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SoMo Trail & Land Rehab


The team for the first event on January 12, 2008

Projects Goals

South Mountain Park is a major outdoor recreation resource for Valley residents. Its 16,000 acres contain 51 miles of primary trails, numerous picnic facilities, and the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. In 2007, Park Supervisor Kim Kieth, invited VOAz to assist his staff by addressing priority concerns related to the extensive network of authorized and unauthorized trails within this the largest urban park in the country.

The first priority for the Park was a critical trail relocation needed along the northwest boundary of the park. A yet to be formally named trail leading to the San Juan Overlook crosses private property scheduled for build-out as a residential neighborhood led to closure of public access. VOAz worked with Jarod Rogers, trails planner for the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, to identify an alternate route. The primary design challenge was the need to cross several deeply incised washes that transport runoff down the mountain slopes. Locating suitable crossing points lengthened the trail and required a placement higher on the slopes than might otherwise have been necessary. But, who can be opposed to more trail? And, the added elevation provides improved vistas and a deeper buffer between the trail and the land to be developed. About one mile of new trail was built. This includes a link to the undeveloped trailhead at 35th Avenue. Work was completed in 2008. Map of trail (1.7 m PDF)showing work completed on 2008.01.12 (Courtesy of City of Phoenix).

Another priority for park management is the heavy used east end of the park, which is accessed through the Pima Canyon and other trailheads. In January 2009, work began on the trail leading up to and beyond the "Marcos de Niza Rock" at the Pima Canyon Trailhead. VOAz is using a combination to tread hardening and short reroutes to improve the quality of the trail (usability and sustainability).

Project Leader: Bruce Weidenhamer (Mike Snodgrass through November 2008)

Project TA: Bruce Weidenhamer (Michael Baker through January 2008)



Upcoming Events
There are no upcoming events.

Completed Work
Number of Events: 15
Total Volunteer Hours: 3221
Total Participants: 346
Project Outputs
Other (Administered first aid & assisted with rescue for fallen hiker): 1
Feet of trail closed for revegitation (TA determine): 1
Feet of new trail built: 700
Tread hardening (stone pitching, etc.) (feet of tread cobblled): 12
Feet of realigned trail built (Old trail rerouted and wash crossing moved): 1500
Hardened drainage(s) built: 4
Feet of existing trail maintained (plus 5001 feet): 9999
Feet of rock wall built: 20
Feet of existing trail maintained: 5280
Hardened drainage(s) built (to prevent further damage to the tread): 2
Other (20 drains opened,rehabilitated, etc.): 20
Other (tools pre-positioned): 20
Other (feet of tread debermed to allow water to escape): 100
Other (drains cleared/rebuilt/newly installed): 91

Completed Event Reports

January 17, 2015  Bursera Trail Maintenance and Repair
Six VOAZ volunteered hiked 5+ miles out and back on the Bursera Trail performing much needed trail maintenance tasks including building hardened drains, cobbling eroded tread, trimming back vegetation and opening/rehabilitating drains. It was a picture perfect day to be on the trail; 4 of our volunteers aided a fallen hiker that required basic first aid and was air-lifted from the trail. Photos at: https://picasaweb.google.com/voazalbums/BurseraTrail011715?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNTeiuyI7IDPfg&feat=directlink
Bursera Trail 01-17-15
Total Volunteer Hours: 53    Total Participants: 6
Event Outputs
Hardened drainage(s) built: 3
Other (20 drains opened,rehabilitated, etc.): 20
Other (Administered first aid & assisted with rescue for fallen hiker): 1
Tread hardening (stone pitching, etc.) (feet of tread cobblled): 12

December 13, 2014  Bursera Trail Maintenance and Repair
Five (5) VOAZ volunteers spent a beautiful Saturday performing trail maintenance on the Bursera Trail out of the 19th Ave. & Chandler Blvd Trailhead. The weather predictions did not come to fruition and the rain-dampened soils made the work much easier. This allowed the group to cover a mile of the 2.85 mile long trail.
Total Volunteer Hours: 33    Total Participants: 5
Event Outputs
Feet of existing trail maintained: 5280
Hardened drainage(s) built (to prevent further damage to the tread): 2
Other (drains cleared/rebuilt/newly installed): 91
Other (feet of tread debermed to allow water to escape): 100

January 11, 2014  Pyramid Trail Repairs & Maintenance
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Five, two volunteer teams walked the three miles of the Pyramid Trail re-establishing corridor and making tread repairs--primary opening and reopening drain points.
Total Volunteer Hours: 91    Total Participants: 11
Event Outputs
Feet of existing trail maintained (plus 5001 feet): 9999

November 5, 2011  Realignment
South Mountain Trail Realignment
EM Two participants indicated that they wished to become new members and indicated on the waiver sheet by their names. Mishra, Shovna Angulo, Luis TA Report
Total Volunteer Hours: 166    Total Participants: 25
Event Outputs
Feet of trail closed for revegitation (TA determine): 1

March 12, 2011  Gila View Trail Realignment
Despite the logistics complications of shuttling all the participants 5 miles to the trail head, a .8 mile uphill hike with tools and gear, and only the Buffalo Tent (camping toilet) for relief, all went well and we accomplished our goal for building this new trail. The view for lunch was spectacular and we have a nice group shot gathered around the Buffalo Tent (with Sue inside!) - this event will be historic, with the only potty with a 50-mile view! Thanks to everyone who participated in making this a success! Link to REI photo album
Total Volunteer Hours: 375    Total Participants: 46
Event Outputs
Feet of new trail built: 700
Feet of rock wall built: 20
Hardened drainage(s) built: 1

March 11, 2011  Gila View Trail Realignment - Advance Work
To easy the task on March 12, 7 VOAz volunteers and 10 from ACE carried 60 tools to the work site the the March 12 trail realignment
Total Volunteer Hours: 15    Total Participants: 7
Event Outputs
Other (tools pre-positioned): 20

March 13, 2010  Javelina Canyon Trail
70 volunteers worked for 6 hours on a beautiful early spring day at South Mountain park to realign 1500 feet of existing Javelina Canyon trail. New portions were created and the trail crossing at a wash was moved. Portions of the old trail were obfuscated. We all had a great lunch provided by REI followed by the traditional REI prize drawing. There were 33 first time volunteers at this event, as well as many returning VOAz veterans and crew leaders. We had participation from several groups, including DBG Teens and REI members from Paradise Valley. Even before we were able to get the volunteer crew off the new trail, we had two hikers using it. All in all, a great time and a big success!
Total Volunteer Hours: 580    Total Participants: 70
Event Outputs
Feet of realigned trail built (Old trail rerouted and wash crossing moved): 1500

February 13, 2010  Marcos de Niza/Ridge Line Trail
No Report Information
Total Volunteer Hours: 190    Total Participants: 26
February 7, 2009  Marcos de Niza/Ridge Line Trail

Marcos de Niza/Ridge Line Trail

Twenty seven volunteers completed the stone pitching section started in January, and closed the old trail replaced by new trail in January. Additional volunteers completed an additional 376 ft of bench trail, including two sets of steps and two turns.

Thanks to our event partner[s]: Kim Keith - South Mountain Park and Rangers Justin and Roy.

Total Volunteer Hours: 245    Total Participants: 27
January 10, 2009  Marcos de Niza/Ridge Line Trail

Marcos de Niza/Ridge Line Trail

Twenty eight volunteers built 270 of new 36 inch wide tread to replace about 140 feet of fall-line trail and began work on a stone pitching segment of trail to provide a stable tread in a section that would have been difficult to relocate on another beautiful arizona January day.

Thanks to our event partner[s]: Kim Keith - South Mountain Park and Ranger Justim and Roy Lasker.

Total Volunteer Hours: 246    Total Participants: 28
December 13, 2008  Drainage Crossing Construction

Completition of 35th Ave Trailhead Link

On a beautiful Saturday AM ten VOAz volunteers completd the 35th avenue Trailhead link to the Northwest Perimeter Trail. Construction included widening the tread through the drainage crossings and grading the trail. Drainage crossings were accomplished by paving the first crossing with heavy stone and by building a retaining wall of stone in the second. Both crossings were carefully carved and graded to provide proper water runoff. The trailhead is now clearly marked and visible to trail users.

Volunteers: Michael (Crew Leader - & TA), Rick , Jeremiah (Event Manager), Paul , Shawn , Ken , Mike (Crew Leader), John , Emerson , Joseph (Crew Leader)

Thanks to our event partner[s]: Kim Keith - South Mountain Park
Total Volunteer Hours: 46    Total Participants: 10
November 8, 2008  Construction

November 8, 2008 - REI Fall Service Project

This event was another successful REI/VOAz partnership effort. It was especially noteworthy considering the Wholefoods joined the team for the first time and provided a quality Seventy two volunteers completed this project on a beautiful fall day. The tread was brought out to 24 inches and other refinements were completed by about two PM.

Volunteers: Patty , Donna (Crew Leader), Kristi (Crew Leader), Eric (Crew Leader), *Scott , Michael (Crew Leader), *Rich , Ed (Crew Leader Manager), Marc , Robert B.(Crew Leader), *Annette , Tim (Crew Leader), Lisa , *Karen , Larry , Michael G(Crew Leader - Tool Manager), Matt (Crew Leader), *Craig , Doug , Johnnie , Inge , *Tasia , *Rob , Robert E(Crew Leader), Linda, Ryan, *Paige , *Beth , *Rick , *Jon , *Ryoko , Chuck , Lynn (Crew Leader), Steve , *Troy , Danielle , *Martin , *Mitsi , *Lynn , Shawn (Crew Leader), Annie , Ken (Crew Leader), *Lisa , Mike S.(Technical Advisor), Nell , Sue (Photographer), *Mike , Alison (Crew Leader), *Chad , Bruce (Technical Advisor), *Brian , *Emerson , Joseph (Crew Leader), Jeff, Jason P., Jason G., , Dave, Danny, Megan, James, Jackie, Mari, Sarah, Paul, LarryS. * Indicates first event

Thanks to our event host: Kim Keith, Supervisor at South Mountain Park; Wholefoods (lunch).

Total Volunteer Hours: 629    Total Participants: 72
April 12, 2008  Construction
No Report Information
Total Volunteer Hours: 66    Total Participants: 13
March 8, 2008  Drainage Crossings

Drainage Crossing Construction

Fifteen volunteers completed four of the three planned crossings and had enough time and steam to work on building additional tread.

Volunteers: Eric Anderson (Crew Leader), Michael Baker (Event Manager - Crew Leader/FS), *Tori Bishop, *Kim Brigham, S Fester, Doug Gregory, Nancy Hughes, *Scott Johnson, Chuck Kranz, Lynn Larremore (Crew Leader), Paul Martucci, Mike Schendel, Mike Snodgrass (Crew Leader - TA/TMgr), Nell Teter, Liisa Walimaa
* Indicates first VOAz Event
Total Volunteer Hours: 105    Total Participants: 0
January 12, 2008  Completion of Realignment

Realignment

Nearly every registrant showed up along with a few extra for a total of 47. The initial work plan was to complete between 1,000 and 1,300. Maybe it was the beautiful weather, but we "completed" 2,000 feet of new trail. More likely--another group of exceptional volunteers.

Work Crew and Staff: *Angel Aguilar, Donna Alexander, Eric Anderson (Crew Leader), *Scott Anthony, Michael Baker (Technical Advisor), *Carmen Bastek, *Ari Biswas, Ed Blanchard (Event Manager), Jill Bluhm, Carolyn Chaney, Dennis Cooley, *Melanie Craig, Tim Craig, Jesse Dwyer, *James Flori, Michael Galwey, Sandy Heunisch, *Lawrence Horton, *J Kananen, *Elizabeth King, Sally Kirch, +Lynette Klien, *Chuck Kranz, *Steve Kulesza, Lisa Kusmin, *Michael Langley, Lynn Larremore, *Amy-Jane Lilie, Kathy Lopez (Food Service), Larry Lopez (Food Service),*Scott Lymer, *Terri Lymer, Gilbert Maldonado, Paul Martucci (Photographer), Terri Metzger (Crew Leader), Shawn Redfield, Ken Ryan (Crew Leader), David Schwartz, Charlie Scully Crew Leader), Mike Snodgrass (Crew Leader - & Tool Mgr.), *Jessica Stevens, *Liisa Walimaa, *Elizabeth White, *Kriston Winston, *Michael Yares, Joseph Zveglich (Crew Leader) * Indicates first VOAz Event

Thanks to our event host: Kim Keith, Supervisor at South Mountain Park

Total Volunteer Hours: 381    Total Participants: 0


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