Santa Teresa Park
||On a rainy Saturday morning on
January 8, 2005,
over 2 dozen volunteers of all ages gathered at the Stile Ranch
off Fortini and San Vicente Roads in the Almaden Valley. The Stile
Trail is one of the most spectacular and popular trails in Santa Teresa
County Park, but it is one of the most challenging to maintain. It
by ascending up a steep, rocky hillside in a series of switchbacks.
part of the trail is particularly problematic because of the steep
which cause rapid erosion. Parts of the trail were deeply eroded. As
trail goes up the hill, it becomes increasingly rocky. The higher parts
of the trail are bare, exposed rock, the loose dirt having been washed
downhill. Because the trail switches back so many times, changes in
higher up on the trail can affect the lower parts of the trail. The
parts of the trail were very muddy, making footing difficult. County
rangers and trail leads showed the volunteers what needed to be done.
work involved smoothing out the rougher parts of the trail, improving
and out-sloping the softer areas. The trail crew worked hard until noon
on Saturday. They continued working on Sunday morning, when the weather
was dryer. The pictures below are from Saturday.
Created 1/16/05 by Ronald Horii