Archive for the ‘Equestrian Trails’ Category

Project summary: Construction of the Skyline Trail

Project location: Big Bear, CA

Client: Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation trailsfoundation.org

Project Completion Date: Spring 2013

Project Details: Construction of 7.5 miles of the Skyline Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. Approximately 3 miles of the trail was built in the fall of 2012. We will return in the spring once the snow melts. We are doing the rough cut and volunteers are doing the finish work. Keep an eye on the Trails Foundation web site for volunteer opportunities.

Day one: checking the trail alignment while the snow comes down.

Day one: checking the trail alignment while the snow comes down.

Starting to build

Starting to build

We had a lot of rain while working up there in November. Luckily the soil is almost all decomposed granite so we did not have any mud.

We had a lot of rain while working up there in November. Luckily the soil is almost all decomposed granite (DG) so we did not have any mud. The rain helps for shaping the soil and packing things in. Not to mention keeping the dust down.

We had some vandalism happen to our equipment while on site and our cargo trailer was broken into. When we show up for work one morning and saw this not on the back of our excavator written in the dirt it certainly helped to make up for some of those things!

We had some vandalism to our equipment while on site and our cargo trailer was broken into. When we showed up for work one morning and saw this note on the back of our excavator it certainly helped to make up for some of those things!

Click here to read the article in the Big Bear Grizzly about this project

Click here to view more photos of this project.

Project summary: Trail Reconstruction

Project location: City of San Dimas, CA

Client: City of San Dimas

Project Completion Date: 12/21/11

Project Details: This short (approximately 1/4 mile) trail had been a popular trail with local equestrians and hikers up until the last few years. The trail had narrowed due to sloughing, erosion and brush growth. In many areas the edge of the trail on the steep side slope had collapsed. Equestrians no longer felt safe using the trail. The City wanted the trail repaired and brought up to multi use guidelines. Over 700′ of natural rock retaining walls were constructed. Brush and trees needed to be cut back and a culvert was installed. With the trail now in good shape again hikers and equestrians can now use this trail as part of a larger loop from the park and or stables below.

Trail before reconstruction

Same area as left after reconstruction

Culvert to be installed here

After Culvert installation

More photos of this project can be viewed at: Poison Oak Trail Photos

 

Project summary: Repairs/Rerouting of the Oak Service Trail

Project location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Client: Orange County Parks

Project Completion Date: 8/10/11

Project Details: The Oak Trail/Service Road was a steep fall line trail.  The trail was commonly known to the locals as the 3-B’s due to three very steep climbs. Due to erosion and years of grading the road bed had become  4-6′ deep in many areas. Due to its fall line placement and poor drainage the road would erode after each heavy rainfall and become impassable by vehicles. We rerouted much of the road and added drainage features to the sections of road that remained to allow for proper drainage. Natures Image, a company specializing in native plants and Park Staff revegetated the old road bed as well as other areas near by.

Old fall line route

New rerouted section

More photos of this project can be viewed at: Oak Trail Photos

Project summary: Repair/Reroute the Puma Ridge Trail

Project location: Irvine Regional Park

Client: Orange County Parks

Project Completion Date: 10/7/11

Project Details:  The Puma Ridge trail had several unsustainable sections, redundancy, and erosion issues. The unsustainable sections were closed for rehabilitation. The realignment/rerouting, and repairs took place from the east trail head to the summit, approximately 0.42 miles.

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More photos of this trail can be viewed at:  Irvine Regional Park: Puma Ridge October 2011

Newport Equestrian Trail

Posted: September 26, 2011 by Hans in Equestrian Trails, Trail repairs

Project summary: Repairs to the Newport Equestrian Trail

Project location: City of Orange, CA

Client: Keystone Properties

Project Completion Date: 8/10/11

Project Details: The Newport Equestrian Trail runs parallel to Newport Blvd. from just east of Chapman Avenue, to 200′ east of Skylark Street. The section we repaired is approximately 3/4 mile in length. The trail was eroded and had become concaved and rutted. The trail was lacking proper drainage, and with each rainstorm, more soil was eroding away. Several truckloads of decomposed granite were imported to raise the trail tread. Also, several drainage dips have been added to allow rain and irrigation water to properly drain from the trail to prevent future erosion.

Existing trail was eroded

Existing trail was lacking proper drainage

Some areas of the trail had water trapped on the trail and would get muddy from the sprinklers and rain water.

After repairs

Several Truck loads of Decomposed Granite (DG) were imported, Spread and then the trail was graded to allow for proper drainage.

Raised and sloped the trail