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August 17th Trail Work Party on Badger
August 17 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Last week the crew did a lot of work on the lower Canyon Trail filling in many pot holes. We used 90 to 100 gallons of water and 3 loads of gravel. We did not get to the upper part of the trail so I will be having another work party this Friday to work of that part.
When – Friday, August 17th, meet at 6:30 AM. An early start so we do not have to work in the heat.
Meet – By the restroom building in Trailhead Park
I again need some help doing some repair work the Canyon Trail. There are still a few potholes and it is best to get them while they are small. The bigger the hole, the more work to repair. We will be working on the upper switchback, the part below the stone bench.
Potholes in our trails are like ones in streets. The gravel protective layer is worn away exposing the easily damaged dirt below. As trail users walk on the dirt it turns to dust making the hole deeper and undermining the gravel protected edges expanding the hole. To repair them we need to fill the hole with moistened dirt/gravel mix and then top it with a fresh layer of gravel. It takes about ½ to one gallon of water per square foot to repair a pothole.
The work is to get the needed gravel and water to the pothole, fill it in and then tamp the surface firm. I have already started stockpiling water in the area. We will be using a wheelbarrow with brakes to move the gravel down from the top. Please sign-up by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Signing up helps with planning the work and having enough tools available.
You need to bring work gloves, water and snacks, and dress for the weather forecast. All tools will be provided. If 6:30 is too early for you, you can start a little later and meet us at the work site, just let me know in advance.
I can use some help getting the water up there. I have left two green jugs along the trail. If you are out for a hike and have a little extra water in your water bottle, how about donating some into the jugs? If anyone has a high clearance vehicle and would like to drive jugs of water to the top, please let me know. We can do that any day/time.