Building a new trail on the Western Plateau during the annual COSCA Trailwork Day on October 19, 2013

Photos of the North Ranch Mountain Bikers of Ventura County. Click on an image to see it full size.

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View of the new trail (blue line) using Google Earth, looking north. The yellow line shows the established trails and the pink line is the "Outlaw" trail, constructed by persons unknown.
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Hiking to the work area
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On the new trail, marked by orange flags. You can see where the trail goes by the location of the people high up the hillside.
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Starting to work once they get to their work area
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Our group was in the middle, so there where groups working below us as well as above us
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The grass and chaparral had already been cut back, so we scraped the dirt to remove the stubble, and to give the tread an outslope of about 5-degrees so rain water would run off it to the side, rather than down the middle and make a big rut.
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Building a switchback
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Some people use a bandana to help cut down on breathing in dust.
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In many places, the trail runs along the edge of the plateau, providing great views into Hill Canyon below
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The new trail crosses "Outlaw" Trail (lower trail), and a drainage has been constructed to keep the water from running down either one
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One of the COSCA rangers helping out
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Three more COSCA rangers
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Working on a switchback
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Mark Langton, Chair of COSTAC and President of CORBA is the first to ride the new trail. I bet it's a bit loose!
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