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Date: 2023-03-27
Agency:State Parks
Trail: Dead Horse Trail Assessment
Leader:Jerry Mitcham
Hours: 2
Status: Completed
Regulars: 1
Casuals: 0
Previous Events on this Trail
ID Date Leader Hours
9362023-03-27Jerry Mitcham2.5
Crew Member Hours
Jerry Mitcham2.50
This was an unscheduled trail assessment to survey reported storm damage on the Dead Horse Trail. Only one SMMTC volunteer (Jerry Mitcham) participated. Arrived at the Dead Horse Parking lot. Hiked approximately 0.65mile to the reported damage site. The damage consists of a washout leaving a large hole in the trail approximately 6.5’ x 3.5 and an average of 2.5’ deep. Trail users must use remaining sides of the trail with very precarious footing. This results in a safety issue as a hiker can easily slip and fall into the hole suffering injuries. See enclosed photo.. Proposed corrective action: Use the existing large rocks in the hole to construct a retaining wall in the large erosion drain. Fill the hole with available materials. Use as many nearby rocks as possible, Cut into the bank on the upper side of the trail for fill. The hole is large, it may be necessary to use a borrow pit to find enough fill material. After fill, install four new timber steps. Improve drainage above the washout. Clear the culvert above the washout. Priority: This washout presents a safety issue. Trail users can easily fall into the hole and sustain injuries. Notes: There is a large amount of other work that needs to be done on this trail. There are many steps that are badly eroded and need repair. Drainage needs improvement, There are several spots with standing water, creating mud puddles on the trail. The area needing most work is that section between this washout and the Dead Horse parking lot.. Total SMMTC volunteer hours: 1 Volunteers x 2.5 hours = 2.5 hours
image from our trail work event