In week two of their summer activities, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew continued their rapid and quality trail building, doubling the amount of trail in very difficult conditions, not to mention unseasonably hot weather.
Hard work, black soil, little shade, steep terrain and hot temperatures added to the challenge, and this year’s theme of building new trails in impossible places.
The crew has a checklist of trail building points that should be met for a quality trail. They are a self-assessing team. Leaders flagged with humorous messages the areas where the trail needed some improvements and care.
Water Canyon trail presents many challenges. There are several sections that have rock work supporting the trail tread along the edge, but also have rock walls along the steep hillside that is still primed for sloughing and erosion. This was labor intensive work, but the group continues pushing up the canyon.