More Trail Work

posted Jan 6, 2019, 12:45 PM by Paul Wagner
After last month's work day on the Hite Cove Trail, P spent Friday joining some of that same work crew on the Savage Lundy Trail, which also gives access to the South Fork of the Merced River below Yosemite. It was a beautiful day, bright and sunny, and we were able get a lot of the fire debris off the trail for the first couple of miles.  The trail is currently closed to all traffic, and the fire damage was pretty comprehensive in this area.
And manzanita beginning to show signs of life after the fire.  ©http://backpackthesierra.com
 
This was a big tree.  ©http://backpackthesierra.com

What was most impressive to me were the huge holes where large trees had not only burned to the ground, but also left myriad tunnels snaking underground where the roots burned up below the soil.  Some of these were directly under the trail, and we had some fun filling them in to prevent future hikers from falling into the depths of hell...

Early the day some of the ground was frozen, so that added to the fun, as well.  But we did get to see a part of the Merced that many people don't visit, and saw all kinds of refuse, some of it old enough to be classified as historic, along the now exposed trail.

At the same time, it was nice to see a few shoots of green coming up out of the soil, often from the roots of manzanita bushes that had burnt totally down to the ground.  Slowly the forest will come back.. 
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