Not to discount the “angels” who succor trekkers along the Pacific Crest Trail as described on The Tribune’s Jan. 14 front page, there is another group of volunteers that has much to do with making the trail hiker-friendly.
For at least three decades, the Pacific Crest Trail Association in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service has coordinated a three-state program using volunteers to help rehabilitate the trail. In San Bernardino and Riverside counties, volunteers spend one Sunday each month removing fallen trees, clearing landslides and resurfacing or rerouting the trail around problem areas.
In some cases, volunteers camp for days at a time to improve the trail in remote areas.
I can personally attest that it was hard work, but you could not find better places to work!