Monday, April 12, 2010

National Trails Day Crew Needs Volunteers

Following the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000, the Quemazon Trail is where Los Alamos learned how to repair trails after a wildfire. It was the community's first post-fire emergency trail project. The Forest Service permitted trail work in the forest that remained closed all summer due to fire danger, provided food and transportation, and more importantly, gave us training in trail rehabilitation techniques. Over four all day work sessions, we stabilized the upper two miles of trail.

After ten years, it is time to revisit the area, first to recognize the successful work done post-fire under hot, dry, dirty (read BLACK) conditions, and then to repair the segments of trail that were damaged by post-fire flooding. It is also an opportunity to see how far the forest recovery process has come. It will be a tough work party--a two-mile hike to the work site with an 800-foot elevation gain. We will remove rotting water bars and replace them with grade dips where necessary, focus trail traffic onto durable surfaces, and cut back thorny locust trees. Everyone is invited to join us, even if you just want to come along for the hike. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Bring plenty of water, food, and sunscreen. If showers are in the forecast, bring raingear. All tools will be provided. We'll have food and drinks at the end of the day.

Quemazon Trail Work Party

Date: 06/05/2010
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Directions: Meet at 8 AM at the Sullivan Field parking lot across Diamond Drive from Los Alamos High School. If coming from out of town, head straight on New Mexico Highway 502 past the Los Alamos Airport. Bear left at Central Avenue to get on Trinity Drive. Continue 1.5 miles to the intersection with Diamond Drive at the Los Alamos Medical Center. Turn right on Diamond and make a left into the parking lot at the first traffic signal.

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