Public input is requested on the proposed  Las Chiches 4X4 Trail Relocation and Restoration project.

Las Chiches 4X4 Trail (16E08) is a 6 mile designated OHV trail located on the Pozo La Panza Area of the Santa Lucia Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest.  The trail has traditionally served as a jeep road and fuel break located along a ridge top in the Santa Lucia Mountain range.

The trail has a ridge top location and has several fall line sections which have made it susceptible to soil loss, erosion and entrenchment that has reduced the effectiveness of standard trail maintenance practices.

We propose the relocation and restoration of the steepest 0.3 miles of this trail  as part of the Pozo La Panza Trail Reroute and Restoration project.  The Las Chiches trail reroute was deferred due to the need for the larger equipment necessary to construct a full width 4X4 trail.  Design specifications call for this trail segment to be 12-18 feet in width.

We anticipate that the trail will be relocated to the East along a topographic contour line that allows for a grade of no more than seven percent (7%).

Design and construction will utilize the principles of sustainable trail design including full bench construction, serpentine design, rolling the grade, grade reversals, and where appropriate rolling dips  to assure adequate water control.

Please contact the CCTRA with your input on this project.

Bruce Whitcher

whitcher.bruce@gmail.com

 

What Central Coast Motorcycle Association is all about?

The Central Coast Motorcycle Association is a family oriented off road motorcycle club. The CCMA has been in existence in one form or another since the 70’s. In the past we hosted the Leapin’ Lizard Enduro, which fell victim to the all too common loss of trail miles.  We put on several rides every year like the Hangover Ride every New Year’s Day and the Nathan Woods Memorial Ride every Spring.

We have also put on numerous motocross races including the High Mountain Motocross — all great successes.  More recently we have been working with the USFS to improve Pozo, our local riding area. We have purchased picnic tables that have been placed at Turkey Flats, and Chester Springs.

 


To all potential volunteers.  The CCMA will be scheduling one or two work days in the November/December 2013 time frame.  The work days will concentrate on water bar maintenance on the Pozo trails.  This involves hand tools used to clean out existing water bars so that they drain correctly.  This maintenance work helps to preserve the water bars so that they do not wash out.  It is not difficult work, but the soil must be moist.  Scheduling of the work days will be on short notice because of the need to have moist soils, but not too wet.  So, this is a heads up.  If you are interested look for e-mails in the November/December time frame announcing work day specifics.

In the meantime, if you have questions please call Bruce Whitcher at 805.459.7111 or e-mail at user501968@aol.com  or Dennis Law 805.801.8829 dlaw@amblaw.com

Work is needed on all trails, but especially Tower trail, Burnout and Las Chiches.  Work will consist of clearing drains and some brushing.  Some tools will be provided but volunteers should bring their own if possible.

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