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Project: Coyote Point Recreation Area

Coyote Point Bay Trail

Activities: We will complete rereoute of a trail to make the "run-down-the-hill" use trail safer at San Mateo County's Coyote Point Recreation Area, behind CuriOdyssey. We will improve about 450 feet of new trail, in two sections, plus about 40 feet of steps. All but the steps will be completed at least as usable half-width trail on June 3, with finishing of tread and building of steps on our second June workday, Saturday June 24. Major poison oak abatement will precede the workdays, but volunteers should be prepared for possible exposure, and tools must be handled with gloves (as always).

(Full - waitlist available: Volunteer)

Project: Coyote Point Recreation Area

Coyote Point Bay Trail

Activities: For our National Trails Day event, we will be rerouting a trail to make the "run-down-the-hill" use trail safer at San Mateo County's Coyote Point Recreation Area, behind CuriOdyssey. We will improve about 450 feet of trail, in two sections, plus about 40 feet of steps. All but the steps will be completed at least a usable half-width trail on June 3, with finishing of tread and building of steps on our second June workday, Saturday June 24. Work on June 3 will involve brushing and tread construction, with any necessary drainage. Major poison oak abatement will precede the work day by a week, but volunteers should be prepared for possible exposure, and tools must be handled with gloves (as always).

Don't miss this event because you'll also get a free lunch courtesy of the San Mateo County Parks system and have the chance to win cool prizes during a raffle at the end! 

Learn more about National Trails Day

Volunteer

 

Project: Sugarloaf Mountain Open Space - City of San Mateo

Amphitheater Trail

Activities: We will perform tread repair and drainage work on the trail we built in 2013-14, the Amphitheater Trail in San Mateo's Laurelwood park. For awhile it seemed our trail was holding up quite well, but the most recent rains have done what they're doing everywhere, overtaxed the hillside system to bring out problems we never would have noticed. The very popular Amphitheater trail has been walked by hook or by crook, with shortcuts and go-arounds compounding the weather damage. The trail is poison-oak-free, but work off to the side will expose you to newly leafing-out p.o.

Rain Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Volunteer

Project: Henry Cowell Redwoods SP - Fall Creek Unit

Update Feb. 22, 2017: Work day is cancelled due to conditions not permitting access to worksite.

Fall Creek Trail

Activities: We will work with State Parks staff to address two slides that occurred recently on the Fall Creek Trail. Volunteers will remove soil from the area and restore the trail bench. The hike into the sites will be 1-2 miles long one way. Be prepared for plenty of mud.

Note that the project location may move based on the areas of greatest need within the Santa Cruz District state parks. Watch the website or keep and] eye out for emails from our volunteer coordinator for updates.

Photo credit: by J. Maughn, licensed under Creative Commons

Volunteer

Project: Portola Redwoods State Park (main park areas)

Slate Creek Trail

Activities: We will work with State Parks staff to install retaining structures at key points in the Slate Creek Trail and possibly perform general trail maintenance in the vicinity.

Canceled due to excessive/anticipated rain not allowing for work.

We will attempt to do the work on our next scheduled work day, February 11, 2017.

 

Project (click for directions): Tool Party and Annual Meeting

Tool Maintenance and Trailer Cleanup

Activities: Work will start around 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. and continue until done. The Annual Meeting is planned to start at 4:00 pm. Pizza's on at 5:00 pm. Snacks are provided and there will be a special presentation at the end of the day.

Volunteer

Project: Bay Area Ridge Trail - Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve

Bay Area Ridge Trail - REI Service Day

NOTE: Unfortunately the Saratoga Gap event that Trail Center is running on November 5 is filled. Please do not just show up for our event, as we have already accounted for possible no-shows in the registration! But there are many other Ridge Trail events on November 5. The official link is http://www.ridgetrail.org/events/rei-ridge-trail-service-day but sometimes it isn't working, so you might want to use the Eventbrite site to sign up:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ridge-trail-day-2016-tickets-27736649064?aff=eac2#tickets. Thanks very much for your interest.

Activities: We will be improving sections of the Saratoga Gap Trail, including areas that need crushed rock added to fill in exposed roots and eroded tread, cleaning drainage culverts, removing old barbed wire fencing, restoring tread width by removing duff, and general clean-up. This is a popular multi-use trail, including mountain biking, so the improvements will be done with an eye towards accommodating all uses. The work will mostly be under tree cover.

Parking will be at the Caltrans vista point lot on the southeast corner of the Skyline Blvd. (Highway 35) and Highway 9 intersection. See the project link above for detailed directions. Volunteers should wait in the lot for announcements and their crew assignments. Crew leaders will then take volunteers to various staging points to get tools and instructions on their particular tasks. Volunteers should take their water, snacks, and daypack with them as they will not return to the parking lot until the end of the event. Volunteers should also exercise extreme care when crossing Highway 9 to access the Saratoga Gap Trailhead.

Rain Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 (in place of the tool party)