“Couldn’t volunteer, but I ran there Thursday evening. Good fixes, thanks!”
– Tiago Stock, Santa Fe Striders, 6/21/15
Six volunteers joined the Trail Volunteer Coordinator on June 17 to perform specific maintenance tasks on the northeast loop (Junctions 1-2-3) that had been scoped out the previous week.
The work day was inspired by a couple of points where a decision had to be made, trail vs. tree. In both cases we moved the trail down and over, replacing a steep cross-slope and tree hazard with a new, clear bench cut with a short bank, to create a relatively flat area for hikers to pass through as well as something for cyclists to turn on. The group also built a grade reversal, cut in a few drainage nicks, and de-bermed some built-up banks along the lower edge of the trail in order to allow water to flow off of the trail.
Four volunteers and the trail volunteer coordinator returned the following week for some touch-up work on the northeast loop, including emptying and covering over a pair of culverts under the trail, and to put in a nick and grade reversal to clear water away from a problem section (known by some as the “White Rock” section) west of Junction 4. The group was joined by Melissa McDonald of the City of Santa Fe to look at issues and opportunities along the Canada Ancha, south of Hyde Park Rd.