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Monday, November 08, 2004

Photos of Trail Erosion Control Measures

The major undertaking of the work party last Saturday was the placement of four water bars on the lower portion of the trail from the property line up to the first creek, or Honeymoon Creek.

The county specified no more than fifty foot seperation and logs of at least 8-10 inches in diameter. The logs were to extend completely across the trail and extend, or overhand, over the downhill side. Bare, who has experience putting in water bars and trail erosion measures, directed the efforts . . . and we hauled huge fallen trees onto the trail and downhill to manhandle in place. Each water bar got three spaced rebar stakes to secure them in place and on the uphill side the dirt was backfilled to control flow sideways instead of under the water bars.


One last look to show where the uphill end of the water bar is directly set into the slope at the edge. Posted by Hello


Looking back up the trail at that first water bar and the warning sign posted at the entrance. Posted by Hello


Down at the entrance again with the first water bar set at the property line across trail. In the background are a few of the volunteers who undertook the huge effort. Posted by Hello


Natural features such as this large boulder were taken advantage of to secure the logs. Note the drainage channel on the uphill (left) side of log. Posted by Hello


and downhill, two water bars near the trail entrance Posted by Hello


Looking uphill you can just make out another water bar 50 ft uphill Posted by Hello


Water bars were fully set and staked to be stable Posted by Hello


and the uphill sides were set with compacted soil. Posted by Hello


Water bars extended completely across trail Posted by Hello


Showing the 50ft spacing of water bars Posted by Hello


Low image of water bar across trail showing the 8-10 inch diameter of logs Posted by Hello


Another detail of the rebar stakes. Three were used for each water bar and pounded securely into the ground. Posted by Hello


taking advantage of natural slope and drainage Posted by Hello


uphill side of water bar with compacted soil and rock against log Posted by Hello


looking downhill at two of the waterbars Posted by Hello


and end extending beyond trail edge Posted by Hello


Water bar next to Honeymoon creek across trail Posted by Hello


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First water bar at trail head at property line Posted by Hello

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I haven't been to the hot springs since 1999 when I brought my baby son and new husband up the trail to see the beautiful place where I had enjoyed so many good times as a college student. I am so sad to see what has happened over the years. When I used to hike the mountain for that delightful reward, it was often just the few of us that were there at the top. That was back in 1994. We almost always went at night because it was usually a spur-of-the moment decision. The stars were amazing and the hot water against the cold winter air was indescribable. We virtually never drank (perhaps one time), never built fires, only slept once (there was snow that night and my god were we cold), and we never, ever abused the privilege of visiting that beautiful place. When we did meet people up there, there was a sense of community, that we were all responsible for caring for the springs. We were very grateful that we were allowed to be there. I didn't know why the owner of the property was so generous with us, but I was certainly glad. I felt a sense of joy that people could come together and give back when I saw that people were making improvements on the springs, adding pools, liners and decks. I also didn't tell many people about the springs. It seemed like it ought to be a special secret, saved only for a select few. Maybe it should have stayed that way. It is so sad that it seems people began to come there that never should have. Only those who have a sense of respect for nature and others ought to be allowed. I am an avid camper and the rules for camping are the same as what you are having to spell out for your visitors. Leave the place cleaner than you found it. Don't get drunk. Be clean and safe and quiet. Be respectful of the wildlife. Don't feed them, they are not your pets. Realize that the land you are on does not belong to you and treat it as such. Follow the rules. It is so simple. I live on the East Coast now. I would be devastated if I still lived nearby and couldn't go up and visit the springs like I used to. But even though I can't visit, I am saddened that those who did love, nurture and respect the springs have lost their freedom to come and go thanks to the selfishness and lack of respect of others. I sincerely hope that those who love the springs and are working to keep them beautiful will be able to freely enjoy them once again. Good luck to you all.

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