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Project (click for directions): Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills

Long Bunny Loop Trail

Activities: on the inaugural work day in our partnership with Hidden Villa's staff and volunteers, we will work to restore tread width on a portion of the Long Bunny Loop Trail near a fork of Adobe Creek. This will require removing slough and/or cutting the inside edge of the trail, installation or replacement of small retaining walls, and some gentle brushing (vegetation trimming).

In the event that significant rain is expected, the event will be postponed to a future work day. Volunteers should expect an email with such an announcement or can check the Trail Center website for updates.


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.


Project: Coyote Point Recreation Area

Coyote Point Bay Trail

Activities: We will wrap up work on a reroute of a trail to make the "run-down-the-hill" use trail safer at San Mateo County's Coyote Point Recreation Area, behind CuriOdyssey. This work day will have a small volunteer limit, as we'll be focussed on constructing a retaining wall above a portion of the staircase we built in the summer of 2017. There may be some tread touch-up work as well.


Bay Area Ridge Trail - REI Service Day

Activities: Due to the Trail Center's persistent efforts in the last several years maintaining the portions of the Bay Area Ridge Ridge Trail in the Skyline Boulevard region, we found there was not a contiguous area which would provide sufficient work for a large group this year. Therefore, we are recommending that volunteers who wish to work on the Ridge Trail this year sign up for an event at the various sites being organized by other agencies and groups. Trail Center will provide a few crew leaders to help out Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at its project in Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve in Los Altos, if you wish to join some fellow Trail Center folks there.

Visit the BARTC's EventBrite page to review available projects and sign up. (Use the "Tickets" button to register, but be assured the work day projects themselves are free.)

Project: Sugarloaf Mountain Open Space - City of San Mateo

Segment 3 Trail

Activities: We will begin work on a new trail on the west side of the mountain, connecting the Salson and Amphitheater Trails. This visit will focus on brushing the corridor and removing duff from the future tread. Although we will be clearing the trail corridor of poison oak to a large degree before the work day, expect that some will remain. We plan to return to Sugarloaf in the spring after rains have made the soil more workable in order to cut the "bench" (tread) for the trail.


Project: San Mateo Memorial Park - Mt. Ellen Trails

Mt. Ellen Trails

Activities: We will continue the work we started on the Mt. Ellen trails, with the goal of finishing the Mt. Ellen Summit Trail. If time permits, we would also do brushing and tread maintenance on the Mt. Ellen Nature Trail, repairing tread damage from large downed trees, and replacing some retaining structures on the Mt. Ellen Nature Trail.


Project: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit - United States Forest Service
Note: This was originally incorrectly listed as being in Humboldt-Toiyabe NF

Incline Flume Trail

Activities: For many summers the Trail Center has volunteered with the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) to work trail for thru-hikers. This year we will be working in a different part of the Sierra, and in a different state!
For our annual summer trip to the Sierras, we will work with Friends of Incline Trails (FIT), Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA), and Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) to continue work on the Incline Flume Trail, near Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The trail is in the process of becoming an "authorized" USFS trail and will be a multi-use trail. This project  was started last year, and will open a historical flume route in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the USFS as a multiple-use trail between Mt. Rose Highway above Incline Village and the northern edge of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park at Tunnel Creek Road.

The location is near the Diamond Peak Ski Area (see Project link above for details). Volunteers will need to arrive by Thursday evening to set up camp. We will work on Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday. Volunteers will need to be current members of the Trail Center in order to offset meal costs.

This trip is recommended for experienced volunteers who enjoy camping and understand the need to get acclimated in order to work at higher elevations (consider coming a day or two early). While the terrain may be fairly flat, you can expect a hike to and from the work site each day. Summer Sierra trail work has always been a delightful and rich experience, even more fun than our local trail days. If you love the trails and the mountains, this trip has room for 20 volunteers, so if you are interested please submit an email to our volunteer coordinator via the link below.


Photo of Incline Flume Trail above is by Jude Matsalla, used under Creative Commons License.

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)