Spencer Butte Trail Maintenance
January 22, 2005
Saturday, January 22, the Obsidians continued their collaborative trail
maintenance project with the Eugene Parks Dept. at Spencer Butte Park.
The weather gods, having been propitiated by the sacrifice of an albino
cheeseburger, gave us yet another beautiful day for our 4th trail maintenance outing.
A group of 11 dedicated souls, including Parks Dept. staff,
met at 8:30 at the Spencer Butte west parking lot, gathered tools and fervor
and headed out.
Some members elected to engage in brushing, clearing and drainage upkeep along
the northern trail area off 52nd and Willamette.
Others proceeded to the Ridgeline tie trail about ¼ up the main trail and
just below the meadow junction.
There the group tackled a notorious soggy bog in the middle of the trail.
Last month the trail maintenance group removed the wooden bridge over the bog,
an earlier ultimately futile effort to deal with this muck gap.
Rock from the surrounding area was collected and with the awesome technology of
power wheelbarrows, much gravel was moved from a lower site to the boggy area.
Under the skillful and inspirational direction of Matt McRae, the group
constructed a magnificent stone culvert and trail retaining wall worthy of
This work is expected to provide a neatly permanent solution to this former
All agreed it was an educational and personally rewarding experience to produce
a lasting improvement of this much used trail.
Although forced to skirt the work site, appreciation rained upon the workers from
Next trail maintenance meeting is schedule for February 26, 2005.