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USFS Gateway Information Center

The San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders work closely in cooperation with the United States Forest Service which needs volunteer assistance restoring hiking trails in the aftermath of the Station Fire and Curve Fire. The United States Forest Service greatly appreciates whatever time you might be able to spare restoring forest trails through the entire Angeles National Forest.

To see what it takes to volunteer click HERE for the "How To Do It" information. That web page will provide all the information you need to get involved in the restoration effort.

To volunteer to work on trail building and maintenance projects within the San Gabriel River Ranger District, contact the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders. The organization meets on alternate week ends (the first, third, and fifth weekend of every month) in Azusa at the U. S. Forest Service Gateway Information Center located at the base of the mountain on the right hand side of Highway 39 next to a large water tank (see photograph to the right) at Mile Post 17.

When trail volunteer work is done a link is usually provided on this web page which offers write-ups and photographs of the work to show some of the typical trail building and restoration activities which take place in the Angeles National Forest.

The links provided below are given in reverse order so that the newest bit of volunteer work gets listed first. Unfortunately a lot of the great volunteer work that gets done never gets written up and documented like this however the Crystal Lake web site attempts to document as much of the volunteer efforts as possible.

* 15/Mar/14 -- Rincon Education Center Gets Heavy Maintenance
* 07/Sep/13 -- Sunset Ridge Trail Eagle Project! Reset Bench
* 03/Aug/13 -- Little Jimmy, Islip, Wawona, Big Cienega!
* 06/Jul/13 -- Tototngna Trail And Some Heaton Flats On A Busy Weekend!
* 18/May/13 -- Windy Gap Trail Sutter Wall Repairs and Survey
* 02/Feb/13 -- East Fork, John Seals Bridge Across Laurel Gulch, Car Over The Side
* 19/Jan/13 -- East Fork Cliff Face and Trail Maintenance
* 01/Dec/12 -- Golden Cup Drainage, Big Cienega Trail 3 Washouts Repaired
* 10/Nov/12 -- REI Rigging Training, Regional Volunteers From All Over
* 03/Nov/12 -- Hawkins Ridge Trail, First Time In Over 10 Years
* 01/Sep/12 -- Tototngna, Soldier Creek, Pinyon Ridge Trails and Fuel Reduction
* 18/Aug/12 -- Coldbrook Campground Water, Rincon Education Center Trail
* 04/Aug/12 -- Islip Mountain, Trail, Wawona Brush, Highway Felonies
* 30/Jun/12 -- Windy Gap Saddle Gets Cleaned Off, Rest Bench, Sutter Walls Examined
* 02/Jun/12 -- Big Cienega / Islip Ridge Trail and the Stairs / Walkway to the Lake
* 19/May/12 -- Islip Ridge, AmGen Bicycle Race, and Area Fire
* 21/Apr/12 -- Big Cienega With Llamas
* 10/Apr/12 -- Safety Access Route to Environmental Education Center
* 07/Apr/12 -- Soldier Creek, Cedar Canyon, Half Knob, Big Cienega With Llamas
* 31/Mar/12 -- Lower Windy Gap Foot Bridge, Hazard Trees
* 11/Mar/12 -- Survey of Windy Gap for Trailbuilders Work
* 03/Mar/12 -- Winnona Cutoff / Islip Trail / Cal Poly, Hike Clubs
* 18/Feb/12 -- Pinyon Ridge Trail Work and Rest Bench
* 16/Feb/12 -- Chainsaw Safety Field Training with Del Rosa Hot Shots
* 11/Feb/12 -- Drainage Culvert, Illegal Fire, Roofing, Sunset Ridge and Pinyon Ridge Surveys
* 04/Feb/12 -- Windy Gap gets Cleared of Obstructions and Rock Slides get Worked On
* 07/Jan/12 -- Windy Gay Trail, All But 7 Downed Trees Removed
* 03/Dec/11 -- Lost Ridge Trail and Lake Trail in the Cold Wind
* 19/Nov/11 -- Windy Gap Trail in the Fog, Sleet, and Rain with Mount SAC!
* 16/Jul/11 -- Lost Ridge Trail Finished
* 02/Jul/11 -- Lost Ridge Trail On A Busy Holiday Weekend
* 04/Jun/11 -- Cedar Canyon Trail / Soldier Creek Trail
* 21/May/11 -- Cedar Canyon Trail, Lake Stairs Cleared
* 16/Apr/11 -- Windy Gap Trail Deadfalls Removed
* 02/Apr/11 -- Lower Bear Creek Trail / Heaton Flats Trail
* 05/Mar/11 -- Heaton Flats Trail gets deep runnels filled in
* 05/Feb/11 -- Upper Bear Creek Trail widening
* 29/Jan/11 -- Upper Bear Creek Trail gets Webb Schools Volunteers
* 15/Jan/11 -- Upper Bear Creek Trail 5,000 Pound Boulder
* 16/Oct/10 -- Islip Ridge Trail, Day 6 (Last Day)
* 18/Sep/10 -- Islip Ridge Trail, Day 5
* 04/Sep/10 -- Golden Cup Nature Trail and Cedar Canyon Trail
* 21/Aug/10 -- Islip Ridge Trail, Day 4
* 07/Aug/10 -- Islip Ridge Trail, Day 3
* 31/Jul/10 -- Islip Ridge Trail, Day 2
* 03/Jul/10 -- Tototngna Trail and some Smoke and Fire Watch
* 19/Jun/10 -- Lower Windy Gap Trail, Lake Trail, Tototngna Nature Trail
* 05/Jun/10 -- Lower Windy Gap Trail and Road Cleared of Trees and Rocks
* 29/May/10 -- Half Knob Trail Gets Downed Trees Cleared
* 11/Apr/10 -- East Fork Trail Head Gets Wooden Steps -- Eagle Project
* 20/Mar/10 -- East Fork Trail Rock Stair Steps Added
* 06/Mar/10 -- Heaton Flats Trail Gets Some Maintenance
* 30/Jan/10 -- Heaton Flats Along East Fork Gets Some Trail Work
* 16/Jan/10 --East Fork Cliff Face 4-to-6-inch Ledge Widened
* 19/Dec/09 -- East Fork Trail Gets 10,000 Buckets of Rock
* 19/Sep/09 -- San Gabriel River East Fork Garbage Haul
* 11/Jul/09 -- Ryan Newill Boy Scout Eagle Project
* 20/Jun/09 -- Boy Scout Eagle Project at Crystal Lake
* 06/Jun/09 -- National Trails Day along East Fork Trail
* 30/May/09 -- Approaches to Laurel Gulch Bridge Have Been Built
* 15/May/09 -- John Seales Bridge Delivered to Laurel Gulch!
* 09/May/09 -- Laurel Gulch Bridge Gets Dismantled Before Airlift
* 02/May/09 -- Finding Lost Ridge Trail
* 25/Apr/09 -- Laurel Gulch Bridge Footings Have Been Built!
* 18/Apr/09 -- Laurel Gulch and the Great iPod Disaster of 2009
* 04/Apr/09 -- Drainage Culvert at Crystal Lake Finally Cleared
* 21/Mar/09 -- Blast Area Work Complete on Upper Bear Creek! Bee Attack!
* 07/Mar/09 -- Upper Bear Creek and San Gabriel Wilderness Boundary
* 21/Feb/09 -- Upper Bear Creek, Crystal Lake, North Fork Access
* 07/Feb/09 -- Upper Bear Creek Trail Restoration After the Blasting
* 31/Jan/09 -- 935 Pounds Of Explosives! Upper Bear Creek goes BANG!
* 24/Jan/09 -- Laurel Gulch Preliminary Bridge Footing With Video!
* 17/Jan/09 -- Lower Bear Creek Trail Part 3 With Boy Scouts
* 10/Jan/09 -- Lower Bear Creek Trail Part 2
* 29/Dec/08 -- Lower Bear Creek Trail Part 1 with Buddhist Youth Group
* 20/Dec/08 -- Lower Monroe Truck Trail Gets Some Maintenance!
* 06/Dec/08 -- Monroe Truck Trail Restoration Survey
* 09-Nov-08 -- Survey, Minor Repair of North Fork Access Trail
* 08-Nov-08 -- Laurel Gulch Bridge Curbing and Uprights
* 02-Nov-08 -- Return To Crystal Lake, Pinyon Ridge, Bridge Project
* 01-Nov-08 -- Pinyon Ridge Water Spillway and Trail Crossing
* 25-Oct-08 -- Laurel Gulch Bridge Materials Prepwork Stage One
* 18/Oct/08 -- Cedar Canyon Trail -- Clearing Trail-Clogging Brush
* 04/Oct/08 -- Boy Scouts and Trailbuilders On Lake Road Trail
* 16/Aug/08 -- Almost finished, Bridge at Rincon Environmental Education Center
* 19/Jul/08 -- Environmental Education Center Lower Bridge Is Nearly Complete!
* 21/Jun/08 -- Environmental Education Center Bridge and the LACC
* 07/Jun/08 -- Lots of Work Done on Pinyon Ridge Trail
* 30/May/08 -- Lower Bridge at Environmental Education Center, Snakes
* 27/May/08 -- Trailbuilders Survey Old Toilet At Crystal Lake
* 19/Apr/08 -- Windy Gap Trail Rock Slide, Rock Wall
* 26/Apr/08 -- Tree Planting in the Crystal Lake Campgrounds
* 19/Apr/08 -- Lake Trail Gets Restored With Boy Scouts
* 12/Apr/08 -- Survey of Various Trails at Crystal Lake
* 16/Feb/08 -- Bridge building at the Environmental Education Center
* 02/Feb/08 -- Upper Bear Creek Made Useable If You're Careful
* 19/Jan/08 -- Upper Bear Creek Trail Survey
* 05/Jan/08 -- Lower Bridge at Environmental Education Center
* 22/Dec/07 -- Upper Bear Creek Trail Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts
* 15/Dec/07 -- Environmental Education Center Lower Bridge
* 01/Dec/07 -- Soldier Creek Retaining Wall, Cedar Creek Work
* 17/Nov/07 -- Windy Gap Trail Wall Building, Boy Scout Troop 363 and Others
* 28/Oct/07 -- New Growth After Curve Fire at Valley of the Moon
* 03/Nov/07 -- We Return to Windy Gap Trail And The Rock Slide
* 28/Oct/07 -- New Growth After Curve Fire at Valley of the Moon
* 20/Oct/07 -- Cedar Canyon Trail Hanging Tree Removal
* 05/Oct/07 -- Environmental Education Center Nature Trail Bridge Restoration
* 15/Sep/07 -- Rock Slide on Windy Gap Trail: Getting Dirty Up At Windy Gap
* 01/Sep/07 -- Big Cieneca Trail Gets Cleaned Up
* 28/Jul/07 -- Mount Waterman, Twin Peaks, Three Points, Buckhorn
* 30/Jun/07 -- Golden Cup Nature Trail at Crystal Lake Gets Major Restoration
* 23/Jun/07 -- Crosscut Saw Training is offered to USFS employees and volunteers
* 16/Jun/07 -- Golden Cup Nature Trail gets work and Islip Trail gets Examined
* 02/Jun/07 -- National Trails Day, Eagle Project, Crystal Lake Recreation Area
* 28/Apr/07 -- Jack's Eagle Project and Amelia Everett's Community Project
* 28/Apr/07 -- UCC Dam Busting and Litter Removal
* 21/Apr/07 -- Wilderness / Delayed Response Medical Training
* 14/Apr/07 -- Ice House, Mario's Mount Baldy Eagle Scout Project
* 07/Apr/07 -- North Fork Access Trail Gets Some Building and Bears
* 17/Mar/07 -- North Fork Access Trail, EEC Bridge Work Continues
* 10/Mar/07 -- Watershed Restoration Tree Planting Day!
* 03/Mar/07 -- Environmental Education Center, Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
* 17/Feb/07 -- North Fork Road. San Gabriel River Ranger District
* 16/Dec/06 -- Upper Bear Creek Trail Toolbox Survey
* 23/Aug/06 -- Lost Ridge Trail Almost Completed
* 12/Dec/05 -- Dumpster Rescue Team Springs Into Action
* 19/Nov/05 -- Environmental Education Center Nature Trail

Site map is at: Crystal Lake site map
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