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    Henry Coe 2nd Saturday TWD season finale

    We held the last "Second Saturday Trail Work Day" of the season yesterday; here's a photo journal:

    The somewhat remote Dutch's Trail was the target; it only gets a thorough brushing every 5 or 10 years so we removed brush accordingly. We tried to clear a corridor that would be open 4' for at least a couple of years. For the first couple of miles this was achieved but as the day wore on we were less generous. Temps were in the low 80's but there was a nice breeze blowing. CMBP members Dan H and Paul G clear some chamise and etc.

    Long-time Coe biker and CMBP member Philip S hikes up the first knob on Dutch's; it doesn't look it in this photo but the trail is currently quite well-defined.

    Lots of hands-and-knees work; cutting the brush down to ground level.

    The oasis of Purple Pond appears in this view to the south; we split up and also worked on Purple Pond Tr on the ridge to the left.

    Purple Pond portrait for the water resources page. An important source of water in this corner of the park.

    We tried digging out encroaching brush by the root as much as feasible.

    Philip checks out Yellowjacket Pond; it remains doubtful that it will stay wet this season.

    The end of our hike; the pool at Pacheco Crossing was a refreshing splash. Pacheco Creek has ceased to flow; very few pools remain along North Fork Trail.

    On our drive back to complete the shuttle we stopped to check out Woodpecker Trail Pond; a deer was hanging out in the green grass...

    ...but the pond was bone dry.

    This report wouldn't be complete without a Coe rattlesnake sighting.

    I asked the snake to pose for me; he happily obliged.

    One of the 5 springs in the Dowdy Visitor Center area; the Hayfield Spring collection box has dried up.

    Next CMBP "2nd Saturday TWD" will be held on November 8th....
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    Thanks for the detailed report.

    The most fearsome aspects of Dutch's Trail, are to me, the obligatory steep climbs and complex navigation to return via Yellow Jacket Pond along Tie Down Trail to Kaiser Aetna Rd. I used to think that one day a truly decent trail could be built though that area. Yet experience shows how hard it is to maintain the trail, let alone obtain permits, labor, and funds, towards such enterprise.

    Nevertheless, the area is unique and alluring. The seldom seen primitive conditions here are the real deal. Appreciate it for what it is.

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    Appreciate the update and work out there. Hopefully, the early season dryness is not an indication of the new normal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel~ View Post
    Appreciate the update and work out there. Hopefully, the early season dryness is not an indication of the new normal.

    I second that emotion. Really dry. We used to enjoy water crossing Dutchs Creek in June.

    We rode down Dutch's and Purple Pond yesterday, and the brushing and flagging really helped a lot.

    Super appreciative.

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