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Wednesday
Jun082011

Volunteers celebrate National Trails Day in Rubio Canyon

Volunteers restore a trail in Rubio Canyon on National Trails Day, in a joint program sponsored by REI and AFC. Photo by Paul Ayers. There's no better way to spend National Trails Day than by helping to restore local trails. At least that's what 36 volunteers who made their way into Rubio Canyon on Saturday, June 4, decided.

Volunteers helped clear a connecting path that will allow hikers on the Mount Lowe Railway right-of-way trail to reach the rest of the trails in the canyon. They stabilized sections of a trail that cuts across the canyon. They worked on a trail that leads to the top of AFC's property and will eventually connect with the 13-mile Altadena Crest Trail. And they removed invasive plants that have been making their way up the canyon.

Thanks to all the volunteers, and to REI for organizing the program. Check out REI's Facebook page for more photos.

Tuesday
May312011

Edison grant boosts Rubio trail restoration

David Ford of Southern California Edison presents a check to AFC President Tim Wendler to fund trail restoration in Rubio Canyon. The project to restore trails in Rubio Canyon got a big boost with a $20,000 grant from Southern California Edison for tools and trail-building materials. The grant was awarded in a ceremony in the canyon on May 28.

Through the project, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy will restore approximately five miles of trails, allowing people to roam throughout the canyon (currently the only trail open to the public is the one that leads to waterfalls in the canyon). We also plan to create connections to the Altadena Crest Trail, allowing for a near-continuous hike between Eaton Canyon and Lake Avenue.

Thanks to the folks at Southern California Edison for their generosity, and to the trail volunteers who will make this project possible. If you're interested in working on the trails, click here and let us know.