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Date: 2023-03-24
Agency:State Parks
Trail: Saddle Creek Trail Damage Assessment
Leader:Jerry Mitcham
Hours: 6
Status: Completed
Regulars: 2
Casuals: 0
Previous Events on this Trail
ID Date Leader Hours
9372023-03-24Jerry Mitcham6.0
Crew Member Hours
Don Brusselars3.00
Jerry Mitcham3.00
This was an unscheduled trail assessment to survey reported storm damage on the BBT – Saddle Creek Trail. Two SMMTC volunteers (Jerry Mitcham and Don Brusselars) participated. Arrived at the BBT connector trail head on Stunt Road. Hiked approximately 1.5 miles (downhill toward Piuma Road) to the reported damage site. The damage consists of a washout leaving a very large hole in the trail approximately 20.5’ long x 3.5-7.5’ wide and ranging 3’ to 7.5’ deep. Trail users must leave the trail and climb upslope (very steep and slippery) to get around the washout. This is a very precarious alternative. 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 available nearby rocks to construct a retaining wall in the large erosion drain (7.5’ wide at the top and 3.5’ wide at the bottom). Fill the hole with available materials. Use as many nearby rocks as possible. On the up-hill side of the hole, remove the trail’s outer berm and use the material as fill. May also need to cut into the bank on the upper side of trail. Priority: This washout presents a urgent safety issue. Trail users can easily fall into the hole and sustain injuries. Completed the assessment. Total SMMTC volunteer hours: 2 Volunteers x 3 hours = 6.0 hours
image from our trail work event