2N17X is our adopt-a-trail, cosponsored by the So Cal Hummer Club. 2N17X is located by Silverwood
Lake. This trail is rated most difficult. From Cedar Springs day use area the trail forks off from 2N33 then meets back up
to meet with 2N33 before Pilot Rock.
A Look At Our Adopt-a-trail Work Party Through Ted Kalil's Eyes April 8th 2006:
As many of you know, there has been severe erosion along 2N17X, especially at the Saddle. Last October,
we had built rock reinforcement with cribbing, but although the cribbing remained intact, both sides had suffered. On
Friday, we had arranged with a local sand and gravel company to deliver 15 tons of rip-rap, paid for by a grant that Greg
Hoffman had secured. Now, all we had to do was load and haul it UP the trail.
Answering a call for help, a strong group of 20 some volunteers assembled at the base of the trail on
Saturday, April 8th. These included members of Inland Empire 4 Wheelrs; Rubicon Owners of California; Southern California
Hummers Association and their Psycho Squad; and Victor Valley 4 Wheelers. SBNFA Volunteer Jerry Snow came along later. This
was a huge team effort. The MVP Award goes to Resource Rick Roberts (if he ain't got it he can get it!) who brought Daisy
(more about Daisy later), and who had arranged for Glenn, the operator of the John Deere loader. With the loader, what
would otherwise have been a monster job of physically loading the rock onto the trailers and trucks became just a job
of minutes! After signing up and a brief safety meeting by Greg, the work started.
We decided to take a lighter load the first trip to see how it went. From the recent storms the ground
was still a bit moist and didn't offer the best traction. After sending a few vehicles up the first leg, including a couple
of Hummers, Daisy went next. Daisy is Rick Roberts' deuce and a half ton 6 x 6 (ten wheel drive truck), a retired
military troop carrier with two rear locked Rockwell axles. Everyone wanted to see how it would do, or if it would
do. Well, it did. It went right up the steep part at the bottom and even made the tight turn at the top with a little
negotiating. We couldn't believe how well it articulated and kept going, going.
We weren't without problems, though: first was John Strom's Mitsubishi pickup's tire near the bottom. Next was a
snapped front axle on Chuck Shaner's relatively new Rubicon Unlimited while climbing up the 4 way hill and
pulling a heavy load on a trailer. Then I held up the parade further on, mostly because of the load I was pulling,
which we eventually had to unload and bring up later. Not enough traction. Daisy made it all the way through without
a hitch. Since she had done so well, she was asked to do the second run, along with Rick's pickup. That run proved more difficult,
undoubtedly due to the much heavier load she carried. But she made it thanks to Kevin's driving and Rick's guiding and towing!
At the saddle, once the work plan was developed the digging and rock placement got under way. Erosion on both sides of
the cribbing needed lots of rock. Also, to minimize future damage, we wanted to make a water diversion above that area
and line that with rock.
At the same time we had to make sure what we built wouldn't be a vulnerable target, consciously or unconsciously, for
future trail runners. Well, despite the difficulties, the work was largely done by 1 pm when we stopped for lunch. I
barbecued the hot dogs that the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers had provided, along with chips, and water. Resource Rick
had also brought some Subway sandwiches and chips. No one went hungry or thirsty.
After lunch, a small group of us went a bit further up the trail to the notch, which had further eroded. We placed some
rock in the deepest hole at the top of that section, and some rock along the rut. More is needed but that can be done later.
Later a small group took the trail all the way to the top and the rest of us went back down and home.
It was a beautiful day, and what we accomplished was OUTSTANDING! It couldn't have been done without all the help and equipment
we had. Many, many thanks to all who helped keep the trail open and the forest preserved and enjoyable.