Santa Ynez Canyon Volunteer Day – Parks Project

Santa Ynez Canyon

PROJECT: Trail Restoration in the Santa Ynez Canyon

Parks Project Volunteer Day with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, & Sierra ClubThe Trail Crew who came out to help us for the day

“If only 1% of Los Angeles citizens got out and volunteered to support our trails, we would have the best trail system in the world.” – Dale, California State Parks Volunteer Coordinator 

There are only 3 staff in the entire Santa Monica Mountains area that are tasked to maintain 400 miles of trail. Are they set up for failure due to the impossibility of the job? Yep. That’s where volunteers come into play.

Hitting the trail with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, and the Sierra Club

Volunteers are incredibly instrumental in keeping the trails that we all enjoy open and available for use. On Saturday, Parks Project trail crew collaborated with students from LMU and friends from Think LA to join the Sierra Club task force in restoring trail in the Santa Monica mountain range. Santa Ynez Canyon is tucked into the hills of Topanga State Park, and offers some spectacular single track trails back into the mountains.

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Volunteer Day with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, the Sierra Club, and Parks Project Volunteer Day with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, the Sierra Club, and Parks Project Volunteer Day with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, the Sierra Club, and Parks Project
Volunteer Day with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, the Sierra Club, and Parks Project Volunteer Day with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, the Sierra Club, and Parks Project Volunteer Day with Loyola Marymount University, ThinkLA, the Sierra Club, and Parks Project

Like any unique and tight single track trail, over grown roughage often poses a problem, and without maintenance, can close sections of a route. We hiked in a mile, worked our way back while shoring up the trail, and re-established the route so that the trail would be accessible for future hikers. Cutting back trees, removing old decaying logs and obstacles, and tidying up grasses and shrubs made up most of the morning. Good hard work pays off. We left the trail in beautiful condition. High five to all who came out and supported the parks!

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