January 15th – Work Party: The Hummingbird Trail
It was chilly and a little windy when we first arrived. There was filming going on at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch so there wasn’t much parking. By the time the four volunteers gathered, the wind started to die down. It was a lovely hike up to where we were to work. There were two switchbacks, maybe a quarter the way up the Hummingbird trail, that needed shoring up with wood planks. Two 2″ X 12″ X 8′ pressure treated planks were brought up by wheelbarrow a couple days earlier. We trenched in the planks, and filled in the eroded trail, by hauling fill dirt by wheelbarrow and flattening out the trail with pick mattock, McLeod hoe, and shovel. The soil moisture content was perfect. It sprinkled a little bit but not enough to get us wet. Thanks for the remarkable accomplishment and the tireless efforts of Sheryl Knight, Muffit Jensen, Mike Kuhn and Martin DeGoey.
January 8th – Santa Rosa Valley Park (Conejo Canyons Open Space)
14 hikers met in a dirt parking area on the left (east) side of Hill Canyon Road just past Santa Rosa Valley Equestrian Park (10241 Hill Canyon Rd, Camarillo) on a chilly winter morning (a 15th hiker joined us during the hike). We began our hike into the Conejo Canyons Open Space just west of Wildwood Park by crossing 25-foot-wide Arroyo Conejo Creek via a nice bridge that provided excellent views of the year-round creek which had lots of water flowing. Our route then followed the Hill Canyon Trail upstream along the creek toward a trail intersection that we’ve named Five Points, but before reaching it we took a “use” trail down to the creek where we noted that the temporary dam that is sometimes there was “missing” and there were no waterfowl in evidence.