SoCal High School League Trailwork – Brown Mountain 4/7/2012

Saturday April 7, 2012 – Saturday April 7, 2012

North Windsor Avenue

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On April 7, 2012, CORBA will be combining forces with the Friends of El Prieto, Pasadena Mountain Bike Club, and Mount Wilson Bicycling Association to invite So Cal High School league athetes, coaches and team managers to work on Upper Brown Mountain. This trailwork event is only for those groups. 

This trail is still officially closed from the saddle to the top of Ken Burton due to the station fire, though we and the forest service are aware that many people have been using it. There are a few dangerous sections near exposed cliff edges that we’ll be moving and/or repairing. We will cut back brush, and prepare the trail to be officially opened for public use by the Forest Service.

Though it is officially a fire road, most of Upper Brown Mountain has narrowed down to singletrack since the Station fire. Sloughing off of the slopes above, and growth of vegetation have narrowed it to a fun trail. The Forest service has no immediate plans to grade the fire road back to its full width, though it will happen eventually, especially if needed to attend to a fire or other emergency. In the meantime, we get to enjoy the extra singletrack out-and-back, and with this trailwork, make it a little safer.

Remember you’ll be required to bring long pants and a long sleeve shirt. We will supply a hard-hat and gloves.  Sunglasses or other eye protection are required if you will be using swinging tools.

It will be a unique experience for many, as we’ll be riding in to the trailwork site. The trailwork is happening on Upper Brown Mountain, from the saddle up to the top of Ken Burton trail where there is no vehicle access. Approximately five or six stronger riders will tow trailers full of tools, and others may carry smaller tools in backpacks. Be prepared for a climb of between 3 and 5 miles, depending where you start working on the trail. Since long pants and long sleeves are required, we suggest bringing them in your backpack. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the trailwork.

Afterwards we’ll ride back out to the parking area. Be sure to RSVP by Friday, April 6.  The Forest Service has asked us to collect additional demographic data for all volunteers such as age group and gender.

The SoCal High School League encourages all teams to put in at least one day of volunteer trailwork on the trails on which they ride, race and/or train. If you’ve never done trailwork, don’t worry. There will be plenty of options to learn, and group leaders will be there to make sure everything gets done correctly.


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