Spencer Butte Trail Maintenance

November 19, 2006

Trail work at Spencerís Butte continued on a windy, chilly Sunday morning. The morningís task was a tall order of trail construction, working to overcome natural obstacles to create a trail passable for power wheel barrows. Three Obsidians and one non-member worked with two City Parks staff to further a project aimed at the eventual creation of an elevated stonework path from the tree line to the summit of the butte. This will hopefully eliminate the innumerable pathways steadily eroding away the sensitive environment of the summit area. A discrete, unmistakable path will require the use of power wheel barrows to bring tools and materials to the summit area. Wheelbarrows must find a way past several areas of impassable rock outcrops in the path lower on the trail. The Obsidians are helping provide labor to build new rock footings essential for constructing trail modifications. The work was hard labor, but educational and challenging. The small group used the native rock available on site and made a good beginning on a long term project using pry bars, a jack hammer and various rock smashing tools. Stalwart Obsidians were John Cooper, Larry Dunlap and Peter Asai. They were enormously assisted by the youthful strength of non-Obsidian of Matthew Bell.

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