Five volunteers worked with the City Trail Volunteer Coordinator on Aug. 5 to address erosion issues in the Central Section of Dale Ball Trails, near the Cerros Colorados Rd. crossing, and to move tools and other trail work materials shared by SFCT, the Trails Alliance of Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, to a new storage unit. A big thanks goes out to A-1 Self Storage for donating a great new, roomy and easily accessible storage unit for the trail work community. The Trail Volunteer Coordinator returned on Aug. 25 with another volunteer to finish replacing faded arrow signs.
The trail work on Aug. 5 included an “unanticipated” but very effective re-route on the way to Junction 18 and some repairs to fill in chronic gullies, and prevent future gullies, on a popular section of trail known as the “luge,” between junctions 18 and 20. As we went, we also replaced faded and dented Dale Ball Trail arrow signs along Cerros Colorados Rd. and re-erected the long-time-down sign post for Junction 24.
We are happy to say that we are currently working with the City toward replacing all forty of the Dale Ball Trails junction signs later this year – and adding four new junction signs to reflect the new connections that have been made over the years. Most of the existing junction signs are faded or otherwise damaged, all are out of date, and the trail user community has made its voice loud and clear on this need!