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Trailhead

On Saturday the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders joined up with three other volunteers to take a look at the lower one and a half miles of the Monroe Truck Trail to see what maintenance and restoration efforts might be needed (for details about the trail see Dan's web page at http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/mystic.html and for photographs of the trail region from last year (24/Jun/07) see Taco's photographs at ( http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/TacoDelRio/20070624%20GRR/)

The trailhead begins on Glendora Mountain Road at North 34 degrees 10.011 by West 117 degrees 50.031 at 1374 feet. There is plenty of parking on both sides of the street and we encountered many hikers and many people on bicycle using the trail along the lower canyons (below 2,000 feet altitude.)

This is a list of some of the things that will be needed to open up and make the hiking, biking, and equestrian trail more useable and safe. Also maintenance is needed to mitigate erosion and other problems which threaten to make the trail impassable.

The items listed are done in the order in which they appear heading up the trail however due to the inability to acquire GPS satellites for most of the canyon, the locations of most problems could not be recorded.

Hiking the trail

The trail is a good one affording respite from the filth and stink of the cities below, cities which can be seen from three miles away at some points along the trail.

Also from the amount of use that the trail had today it's clear that the trail is much loved despite being heavily overgrown and not well maintained -- if at all.

Hikers and bicycle riders who use the trail will at times clear back the brush or otherwise do repairs however dedicated efforts by hikers appears to be rare and such efforts by hikers who take the time to perform heavy maintenance when they can are apparently doing so alone or in pairs, or doing it during hiking adventures rather than as a directed maintenance effort.

Also it's great to see such a heavily used trail so clean! The hikers and bikers who use the trail have been keeping the place fairly clean since we encountered only three pieces of highly visible litter along the trail.

* At the trailhead seven volunteers collect our equipment
* This is what the trailhead looks like
* A sign proclaims "Lower Monroe TT" -- Truck Trail
* Hiking up the trail we get a first look at the trail's condition
* Most of the trail is open only because hikers and bikers use the trail
* Some parts of the trail cross the stream
* This area needs to be cleaned up a bit and opened up so water will flow
* Tree down across the trail needs to be bucked up
* Rocky bottom of the canyon
* Painted boulder needs to be cleaned up
* Pampas grass should be removed if possible
* Poison oak all over the place
* Concrete post in the middle of the trail
* We examine both sides of the trail as well as the actual tread
* Errosion along the stream med
* Metal garbage along the way could be hauled out
* Lots of growth in the 6 years since the Williams Fire of 2002
* More Pampas grass, this stuff on a hillside
* Fig trees must be removed
* Close up of the fig tree with green fruit
* One of the rock and dirt slides that should be removed
* Narrow sections of the trail. Brush can easilly be removed to widen things
* One of the younger volunteers explains the drainage culvert issues
* Rock slide that must be removed with some of the rocks being used elsewhere
* The two young volunteers examine the flora and fauna along the way
* Some sections of the trail are perect the way they are
* Most of the trail is a gentle slope upwards
* More difficult bush trimming is needed in some areas of the trail
* Castor Bean invasive and non-native (red plant)
* We take a look across the way at the main ridgeline trail
* A Trailbuilder on the far side of trail where brush needs to be removed
* As we climb out of the canyons, direct sunlit areas become dry areas
* The major washout drops down about 6 or 7 feet
* The original drainage culvert at the washout is destroyed
* On the other side of the major washout
* Undermined drainage culvert
* Another look at the general area of the culvert
* A little further up and we can look across the way at Glendora
* And still a little further up we look at Glendora
* I walk up further and loko back. Trailbuilders are off in the distance
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Another drainage culvert, this one just needs to be empited
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Major dogbone retaining wall was built a long time ago and still works
* Another drainage culvert that needs to be cleaned up and re-opened
* Photographs of the trail on the way down
* Taco: Looking down from Monroe Truck Trail toward the cities of Glendora
* Taco: Another look at the general area of the trail

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