Six volunteers joined the Trail Volunteer Coordinator on the morning of Nov. 4 to conduct some erosion-prevention maintenance on La Tierra Trails between Junctions 1 and 2. The work included a re-route of the trail around a gullied section in order to integrate a more natural “grade reversal” to shed water off of the trail.
The crew deliberated for a short while before settling on a final strategy to route users away from the hopeless gully, onto an enjoyable and sustainable replacement section, and smoothly back onto the existing trail again. Elsewhere, on more “workable” sections of the trail, we conducted our regular de-berming and nicks to help drainage off of the trail.
We are pretty happy with the result of the re-route, and we are sure most users will be, too, if they happen to notice. Nevertheless, Margaret Alexander’s dogs reportedly still favor the old route!