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Crafton Hills College

Posted: January 19, 2015 by Hans in Hiking Trails, Trail building, Walking Paths

Project summary: Trail Design and Construction

Project location: Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA

Client: Crafton Hills College

Project Completion Date: May 2014

Project Details: Designed and constructed a trail from a parking lot to provide easy access to the buildings above the lot. The project included Timber steps and Lodgepole Fencing.

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Glendale Sports Complex Trails Opening June, 1 2013

Project summary: Construction of two new trail at the Glendale Sports Complex

Project location: Glendale Sports Complex 2200 Fern Lane Glendale, CA

Client: City of Glendale

Project Completion Date: April 2013

Project Details: This project is over five years in the making. I was involved with the City of Glendale’s Trails Master Plan that began over five years ago. It was at that time the idea of these two trails was first discussed. It was very exciting to finally break ground in early December 2012.

The Catalina Verdugo Trail was funded through a grant from Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich 2009 Competitive Trails Grant Program and is administered through the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District.

View of the North Segment of the Catalina Verdugo Trail from the Ridge Motorway.

The Trail loops around the hills just above the Sports Complex. The City of Glendale has many steep difficult trails such as the trails at Brand and Duekmejian Parks for example. City officials wanted the Catalina Verdugo Trail to be an easier trail to provide a enjoyable experience for all levels of trail users.

With the steep sideslopes and difficult geology the Catalina Verdugo Trail proved to be a challenge to build.

There are three rest/view areas with benches along the trail and two of these sites will have interpretive panels in the near future.

The trail is 2 miles in length. The North trailhead is near the maintenance building and the South trailhead is behind the soccer fields.

The trail connects to an Edison dirt service road and from there it is a short steep climb to the Ridge Motorway and less than a mile to Cherry Canyon.

Mountain Do Trail

The Mountain Do Trail runs behind the soccer fields. This is a wheelchair accessible path. It has a stabilized decomposed granite surface. There are tables, benches and outdoor exercise equipment. Interpretive panels will be added in the very near future.

The Mountain Do Trail was funded by a grant from the Federal Recreational Trails Program.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for National Trails Day on June 1st.

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Skyline Trail-Big Bear

Posted: May 6, 2013 by Hans in Trail building
Jorge navigates through a rocky section of the trail.

Jorge navigates through a rocky section of the trail.

We returned to Big Bear on 4/25 to continue our work on the Skyline Trail. The snow has all melted and the area is actually very dry already so we are happy to have some rain coming down.

It was nice to get out and ride the section we build last fall and see so many others out enjoying it too. The trail has bedded in nicely over the winter and is a lot of fun!

We now have almost one mile of trail rough cut since we returned. We will have more trail rough cut and ready for the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Volunteers to come in and do the finish work. They have several work days scheduled. The next one is on 5/19/13. If you want to join in to help out you can get more information from their website. http://trailsfoundation.org/2013-trail-work-schedule/

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

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