When: Wednesday September 19, 2007
Time: 12 noon to 5:30 pm including travel time
Starting Point: Mont Bleu Hotel
Travel: Vans will transport participants from Mont Bleu to the workshop location at Emerald Bay State Park. The drive will take about forty minutes each way. There will be hiking up to two and one half miles. There is modest elevation gain (100') and loss (255'). The elevation of the hike will range from 6580 feet to 6325 feet.
This workshop will highlight trail reconstruction of 2 miles of the Historic Rubicon and Lighthouse Trails at D.L. Bliss State Park. These trails were originally constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the initial development of D. L. Bliss State Park. Sections of these trails are currently being reconstructed to standards for accessible recreational trails established by the United States Access Board. Current funding for this reconstruction is from a Recreational Trails Program Grant from the State of California.
These two trails have extensive historic features, including the highest lighthouse in North America. Most of this hike will have dramatic view of Lake Tahoe as the trail approaches, traverses and winds to Calawee Cove around Rubicon Point. The trail hike will include extensive rock retaining walls, switchbacks, rock steps, examples of trail removal rehabilitation techniques, trail bridges in dramatic locations and trail routes through rock precipices. Gentler sections of the Rubicon Trail are currently being reconstructed to provide accessible hiking experiences with a terminus view of Lake Tahoe. This trail is in challenging terrain with very low soil capability and extensive granite cliffs. Participants will also be able to view active trail construction as part of the hike and discuss with State Park and California Conservation Corp Crewmembers aspects of trail reconstruction in demanding environments.
A highlight of the trip will be a demonstration of cable rigging applications. Rigging in a remote settings can assist completion of rigorous construction requirements. The participants will see an actual sky line application using a mechanical wire rope pulling device call a Grip Hoist. This tool is used extensively to reduce the potential of injury when moving heavy loads. Additionally the trail hike will have numerous examples of retaining walls and bridges placed in steep and remote locations by rigging them in.
September can bring a wide variety of weather so be prepared for the more likely warm and sunny, but also possibly wet and cold. Sun screen is necessary regardless of weather. You will need good hiking shoes and clothing including rain gear. A small backpack to carry clothes, water, and snacks is strongly recommended.