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Anthony Chabot Regional Park

East Bay Regional Park District
May 16-18, 2014EBRPD logo


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Project Report:

Anthony Chabot Regional Park - Project Complete!

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VOCal's first project of the year was a resounding success and Anthony Chabot Regional Park is much the better for the efforts ChabotVolsinAction2of lots of great volunteers. As always, it was a pleasure to work with the staff of East Bay Regional Park! We camped in a green grassy meadow just off Marciel Road, and after the record heat earlier in the week, we lucked out with perfect weather for trail work: cool and a little cloudy.

Supported by V-O-Cal's characteristic great food and fellowship, we installed 500 feet of new trail to bypass a too-steep section of Towhee Trail with poor sight line. The new trail alignment, skillfully laid-out by EBRPD below an open forest of eucalyptus with high canopy, is a thing of beauty and was a lot of fun to build. We also did some much needed maintenance/repair work on over a half mile of the Redwood Trail,improving overgrown drain dips and brushing back encroaching coyote brush and poison oak. It was hard to leave on Sunday but all of us look forward to more fun and rewarding work on other V-O-Cal projects this summer and fall.

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Project Background
The Anthony Chabot Regional Park project is V-O-Cal's first full weekend project of the 2014 season and is only 20 minutes from downtown Oakland. The 5,067 acre Anthony Chabot Regional Park is known for its range of recreational opportunities - hiking, riding, marksmanship and golf. V-O-Cal is pleased to partner once again with the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay (BTCEB) in accomplishing some much-needed trail work on one of few single track trails in the region that is open to bicyclists. The Towhee trail is near the Lake Chabot family camping area and is scenic with steep hills and high canopied open forest.

Trail Description
V-O-Cal volunteers will work on the Redtail and Towhee Trails in the park. Most of the work consists of installing or reconstructing drain dips, brushing (coyote brush), and installing turnpikes. Redtail is a wide singletrack along most of its length with moderate elevation gains and losses but it generally stays on the ridge. Beautiful vistas area available of the adjoining valley to the East. Redtail trail parallels and crosses Marciel Road a few times. The trail is well established and much of the tread doesn't need much work. However, at least half of the trail is bordered on both sides by high berms. This makes the periodic drain dips essential in providing adequate drainage. Coyote brush, live oaks and eucalyptus line most of the trail. Poison oak is occasionally present.

Level of Effort
Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed

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.

Carpooling and Parking
The Center Camp area is near the Marciel Gate at Anthony Chabot, and as always, we encourage carpooling. There is good parking available at the camp.

Driving Directions

Specific directions to Center Camp will be included in the project fact sheet which will be available soon, but the simple description is to take Redwood Road north from Hwy 580 in Castro Valley to the Marciel Gate entrance to the park

Preliminary Schedule
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.

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.

  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
  • Meals
    V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    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.

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