The LPFA scouted Santa Barbara Canyon Trail in March and found this rather large and complicated oak tree blocking the trail. There was a passable reroute around the tree that both hikers and equestrians were using but it wasn’t right so we scheduled a weekend to get out there and clear the tree.
Using a five foot felling crosscut saw it took two sawyers over 5 hours, spanning parts of two days in order to clear the trail. The tree required 24 cuts and some crafty levering and rolling to maneuver the heavy cut rounds off the trail.
The end result is a cleared trail and some great satisfaction for a job well done. Lets just hope that rootball doesn’t fall anytime soon.
If any of you come across large downed trees in your travels across the Los Padres, let us know and we’ll see if we can lineup a sawyer team to help out.