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    Sorry we missed you guys, Paul and I did a bit of riding there yesterday, parking lot was empty when we got there, did notice Plymmers car there when we got back
    Yeah, and I found a liquor stores worth of beer on various parts on my car.

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    I'm not sure when this tree went down; it's not too far south of the other tree down on Timm reported by Skyline35:
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    Before

    This tree isn't the impediment the other tree was; a smaller rider with skills could probably get under it without dismounting---I needed to walk it though.

    I won't be lobbying for its quick removal; horses can get around by going off trail to the uphill side---this tree might be a good excuse for a minor trail re-route.

    In other news, it looks like Skyline35 will be the winner of the inaugural "Pliny's Tree Down" contest. Ratpick is a close second. Prizes to be awarded at this Saturday's TWD on the Jim Donnelly Trail.

    After

    It took over a year but this oak on the Timm Trail finally got removed; I wasn't there for the event but word has it that most of the work was done by by a volunteer crew with a 2-man bucking saw and the rest was done with a chainsaw by Ranger Cam.

    The scheduling of tree removal at Coe remains hit and miss; there's no apparent prioritization unless it's a public safety or a resource issue. There are several different CSP departments within the District who can do the work; this combined with volunteer efforts and wysiwyg being the scattered result.

    Should we start a new "Pliny Tree Down" contest to cover all of NorCal? Is a bottle of PtE even a good reward?? Maybe just the bragging rights???

    Maybe it's just a "Coe thing"; but from the last "Pliny" contests I've learned that the rough-tough bikers most likely to win these contests seldom drink beer let alone something like Pliny! (Sorcerer being the exception)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post

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    It took over a year but this oak on the Timm Trail finally got removed; I wasn't there for the event but word has it that most of the work was done by by a volunteer crew with a 2-man bucking saw and the rest was done with a chainsaw by Ranger Cam.

    The scheduling of tree removal at Coe remains hit and miss; there's no apparent prioritization unless it's a public safety or a resource issue. There are several different CSP departments within the District who can do the work; this combined with volunteer efforts and wysiwyg being the scattered result.

    Should we start a new "Pliny Tree Down" contest to cover all of NorCal? Is a bottle of PtE even a good reward?? Maybe just the bragging rights???

    Maybe it's just a "Coe thing"; but from the last "Pliny" contests I've learned that the rough-tough bikers most likely to win these contests seldom drink beer let alone something like Pliny! (Sorcerer being the exception)
    Perhaps saws and night lights would be good incentives.

    "Corona's Tree Down in Henry W. Coe contest" invokes a popular beverage.

    "Magic Shine's Tree Down in Henry W. Coe" sounds lame.

    Keep plugging Pliny, I say. There's nothing finer at this price-point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post

    Don S (fish hook man), Lynne and Fast Eddy demonstrate what it takes to be a successful Uniformed Volunteer.
    Ha! When you first posted this, I thought you were just joking around.

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    Clearly those guys ^^^ will get there marching orders as soon as the DPR see's this photo, sitting around having fun while in uniform, for shame!!!!!

    Another weekend of no snow, means I'll be poking around Coe again Saturday, maybe see some of you yahoo's out there.
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    That pose...

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    Ha! When you first posted this, I thought you were just joking around.
    ...wasn't my idea but when those volunteers wanted it recorded I was more than happy to accommodate them. They were just kidding around but I knew of a back-story where the proverbial train was about to hit a school bus stuck on the tracks. I knew that image would become timely...

    Sorcerer, to his credit, made sure all the kids were off the bus before returning to the drivers seat to await the impact.

    What a train wreck...

    To those wondering WTF we're talking about; it's about the the limitations to free speech long-term CSP volunteers must adhere to when identifying themselves as said volunteers. That censorship may not be right but "dems da rules".
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    This is to let the riders of Coe know that on Sunday a group went out to take back Cross Canyon and Kelly Cabin Canyon trails from the fallen trees:



















    We removed about 15 trees. The Cross Canyon / Kelly Cabin Canyon corridor is clear and the water level is reasonable...it's very fun streambed riding so go for it...











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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    This is to let the riders of Coe know that on Sunday a group went out to take back Cross Canyon and Kelly Cabin Canyon trails from the fallen trees:

    ///Charlie
    Nice work, guys; that was a lot of trees! Thanks for putting in the time out there. I usually avoid KCC this time of year due to the water, but it looks very passable due to the lack of recent rain.

    It also looks like diskus finally got his new XXL rig, which is awesome as well.

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    Bravo!!!

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    This is to let the riders of Coe know that on Sunday a group went out to take back Cross Canyon and Kelly Cabin Canyon trails from the fallen trees:
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    These are most excellent results!

    Among my aspirations for Saturday, as a result of your commendable exercise, is a ride along KCC from S to N.

    OT: I may opt for a ride up Phegley as the first climb of the day, followed by Red Fern as the first descent, followed by the climb up Wagon, then down to Coon Hunter, up Long Dam, and...well, by speculation towards KCC. The dry conditions, reasonable traction, and cooler climes contribute to this steep front country route entertainment as will a hard-tail with Coe gears.

    I'll bring a saw for the climb up Milias.

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    Nice work! low water and trees removed = I most likly will be riding that area on Saturday, thanks guys!
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    Forgot that I had one to share:
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    Low oak on Grizzly Gulch. (Not really a problem for bikes but below State standards for this kind of trail)
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    Wow, Roy cut his hair? Job interview? Girlfriend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Wow, Roy cut his hair? Job interview? Girlfriend?
    Looking for a new job. I have the worst job. I could go into details but........

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    A few like this example have been removed from the Milias Trail.

    There's something off of Coit Rd below Kelly Lake to ride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer View Post

    A few like this example have been removed from the Milias Trail.

    There's something off of Coit Rd below Kelly Lake to ride.
    Nice work on Milias.

    It will be interesting to see how long that sign at the south end of KCC lasts. There is something about that end of the trail that seems to want to remain obscure, though it definitely needs more riders, and it has a very unique feel to it, even for Coe.

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    I rode CCT to KCCT from park headquarters on sunday and there was a trail duct at the junction between the two trails and a very temporary sign made from sticks at the south end. Thanks to all who cleared these fine trails. I also got two ticks and saw my first snake of the year (gopher snake).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer View Post




    A few like this example have been removed from the Milias Trail.

    There's something off of Coit Rd below Kelly Lake to ride.

    Should consider bringing your sephcellcker with you next time.
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    BTW that looks like some old exotic redwood plank. Where did that come from?

    Did it come from Kelly frickin' Crappin' Canyan?!

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    Get your buttercups over to Coe before plymmer has the 100 degree days all to himself.
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    Should consider bringing your sephcellcker with you next time.
    You really can't make an "O" out of sticks.

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    Oh, me again. Well, I was out there on Sunday and removed trees on upper Elderberry Spring Trail (and also an overhang) and I brought back a re-route near the top. I also cleared a tree at the end of Rose Dam Trail that brings back the original line (right at the end). From there it was up Pacheco Creek Trail and I cleared some good sized trees that were blocking the way. Another kangasaw excursion.

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    Thanks Roy, should be a stellar weekend out there coming up!
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    3 men; one saw...

    A photolog of yesterday at Coe...

    The "Second Sunday" Trail Work Day reverted back to a "2nd Saturday TWD" this weekend; two Coe "regulars" (myself and Dan H) and 2 new volunteers (Stephen and Joe) so it was only four of us working on the JDT. Busy time of the year at the Park; Ranger Cam signed us in and then took off for other duties. Here's "Turn 8" finally completed (mostly!) to State standards:


    At noon, I left the group in care of Dan and took off to rendezvous with Diesel and Plymmer for an exploration of the lower Kelly Cabin Canyon; along the way I spotted this deer enjoying Coyote Creek:


    At Los Cruzeros I waited; it's really neat to think that in April of 1776 Juan Bautista de Anza passed this very spot and allegedly gave it its name:


    Soon a rather large group (Scouts?) arrived to set up camp...


    ...followed by Diesel and Plymmer; also in backpack mode:


    Chris (Diesel) and Roy (plymmer) seemed to have doubts about me hike-a-biking this "uncharted" canyon but I was confident all would go well. Here Chris is in the lead as we headed up this very pretty canyon:


    Roy brought up the rear; this had been a 10K footies hike for them thus far:


    At Cross Canyon Trail we rested briefly before parting ways; it had been a little short of a 3 mile hike up the KCCC. About the only way I can make better Strava time than these guys is if they have to walk and I get to ride a bike:


    Nearing the top of CCT a large oak limb had come down accross the trail (afterall; this is a thread about trees down at Coe!)


    So much for Strava; I had it mostly cleared when Chris caught up and helped finish the final cut (no "kangasaw" this trip!). Roy got to the site just in time to help roll the section off the trail:


    A great weekend to be at Coe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    A photolog of yesterday at Coe...

    A great weekend to be at Coe!
    Good to see you out there, PL.

    -D
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    Rites of Spring

    Great deeds indeed gents!

    It's already been reported, but there's a few trees down on Turkey Pond Trail again



    Like this.



    And trees across Live Oak Spring Road and Trail.



    Tom and I didn't do a lick of trail work on our SSschitterend ride.

    I observed a major new illegal campsite near the mouth of Kelly Lake which should be abandoned and restored:



    Pretty weekend to be out and about.

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    Tree down on Middle Ridge, just past Fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    A photolog of yesterday at Coe...



    A great weekend to be at Coe!
    Hey Paul, I mentioned these drinking water tanks to you Saturday when we were talking at Hunting Hollow after our rides. Eric G said that he had installed these on Friday and manually filled with water from the HQ supply; one at Manzanita Point (intersection of Manzanita Point Road/China Hole Trail/Madrone Soda Spring Trail) (upper photo) and the other at the intersection of Manzanita Point Road, Poverty Flat Road, and Springs Trail (lower photo):









    Suspecting that the water would taste like plastic, I went to Headquarters for water.

    Not tree related but I thought you'd be interested in seeing these pictures,
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    Thanks...

    ... to those who have contributed funds to the PRA in the past; these tanks and a water trailer to fill them were purchased with your donation money.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    Hey Paul, I mentioned these drinking water tanks to you Saturday when we were talking at Hunting Hollow after our rides. Eric G said that he had installed these on Friday and manually filled with water from the HQ supply; one at Manzanita Point (intersection of Manzanita Point Road/China Hole Trail/Madrone Soda Spring Trail) (upper photo) and the other at the intersection of Manzanita Point Road, Poverty Flat Road, and Springs Trail (lower photo):


    Suspecting that the water would taste like plastic, I went to Headquarters for water.

    Not tree related but I thought you'd be interested in seeing these pictures,
    ///Charlie
    I'm pretty sure water storage at the HQ is in the same kind of plastic tank (albeit much larger) but yeah it'd probably taste a bit like plastic for a while. I'll taste test it for you the next time I'm over there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    it'd probably taste a bit like plastic for a while.
    Whoa talk about thread drift. I thought this was supposed to be about dead things in the middle of trails.

    I sampled the bouquet of the waters at Manzanita Point on Sunday. While I did detect a slight edge that reminded me of the serpentine soil and aquifer fed oak shrubbery, the overwhelming twinge of urbanesque chlorination produced a resounding note and left my palette wondering if in a former life this water was used in a dunk tank in a county fair. Highly quaffable and many thumbs up for this delightful beverage.

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    Take back upper Live Oak Spring Trail

    This is to let the riders of Coe know that on Saturday a group went out to take back upper Live Oak Spring Trail from the fallen trees…except we were skunked! Someone had already done this! We checked-out the length of the trail and it was all cleared!





    A big Thank You to whomever! They cut about 8 large trees.

    Our team went on to clear the fallen tree near Grapevine Spring and a couple spots on Cross Canyon.

    ///Charlie

    p.s. A What It Was Like Out There™ picture from the day…

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    Awesome non-job!

    When are you going to get permission to do tread work again?

    Will I have to come out of my coma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer View Post
    Awesome non-job!

    When are you going to get permission to do tread work again?

    Will I have to come out of my coma?
    Permissions to do tread work has been secured semi-officially (verbal, not in writing) for several months now; with the caveat that volunteers inform staff via email beforehand of intentions. Of course all the usual stuff applies; be in uniform, work per State standards yadda yadda.

    RE who dunnit? LOST; Charlie could you tell if those trees were cut with a chainsaw or by handsaw? I have a very short list of likely suspects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    RE who dunnit? LOST; Charlie could you tell if those trees were cut with a chainsaw or by handsaw?
    Handsaw. No HoofPrints&PostHoles, and no ATV tracks. Since Julie mentioned the fallen trees in her Hard COEre 100km story, this work must have been done sometime within the last month.

    Very cool that someone did this!

    ///Charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    Handsaw. No HoofPrints&PostHoles, and no ATV tracks. Since Julie mentioned the fallen trees in her Hard COEre 100km story, this work must have been done sometime within the last month.

    Very cool that someone did this!

    ///Charlie
    I'm pretty sure it's this guy:

    I'm trying to confirm before I name names but he was trying to scrounge a ride to the LOST area a couple of weeks ago. (big saw to carry)

    He's a relatively new volunteer (one year after me) and is toying with coming over to the dark side. (He'll be taking the CMBP training class this year)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    I'm pretty sure it's this guy…he was trying to scrounge a ride to the LOST area a couple of weeks ago. (big saw to carry)
    The work I'm talking about was on Live Oak Spring Trail, not Lost Spring Trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    The work I'm talking about was on Live Oak Spring Trail, not Lost Spring Trail.

    ///Charlie
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    = LOST; not LST---BTW those are official DPR/CSP abbreviations for same.

    Anyway, the prime tree removal suspect (center) is here shown with some accomplices on nearby LOSR a month or so ago:


    Funny how his face is always hidden from the camera???
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    Ah, nice!!! If you guys are looking for more trees to clear, I might suggest the trail around Mississippi Lake! hint hint.... I might join you and maybe even get an appearance of Mr. Shred, who is now an expert trail builder (thanks to Drew and Patty's course). Let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Ah, nice!!! If you guys are looking for more trees to clear, I might suggest the trail around Mississippi Lake! hint hint.... I might join you and maybe even get an appearance of Mr. Shred, who is now an expert trail builder (thanks to Drew and Patty's course). Let me know.
    We're trying to resurrect the CMBP "2nd Saturday" Trail Work Days (the first one for the season will be December 14th) at Henry Coe SP; that's a good suggestion you've made.

    It's possible that we might be able to provide shuttle to/from Mississippi Lake; half a day brushing trails; half a day riding in/out would be an option. (Tools would be on site)

    This notion is weather dependent; too much rain would cancel the shuttle (and for that matter riding on ST)
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    Dang, miss my uniform!

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    Haven't heard anything about the CMBP annual meeting lately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy View Post
    Haven't heard anything about the CMBP annual meeting lately...
    Saturday November 23rd 9:00 AM Kickham Ranch.

    Will be combined with the training for the new Uniformed Volunteers.

    Weather permitting there may be an after ride.
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    An update for the riders of Coe…I got word that one of the bike patrollers cleared all the fallen trees on Rock House Ridge Trail yesterday.

    ///Charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline35 View Post
    An update for the riders of Coe…I got word that one of the bike patrollers cleared all the fallen trees on Rock House Ridge Trail yesterday.

    ///Charlie
    Sweet

    About a month ago we came across Eric cutting limbs on Middleridge, and talked him in to joining us to Hat Rock, he had not been up there in many years. He was riding just fast enough ahead of us to take care of several limbs before we got there, I was joking that he was my bike caddy . BTW Jackass was in the best shape I've seen it in years and I was able to clean it for the first time in many years also.

    Down rock house ridge, the tables were turned, with 160mm of trail smoothing suspension we cleared quite a few of the trees on the way down, just in time for him to arrive. We were able to just muscle them out of the way.

    So was it Eric that went back up there? I'm not sure he had any fillings left after coming down it last time on his hard tail
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    So was it Eric that went back up there?
    Affirmative!

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    Turkey Pond Trail...

    ...keeps on giving:

    ...before


    ...after

    No effin' way:

    On spur trail to Turkey Pond proper; a social trail bypasses this cluster f'k.

    Goldfields have turned the trail into a "yellow brick road":

    Biggest tree I tackled today.


    ...before


    ...during (catching my breath!)


    ...after

    BTW this is part of the prep work for Coe's upcoming Back Country Weekend (sold out I believe) hence the pink ribbon being judiciously placed.
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    Turkey Pond Trail is on many ride plans.

    We plan on running the Coe Single Speed Schitterende Ride (single-speeds only), Hunting Hollow to the far eastern end of the park and back (45 miles, 7k) on May 3rd, starting at 7am.

    Appreciate the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer View Post
    Turkey Pond Trail is on many ride plans.

    We plan on running the Coe Single Speed Schitterende Ride (single-speeds only), Hunting Hollow to the far eastern end of the park and back (45 miles, 7k) on May 3rd, starting at 7am.

    Appreciate the work.
    Thanks!

    You'll probably run into Fast Eddie's brood:
    Supported Bike Camping at Henry Coe

    I'll be part of the cargo convoy; might get out on my bike; maybe not.

    In spite of breaking a rear spoke early on; I rode Woodpecker; Dutch's and Tie Down doing the BCW prep stuff---check flagging (needs to be improved), remove fallen trees and etc. The "etc" would be trimming brush but there's way too much to tackle solo in an afternoon.

    I'm thinking maybe the next "2nd Saturday TWD" be focused on trimming brush on this trail???

    Some pix:

    An old cattle feeder on Woodpecker.


    First downed tree on Dutch's; before.


    After; no sawing required, rolled it off the trail "Mark Weir" style but did it carefully as I was working alone.


    Posted this guy elsewhere; just about the noisiest rattler I've ever heard---he was a good 10' off the trail and my passing set him off anyway.


    West Fork of Coon Creek; can you find the ribbon marking the trail? (The infamous "Triangle" of Coe)


    This one took a saw.


    Always a challenge to remove dead fall with only one cut.


    Ribbons tell a story; also reminiscent of prayer flags.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Ah, nice!!! If you guys are looking for more trees to clear, I might suggest the trail around Mississippi Lake! hint hint.... I might join you and maybe even get an appearance of Mr. Shred, who is now an expert trail builder (thanks to Drew and Patty's course). Let me know.
    FWIW the "C's" (Californian Conservation Corps) beat us to it; Mississippi Lake Trail is now a "road" (was to begin with apparently).

    Checking to see about the Coit lake Tr.
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    Today's installment...

    ...had some help today; I met fellow Coe MTB Patrollers Philip and Ligaya at the Dowdy Visitor Center (now open Fri-Sat-Sun for the season) and flagged and cleared some nearby trails. Some pix:


    This oak was reported down on Hersman trail some time back; we had hoped that staff would have attended to it with a chainsw---but no.


    Philip and I removed some limbs; Ligaya and son Kyle watch from a safe distance.


    With the weight of the limbs removed; Philip and I rolled the main section of the tree off the trail.


    With the late rains Coe's wildflower season has been a riot, this is the top of Mack's Corral Trail just below the Dowdy VC. The view is in the general direction of Dutch's Trail; the near horizon is County Line road and Mustang Peak; the far horizon is 15 miles away and Coe nearly reaches that far!


    Looking back toward the parking lot and the flanks of Burra-Burra beyond; some poppies were sacrificed opening up Mack's!

    Come out and enjoy Coe from the Dowdy entrance:

    Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center
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