Weathering the Storm
Friday, February 24, 2017
This winter the Mendocino Coast has been hit by a combination of powerful storms and big winter waves. The ocean "rearranged the furniture" by littering the beaches with huge logs, boulders and other debris. Landslides have blocked roads and trails alike, while coastal stairs eroded on hillsides. While we are grateful for these drought-busting storms, it will take a lot of time, energy and manpower to dig out from the wreckage left in their wake.
An unprecedented amount of driftwood has washed up on Seaside Beach. The powerful high tide brought huge logs all the way up to Highway 1!
While the storm waves are beautiful to see at Belinda Point, the surging tide swept away the bottommost stairs that lead down to the cove.
The storms abated, and it was time to get to work repairing the damage.
Bandito, resident trail dog and project overseer, was happy that the stairs were repaired so quickly by his fellow staff members. Unfortunately, there was more trouble ahead: The heavy rains continued, and while the newly built stairs survived, the rushing water eroded away the hillside beneath the topmost steps, causing them to collapse and peel away.
Overseer Bandito has deemed these stairs unsafe for people at this time. They are now roped off and will remain closed through the rest of the winter until repairs can be made this spring.
Peter Douglas Trail - Lost Coast
Our newest trail was not exempt from storm damage. The cliffs and bluff edges along the Lost Coast have earned the namesake partly for their endless erosion into the sea, making road and trail maintenance a perpetual challenge. Trees that can be seen growing in a "J" or "pistol grip" shape are a clear indication of regular landslides.