Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

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Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

Post by freestone » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:04 pm

The washout has been repaired by American Conservation Experience (ACE) with additional work on the entire trail. Stock ready ;) / :(
As I was ending my trip, the UCLA kids and TAs were on it, bagging Williamson and Tyndall in a weekend then back on the campus Monday morning.


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Re: Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

Post by Cross Country » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:01 am

I'm glad to read this. We ("saint" Diane and I) went over this twice. I really enjoyed my three trips into the Upper Kern. I believe Shepherds to be the quickest way in. It's probably the hottest too. I believe I went in the easiest way (Colby) but it's also a very long walk. I left over Lucy's Foot (ugh coming down).

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Re: Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

Post by psykokid » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:49 am

I was up there this weekend with a friend and they did a good job on the repair:

From above:
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From below:
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They had to route the trail up higher than it originally went. We ran into a trail crew just before the pothole and stopped and chatted for a minute. The ranger leading the crew said that the geologist and the hydrologist came out and assessed and the place where they routed the trail across the washout was the only place that it had any hopes of holding and not getting immediately washed out again.

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Re: Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

Post by freestone » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:00 am

According to the ACE crew I talked with, both sides of the washout were dangerously unstable so they had to dynamite the area before any work could begin. Once that was done, the washout was back-filled, all completely by hand and leverage tools. The work at the top was amazing too!
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Re: Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

Post by maverick » Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:13 pm

Thanks for including the photo's Pyskokid. :thumbsup:
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Re: Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

Post by tomba » Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:21 pm

They have also rebuilt the switchbacks to the pass. The crew has been there since July to the end of September.
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Re: Shepherds Pass trail rebuilt

Post by BSquared » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:27 pm

Wow, you can actually *see* the trail! ;)
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