State Trails Day is an annual collaborative event planned by SBMTV, Dave Everett, The Multiuse Trail Coalition and The City of Santa Barbara. For this years State Trails day, we wanted to focus on a trail that would bring both hikers and bikers together. We had trails groups from SBMTV, City Parks, and members from the Multiuse Trail coalition. Jesusita was an obvious location due to the increased muli-use traffic since the fire and floods in Santa Barbara. The turn out for both the trail builders and weather was wonderful. There was even a UCSB film crew working on a documentary that details post Thomas Fire recovery efforts in which they filmed and interviewed people throughout the day.
We all met at the top of San Roque and started the day with coffee, snacks and fruit provided by City Parks. We split into 3 different teams – 1 Work N Ride on bikes and 2 hiking groups. One of the hiking groups started at the bottom while the other carpooled out to the Ranch. Our main goal of the day was to work on sustainable water drainage and overgrown vegetation and brushing. We were able to cover much of the trail, but there were still areas we did not get to. Hopefully our efforts will last a year or two! Towards the end of the day, the conditions were becoming quite warm so everyone was glad to join again at the top of San Roque to enjoy cold beverages, snacks and burritos! The day was a success – SBMTV ordered 50 burritos from Santa Barbara Chicken Farm to feed all the hungry volunteers! Thank you to everyone who came out and we will see you at the next event!