The Los Alamos Youth Conservation Corps crew had its last week in Los Alamos Canyon the week of Aug. 8, completing a full mile of reconstructed trail from the newly restored Reservoir.
There is only 0.4 miles left before reaching the old Knapp Trail that goes up and out of the canyon. This will be the project for YCC 2014.
Miles Standish from the Forest Service came out the last day and cleared the big fallen trees off the trail with the chainsaw, while the crews continued to progress up the canyon. The last project of the day was the improvement at the start of the trail where hikers have had to slide down a steep gully and crawl their way to the top of the bank before beginning the hike.
The crews discussed the challenge and the different construction possibilities. If they filled in the gully to make it easy to hike, where would the water go? With a season of creative and challenging trail building behind them, they decided on a design where the water would continue to flow under the big fallen log. Upstream of that point, they filled the gully with rocks, then covered it with fill to create a sturdy crossing that likely won’t be impacted by the side drainage, even with a severe rain event.
Before. Courtesy photo
After. Courtesy photo