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Mt. Diablo State Park

May 17, 18, & 19, 2019

Last year's Mt Diablo project was amazing and we saw how much work was still needed on the back country trails on Mt Diablo, so we are headed back!

Project Background

V-O-Cal is teaming up with Mount Diablo State Park (MDSP) to provide much needed attention to some neglected trails below Mount Olympia.  We plan to complete the work started last year on the Olympia Trail, and then move on to the East and Zippe Trails.  The views from this section of the park are spectacular!

Trail Description

Level of Effort

Hiking: moderate to strenuous
Manual Labor: mixed

Center Camp

Camping will be available near the Concord Mount Diablo Trail Ride Association (CMDTRA) clubhouse.  We will have access to indoor toilets, real showers and a swimming pool!

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.

Parking will be available near the CMDTRA clubhouse.  Signs will be posted directing you to the parking area.

Carpooling, Parking

We encourage participants to carpool to this project.  If you need a ride, or have space in your car, please try and carpool.  A carpool Meetup Event will be established (details available soon).

Driving Directions

Use “1100 Russelmann Park Road, Clayton” in your GPS/Navigation software to get to the road that leads into CMDTRA property.  There will be signs posted directing you to the parking and camping areas


Preliminary Schedule
Friday
5:00pm - Registration and camping opens

Saturday
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on the trail.
3:00pm - Head back to camp.
4:00pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing.  Showers will be available.
6:00pm - Dinner and entertainment.

Sunday
7:30am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on the trail.
1:00pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2:00pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.  Snacks will be available.

Sunday
7:00-9:00am - Gear/passenger shuttles run from parking area to camp area
7:30am - 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. Shuttles back to parking begin

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

  • 2 water bottles, 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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