I Did Some Trail Work Today

Discussion in 'Trail Maintenance' started by Daddy Dirtbag, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. Daddy Dirtbag

    Daddy Dirtbag Member

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Jeff Johansen
    Current Bike:
    2016 Trek Stache 9 29+
    I like that some of the bigger trail work projects get posted, and I think they absolutely deserve their own posts. The point of this thread is kinda similar to the 'I Rode My Bike Today' thread where a ride may not merit it's own thread, but sharing that we got out for a ride at all is nice to read about and share.

    I would like to have a place where we can share the 'little jobs' that help to keep our trails maintained for safe and enjoyable riding.

    * Cut a few branches off to keep others from getting poked, scratched or snagged?

    * Clear some debris from the trail?

    * Fill in a rut or three?

    * Restore a small section of damaged trail surface?

    * Picked up some garbage and hauled it out?

    * Cut a drain in to get rid of a puddle?

    Post it here!

    You get the idea. Every little bit helps. This stuff doesn't happen by itself, and it is work. BUT, it's worth it! I happen to know that there are more than the usual suspects around here that get out to help. I think the more others see that there are people that take the initiative and take action, the more others may be inspired to do some themselves. Pics are awesome.
     
  2. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
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    Dennis (AKA Dio)
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    Barrett Stoddard; every ride there is a new surprise...
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  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
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    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    This is a great idea for a thread!

    @knucklebuster and I stopped and cleared out a clogged bridge in Aliso last time we rode together. No biggie. Drew some blood from Dave however.

    Now we will all be motivated to do a little bit each time out, so we can talk about it here. Net result - perpetually improving trails! Well done @Daddy Dirtbag :thumbsup:
     
  4. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
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    Yeti SB-66
    Scottay and I filled in a hole with rocks in a washed out water crossing at AT today, no pics.
     
  5. jaime

    jaime Well-Known Member

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    Corona, ca
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    jaime
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    '15 Giant reign advanced 1
    This thread is a good idea !
     
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Lebec, California
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    Mikie Watson
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    Awesome Thread idea!
    Thanks Daddy!
     
  7. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    Some Walrus maintenance between storms, in Canyon Counrty.
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  8. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    And A.T. work also. I sent these to H^B while he was on vacation ( he was worried about the rain...lol)
    We worked on it again yesterday.
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  9. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

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    Jim Jennings
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    ibis ripley
    Be careful. It can be addicting.
     
  10. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Warrior's Society will be doing trailwork on Trabuco Trail on Jan. 28th.
     
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  11. silvia

    silvia Newbie with Hope!

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    Silvia
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    how do you fill in a rut?
     
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  12. silvia

    silvia Newbie with Hope!

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    nm, i saw the pics.
     
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  13. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
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    Chris
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    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I imagine it depends on the rut and the topography. For deep skinny rain ruts on a dirt trail (like Meadows), it's not too hard under the right conditions.

    When the ground is damp (but not liquid), I just use a pick and shovel. Carve the sides down into the rut, stomp it into place, pack it with the shovel. If you need more dirt, look beside the trail, or carve more from the sides. If the dirt is dry, don't bother. You will just make a sand pit that will be more dangerous than it was.

    For big rocky ruts, I am not sure.
     
  14. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    The kids down here at Ted Williams just build a new trail 10 feet over when an existing line gets rutted, 'cuz who wants to do maintenance?
     
  15. Daddy Dirtbag

    Daddy Dirtbag Member

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Jeff Johansen
    Current Bike:
    2016 Trek Stache 9 29+
    Well done people, that's what I'm talkin' about!!!

    Think globally, act locally! With the recent storms, there will be lots of trail work opportunities in the coming weeks. This all makes a significant difference.

    No doubt. I have picks and shovels stashed in several places in the local hills.

    If only I could remember where all of them are . . . . Doh!
     
  16. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    And also, look closely and try to determine what's causing the rut. If it's water running down the trail, try to find ways to spill it off the downhill side, above the rutted area.
     
  17. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Well there you go treating the cause instead of the symptoms. :confused: I have a large box of band aids in my drawer, all sizes.

    Recent experience has told me that drain design and placement can be very controversial. I like the tennis ball idea that @kioti mentioned half-jokingly last time I worked with him. Check where the ball goes - that's where the water will go. Of course, if it's muddy, the ball will go nowhere. Maybe bring a bowling ball for more accuracy... Just watch for uphill riders. :eek:

    Wait a minute.... New Sport!!!!! :sneaky: :thumbsup:
     
  18. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo (South Orange County)
    Name:
    Dave
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    Canfield The One '12
    I'll just say a blanket "THANK YOU" to everyone doing some trail work and posting in this thread :thumbsup: I've just not been able to do much, so good to see so many working on the different trails. Looking like there will plenty of opportunity after this next rain....

    It was merely a flesh wound, so I thought... After a week keeping the wound covered with bandage and neosprorin, it was healing well, so I uncovered it to let it dry out some. Then this slight infection happened...:bang: Doc gave a 10 day course of antibiotics which seems to have it stabilized... but still hard to get a shoe on with the swelling, and the ankle doesn't like to move much.
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  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Good Lord... I had no idea. :eek::( Well, I guess you file that under "No good deed goes unpunished." :confused:
     
  20. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Cool idea, DD :thumbsup:


    I cleared the trail of many obstructions today. Another rider came up, said he couldn't believe how the trail could be so clear after the storms. :)

    Plus the obligatory handful of trash, couple water bottles...you know, cidiot artifacts.

    Thanks to everyone who has a reason to post here!
     
  21. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    I did some trail work today. Went back to Meadows to see how it held up to the last 2 storms. Not great, but much better than Upper Holy Jim (thanks @mike!). Aliso was closed and I didn't see anyone out there. One hiker had walked down the trail and planted his boot on every new (soft) water bar, top to bottom. There were tire tracks down the first 200 yards, then the rider apparently turned around. Does that mean cyclists are smarter than hikers? I don't know, but I will say Meadows should not be hiked or ridden when wet. Especially after recent, unconsolidated trail work.

    I did more shaping on the big S turn and added a drain at the bottom. Filled some ruts after renewing drainage above them. Hope the trail holds up through the next storm, and that we can get a group together to really buff it out. Preferably before some warm days so all that clay can bake in the sun and get hard.
     
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  22. shawndoh

    shawndoh Member

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    Lake Forest
    Name:
    shawn
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    I ride all the bikes!
    Great thread!
     
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  23. BigTex

    BigTex Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Richard
    Current Bike:
    Pivot Les
    Well, since all our trails will be needing some work after this mother of all storms, what packable tool does anyone recommend? Something that breaks down or collapses for transport on a bike (or back). McLeod-style or just a plain old shovel/spade?
     
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  24. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    I like full-sized shovels, picks, McLeods, etc., but of course they can be a problem to ride with. One of my friends uses a BOB trailer. A couple others use collapsible tools like the Trail Boss, but they're fairly expensive. I'm cheap so I generally hike to the site or stuff the shafts through the straps of my camelbak and try not to fall on them. And if I'll be returning to the spot I'll stash them in the bushes, maybe shoving them into a contractor trash bag to protect them a bit from rain and view. Nice to ride w/o tools hanging out everywhere and good memory workout, too!
     
  25. Andy

    Andy Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
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    Depends...
    Crystal Cove State Park is, mostly open... Basically the boundary trails - Moro Ridge, BFI, No Dogs, No Name (and Bommer Ridge in LCWP) will allow you to loop, but the other "interior" trails are still closed - Moro Cyn, for example, has a large hole/wash out... There are still some places with water, mud etc, although these, such as Ticketron should dry out soon. Share and CCSP were able to work on Ticketron today under the watchful supervision of CCSP - but - we did get a lot done. Not as much as I would've liked (we ran out of time), but never the less, we got to block off some unauthorized short cuts (causing damage etc), some rut filling (not as much as I wanted), cactus cutback/general brushing, and some "sculpting" of damaged areas (of which there are, thankfully, very few on upper Ticketron compared to what we expected to find) which included some new drainage/run off control, slight trail re-alignment etc. If trail users could avoid these trails until they're officially re-opended, it would be a big help. The dirt was perfect today, I just wish we could get back out there tomorrow...

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  26. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    I found this guy on Instagram, he makes a detachable version of a Mcleod. It is expensive but cheaper than other versions I've seen in the past. And it would be priceless to be able to pack a tool in easily. There are a lot of places I would do work but don't because it's too far to hump in tools for what might be a small amount of work. These will never be as solid as a one-piece but way more versatile. He's local to Murrieta/Temecula area.

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  27. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
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    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Uhh, huh, huh huh, he thaid "detachable"

     
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  28. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

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    West Anaheim
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    Mark Whitaker
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    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Uhhhh...sorry, but that ain't art. That's just stupid.
     
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  29. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
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    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Unfortunately, I Googled the title of that "song". I can't wait to see what comes up in the margins of each page I visit from this point forward. Hopefully, I'll be doing a presentation to my staff, and several advertisements for sex toys will appear on the screen!

    These are the risks I take and the lengths I will go to for the entertainment of IMTB members. :cool:


    (uhhh, huh, huh , huh huh, he thaid, "members" uh, huh huh...)
     
  30. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
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    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    "Staff development" gone viral. :whistling:
     
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