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Date: 2023-03-18
Agency:State Parks
Trail: Musch Trail
Leader:Jerry Mitcham
Hours: 65
Status: Completed
Regulars: 10
Casuals: 1
Previous Events on this Trail
ID Date Leader Hours
9342023-03-18Jerry Mitcham65.0
9332023-03-08Jerry Mitcham66.0
9322023-03-04Jerry Mitcham78.0
9312023-03-01Jerry Mitcham15.0
7272020-02-29Greg Sweel57.5
4482016-12-03Dave Edwards60.0
2672014-11-01Dave Edwards42.0
1742013-10-05Barb Thomas81.0
Crew Member Hours
Denise Pomonik6.00
Don Brusselars6.00
Greg Sweel6.00
Jerry Mitcham6.00
Jon Sheldon6.00
Juan Carlo Mendoza6.00
Kirsten Rosselot5.00
Robert Bittner6.00
Ruth Feldon6.00
This was a regularly scheduled trail maintenance event to address storm damage to the Musch Trail in Topanga State Park. This was not a planned joint project with the Sierra Club. They had planned a separate project on a different trail but were blocked by a road closure. They joined us on the Musch trail. A couple of their volunteers worked with us, but they mainly worked on their own, further down the trail. A trail assessment was conducted with Jason Finley recently to identify the most pressing problems. Today’s work addressed the lower section of trail with much erosion and several damaged steps. Today we had eleven regular SMMTC volunteers. Met at Trippet Ranch parking lot. Drove to Musch Camp. Conducted event briefings and safety and tool talks. Hiked approximately .3 miles to the work site. The work was totally tread work. We installed several new drains and improved out slope. We also repaired/improved two major drains near the top of the steps. We added one major additional drain to divert water from the steps. Although we performed some repair work on the major set of steps, most of this effort had to be deferred due to the amount of standing water and deep mud. On the many feet of trenches were filled and tread improved. There is still a large amount of work to be done on this trail to restore the major section of steps. This work will have to be deferred until the area has thoroughly dried out to support the required work. Although we resolved the hazardous issues, the steps still have other difficult sections needing attention. Resolution of these issues requires close coordination with State Parks management. There are also some existing, poorly designed drains which need improvement. Total SMMTC volunteer hours: 11 Volunteers x 6 hours = 66 hours Feet of trail maintained: 1,300
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