Vicente Flat Trail Logging Project
Date: Summer 2005
Trail: Vicente Flat Trail
Volunteers: 5 (so far)
Volunteer Hours: 143.5 to date

Work Log (7/9-10/05)

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The VWA Trail Crew has undertaken the task of clearing the popular Vicente Flat Trail of accumulated deadfalls that have been an impediment to hikers and livestock. In March 2005 several crew members received their crosscut saw operator certificates at a class given at Fort Hunter Liggett as part of the USFS Region 5 crosscut saw training program. These certified sawyers, assisted by other crew members, will attempt to remove the downed trees from the entire length of the trail.

Due to the project's relative proximity to the trailheads on Highway 1 and Cone Peak Road we're planning to conduct this project as a series of weekend trips based at Vicente Flat Camp. Trips will be run every couple of weeks throughout the summer until the work is done. Our next trip is scheduled for July 24-25. There will be plenty of work even for those who don’t have a saw operator’s certificate – for example, preparation of the work area, assisting a certified sawyer at one end of a two-person crosscut saw, helping to roll cut trees off the trail, and clean-up of damaged tread once the trees are gone. Please join us if you feel so inclined. We'd be delighted to work with you.

Below are before and after pictures of some of the logs that have been removed on past trips (June 11-12, July 25-26-27, and July 9-10). The measuring stick shown in some of the pictures is 30" (76cm) long


June 11-12, 2005


Downed tanoak at N36.01441 W121.50048 (#51)

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Downed redwood at N36.01512 W121.49795 (#50)

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Downed oak at N36.01666 W121.49803 (#47)

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June 25-27, 2005


Downed bays/maples at N36.01951 W121.49420 (#43)

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Downed tanoak at N36.02316 W121.49402 (#38)

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Rootball at N36.02445 W121.49055 (#32)

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Downed tanoak at N36.03122 W121.48832 (#25)

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Downed tanoak at N36.03272 W121.48615 (#23)

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Downed tanoak+redwood at N36.03325 W121.48488 (#20)

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Downed tanoaks at N36.03399 W121.48373 (#19)

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July 9-10, 2005


Downed tanoak+redwood at N36.03404 W121.48378 (#18)

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Downed tanoak at N36.03356 W121.48282 (#16)

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Downed redwood at N36.03278 W121.48017 (#12)

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Downed oak at N36.03091 W121.48023 (#3)

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Downed tanoak at N36.03104 W121.47301 (#1)

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For more information about this project, including an up-to-date survey, additional photos, and action movies, please visit the following link: http://www.sfpeaks.net/trailwork/vicente05/index.html

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