Acalanes Ridge, Muir Heritage Land Trust
May 20-22, 2011
Acalanes Ridge was purchased by the Muir Heritage Land Trust with funds provided by Measure WW. The property has been privately held and not accessible to the public (or at least not legally). The East Bay Municipal Utility District has a water facility at the top of the hill, and a new trail has been designed to keep hikers away from that facility and enabling access to this much-desired destination.
V-O-Cal volunteers will build a brand new multi-use trail to the top of Acalanes Ridge. The trail route has amazing views all along the way, with Briones to the west and Mt Diablo to the east. We will build approximately 1/2 mile of trail over the course of the weekend.
Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. Food is also provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a unique opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers.
We are still finalizing the camping location, so check back soon!
Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool or take transit to this project.The Walnut Creek BART station is less than a mile away from the site and V-O-Cal will be running shuttles to the project site. A shuttle schedule will be posted prior to the project and will be included in the project information sheet. If you need a ride, or have space in your car, please try and carpool.
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
8am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.
HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.