Road and Tom Sloan Trail
Trail needed shoring up, and trees of various sizes were moved or cut up
so as not to block the roads and trails.
up Echo Mtn. Trail
Dam at Tavern Site
would cause serious erosion, and a dam was built to prevent damage
first Rain, see below how Mother Nature filled in the earth.
readily see how much material is moved by the rain. The inset picture is
from the storm in Jan. 05.
This is the same area above the new dam demonstrating that a heavy rain will
carry a great deal of earth.
This shot is the area from
which all the water in the above inset photo is coming from
October 7, 2006
|This was the
return trip to nab those doors to the safe. We had a good crew of 12
and got a lot of work done.
Not only did we bring the
doors up, and deposit one at the Tavern (Camp Site) and the other locked
in the Tool Shed - but we also moved logs and brush into the pathways of
the bikers who seem not to hesitate to make their own trails that are
downhill speed thrillers, but at the same time, cause destruction and
erosion to the Forest.
See September 16 Work Party
below for pictures of safe doors from Alpine Tavern that led up to this
October 7 job.
info submitted by Paul Ayers regarding the area and some history behind
it, plus an awesome photo from 1992.
rare occurance - an 8 point Buck was watching us below
doing our work. We must have been a curious lot because
he remained up there watching us for several minutes.
getting hand truck ready to lower over the side. We will put the
safe doors on this hand truck, and pull them up using a shieve/pulley
with John's truck as the mule.
feet down this slope (about 70 degrees even though it doesn't look that
much in the photo) is where the 2 doors had
been resting for many, many years.
Dave getting ready to lash one of the doors to the hand truck - As
John's truck up on the road was pulling back, the hand truck, guided by
Dave, was heading up to the road. The doors were about 200 pounds
Brain, Chris and Dave
getting door strapped down to haul up hill
the doors resting now at the Tavern site.
Both doors in back of Joel's truck.
Stove remains found down
canyon and also put at Tavern site
being rejuvinated by crew.
One of logs put in place to block the path of the dirt bikers who were
creating problems with erosion
in place following the trail that we refurbished and also blocking the
unauthorized trail that the dirt bikers had cut straight down
the mountain from the top
While we were doing the safe parts
extraction on 10/7/06, I realized that the area we were working in was
described in Dr. Reid's history as Giddings Trail Canyon. Dr. Reid
spends a fair amount talking about the Canyon, and the trail and peak
associated with it. Giddings Peak, became Grizzly Point and then Sunset
Point [See, photo of Paul at Point on 2/1/92]; the Point is basically
where Middle Millard Trail crosses Sunset Ridge leaving the Millard
watershed for the Rubio and Las Flores watersheds.
(From Paul Ayers)
September 16, 2006
We were tipped
off by Charles Seims that there were 2 doors from the safe that was originally
at the Alpine Tavern. After looking extensivly from the Cape to the north
along the longest straight section we had given up.
You can't see
it from the photos, but we were on the
side of the mountain that was about a 70 degree slope. Climbing back
up and looking for an easier route we came upon, guess what ? - the doors
from the Alpine Tavern Safe. We rigged up the cart and tried to lift it
but we did not have our good ropes or pulleys.
One of the
ropes broke and we lost it
after lifting about 15 feet up the steep hill. It did a flip
and almost hit Brian.
We will come
another day with the right equipment.
The Crew - Joel,
Joe, Lee, Bruce, John, Susan, and Brian
Lunch break at the
These doors from the
safe weigh about 200 pounds each.
Work Party - March 4, 2006
A beautiful day - much different from 2 weeks
above - trolley wire hanger at granite gate
Part of the job was to clear
debris off the fire road as we traveled to our work destinations.
This particular rock of decomposed granite was not very decomposed. In
other words, we
couldn't break the darn thing up, no matter how much we pounded on it. The
would just bounce off. So we ended up muscling it over to the side of the
road and left it.
Sheriff's helicopter hovering
over canyon at Echo Mountain.
Work crew having lunch
Work Party - February 18, 2006
Who says it doesn't snow in Southern
California? Joe Hall said the temperature here at the Point was in the
upper '20's - Yeeeeooooowwwww
Joe Hall and Bruce Spears doing the
The real men of Mt. Lowe - in their
shirtsleeves. Wow - Tough
Granite Gate - Mr. Marcroft - the man who
needs no coat.
He read "To Build A Fire" by Jack London,
and figures that 25 degrees is just not enough to get all worried about.
Inspiration Point and the View Finders
This is the view of the Campground at the
Alpine Tavern location