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Big Basin State Park and the Magic of the Trail Crew Volunteers

Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew

The Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew works miracles by repairing collapsed trails. During winter storms, redwoods and Douglas firs fall across the trails and have to be cut out.

The crew meets on the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. at Big Basin park headquarters. Everyone is welcome to join and help.

Also see the trail crew website, which has some information as well as the monthly reports.

As of March 2004, you can contact Mike, the coordinators of the volunteers: mpeasland at for additional info.


Photos and Notes by Scott Peden, Photographer and Docent at Big Basin State Park.

Walk With Scott Peden in Big Basin State Park.

These pictures show work on a downed Redwood and two Douglas Firs, across the trail near Golden Falls. We were able to walk under the Redwood, which is only about 2 foot thick. The Douglas Firs were 3 to 4 feet thick.

This is the part nearest the creek, where we still have to duck under the redwood.

They cut a step in the Douglas fir here [leaving the two parts connected], as otherwise it would have just kept moving down hill.

Trail Crew working near Golden Falls

Up above the middle blockage they cut all the way through. I counted rings twice, and the lower section had 225 rings. So that tree must have been at least 230 to 240 years old.

Trail Crew working near Golden Falls

[The trail zig-zagged up the bank, which explains why the fall of these trees blocked the trail in 3 different places, one above the other.]

At the top they made a bypass around the roots.

Trees down near Golden Falls

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