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Crystal Spring Trail #17Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Volunteer avatar Nov 05 2013
Sredfield
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Tom’s Sawyers continued clearing trails and installing the new Wilderness Bypass signs on Mt Lemmon today. As always, the group convened at Tom’s at 7:00, this time including a strong northern contingent who, lured by rumors of a monstrous log blocking the trail, all got up way before breakfast and made the drive in the dark.

Tools were quickly loaded and everyone headed up the mountain. The trail of choice this day was the new Arizona Trail Wilderness Bypass route on the Coronado Crystal Springs trail, with a sign to be installed where it meets the Control Road. Tom made quick work of that while everyone else was loading packs with saws, loppers, gloves, jackets, water, etc. for the one-and-one-half-mile hike and saw trip. The group left the trailhead at 8:00 AM sharp, and headed south. Several smaller deadfall were quickly dispatched, as were a few more serious trees that took some thought and several minutes to clear safely.

The group reached the main event at precisely 10:00 AM—a 36 inch behemoth blocking the trail and extending a considerable distance on either side. Fred had scouted this log and after seeing the group’s enthusiasm was concerned he may have over-sold it. No chance! The bugger was huge!

With seven sawyers there was ample opportunity to rotate the two men on the saw. The log laid at the perfect height for cutting, which made for good progress. The leviathan required two cuts, but it laid well and the sawyers had good cutting positions. The wedges were pounded in as soon as the blade allowed, ample application of bug juice (WD40) kept the saw slippery, and the sawdust piled up on either side. In 40 minutes the first cut was through; the log cracked and creaked, but did not move when the saw went through. With careful setting and prep the second cut was underway. When the saw went out the bottom the huge block held steady. Now was the time to be extra careful-there would be no “little” accidents with this heavyweight.

The guys set blocks to keep the log from rolling where it wasn’t intended. As the center block was moved ever so slightly it was clear the high side log was unstable, so that one went first. With great care everyone assembled on the high side and pushed; and the log rolled down across the trail and settled in the low spot below with a delicious thud. The center block quickly followed, coming to rest a good ways off the trail.

Self-congratulations all around, followed by a quick snack and the walk back to the trucks, then lunch at the Sawmill in Summerhaven. Another satisfying and rewarding day on the Arizona Trail! Thanks to Tom, Fred, Joe, John, Lee and David.
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The aspen are gone, but the plants along the trail had a lovely autumn scent with tiny patches of color here and there.
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The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.
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