news Volunteers Needed for Old Railroad Grade Trailwork

Original-Fairfax-trestle-the-plungeJoin Marin County Parks and One Tam Staff to help finish the realignment and restoration of the Old Railroad Grade Trail on Loma Alta Preserve. This multiuse trail had several steep and erosive features earning one section the nickname “The Plunge”. The addition of a bridge and the realignment of steep sections of trail have mitigated those issues improving safety, access as well as ecosystem benefits. How steep is that section? Check out the historical image of the early Marin railroad trestle which used to bridge the gap.

Volunteers will provide the finishing touches to the trail tread to smooth out rough areas and dirt piles on the trail banks, leveling out the trail surface and removing exposed roots. This is the finish work that takes a post-construction diamond in the rough and gives it a real shine. We will use hand tools which require a fair amount of strength and stamina, and will be on uneven terrain.

The work is generally recommended for people ages 12 and older with a moderate to high level of fitness. We provide lunch, snacks, drinks, tools, extra gloves and training. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. In the event of Red Flag/high fire danger the event will be canceled.

Bridge foundations are already in place on the trail!



WHAT: Old Railroad Grade Trail rehabilitation in Loma Alta Preserve
WHEN: Saturday, August 27. 9am to 1pm (pre-project, mid-week volunteers needed as well – see below!)

For any questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at (415) 473-3778 or

Meet at Sunrise Fire Rd (formerly Gunshot FR) entrance to the Loma Alta Preserve. There is plenty of roadside parking near the top of White Hill Grade along Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

From Hwy 101 in Larkspur, take the exit for Sir Francis Drake Blvd west 6 miles. Go past Fairfax and up the Hal Brown Bridge to the summit where the Fire Road entrance is located If you start going down in to San Geronimo Valley, then you have gone too far.  Google Maplink: Loma Alta meeting spot

“During the Week” Volunteer Opportunities!

If you can’t make it on August 27 but still want to help out on the project you can join the crew any time from 8 am- 3 pm during the week (Mon-Thurs) over the next 2 weeks (8/15-8/18 and 8/22-8/25).  We really need volunteer assistance with thoroughly watering the trail tread so that it compacts and is ready to open this season.  If you are interested in volunteering during the week, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at (415) 473-3778 or at least 24 hours before you plan to volunteer.

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