Patrol
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:7.4
Patrolled Areas:Santa Barbara Canyon Trail, Madulce Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 12/18/2015
End Date: 12/18/2015
Project Description:Scouted SB Cyn in order to prepare a plan of work for clearing the trail.  More details here:

Santa Cruz Trail Survey - 12/28/2015 - by Susie Theilmann
Project Name:Santa Cruz Trail
Project Leader:Susie Theilmann
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:14
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/28/2015
End Date: 12/29/2015
Project Description:

Dec 28 – 29, 2015 Overnight backpack to Santa Cruz Guard Station from Upper Oso (318)

It was a short, quiet trip. No one on the trail Monday. Tuesday had many bicyclists and hikers on the front side. Only one bicyclist had a bell but everyone was very polite. The trail north of Alexander Saddle had some areas crusty from frost. Chilly at the Guard Station.

Water:

Basically none in Santa Cruz Creek. There were some puddles but no running water.

Tread:

The trail tread was in generally in good shape thanks to the work done this year (Thanks Jason). Rideable and hikeable.

I attached a photo (337) of the east end of the ’40 Mile Wall’. It could use some tread work.

There are 6 areas on the wall that are probably going to completely wash out with the next rain (332). At the present time they are just narrow areas, almost washed out but are hikeable. They are all in the center of the “40 Mile wall’. I have the lat/longitudes on my gps.

All the cribbed areas are holding well.

Holes in the Big Crib Wall tread (front side): See photo 360.

This is one of about 6 gaps and holes in the tread. If someone can drop me off at the top I’ll bring in some wire to fix them.

The slides on the Big Crib Wall are the same as always…no better…no worse. The uphill cribbing is still collapsing inwards onto the trail.

Brushing:

none needed. Just two overhanging branches that I couldn’t reach.

Work done besides patrol and report:

Raked the leaves away from the cabin. Swept and cobwebbed inside. All the camps are still marked for ‘no fires’. There isn’t any grass to cut yet.

Cleaned the stock tank and brushed around it. The pipe needs to be cleaned and opened up. I could do that also if someone will drop me off at the top. Would love an extra hand.

Thanks for the opportunity…I love it back there.
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Nira to SouthFork Wilderness Patrol Survey - 12/28/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Nira to SouthFork Wilderness Patrol
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:35
Patrolled Areas:Upper Manzana Trail Nira to SouthFork, Siquoc Rive
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/28/2015
End Date: 01/02/2016
Project Description:We completed the following items on this project:

1) wilderness patrol,
2) camp inspections (Lost Valley, Fish Creek, Ray's, Manzana, Narrows, HHG, White Ledge, and SouthFork)
3) monitored water resources at camps and along trail
4) trail maintenance (cleared rocks, slides, small downed trees, and failed water bars)
5) cabin maintenance (tool inventory, rehung bear-damaged shutter)
6) emptied full fire pits (SouthFork, Narrows)
7) day hike to Forester's Leap to inspect trail condition, slides and repaired some failed waterbars
8) cut 10 downed trees (3" to 14")
9) reformatted Narrows Toilet
10) met 2 day hikers near Nira.
Images:
Hurricane Deck West Survey - 12/18/2015 - by Bard Salcido
Project Name:Hurricane Deck West
Project Leader:Bard Salcido
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:NIRA - Portrero - Hurricane Deck - Schoolhouse - N
Organization:
Start Date: 12/18/2015
End Date: 12/21/2015
Project Description:Winter Solstice Backpack Trip

Cold, rain forecasted.  The forecast was correct!  Broken sun, rain, hail at night.

Manzana River = dry.

Trail in good shape, evidence of Mtn. Bikers.

Hurricane Deck trail west from Portrero junction lightly used.  Followed trace of route.  Got lost from designated trail last section from ridge to Sisquoc/Manzana.

Fast trail due to use from Schoolhouse to NIRA.


Sawyers working the Buckhon Rd Survey - 12/16/2015 - by Mickey Mctigue
Project Name:Sawyers working the Buckhon Rd
Project Leader:Mickey Mctigue
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:48
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn rd., Bluff Camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 12/16/2015
End Date: 12/18/2015
Project Description: Work the Buckhorn Rd. from Upper Oso to 3 miles past Windy Gap.  Remove 16 hazzard trees primarily
after Windy Gap.
   Cut , split and replace and add to cabin stove wood supply .  Check and clean cabin and campsites.
    A small water flow past the upper campsite .
    
VWR Training Meeting Survey - 12/16/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:VWR Training Meeting
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/16/2015
End Date: 12/16/2015
Project Description:Planning meeting for VWR training Day in January
Recon Forbush Survey - 12/13/2015 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Recon Forbush
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4 miles
Patrolled Areas:Trail from Camino Cielo to Forbush and camp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 12/13/2015
End Date: 12/13/2015
Project Description:Check trail and campsite.  No Campfire sign missing for the 2nd time at trailhead. Bury rotten food left at campsite . Gather and remove debris.
      No water at camp. Trail from Camino Cielo in good shape.
Ogilvy Ranch Mono-Alamar Trail Project: Part 2 Survey - 12/04/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Ogilvy Ranch Mono-Alamar Trail Project: Part 2
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:7.8
Patrolled Areas:Mono-Alamar Trail, Mono Narrows Camp, Upper Mono C
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 12/04/2015
End Date: 12/06/2015
Project Description:LPFA trail project to work the Mono-Alamar Trail.  We completed the trail from the Indian-Mono Trailhead to above Ogilvy Ranch.  We also completed the last quarter mile of trail above Upper Mono Camp.
Ogilvy Ranch Mono-Alamar Trail Project: Part 1 Survey - 12/04/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Ogilvy Ranch Mono-Alamar Trail Project: Part 1
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:7.8
Patrolled Areas:Mono-Alamar Trail, Mono Narrows Camp, Upper Mono C
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 12/04/2015
End Date: 12/06/2015
Project Description:LPFA trail project to work the Mono-Alamar Trail.  We completed the trail from the Indian-Mono Trailhead to above Ogilvy Ranch.  We also completed the last quarter mile of trail above Upper Mono Camp.
Bluff Camp and West Big Pine survey Survey - 11/26/2015 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp and West Big Pine survey
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:25
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn road to West Big Pine.
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/26/2015
End Date: 11/28/2015
Project Description:Patrolled from Upper Oso to West Big Pine on buckhorn road.   Removed some rocks away from the jeep way, other the road is in great shape.  No down trees or obstacles to remove. 
Hurricane Deck Trail Report Survey - 11/20/2015 - by Bard Salcido
Project Name:Hurricane Deck Trail Report
Project Leader:Bard Salcido
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:Nira to White Ledge to Portreo to Nira
Patrolled Areas:Nira, Lost Valley, Fish, Rays, Oak, Manzana, Narro
Organization:
Start Date: 11/20/2015
End Date: 11/24/2015
Project Description:Backpacked over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Patolled the trail from NIRA - Lost Valley - Fish - Rays - Oak - Manzana - Narrows - White Ledge - Hurricane Deck - Potrero - NIRA

No water until after Manzana Camp.  Stagnant pools, filter pumped from trickle between pools.

Downed trees: between Fish Camp and Rays Camp, Manzana to the Narrows

Bushwacked from White Ledge to Lost Valley intersection on Hurricane Deck

Loose trail from Lost Valley intersection to Potrero on the Hurricane Deck

Thirsty and tired back at NIRA
Bluff Maintenance and Road Survey Survey - 11/19/2015 - by Mickey McTigue
Project Name:Bluff Maintenance and Road Survey
Project Leader:Mickey McTigue
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:40
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Cabin, Buckhorn Rd
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/19/2015
End Date: 11/21/2015
Project Description:Fixed roofing around stove pipe.
Cut 17 trees off road from Windy Gap to Alamar Saddle
Mission Pine Springs Survey - 11/21/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Mission Pine Springs
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:13
Patrolled Areas:McKinley Fire Road, McKinley Springs Camp, Eastern
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/21/2015
End Date: 11/23/2015
Project Description:We drove up the MckInley Fire Road from Cachuma Saddle, and stayed the first night at McKinley Springs Camp. Our project included cleaning the fire pit, painting the two tables, cleaning the toilet platform and digging the pit deeper. There was clean water in the spring and stock tanks, with an approximate flow of 1 liter per 10 minutes.  

On Sunday we drove to McKinley Saddle where we met a group of 8 backpackers who had stayed the night at Mission Pine Springs (MPS) camp. On our way to MPS camp, we ran into a group of of 8 backpackers from LA.  We found their stealth camp just past San Rafael Peak and extinguished their smoldering campfire. 

We counted 4 downed trees and cleared temporary routes around these obstacles.  We stayed at MPS Camp, did general camp maintenance. The main spring was dry so we enlarged an existing pool just below the dry source.  The stock trough was full.  Another source of water is located in the stream about 1/4 mile on the trail below the campsite.

On out way out on Monday, we did some brushing and met two backpackers near the locked gate.

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Madulce -Puerto Suelo - Alamar Trail Patrol Survey - 11/14/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Madulce -Puerto Suelo - Alamar Trail Patrol
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:12
Patrolled Areas:Madulce Trail, Madulce Camp, Don Victor Trail, Pue
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/14/2015
End Date: 11/16/2015
Project Description:Patrolled and flagged the Madulce, Puerto Suelo, Don Victor and Alamar Trails.
Santa Barbara 100K Mountain Bike LPFA Aid Station Survey - 11/13/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Santa Barbara 100K Mountain Bike LPFA Aid Station
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:25
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Alamar Camp, Bluff Camp, Upper Bear
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/13/2015
End Date: 11/14/2015
Project Description:Drove out to Alamar Saddle in advance of working the aid station at Madulce for the SB 100MTB.  Along the way we patrolled the Buckhorn Rd and also checked out a few camps.
Forbush Camp Survey - 11/14/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs/ E Camino Cielo Trailhead, North Cold
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/14/2015
End Date: 11/15/2015
Project Description:Rik and I hiked from Cold Springs Trailhead on East Camino Cielo Rd, down to Forbush Camp.  We cleaned out some of the waterbars on the trail in preparation for the forecasted rain.  We cleaned up trash around the lower campsite and raked the leaves from around the fire pit.  We met two backpackers who stayed at the upper campsite. On the way back to the car, we met two day hikers who said they were going to Little Caliente Hot Springs. 
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LPFA gear sale Survey - 11/07/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:LPFA gear sale
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Tuckers Grove
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 11/07/2015
End Date: 11/07/2015
Project Description:Set up gear and help sell over $3,000. worth for the LPFA.
Backpacking Fundamentals Class Survey - 11/06/2015 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Backpacking Fundamentals Class
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Los Prietos Cabin
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 11/06/2015
End Date: 11/07/2015
Project Description:Overnight camping experience with group from SLO. Show lightweight gear.
Boulder Canyon Trail Survey - 11/08/2015 - by Mark Subbotin
Project Name:Boulder Canyon Trail
Project Leader:Mark Subbotin
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.4
Patrolled Areas:Boulder Canyon Trail
Organization:
Start Date: 11/08/2015
End Date: 11/08/2015
Project Description:Removed 6 downed trees using crosscut saws.  See photos at link below

Bluff Camp survey and Buckhorn Road survey Survey - 11/02/2015 - by Richard Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp survey and Buckhorn Road survey
Project Leader:Richard Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Cleaned and surveyed Bluff Camp site, and survey b
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/02/2015
End Date: 11/03/2015
Project Description:Surveyed and cleaned up Bluff camp prior to camp winterization.  Patrolled up to towards Alamar camp on Buckhorn road, there were 3 sets of trees down, i was able to remove 2 of the 3 sets of down trees on the jeep way.  Reported the location and pics of last tree down; update is that a crew went in and cleared this tree downed location.
CCC Project Wrap Up at Ogilvy Ranch Survey - 11/03/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:CCC Project Wrap Up at Ogilvy Ranch
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:16
Patrolled Areas:Mono-Alamar Trail, Upper Mono Camp, Mono Narrows C
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/03/2015
End Date: 11/04/2015
Project Description:Drove to Ogilvy Ranch to help pack up the CCC Crew and review the results from their week long trail project.  Scouted the Mono-Alamar Trail from Ogilvy up to Mono Narrows and then down about 1 mile towards Little Caliente.
Aliso Canyon Loop Survey - 11/04/2015 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Aliso Canyon Loop
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4.5 miles
Patrolled Areas:Aliso Canyon Trail Loop
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 11/04/2015
End Date: 11/04/2015
Project Description:Pick up all blow down limbs on trail. Trail is in good shape with little water damage.
Semi monthly check up on Forbush Camp Survey - 11/03/2015 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Semi monthly check up on Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Select Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:4 miles
Patrolled Areas:Trail to Forbush camp and campsite
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 11/03/2015
End Date: 11/03/2015
Project Description:Pick up any debris from trail , collect and remove garbage from camp, check for water ...none.
Clean up campsites.
Manter Meadow Crosscut Saw Project Survey - 07/18/2015 - by Kathleen Phelps/Mike Smith
Project Name:Manter Meadow Crosscut Saw Project
Project Leader:Kathleen Phelps/Mike Smith
Ranger District:Select Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:72 trees, 6 miles
Patrolled Areas:All trails surrounding and accessing Manter Meadow
Organization:LPFA, BCHC Los Padres Unit.
Start Date: 07/18/2015
End Date: 07/25/201
Project Description:
On July 18-25, thirteen volunteers from the Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA) and Backcountry Horsemen of California, Los Padres Unit (BCHC) teamed up to use pack stock, cross cut saws, a grip hoist and loppers to open trails blocked by fallen trees and brush around Manter Meadow, in the  Dome Land Wilderness Area on the Sequoia National Forest.  13 people and 10 stock packed in supplies to spend a week at "Government Camp" at Manter Meadow.  The camp, horse pasture and food were all great.  76 trees were cut out of the trails and 6 miles of trails were brushed. 

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Gear Sale ... Nov. 7th Survey - 10/13/2015 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Gear Sale ... Nov. 7th
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:all work at home
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 10/13/2015
End Date: 10/15/2015
Project Description:Procure , clean and repair  an assortment of gear as a donation to the LPFA to be sold at Tuckers Grove on Dec. 7th.,
Lion Canyon Trail Survey - 10/29/2015 - by Mickey Mctigue
Project Name:Lion Canyon Trail
Project Leader:Mickey Mctigue
Ranger District:Ojai District
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:.6 miles
Patrolled Areas:Lion Canyon Trail
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 10/29/2015
End Date: 10/29/2015
Project Description: Drive to Lion Canyon TH . Brushing for .6 mile down from top.
Franklin Trail Survey - 10/17/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Franklin Trail
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara District
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:14
Patrolled Areas:The Pond Campsite, E. Camino Cielo Rd., Franklin T
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/17/2015
End Date: 10/18/2015
Project Description:Got dropped off at the Divide Peak OHV gate and hike to "The Pond".  Road in good condition. Encountered 6 motorcyclists.  Hiked down the Frankin Trail.  Phase II section is passable with more work to make the trail accessible by the public.
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Forest structure drawings Survey - 07/01/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Forest structure drawings
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Select Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Dabney Cabin and Bluff Cabin
Organization:
Start Date: 07/01/2015
End Date: 08/31/2015
Project Description:Drawings and material estimates for Dabney Cabin and Bluff Cabin
Bluff Cabin New Mattress Project Survey - 05/01/2015 - by Lori Rafferty
Project Name:Bluff Cabin New Mattress Project
Project Leader:Lori Rafferty
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:30+
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/01/2015
End Date: 05/30/2015
Project Description:Secured private donations from LPFA members to purchase 6 new covered mattresses for Bluff Cabin Bunk Room. 
LPFA Display at Wildling Museum Survey - 10/10/2014 - by Lori Rafferty
Project Name:LPFA Display at Wildling Museum
Project Leader:Lori Rafferty
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:30+
Patrolled Areas:Wildling Museum in Solvang, CA
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/10/2014
End Date: 11/01/2014
Project Description:Planning, design, printing/mounting and installation of LPFA's display for Wildling Museum's "Wilderness Resource Center Exhibit" for entire month of November 2014.
Bluff Cabin Maintenance Survey - 11/07/2014 - by Lori Rafferty
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Maintenance
Project Leader:Lori Rafferty
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:30+
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Bluff Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/07/2014
End Date: 11/09/2014
Project Description:Buckhorn Road patrol.
Mikey installed new stove vent.
Kail removed hazardous limb near cabin.
Cleaned outhouse.
Trash pickup around campgrounds.
Major inside cabin cleanup.
Stocked firewood for winter season.
De-winterized water line, tank and cabin water lines.
Bluff Cabin Maintenance Survey - 03/13/2015 - by Lori Rafferty
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Maintenance
Project Leader:Lori Rafferty
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:30+
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Bluff Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/13/2015
End Date: 03/15/2015
Project Description:Buckhorn Road patrol.
Hazardous tree removal around Bluff Camp.
Cleaned outhouse.
Trash pickup around campgrounds.
Pre-measurement/planning for future hot water cabinet design.
Major road blockage above Bluff on way up to Big Pine- needs serious dozer work!
Bluff Cabin Maintenance Survey - 05/16/2015 - by Lori Rafferty
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Maintenance
Project Leader:Lori Rafferty
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:30+
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Bluff Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/16/2015
End Date: 05/17/2015
Project Description:Buckhorn Road patrol.
Repaired valve on water tank.
Fine-tuned new hot water heater cabinet.
Mouse-proofed and cleaned outhouse.
Trash pickup around campgrounds.
Cleaned stove burners.
Cabin clean-up.
Bluff Cabin Maintenance Survey - 04/17/2015 - by Lori Rafferty
Project Name:Bluff Cabin Maintenance
Project Leader:Lori Rafferty
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:30+
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp, Buckhorn Road
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/17/2015
End Date: 04/19/2015
Project Description:Installation of new metal, custom-made outdoor hot water heater for cabin.
Dismantling and hauling out of old.
Outhouse and campground clean-up.
De-winterization of cabin.
Happy Hollow Maintence Survey - 04/22/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Happy Hollow Maintence
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Happy Hollow Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/22/2015
End Date: 04/22/2015
Project Description:Happy Hollow Camp Maintence
Hidden Potrero Maintenance Survey - 08/12/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Hidden Potrero Maintenance
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Hidden Potrero Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/12/2015
End Date: 08/12/2015
Project Description:Campsite clean up
Camuesa Camp Maintenance Survey - 07/08/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Camuesa Camp Maintenance
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Camuesa Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 07/08/2015
End Date: 07/08/2015
Project Description:Spring Maintenance.  Campsite clean up
Camuesa Camp Maintenance Survey - 06/18/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Camuesa Camp Maintenance
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Camuesa Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/18/2015
End Date: 06/18/2015
Project Description:Camp maintenance.  Table repair and spring repair
Santa Cruz Jeep way Survey Survey - 5/23/2015 - by Jasonn Becsktrand
Project Name:Santa Cruz Jeep way Survey
Project Leader:Jasonn Becsktrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:40 miles
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz Jeep way
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 5/23/2015
End Date: 05/24/2015
Project Description:Fix part of Santa Cruz Jeep way.
Santa Cruz Jeep way Survey Survey - 05/21/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Santa Cruz Jeep way Survey
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:40 miles
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz Jeep way
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/21/2015
End Date: 05/23/2015
Project Description:Survey the Santa Cruz Jeepway
Santa Cruz Guard Station Maintenance Survey - 05/12/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Santa Cruz Guard Station Maintenance
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/12/2015
End Date: 5/13/2015
Project Description:Camp maintenance
Camusea Road Survey and Camusea Camp Maintenance Survey - 5/7/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Camusea Road Survey and Camusea Camp Maintenance
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:40 miles
Patrolled Areas:Camuesa
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 5/7/2015
End Date: 5/7/2015
Project Description:Camusea Road Survey
Camusea Camp Maintenance
Buckhorn Rd Survey Survey - 12/10/2014 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Buckhorn Rd Survey
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:40
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Rd
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/10/2014
End Date: 12/10/2014
Project Description:Buckhorn Rd Survey out to Bluff
Buckhorn Road Survey Survey - 10/21/2015 - by Doug Cook
Project Name:Buckhorn Road Survey
Project Leader:Doug Cook
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Road Patrol
Miles Worked:40 miles
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Road, Bluff Camp, Alamar Saddle, Madulce
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/21/2015
End Date: 10/21/2015
Project Description:Road survey of Buckhorn Rd.

From Upper Oso to Chokecherry Springs.

From Upper Oso to OHV Locked Gate - Road is clear

From OHV Stop Gate to Bluff - down tree.  Can be dragged off the road or chainsawed.  20 in

From Bluff To Madulce Trail head - Road is clear

From Madulce Trail head to Chokecherry Springs - multiple wash outs leaving ruts.
McKinely Saddle to Mission Pine Basin Tree Clearing and Brush Project Survey - 03/27/2015 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:McKinely Saddle to Mission Pine Basin Tree Clearing and Brush Project
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:16
Patrolled Areas:Mission Pine Trai/Mission Pine Spring/Mission Pine
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/27/2015
End Date: 03/29/2015
Project Description:Objectives :
Clear brush and repair tread from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Spring camp on the Mission Pine Trail Clear brush and repair tread from Mission Pine Spring Camp to Mission Pine Basin Camp Clear fallen trees on trail from Mission Pine Spring to Mission Pine Basin Have a generally good time and hilarity with an outstanding volunteer trail crew Work Accomplished/Completed Friday, March 27 Cleared brush and repaired tread as needed from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Spring--trail is in excellent condition. Saturday, March 28 Cut and cleared 20 fallen trees on the Mission Pine Trail between Mission Pine Spring camp and Mission Pine Basin camp. Cleared brush including dense areas on switchbacks going down into Mission Pine Basin drainage. Clearly marked trail entry and exit to Mission Pine Basin camp. Re-installed sign at Mission Pine Basin Camp 

Work Remaining: Fall hazard trees in Mission Pine Basin camp Clean up Mission Pine Basin camp 
Cottam Camp Survey - 09/06/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Cottam Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:8
Patrolled Areas:Forbush and Blue Canyon Trails, Cotam, Forbush, Bl
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 09/06/2015
End Date: 09/07/2015
Project Description:Rik and I hike from Cold Springs Saddle to Cottam on a patrol.   I hiked to Blue Canyon to check on the campsite. All in good order.  No water in the Blue Canyon Creek.
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Forbush Survey - 08/28/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Forbush Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/28/2015
End Date: 08/29/2015
Project Description:Rik and I hiked from Cold Springs Saddle to Forbush to survey trail and clean up the campsite. Several trees were damaged and evidence of a fire in the lower campsite fire ring.

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New Year's Sisquoc Cabin Survey - 12/28/2014 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:New Year's Sisquoc Cabin
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:40
Patrolled Areas:Manzana and Sisquoc Trails, Lost Valley, Fish, Ray
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/28/2014
End Date: 01/02/2015
Project Description:Rik, and I joined Otis and his mules to hike from Nira to SouthFork Cabin on a Wilderness Patrol.  Otis and I travelled down to below the Forester's Leap to check on the dangerous slide area to evaluate it for stock passage.
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SouthFork Survey - 11/21/2014 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:SouthFork
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:50
Patrolled Areas:Manzana and Sisquoc Trails, Lost Valley, Fish, Ray
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/21/2014
End Date: 11/26/2014
Project Description:Rik and I hiked from Nira to SouthFork and down to Sycamore camp on a Wilderness Patrol to check on trail, campsite and cabin conditions.
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ACE Rollins Project Setup and Mono Scouting Survey - 10/08/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:ACE Rollins Project Setup and Mono Scouting
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:8
Patrolled Areas:Mono-Alamar Trail, Alamar Trail, Rollins Camp, Dut
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 10/08/2015
End Date: 10/11/2015
Project Description:Met the ACE Crew at PBar on Thursday night and escorted them in to Rollins Camp via the Pie Canyon and Loma-Pelona Jeep Roads.  After setting ACE up at Rollins we scouted and flagged the Alamar Trail from Rollins down to the Lomas and up to Dutch Oven.  On Sunday we scouted and flagged the Mono-Alamar Trail from Ogilvy Ranch up to Upper Mono Camp.
Gene Marshal NRT Survey - 10/09/2015 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Gene Marshal NRT
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6 miles
Patrolled Areas:Reyes Creek , Upper Reyes , Beartrap , plus 1 mile
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 10/09/2015
End Date: 10/10/2015
Project Description: Water report....flowing at Upper Reyes . Beartrap
  Trail work...... brushing trail to  1 mile past Beartrap.
Dabney Roof Recon Survey - 09/22/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Dabney Roof Recon
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:
Start Date: 09/22/2015
End Date: 09/22/2015
Project Description:Dabney roof assessment
Upper Sisquoc Trail Crosscut Project Survey - 07/10/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Upper Sisquoc Trail Crosscut Project
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:Sisquoc Trail, Upper Bear Camp, Lower Bear Camp, A
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 07/10/2015
End Date: 07/12/2015
Project Description:

Project Leader – Mike Smith

Project Participants – Mickey McTigue, Carol Day, Dan Wilson, Jon Eisenhart, Ellen Dorwin, Leslie Gomes, Adrian Gomes, Matt Spencer, James Mills.    

Date(s) – 10 July thru 12 July 2015

Trip Purpose –

1. The main purpose of this trip was to remove the downed trees blocking the Upper Sisquoc Trail from the upper trailhead starting at the Buckhorn/Big Pine road  to Lower Bear camp, approx 2 miles.  Also perform brushing in the areas heavily covered in brush.  

2. If time permits we would also perform tread work in the worst areas.

Number of Volunteers - 10 people

Length of Project – 28 work hours

Forbush Camp Survey - 10/03/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Forbush Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs from Saddle to Forbush, Forbush
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/03/2015
End Date: 10/04/2014
Project Description:Cleaned campsite, reformatted the fire ring, red taped the fire ring, picked the trash around Forbush trailhead and water tank.
Upper Manzana Trail Survey - 10/04/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Upper Manzana Trail
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:7
Patrolled Areas:Manzana trail, NIRA, Lost Valley, Fish Creek, Rays
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/04/2015
End Date: 10/04/2015
Project Description:Trail survey from NIRA to Manzana Narrows

There is no water to be found until you get to Manzana Narrows.  

Trail is in great condition with minor work needed.

Routes that are low and near the creek need burshing and tread.  But these are not the official routes.

Routes that are upper need some slough tread work.  But there are no blow outs.

Section from Fish to Ray's camp needs the most bushing.

There is a tree down before Ray's camp.  This can be made passable with silky.  
But to clear it completely need a 4 foot crosscut.  see picture

There is one silky worthy tree blocking the trail before Manzana camp.




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Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 4 Survey - 09/24/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 4
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:8.75
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Trail, Sisquoc Trail, Mission Pine Trail, B
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 09/24/2015
End Date: 09/27/2015
Project Description:Multi-day trail project with the primary goal of working the Alamar
Trail from Alamar Camp down to the camp at the bottom.  We removed 239
trees along this section of trail, which is 2.4miles long.  We also brushed
about 1.5miles of trail and completed tread work on over 1 mile of the
trail.

In addition we scouted the Sisquoc Trail from Alamar
Saddle down to Upper Bear Camp.  Also logged 27 trees from the Mission Pine
Trail between Windy Gap and West Big Pine.  And patrolled the Poplar Trail
from Bluff down to the Narrows.
Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 3 Survey - 01/07/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name: Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 3
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:8.75
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Trail, Sisquoc Trail, Mission Pine Trail, B
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 01/07/2015
End Date: 01/07/2015
Project Description:Multi-day trail project with the primary goal of working the Alamar
Trail from Alamar Camp down to the camp at the bottom.  We removed 239
trees along this section of trail, which is 2.4miles long.  We also brushed
about 1.5miles of trail and completed tread work on over 1 mile of the
trail.

In addition we scouted the Sisquoc Trail from Alamar
Saddle down to Upper Bear Camp.  Also logged 27 trees from the Mission Pine
Trail between Windy Gap and West Big Pine.  And patrolled the Poplar Trail
from Bluff down to the Narrows.
Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 2 Survey - 09/24/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 2
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:8.75
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Trail, Sisquoc Trail, Mission Pine Trail, B
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/24/2015
End Date: 09/27/2015
Project Description:Multi-day trail project with the primary goal of working the Alamar Trail from Alamar Camp down to the camp at the bottom.  We removed 239 trees along this section of trail, which is 2.4miles long.  We also brushed about 1.5miles of trail and completed tread work on over 1 mile of the trail.

In addition we scouted the Sisquoc Trail from Alamar Saddle down to Upper Bear Camp.  Also logged 27 trees from the Mission Pine Trail between Windy Gap and West Big Pine.  And patrolled the Poplar Trail from Bluff down to the Narrows.
Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 1 Survey - 09/24/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Alamar Trail RIRI Project: Report Group 1
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:8.75
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Trail, Sisquoc Trail, Mission Pine Trail, B
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 09/24/2015
End Date: 09/27/2015
Project Description:Multi-day trail project with the primary goal of working the Alamar Trail from Alamar Camp down to the camp at the bottom.  We removed 239 trees along this section of trail, which is 2.4miles long.  We also brushed about 1.5miles of trail and completed tread work on over 1 mile of the trail.

In addition we scouted the Sisquoc Trail from Alamar Saddle down to Upper Bear Camp.  Also logged 27 trees from the Mission Pine Trail between Windy Gap and West Big Pine.  And patrolled the Poplar Trail from Bluff down to the Narrows.
Upper sisquoc Survey - 09/26/2015 - by Jared spangler
Project Name:Upper sisquoc
Project Leader:Jared spangler
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:40
Patrolled Areas:Judell trail, cottonwood camp, sisquoc trail, whit
Organization:
Start Date: 09/26/2015
End Date: 09/27/2015
Project Description:Survey the upper sisquoc, up over white ledge, down to Nira camp via the manzana trail. Judell trail is in relatively good shape, as well as the sisquoc trail from Heath camp to south fork. There was drinkable water at cottonwood camp. Right outside of skunk camp there is drinkable water too. From that point til right above alcove falls was dry. Water at the narrows.  We camped under the supermoon, and there were animal tracks littering the river bed.  We hiked up out of Mansfield camp towards the Santa Cruz trail
For about a mile, the trail started to get difficult and it was very hot so we turned back towards the sisquoc trail.
Saw one hiker a mile from Nira, that was the only person we saw all weekend. Beautiful remote
Country, look forward to doing it after we get some water.
Pine Mountain water and trail report Survey - 09/03/2015 - by Rik Christensen
Project Name:Pine Mountain water and trail report
Project Leader:Rik Christensen
Ranger District:Ojai Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:3 miles
Patrolled Areas:Pine Mnt. camps to Chorro Springs and Raspberry Sp
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 09/03/2015
End Date: 09/04/2015
Project Description:    Remove debris from trails to both springs and deliver a water report......0 at Chorro Springs and a small flow at Raspberry.
Remove haxard trees on the Forbush Trail Survey - 09/22/2015 - by Mickey Mctigue
Project Name:Remove haxard trees on the Forbush Trail
Project Leader:Mickey Mctigue
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2 miles
Patrolled Areas:Cold Springs Trail ( Bulkley Springs)
Organization:LPFA , VWR
Start Date: 09/22/2015
End Date: 09/22/2015
Project Description:Fell , cut and remove 10 hazard trees next to trail.
Lamar Camp maintnenace Survey - 09/10/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Lamar Camp maintnenace
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Camp clearing and brushing
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 09/10/2014
End Date: 09/14/2014
Project Description:Completed brushing and clearing Alamar Camp. restructured Camp site .  cleared brush from jeep way leading into Alamar Camp. Touch up painting of picnic tables.
Bluff Camp maintenance Survey - 01/07/2015 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp maintenance
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Camp maintenance
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/07/2015
End Date: 01/07/2015
Project Description:Returned with materials and fixed cabin water heater, removed all misc lumber and supplies and drove them back to LPFA compound. Cut wood for inside wood stove for winter. light brushing.
Bluff Camp brushing and maintenance Survey - 08/28/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp brushing and maintenance
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp maintenance
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/28/2014
End Date: 09/01/2014
Project Description:Worked on clearing barn of misc. supplies. Worked on Cabin hot water heater, removed 3 way cabin burner for repairs. light camp area brushing.
ALamar Camp maintenance. Survey - 08/08/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:ALamar Camp maintenance.
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 08/08/2014
End Date: 08/09/2014
Project Description:Painted two tables at Alamar camp. Light brushing and loppering.
Reclaim Alamar Camp: Brushing and clearing. Survey - 07/31/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Reclaim Alamar Camp: Brushing and clearing.
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:1
Patrolled Areas:Alamar Camp brushing and clearing
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 07/31/2014
End Date: 08/03/2014
Project Description:Reclaimed Alamar Camp.  Brushed and cleared campsite, brought in new picnic table, restructured fire pit and camp placements.
Bluff Camp work Survey - 07/31/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp work
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Bluff camp maintenance
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 07/31/2014
End Date: 08/03/2014
Project Description:Painted picnic tables. removed empty propane tank from Camp to be re-filled. Collected firewood for Cabin inside stove.
Hike supplies to trail group near Coche Camp Survey - 07/03/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Hike supplies to trail group near Coche Camp
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Bluff to Coche Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 07/03/2014
End Date: 07/07/2014
Project Description:Re-supplied trail workers down at Coche Camp.  Water flowing at both feeder streams out to Coche.
Bluff trail work Survey - 06/02/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff trail work
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Brushing Buckhorn road from Bluff up towards the c
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/02/2014
End Date: 06/05/2014
Project Description:Cleared buckhorn road and brushed the jeep way from Bluff towards the cell point.
Bluff trail work Survey - 04/24/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff trail work
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5
Patrolled Areas:Bluff to Blue Jay Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/24/2014
End Date: 04/28/2014
Project Description:Work loping and brushing from Bluff Camp down to Blue Jay.  There are sections that will need a lot of attention form Blue Jay to Pens. Water flowing well in Indian Creek.
Spring Bluff Maintnenace Survey - 03/27/2015 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Spring Bluff Maintnenace
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Spring Bluff survey, cabin cleaning.
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/27/2015
End Date: 03/30/2015
Project Description:Bluff Spring cleaning, floor board cleaning, replace gas propane tank.  Road survey.
Spring Bluff Maintnenace Survey - 03/27/2015 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Spring Bluff Maintnenace
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Spring Bluff survey, cabin cleaning.
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/27/2015
End Date: 03/30/2015
Project Description:Bluff Spring cleaning, floor board cleaning, replace gas propane tank.  Road survey.
Bluff Camp winter check, road survey! Survey - 01/06/2015 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp winter check, road survey!
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Upper Oso to West Big Pine, to Alamar Camp survey
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/06/2015
End Date: 01/09/2015
Project Description:Upper Oso, road survey to Bluff, some new ruts in road, some rocks removed, we were able to get to Bluff and over to Alamar Camp.
Road Survey from Upper Oso to West Big Pine. Survey - 12/26/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Road Survey from Upper Oso to West Big Pine.
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Upper Oso Camp to West Big Pine road survey.
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 12/26/2014
End Date: 12/29/2014
Project Description:Road survey.  Some roads down on road to Bluff, and from Bluff up to West Big Pine. Cleared a couple sections, but we were able to drive up to West Big Pine.
Bluff Camp survey/ winter prep checked/ road survey Survey - 11/21/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp survey/ winter prep checked/ road survey
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Upper Oso to Bluff Patrol, Bluff to Alamar road su
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/21/2014
End Date: 11/24/2014
Project Description:Survey road to Bluff From Upper Oso Camp, drove to Alamar Camp....road ok, no large jeep way obstacles...
Bluff Trail Surveys Survey - 11/03/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Trail Surveys
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp to Blue Jay trail work
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 11/03/2014
End Date: 11/06/2014
Project Description:Worked from Bluff down towards Blue Jay Camp, light trial loping, brushing....water at the bottom of the valley below Bluff. Trail from Blue Jay to Pens needs a major overhaul, has,'t been done in almost 5 years now....
Bluff Camp Winter Prep. Survey - 10/20/2014 - by Rick Humphrey
Project Name:Bluff Camp Winter Prep.
Project Leader:Rick Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:35
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Camp/Cabin Winter Prep./ Road Survey to Chok
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 10/20/2014
End Date: 10/24/2014
Project Description:Bluff Camp Spring Winter prep, along with Cabin sanitizing, road survey to Choke Cherry Spring.
Indian CreeK Survey Survey - 09/29/2014 - by Richard Humphrey
Project Name:Indian CreeK Survey
Project Leader:Richard Humphrey
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Pie Canyon Jeepway to Indian Creek Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 09/29/2014
End Date: 10/03/2015
Project Description:Surveyed from Pie Canyon Jeepway to Indian Creek, painted table at Indian Creek Camp.  Trail from Meadow Camp to Indian Camp needs some serious work, creek sections up the canyon were covered up and difficult to find and negotiate. Some water in the creek.

Madulce Trail flagging and Upper Sisquoc River Trail survey Survey - 06/04/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Madulce Trail flagging and Upper Sisquoc River Trail survey
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:9
Patrolled Areas:Madulce Trail, Upper Sisquoc River Trail, Big Pine
Organization:
Start Date: 06/04/2015
End Date: 06/08/2015
Project Description:Surveyed Madulce Trail and flagged it down to Madulce Camp.  Surveyed Upper Sisquoc River Trail down to Lower Bear.  Surveyed Big Pine Camp.  Repaired door lock at Bluff Cabin.  Surveyed Buckhorn Road from Upper Oso to Santa Barbara Canyon.
National Trails Day - Cold Spring North Slide Survey - 06/06/2015 - by Bryan
Project Name:National Trails Day - Cold Spring North Slide
Project Leader:Bryan
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Cold Spring Trail, Gibraltar Trail, Mono Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 06/06/2015
End Date: 06/06/2015
Project Description:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNQhRkexUT0&feature=youtu.be

National Trails Day 2015

Camped at Mono Camp and worked through the Mono Jungle up to the Slide and then out Gibraltar Trail about a mile.
National Trails Day - Cold Spring North Slide - ENTRY 1 Survey - 06/06/2015 - by Bryan
Project Name:National Trails Day - Cold Spring North Slide - ENTRY 1
Project Leader:Bryan
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:4
Patrolled Areas:Cold Spring Trail, Gibraltar Trail, Mono Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 06/06/2015
End Date: 06/06/2015
Project Description:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNQhRkexUT0&feature=youtu.be

National Trails Day 2015

Camped at Mono Camp and worked through the Mono Jungle up to the Slide and then out Gibraltar Trail about a mile.
Gibraltar Trail Survey - 06/06/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Gibraltar Trail
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:Gibraltar Trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/06/2015
End Date: 06/07/2015
Project Description:Participated in the 2015 National Trails Day, and joined up with Bryan Conant's LPFA group working on fixing the slide on North Cold Springs Trail just prior to intersection with Gibraltar Trail.

Trailworked involved brushing and treadwork of first mile.

Images:
Cottam Survey - 06/12/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Cottam
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:7
Patrolled Areas:North Cold Springs and Blue Canyon Trails, Forbush
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 06/12/2015
End Date: 06/13/2015
Project Description:1. Fastened NO FIRE signs to trailhead signs at Forbush and North Romero/Blue Canyon Trailheads
2. Cleared leaves from around Forbush Campfire #2
3. Water report at Forbush and Cottam
4. Interacted with 4 backpackers hiking to Cottam
5. Wilderness patrol

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Earth Day Survey - 04/19/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Earth Day
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/19/2015
End Date: 04/19/2015
Project Description:Supported the Earth Day event.

Shared information about the forest, the districts, and back country events supported by LPFA.
Sisquoc Working Vacation Survey - 04/23/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Sisquoc Working Vacation
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Sisquoc, Judell, Heath, Lower Bear, Cottonwood
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/23/2015
End Date: 04/26/2015
Project Description:Second half of the trail maintenance on Judell and Sisquoc.

Goal of the project was to open the trail up so pack stock could pass the sections from Lower Bear to Mansfield.

This was accomplished during the 11 day project.
Buckhorn Trail Survey - 05/29/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Buckhorn Trail
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Trail, Lower Buckhorn Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/29/2015
End Date: 05/31/2015
Project Description:Trail maintenance along the Buckhorn trail was done from the trail head at Camuesa Rd 6 miles up the trail.

Brushing and Logging was done along this sections.

There remains 4 large down trees across the trail to be logged out.

Lower buckhorn camp was cleaned up and a table is needed at the camp.  small pools of water with little flow.

Meadow camp was clean but no water

Trail needs multiple follow up projects in order to open it back up for all users.
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Santa Cruz Trail Survey and Grapevine Maintenance Survey - 05/22/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Santa Cruz Trail Survey and Grapevine Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Grapevine, Santa Cruz Trails
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/22/2015
End Date: 05/25/2015
Project Description:Surveyed ACE trail work on Santa Cruz Trail from Kellogg camp up towards Mission pine basin.  They had completed 2 miles of the 3.5 mile section.

Trail maintenance on Grapevine Trail worked about 1/8 mile, starting a mile out.
Dabney Cabin Survey - 05/22/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Dabney Cabin
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1.5
Patrolled Areas:Sulphur Springs, Manzana Trail(Dabney Cabin to Sch
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/22/2015
End Date: 05/24/2015
Project Description:Base camped out of Dabney cabin. Hiked to Schoolhouse and cut two downed trees. Brushed and cut downed trees on Sulphur Springs trail to second road crossing.  Fire hazard abatement around Dabney Cabin. Cleared debris around toilet. 
ACE Santa Cruz Trail Project Setup Survey - 05/19/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:ACE Santa Cruz Trail Project Setup
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:7.5
Patrolled Areas:Grapevine Trail, Pelch Camp, Coche Camp, Kellogg C
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/19/2015
End Date: 05/20/2015
Project Description:Spent two days setting up the ACE Crew to work on the Santa Cruz Trail from Grapevine Junction to Mission Pine Basin.
Bluff Camp maintenance and trail work Survey - 05/01/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Bluff Camp maintenance and trail work
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:30
Patrolled Areas:Grapevine trail, Mission Pine trail, Buckhorn Road
Organization:
Start Date: 05/01/2015
End Date: 05/04/2015
Project Description:

Dabney Cabin drafting and material purchase Survey - 05/11/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Dabney Cabin drafting and material purchase
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:
Start Date: 05/11/2015
End Date: 05/13/2015
Project Description:Drafting of wall framing, lumber / material take-off, and purchase.
Dabney Framing Survey - 05/15/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Dabney Framing
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:12
Patrolled Areas:
Organization:
Start Date: 05/15/2015
End Date: 05/16/2015
Project Description:Interior wall framing
Upper Sisquoc Judell Working Vacation: Report 2 of 2 Survey - 04/17/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Upper Sisquoc Judell Working Vacation: Report 2 of 2
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:11
Patrolled Areas:Judell Trail, Sisquoc Trail, Buckhorn Road, Heath,
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/17/2015
End Date: 04/26/2015
Project Description:LPFA Working Vacation working down the Judell from SB Potrero and along the Sisquoc Trail from Mansfield up to Lower Bear.  The project was based at Heath Camp and stock supported by Susie and Otis.  See previous submission for more information.
Upper Sisquoc Judell Working Vacation: Report 1 of 2 Survey - 04/17/2015 - by Mike Smith
Project Name:Upper Sisquoc Judell Working Vacation: Report 1 of 2
Project Leader:Mike Smith
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:11
Patrolled Areas:Judell Trail, Sisquoc Trail, Buckhorn Road, Heath,
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 04/17/2015
End Date: 04/26/2015
Project Description:LPFA Working Vacation working down the Judell from SB Potrero and along the Sisquoc Trail from Mansfield up to Lower Bear.  The project was based at Heath Camp and stock supported by Susie and Otis.  See attached for more information.
Buckhorn Trail Patrol Survey - 05/12/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:Buckhorn Trail Patrol
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:9
Patrolled Areas:Buckhorn Trail, Buckhorn Road, Lower Buckhorn Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 05/12/2015
End Date: 05/12/2015
Project Description:Scouted the Buckhorn Trail from the Road down to the Indian Creek Trailhead.  This was to support an upcoming chainsaw project that will be held later in the month.

Here is more information:
http://arcg.is/1PG7dwg
Dabney Cabin Preservation Survey - 05/09/2015 - by Greg Jenkins
Project Name:Dabney Cabin Preservation
Project Leader:Greg Jenkins
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:12
Patrolled Areas:Dabney Cabin, Private Road
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 05/09/2015
End Date: 05/09/2015
Project Description:

Cabin Maintenance and cleaning.

Project preparation, shopping and purchasing stainless steel wool and spray foam.

Judell Trail Recon for upcoming Working Vacation for LPFA Survey - 04/03/2015 - by Kevin Wallace
Project Name:Judell Trail Recon for upcoming Working Vacation for LPFA
Project Leader:Kevin Wallace
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:15
Patrolled Areas:Judell Trail to Heath and Cottonwood Camp
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 04/03/2015
End Date: 04/05/2015
Project Description:

The purpose of this trip was to determine if the Judell Trail down to Heath and Cottonwood would allow for stock support for our upcoming LPFA working vacation. We determined this is NOT possible at this time, but….could be worked in a 2 day period with enough volunteers that the stock could make it to Heath.  It was obvious from the very beginning that the Judell has not been used for many months.  The trail was difficult to find, but we have hiked it and rode it many times, so we knew where to go. Our first obstacle was at the junction of the Sierra Madre Road with the Judell Trailhead (Function Junction!).  There is a pretty deep gully in the jeepway that would be extremely difficult for trucks and horse trailers to get down. It goes for about 200 ft before it evens out to a driveable road.  This would be a fairly easy fix with a few volunteers and the right tools.  The stock would have the staging area at the picnic table, although would NEED to bring in water as both troughs are empty. We cleared approximately 14 tree’s with the Katana Boy Silky before we were completely exhausted. It took us 6 hours to walk to Heath (5 miles!!!). The trail is very overgrown and needs lots of brushing, the tread is questionable in many spots, especially along the high trails and switchbacks, and there are at least 5 bigger trees that require a cross-cut saw prior to Heath camp. There are some major area’s that need work for the stock.  There is a Rock slide, a trail re-route over creek crossing, and the Grand Canyon reroute!  We were feeling ok until we hit about the ½ mile mark from Heath and then the trail disappeared into the Grand Canyon!  Really??? What the heck happened here?  It looks like there was a big Flash Flood and took the side of the canyon out.  It’s pretty impressive.  We tried lots of different approaches (staying in the creek bed or going higher), and found that going a bit higher and doing a bit of trail work you could go around the wash. Prior to Mike’s lunch spot (1/2 way point), there are 4 tree’s that are in the trail that need cross-cut work, tread work, and brushing.  Not too bad, but definitely need to remember that the stock will have pack saddles on and need a bit of room to maneuver around some of those tight spots.  We were walking toe to heel in many areas due to brushing and tread issues.  Once you pass Mike’s spot, the Poison Oak appears with vengeance.  Really.  It is hip high and needs some serious work.  I tried to cut through the best I could just to find the trail.  From here there are maybe 2 to 3 trees that need a cross cut saw, major brushing, tread work, and a few re-routes (the creek crossing and the flash-flood canyon).  Once you arrive at Heath it is wonderful.  We camped at Heath, but walked on to Cottonwood to check that out.  There are 4 trees that obstruct the trail there and lots of brushing.  Cottonwood would be a great spot for the stock to graze away for an afternoon.  It would clear out the area for campers.  The potty is super nice, someone has rebuilt that. There were lots of Bear signs.  Didn’t see any bears, but had some fresh poop on the trail, good size paw prints and the normal sign scratches.  We met about 20 vehicles at the second gate coming out?  It was crazy, they just kept coming.  I stopped and chatted with the lady in the front car and she said they were with some group that was doing Invasive species restoration group?  They were heading up to Painted Rock.  Glad we didn’t meet them on the road.On a good note.  We saw 0 rattlers, the flowers were beautiful, the grazing was so green, the water is perfect at both Heath and Cottonwood, and the Buckhorn is up and running in full force under new ownership with great food, and lots of it. 

Respectfully submitted,

Kevin and Maureen Wallace

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Nira Trailhead 4 Trail Loop Survey - 03/27/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Nira Trailhead 4 Trail Loop
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:33 miles
Patrolled Areas:Mckinley Fire Road, TRAILS Mission Pine, Fall Cany
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/27/2015
End Date: 03/31/2015
Project Description:I joined Curt Cragg's volunteer group on the Mission Pine Trail project to help clear downed trees near the Mission Pine Basin. The trail is now passable to backpackers and stock.

I hiked the Fall Canyon Trail down to the Sisquoc River. The trail is very brushy on the approach to Summit Meadow, and in sections down to the Fall Canyon Spring, and beyond about a half mile. There are several big downed trees in the ceanothus section below Summit Meadow that are easily bypassed. The trail is passable to backpackers and stock.

On the section from Mansfield Camp to SouthFork Station, I counted 15 downed trees.  I cut 8 trees, rolled 1 off the trail and left 6 for a future sawyer project. The trail is passable to backpackers and stock. The trail tread has grass growing indicating very little usage over the past couple of months.

The Manzana Trail section from SouthFork to Nira is in excellent condition.  I encountered two groups:  1) Midland School camping at Manzana Camp, and 2) Wilderness Youth Project at Fish Creek using the upgraded campsite #2 from a recent Eagle Scout project.

The weather was in the 70's most of the 5 days. See the individual campsites on this website for updated information.





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Santa Barbara Canyon Trail - Logging Trip Survey - 03/28/2015 - by Todd Brockman
Project Name:Santa Barbara Canyon Trail - Logging Trip
Project Leader:Todd Brockman
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6 Miles
Patrolled Areas:Santa Barbara Canyon Trail
Organization:Wilderness Corps
Start Date: 03/28/2015
End Date: 03/29/2015
Project Description:Wilderness Corps went into Santa Barbara Canyon Trail with Wilderness Corps Leadership plus 6 Wilderness Corps Volunteers and pack stock. We cleared 50 Trees ranging from 3 inches in diameter to 15 diameter off the trail. The trail is clear of trees from the North End of the Santa Barbara Canyon Trail to just before Malduce Camp where there is a large tree down that we could not get. On a previous Recon trip we cleared about 10 trees off the trail, for a total of 60 Tress removed from Santa Barbara Trail. 
San Rafael and Dick Smith Trail Recon: Santa Lucia District Survey - 03/01/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:San Rafael and Dick Smith Trail Recon: Santa Lucia District
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:11
Patrolled Areas:Mission Pine Basin, Fall Canyon Trail, Mansfield,
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/01/2015
End Date: 03/02/2015
Project Description:Patrolled the Fall Canyon and Upper Sisquoc Trails and camps as part of a week long backpack.  Here is a link the photos of the Upper Sisquoc:

https://picasaweb.google.com/112621029507944014457/UpperSisquocDownedTreesMarch2015#
San Rafael and Dick Smith Trail Recon: Santa Barbara District Survey - 02/27/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:San Rafael and Dick Smith Trail Recon: Santa Barbara District
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Select Type
Miles Worked:65
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz Trail, Santa Cruz Camp, Little Pine Spr
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/27/2015
End Date: 03/05/2015
Project Description:Patrolled the trails and camps along a week long backpack through the SB and SL Ranger Districts.  Too much information to post here, see reports on www.HikeLosPadres.com or contact me directly.
2015-03-23 Arroyo Burro Tree Removal Survey - 03/23/2015 - by Chris Orr
Project Name:2015-03-23 Arroyo Burro Tree Removal
Project Leader:Chris Orr
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:9.7
Patrolled Areas:North Arroyo Burro, Santa Ynez River Trail
Organization:SBMTV
Start Date: 03/23/2015
End Date: 03/23/2015
Project Description:North Arroyo Burro Trail: One mile up from lower Arroyo Burro trailhead, 8" oak tree across the trail with 3" bay tree spring pole.  Release tension in spring pole with multiple handsaw undercuts.  Cut pole down.  Cut 1/3 of oak off, rolled trunks off trail.  Cleared small deadfall down trail.
North Romero Trail and Blue Canyon Camps Survey - 03/14/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:North Romero Trail and Blue Canyon Camps
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:6 miles
Patrolled Areas:Blue Canyon, Upper Blue Canyon, North Romero Trail
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/14/2015
End Date: 03/15/2015
Project Description:Hike from the trail junction of Romero Trail and East Camino Cielo Rd.  This section down to Blue Canyon is also called North Romero Trail.

The trail is relatively steep with eroded sections filled with pebble size rocks.  The existing water bars have failed.

We met three female backpackers from the LPFA Backpacking class who were on a gear testing camp session.  We added a toilet set to the existing throne.

We hike the trail to Upper Blue Canyon. The campsite was taken by 3 guys from SB on an overnighter.  We stealth camped at a site that 100 yards east of the campsite.

There is water flowing in the creek near both campsites.

The trail sign at the junction with the Blue Canyon Trail needs two bolds to hold it together. 

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Fish Creek Eagle Project Survey - 03/21/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Fish Creek Eagle Project
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Facility Maintenance
Miles Worked:6 miles
Patrolled Areas:Fish Creek Camp, Lost Valley Camp, Manzana Creek
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/21/2015
End Date: 03/22/2015
Project Description:A scout in Troop 105 completed his Eagle Project at Fish Creek Camp. He replaced the old wilderness throne and dug out the pit, painted the existing picnic table, constructed and painted a table for the second campsite.

There is no water in the Manzana River that runs in front of the campsite.  Water is located in a flowing stream and pool at the junction of Fish Creek.

There is a downed oak tree partially blocking the trail about 3/4 mike from NIra Trailhead.

Overall the trail from Nira to Fish Creek is in excellent condition.

We encountered 12 backpackers passing through Fish Creek Camp headed to Ray's, Manzana and the Narrows.
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Front Country Trails Meeting Survey - 03/19/2015 - by Chris Orr
Project Name:Front Country Trails Meeting
Project Leader:Chris Orr
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:Front Country Trails
Organization:ALL
Start Date: 03/19/2015
End Date: 03/19/2015
Project Description:Trail meeting to talk about Maintenance projects on the front country trails.

Talked about CA trails day, National trails day, BLM trails day.

Other ways to get public involved.
19 Oaks Spring and Throne Recon Survey - 03/18/2015 - by Bryan Conant
Project Name:19 Oaks Spring and Throne Recon
Project Leader:Bryan Conant
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Camp Maintenance
Miles Worked:2
Patrolled Areas:19 Oaks, Santa Cruz Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/18/2015
End Date: 03/18/2015
Project Description:Scouted the spring and crapper at 19 Oaks for future projects.  Also cleared a few bushes that were encroaching across the trail.  See attached document for more details.
Santa Cruz Trail Maintenance Survey - 03/13/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Santa Cruz Trail Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/13/2015
End Date: 03/15/2015
Project Description:Santa Cruz Trail maintenance project.

The goal of this project was to evaluate and fix areas that would prohibit stock from getting from Upper Oso to Santa Cruz Camp.  

Pictures

Work completed on the North side from Alexander saddle towards Santa Cruz Camp

20 slides and blowouts were repaired.  See Pictures in attached link.

Cleaned up trash at little pine springs camp.

Spring is running, but low water flow.

Trough was empty due to leak.  Needs repair.


Work completed on the South side from Alexander saddle towards Upper Oso

Spring was unclogged and water is flowing into stock trough.  Water flow is about 1 litter per 30 sec

6 slides were cleared off the trail.

There are two slides that still require maintenance.


Follow up Project

North Side

Work to improve trail down to little pine spring camp.

Fix table at little pine spring camp.  Needs new boards.  Minimum 1 seat.  tighten bolts.

Fix trough.  Check and clean out spring.


South Side
Work the shall sides on the upper south side of the trail. 

With these slides removed stock could ride to Santa Cruz Camp. 



Trail Visitors

4 backpackers on the north side of the trail

6 mountain bikers on the south side of the trail

3 motorcycle riders on buckhorn road.
Santa Cruz Trail Maintenance Survey - 03/13/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Santa Cruz Trail Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz
Organization:L
Start Date: 03/13/2015
End Date: 03/15/2015
Project Description:Goals and objectives, work completed, and any work still needed?
Santa Cruz Trail Maintenance Survey - 03/13/2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Project Name:Santa Cruz Trail Maintenance
Project Leader:Jasonn Beckstrand
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:6
Patrolled Areas:Santa Cruz
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/13/2015
End Date: 03/15/2015
Project Description:Santa Cruz Trail maintenance project.

The goal of this project was to evaluate and fix areas that would prohibit stock from getting from Upper Oso to Santa Cruz Camp.  


Work completed on the North side from Alexander saddle towards Santa Cruz Camp

20 slides and blowouts were repaired.  See Pictures in attached link.

Cleaned up trash at little pine springs camp.

Spring is running, but low water flow.

Trough was empty due to leak.  Needs repair.


Work completed on the South side from Alexander saddle towards Upper Oso

Spring was unclogged and water is flowing into stock trough.  Water flow is about 1 litter per 30 sec

6 slides were cleared off the trail.

There are two slides that still require maintenance.


Follow up Project

North Side

Work to improve trail down to little pine spring camp.

Fix table at little pine spring camp.  Needs new boards.  Minimum 1 seat.  tighten bolts.

Fix trough.  Check and clean out spring.


South Side
Work the shall sides on the upper south side of the trail. 

With these slides removed stock could ride to Santa Cruz Camp. 



Trail Visitors

4 backpackers on the north side of the trail

6 mountain bikers on the south side of the trail

3 motorcycle riders on buckhorn road.


West Hurricane Deck Brush Clearing and Tread Repair Survey - 03/06/2015 - by Curt K Cragg
Project Name:West Hurricane Deck Brush Clearing and Tread Repair
Project Leader:Curt K Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Potrero, Cold Water, Horseshoe Bend, Dabney Cabin,
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 03/06/2015
End Date: 03/08/2015
Project Description:

Project Work Accomplished

West Hurricane Deck Trail Clearing Project from Manzana Schoolhouse Camp

Dates: Friday, March 6, 2015 - Sunday, March 8, 2015


Project Coordinator:  Curt Cragg, Wilderness #36

Volunteers Attended:  15 including  pack crew

Pack Support:  Otis Calef, Kathleen Phelps, Pancho Smith,  Dave Ralston and Jane Lodas (Dave and Jane also did all of the cooking for volunteer meals).


Original Project Objective:

Clear heavy brush on the west end of the Hurricane Deck Trail from above the switchbacks at the junction of the Sisquoc River Trail.  Repair off sloping and degraded tread.  Re-establish bypassed switchbacks that had been lost due to overgrowth

Work Accomplished:

Crew cleared four tree falls across Manzana Trail while hiking in to Schoolhouse Camp on Friday, including one large oak tree at the toilet in the camp.  Checked all camps along the way.  On Saturday crew hiked to top of switchbacks above Sisquoc River Trail on the West end of the Hurricane Deck and cleared dense brush, repaired severely off sloping tread and re-established missing switchbacks due to hikers bypassing because of heavy brush.  Crew worked to approximately 2.5 miles from junction.  Repaired fallen sign at junction with new hardware.  Cut tree hanging on pasture fence at schoolhouse.


Blue Canyon Trail Survey - 02/14/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Blue Canyon Trail
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:8 miles
Patrolled Areas:Blue Canyon Trail,Upper Blue Canyon Canyon Camp, B
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/14/2015
End Date: 02/15/2015
Project Description:Parked at Blue Canyon Trailhead by the bridge on East Camino Cielo.  Hiked to Blue Canyon Camp. 

The trail is in good condition.  

We encountered two downed trees across the trail.  Cut a few branches on one tree to allow for better passage by hikers. Not passable for stock.

Flowing water in creek at all 3 campsites. 

All 3 camps are in good condition (see campsite reports).  Delivered cooking grates for the fire pits.
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LPFA committee Survey - 03/03/2015 - by Kyle Slattery
Project Name:LPFA committee
Project Leader:Kyle Slattery
Ranger District:All Districts
Project Type:General Volunteer
Miles Worked:0
Patrolled Areas:LPFA Committee Meeting
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 03/03/2015
End Date: 03/03/2015
Project Description:Financial Planning meeting 
Cottam Camp Survey - 02/21/2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Project Name:Cottam Camp
Project Leader:Paul Cronshaw
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:12 miles
Patrolled Areas:Forbush Camp, North Cold Springs Trail, Cottam Cam
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 02/21/2015
End Date: 02/22/2015
Project Description:We hiked from Cold Springs Saddle down the North Cold Springs Trail to Forbush Camp. I restored the tread at the major slide near the trailhead, and cleaned out the water bars. 

At Forbush Camp, we met several groups of hikers, including Leor Pantilat, the JMT record holder (supported), and a group of three males camping at the lower campground.  I wrote them a fire permit.  Sadly, we saw that one of the historical pear trees had been vandalized by someone with an ax; a limb had been cut off. 

As we hiked down to Cottam Camp, we cleared some overhanging limbs and a small slide in the switchback section. 

At Cottam Camp, we used the new fire shovel that I hiked in to reformat the firepit. We also measured the table to replace the rotting top boards.

We hiked the Blue Canyon Connector Trail to the dirt road, removed a small overhanging limb, and added new cairns to a section of trail that follows the SY River bed before in ascends the bank to the dirt road.  

Future projects to be discussed will be 1) to replace the rotting table boards or swap out for a new table, and 2) brush the section of trail from Forbush Camp to Cottam Camp. 
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Lopez Canyon Tree Clearing Survey - 02/21/2015 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Lopez Canyon Tree Clearing
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:5 miles
Patrolled Areas:Lopez Canyon, Sulpher Pots Camp, Upper Lopez Camp
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/21/2015
End Date: 02/21/2015
Project Description:Cleared trees beginning at Lower Lopez Canyon/Big Falls trailhead.  Hiked from locked gate to first tree at wilderness boundary.  Located large oak tree that had been partially cut, but was not complete.  Cleared several additional trees along the way and document trees for crosscut crew to cut the following day (project lead by Mickey McTigue.  Hiked to Upper Lopez Camp and met Susie Thielman and Jen Smith working on a tree just past the camp.

This project was in conjunction with another crosscut project working from the upper Lopez Canyon trailhead lead by Mickey Mc Tigue and Mike Smith, clearing the trees on the upper end of the trail.

Surveyed Sulphur Pots and Upper Lopez Camps.  Toilet and surround at Sulphur Pots camp is damaged and needs repair.

All trees on this trail should be cleared by end of day 2/22/15 assuming that Mickey was able to cut remaining trees that we could not cut.
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McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Basin Trail Recon Survey - 02/15/2015 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Basin Trail Recon
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Backcountry Patrol
Miles Worked:16
Patrolled Areas:McKinley Spring, McKinley Fire Road, Mission Pine
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/15/2015
End Date: 02/15/2015
Project Description:

McKinley Saddle to MP Basin VWR Trail Recon Hike

Sunday, February 15, 2015

VWR’s:  Curt Cragg and Skip Boyland


Objective:  Drive up McKinley fire road from Cachuma Saddle to look at road conditions.  Check McKinley Spring Camp.  Hike from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Basin to check on trail conditions and tree falls from prior report in anticipation of trail project scheduled for February 27-March 1, 2015


McKinley Fire Road Condition:  Excellent, no major washouts, tree falls or slide areas.


McKinley Springs Camp:  Full.  There was a bachelor party group of 13 backpackers from the L.A. area camping at McKinley Spring.  They did an excellent job of cleaning up trash left by previous campers.  We hauled out trash so that they did not have to pack it down the road.  Counseled them on making sure that they soak their campfire tomorrow when they leave.


Mission Pine Trail from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Spring:  The first mile to two miles to San Rafael peak needs brush work and some tread repair which we will address on the upcoming trail project.  There are four tree falls past San Rafael Peak on the trail leading down into MP Spring camp that need to be cleared (see photos).  All can be addressed with a 4’ crosscut saw.  There are two tree falls just past the camp that also need to be cleared.  Areas of flowing water along the trail from recent rain storm.


Mission Pine Spring Camp:  Empty.  Camp is in good condition.  Bears have been chewing on the picnic table.  Water flow at spring is excellent and very fresh.


Mission Pine Trail from MP Spring to MP Basin:  First two miles past the tree falls near the camp, trail is in generally good condition with the need for some tread repair and brush work, but not overgrown.  From two miles east to MP Basin camp there are several areas that need brush work, tread repair and tree clearing.  The switchbacks leading into the MP Basin drainage probably need the most work.  Most of the tree falls are match sticks, but there are a few larger trees that need to be cleared.  This will be the primary focus of the trail project on Saturday, February 28th.


Mission Pine Basin Camp: Empty.  The trail junction from the MP Trail to the MP Camp has been lost and needs signage.  It is unclear where to leave the trail to hike to the camp and the trail to the camp is hard to follow due to brush and tree falls.  There are several tree falls across the trail that passed the camp as well.  The camp is showing promising signs of new pine tree growth, but the campsite is barren and has several hazard trees that need to be dropped.  There was water in the drainages around MP Basin Camp.


Hikers and Backpackers:  We met two backpackers between MP Basin and MP Spring that had done a long loop from Nira to South Fork to Alamar up the road to Windy Gap and over the Mission Pine Trail.  They were stoked at the condition of the MP Trail due to the recent trail work.  They were from the Murphysville area.  We met the group of 13 backpackers that were celebrating a bachelor party at McKinley Spring from the LA area.  We saw three day hikers on the McKinley fire road and one solo backpacker that said he had come from the Santa Cruz Trail.


Link to photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ve2f5zw2zr4l992/AACO9PCItZcwbEDd56S12DYya?dl=0


Note:  I took photos of all of the tree falls, but got tired of loading them.  For the most part we have a lot of match stick pines and a few larger falls about 1-1.5 miles west of MP Basin Camp that need to be cleared.  Two sawyer crews should be able to knock it all out on Saturday, March 27th, while the brush crews work on the brush.


North Arroyo Burro Trail, Hazard removal Survey - 02/10/2015 - by Kevin Wallace
Project Name:North Arroyo Burro Trail, Hazard removal
Project Leader:Kevin Wallace
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:1 mile
Patrolled Areas:Arroyo Burro Trail
Organization:
Start Date: 02/10/2015
End Date: 02/10/2015
Project Description:.8 mile down from gate of East Camino Cielo on the Arroyo Burro trail.  Cleared trail from large Oak that fell which completely obstructed trail.  
About 1/4 mile below tree, we did some much needed tread work.

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Super Bowl Sunday MPRD: Mine Camp spur trail (2 of 2) Survey - 02/1/2015 - by Mark Subbotin
Project Name:Super Bowl Sunday MPRD: Mine Camp spur trail (2 of 2)
Project Leader:Mark Subbotin
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:0.7 miles
Patrolled Areas:spur trail to Mine Camp from Deal Connector
Organization:UTMC, LPFA
Start Date: 02/1/2015
End Date: 02/1/2015
Project Description:brushed, minor tread work and cleared deadfall on entire 0.7 mile spur trail from Deal Connector to Mine Camp
Super Bowl Sunday MPRD: Mine Camp spur trail (1 of 2) Survey - 02/1/2015 - by Mark Subbotin
Project Name:Super Bowl Sunday MPRD: Mine Camp spur trail (1 of 2)
Project Leader:Mark Subbotin
Ranger District:Mt. Pinos Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:0.7
Patrolled Areas:spur trail to Mine Camp from Deal Connector
Organization:UTMC, LPFA
Start Date: 02/1/2015
End Date: 02/1/2015
Project Description:brushed, minor tread work and cleared deadfall on entire 0.7 mile spur trail from Deal Connector to Mine Camp
Santa Cruz Trail Tree Clearing and Santa Cruz Jeepway Road Surver Survey - 02/06/2015 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Santa Cruz Trail Tree Clearing and Santa Cruz Jeepway Road Surver
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:20
Patrolled Areas:Little Pine Camp. Buckhorn Road, Santa Cruz Jeepwa
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 02/06/2015
End Date: 02/06/2015
Project Description:

Project Plan

Project Name:  Santa Cruz Trail tree clearing & Santa Cruz Jeepway Road Survey

Project Date:  Friday, February 6, 2015

Volunteers: 2

Project Leader:  Curt Cragg

Method of Access:  Upper Oso Road via Buckhorn Road driving, hike from Little Pine Mountain to work area near Little Pine Spring Camp junction on the Santa Cruz Trail


Project Objectives:

Survey Buckhorn Road and Little Pine Road conditions from Upper Oso Gate

Clear trees on Santa Cruz Trail near Little Pine Spring Camp junction as reported by James Wapotich.  Survey trail conditions.

Survey trail from Santa Cruz trail to Little Pine Spring Camp

Survey Santa Cruz Jeepway Road to Santa Cruz Guard Station


Work Accomplished/Conditions Report: (see reference photos in photo link)

There are several rock slide areas along the Buckhorn Road within the first mile of leaving the Upper Oso Gate.  They are passable with a high clearance 4WD vehicle, but my pose a challenge for lower vehicles.  It is likely that there will be more slides if we get the amount of rain predicted for this weekends storm.


There was one fallen pine tree partially blocking the road to Little Pine.  This tree was cleared to the side of the road using a winch.


There was one small pine (6” dia) fall on the side trail that wraps around the front of Little Pine Mountain.  Tree was cleared.


There were several slide and wash out areas along the Santa Cruz Trail between Alexander Saddle and the junction to Little Pine Spring Camp as reported by James Wapotich.  These are in the usual areas where past repairs have been made.  We did not attempt to repair slides due to upcoming expected rain.  These areas are still passable for hiker and pack stock with caution.


There were two pine falls across the trail, one approximately 24” dia and one approximately 12” diameter, along with debris from broken branches.  Trees and branches have been cleared and tread repaired.  This section is now passable for hikers and pack stock.


The trail from Santa Cruz Trail to Little Pine Spring Camp is in poor condition due to overgrown brush, a large oak tree fall, and off sloping tread that would be very slippery in wet conditions.  It appears that this whole trail is a work around to the original trail that more likely followed the riparian corridor under or along the oak canopy.  The original tread of this trail is evident from the back (up slope) side of the spring box at the camp.  Either the work around or the original trail (or a combination of both) could be worked in a day by a small crew camping at Little Pine Spring camp.  This merits a future trail project to improve the trail.  Ideally a new trail sign should also be placed at the junction in a more visible location.  The spring also could use a new large plastic spring box with an overflow outlet to replace the metal one that is leaking.


The Santa Cruz Jeepway Road is in generally good condition with rutting in some areas due to water flow.  We cleared two smaller (6” dia.) pine trees from the road, but otherwise the road was clear and passable for a 4WD vehicle.  Mission Pine Guard Station and camp were in excellent condition with nice water flowing at the creek.


Work Accomplished Summary:  Cut or cleared 6 pine trees of varying dimensions from roads and trail.  Surveyed approximately 20 miles of road.


Follow up work proposed:

Clear slide areas on Buckhorn Road after rainy season with a small tractor

Coordinate trail project to clear brush and repair tread from Santa Cruz Trail junction to Little Pine Spring Camp

Replace or at least move sign at Little Pine Spring Camp junction

Replace spring box at Little Pine Spring Camp

Repair slide areas on Santa Cruz Trail after rainy season


James Wapotich Report, January 10-11, 2015


Santa Cruz Trail: Alexander Saddle to Santa Cruz Camp January 10-11, 2015 VWR James Wapotich Summary: Hiked the Santa Cruz Trail from Upper Oso to Santa Cruz Camp. Santa Cruz Trail from the Buckhorn-Camuesa Rd. to Alexander Saddle is in more or less the same condition it was back in September 2014. From Alexander Saddle down to Santa Cruz Camp there are three downed trees and numerous places were runoff material has been deposited across the trail and in some cases where the trail has been damaged by erosion. Passable for hikers, but not passable by stock without some repair in several locations. Oak deadfall along the trail down to Little Pine Spring. Water Report: Water in Oso Creek. Water in the horse trough a mile before Alexander Saddle, although the flow is slow. Good water at Little Pine Spring. Water flowing in Santa Cruz Creek at Santa Cruz Camp. Visitors: On the hike in on Saturday, passed a group of about 12 mountain bikers completing the Little Pine Loop; they reported not seeing any motorcycles or OHVs along the BuckhornCamuesa Road. Passed three women day-hikers and their two dogs. At Alexander Saddle passed a mountain biker making the Little Pine Loop; he reported seeing some motorcyclists along the Buckhorn-Camuesa Road. Heading down towards Santa Cruz Camp, passed three guys from Camarillo who were camping at Little Pine Spring. They were returning from a day hike down to Santa Cruz Camp as part of their 3-day trip. Didn’t see anyone else at Santa Cruz Camp, nor on the hike out on Sunday. Breakdown of trail damage and deadfall in order of appearance along the trail: Alexander Saddle to the turnoff to Little Pine Spring: 2-3 places with a minor amount of deposited material across the trail 3 locations with material deposited across the trail and erosion damage Double pine deadfall across the trail Trail down to Little Pine Spring: large oak deadfall across the trail Little Pine Spring turnoff to the beginning of the 40-mile Wall: Oak deadfall across the trail 40-mile wall to the beginning of the switchbacks down to Santa Cruz Creek: 4 locations with deposited material and in some cases erosion damage 5-6 locations with modest amounts of deposited material 11 locations with deposited material and in some cases erosion damage Switchbacks down to Santa Cruz Creek: 2 locations with deposited material Pictures of conditions belowAlexander Saddle to the turnoff to Little Pine Spring: 3 locations with material deposited across the trail and erosion damageDouble pine deadfall across the trailSame site looking uptrail Trail down to Little Pine Spring: large oak deadfall across the trailLittle Pine Spring turnoff to the beginning of the 40-mile Wall: Oak deadfall across the trail (view looking uptrail) 40-mile wall to the beginning of the switchbacks down to Santa Cruz Creek: first 4 locations with deposited material and in some cases erosion damage(5-6 locations with modest amounts of deposited material - not pictured) next 11 locations with deposited material and in some cases erosion damageSwitchbacks down to Santa Cruz Creek: 2 locations with deposited materialWater at Santa Cruz Creek Abandoned gear at Santa Cruz Camp - tent and tarp, plus trash



Aliso Loop Survey - 01/24/2015 - by Chris Orr
Project Name:Aliso Loop
Project Leader:Chris Orr
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:3
Patrolled Areas:Aliso Loop
Organization:LPFA
Start Date: 01/24/2015
End Date: 01/24/2015
Project Description:Trail Maintenance on Aliso Loop Trail

Repaired and created water control features.  rolling dips and nics.


Mission Pine Trail Brushing and Tread Repair Survey - 10/24/2014 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Mission Pine Trail Brushing and Tread Repair
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Cabin, Mission Pine Trail, Windy Gap to Ratt
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 10/24/2014
End Date: 10/26/2014
Project Description:

Windy Gap to Rattlesnake Canyon Brush Project,  October 24-26, 2014

Project Leaders:  Paul Cronshaw, Curt Cragg

Number of Volunteers: 12

Projective Objectives:  Clear heavy brush from Windy Gap 3.5 miles west to Rattlesnake Canyon.

Image Link:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3tjdcd3dyy79m5a/AAB_7lFkD0PVaEj9T4NHhSGka?dl=0


Mission Pine Trail Rattlesnake Canyon Brushing and Tread Repair Survey - 11/14/2014 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Mission Pine Trail Rattlesnake Canyon Brushing and Tread Repair
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:12
Patrolled Areas:Bluff Cabin, Mission Pine Trail, Windy Gap, Rattle
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/14/2014
End Date: 11/16/2014
Project Description:

Rattlesnake Canyon Brush Project, November 14-16, 2014

Project Leaders:  Paul Cronshaw, Curt Cragg

Number of Volunteers: 10

Projective Objectives:  Clear heavy brush on switchbacks in Rattlesnake Canyon 3.5 to 5 miles west of Windy Gap, to within 1.5 miles east of Mission Pine Basin.  Survey remaining 1.5 miles of trail to be cleared to complete project.

Image Link:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/32r0euex7hfjyc6/AACwmNH-xSb1CtrHTCIHv0tYa?dl=0


Mission Pine Trail Brush Clearing and Slide Repair east of MP Basin Camp Survey - 11/22/2014 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Mission Pine Trail Brush Clearing and Slide Repair east of MP Basin Camp
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:18
Patrolled Areas:Camped at Mission Pine Spring, Hiked to Mission Pi
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 11/22/2014
End Date: 11/23/2014
Project Description:

Mission Pine Basin area Slide Repair and Brush Project, November 22-23, 2014

Project Leader:  Curt Cragg

Number of Volunteers: 5

Project Objectives:  Repair slide area as surveyed on 11/16/14 to make it passable for stock and hikers.  Clear brush in dense areas on either side of slide to make trail more visible.  Survey trail from McKinley Saddle to Mission Pine Basin to determine additional work required and check on tree falls.  Survey Mission Pine Basin Camp for future sawyer project.

Image Link:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/orj88ugc9ttp833/AABQqxrMUpuhgy0ZUfx79xbLa?dl=0


Lost Valley Trail Tree Clearing Project Survey - 12/20/2014 - by Curt Cragg
Project Name:Lost Valley Trail Tree Clearing Project
Project Leader:Curt Cragg
Ranger District:Santa Lucia Distrcit
Project Type:Trail Work
Miles Worked:10
Patrolled Areas:Twin Oaks/Lost Valley Trail
Organization:Los Padres Forest Association
Start Date: 12/20/2014
End Date: 12/21/2014
Project Description:

Work Accomplished Report

Lost Valley Trail Tree Clearing

Dates: Saturday, December 20-Sunday, December 21


Project Leaders:  Curt Cragg and Paul Cronshaw

Certified Sawyers:  Curt Cragg, Rik Christiansen, Steve Cypher

Pack Support:  Otis Calef, Kathleen Phelps, Pat Fish

Trail Volunteers Attended: 15 including pack support, leaders and sawyers


Project Objectives Accomplished:

Cleared 20 fallen pine trees between Lost Valley Junction and Vulture Springs

Cleared brush in several dense areas along the trail

Repaired tread slides in several areas along the trail

Installed picnic table at Twin Oaks camp

Installed water basin at Vulture Springs

Bolted trail sign to post and planted post at Hurricane Deck and Lost Valley Junction


The Lost Valley Trail is in excellent hiking condition from the junction at the Manzana Trail to past Vulture Springs.  We did get a report of another fallen pine and slide area past Vulture Springs where we completed our work.  We will try and address this on our next project scheduled for January 16-19, 2015.  I will add a photo to the Dropbox file once I receive it from the volunteer.


Link to pictures:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0xz5ql7h8thhuc8/AAAdrrmPEwnf19SGMd_1kiowa?dl=0


Cronshaw’s Photos:

https://picasaweb.google.com/112425444439835043013/2014LostValleySawyerProject#6095538814558356978


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gdt8xhqje5alp07/AABSTOzfuq54OOPUjIOqx_Tha?dl=0


Jeff’s Photos:  http://chalkmasters.com/pics/lostvalley/

What a satisfying day! Thanks for pullling all this together. Here's

my report (with a link to photos at the end):


After cutting back the brush and elder and willow limbs, I dug out

much of the leaves and black muck that was Vulture Spring, shored up

and filled in the space with rocks to get the water level higher and

installed the basin just off-level so the trickle will fill, circulate

and dribble out. Limiting the surface area will keep the water cleaner

with less decomposition of the leaves now. I also rerouted the outflow

to a the channel so it doesn't fan out and soak the tread anymore. (I

also rolled an ottoman-sized block up the trail and set it next to the

basin so you can pump water in luxury...)


As noted, there's a fairly serious hazard in the form of a big, dead

pine leaning over the spring. If you're sitting at the spring when it

falls, I don't think the main trunk will hit you directly, but the big

forked branch will. Fortunately, it will still be a pretty instant

demise.


There's a new fall & slide 1/4-mile further up the trail right at:

34.773124, -119.888123 (http://goo.gl/maps/LSfgz). The vegetation has

been stripped and there are lots of loose blocks upslope.


I brushed everything that was blocking the trail up to the Deck

intersection. (I didn't widen or do any "convenience" work, since I

was on a schedule, but did make a fair number of line-of-sight cuts,