Hey, just a quick post here…. I was out for a run with Xhosa a few weeks ago on the Roger’s Creek Trails. Somehow we haven’t blogged about these trails much here, but this is a fantastic trail system right in the heart of Port Alberni, and Dave and I are on these trails all the time – at least several times a week. I’d noticed over the previous week or two that someone had been working on the trail: improving drainage around the wet spots, fixing up stairways, etc.
Well, on that particular day, I caught the trail-builders in action! A bunch of old guys from the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club, working away with chain saws and wheelbarrows and buckets and shovels. I should have guessed it was them all along – volunteers from this club have been working hard at maintaining this trail system for years, not to mention building and maintaining the new (and still in progress) Alberni Inlet Trail – the other main trail system that Dave and I are on several times a week, and which starts on the south edge of town and heads down the inlet towards Bamfield.
The guys were working on a side-access to the lower Beaver Pond, just a few hundred metres in from the Burde Street trail entrance. They altered a steep little scrambly trail that goes up to the pond into a more gentle switchback. And the main reason that they did this is so that Frank Stini, who really is the guy who got so many of the trails in the Alberni region going over the past few decades, can get up to the pond. Frank is aging and walks with a cane now – he couldn’t make it up the scramble. Now he can get up to the pond and sit down and watch the ducks and the beavers… just like Dave and I like to do!
So I just thought I’d do a quick post here to acknowledge these guys and all of the hard work they do. Our amazing trails system is one of the gems of Port Alberni, for both hiking and trailrunning – yet unknown to so many people. And it’s thanks to these guys that we have all of these amazing trails! (And hey, if anyone from the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club knows the names of the guys in this photo, please post them in a comment below and I will add it as a caption – PS, thanks to Judy for emailing that info, caption updated).