Spencer Butte Trail Maintenance

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Leader: Matthew Bell
Trl Mnt: 2 miles, 500 ft (Moderate)

We broke into several small groups taking on the tasks of cleaning, enlarging, and digging new rolling drain dips in the new section of Ridgeline Trail that leads out of the Willamette & 52 parking lot. The previous year we had put gravel on the trail but, the way that the hill drains led to a lot of erosion of the trail surface.

As we progressed some from our group began to bring gravel for the new trail surface up the trail in power-wheelbarrows. A couple of volunteers also worked to clear Himalayan blackberries back away from the trailhead kiosk. To help encourage people and pets to stay on the trail we lined the downhill side of the trail with limbs and trunks of a pine and clump hawthorne that Christer and Josh cut down in the meadow.

Only time will tell if the added drainage will help keep the trail surface from eroding further.

Members: Matthew Bell, Jyoti Naik, Janet Jacobsen, Clara Emlen, Jim Whitfield, Michael Quigley, Nola Nelson, Todd Larsen. Nonmembers: Dan Gilmore, Alex Lockfeld, David Alavi, Renee Buchanan.


Digging out dips for water drainage near the 52nd & Willamette Ridgeline Trailhead—photo by Matthew Bell
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