"Canyon View" - Our Newest Trail 

The Canyon View Trail joins the Hazard Peak Trail with Islay Creek Trail (Road), allowing a short cut between the Hazard Peak Trail and the Oats Peak Trail. It is complete with 11 bermed switch-backs and a beautiful canyon view!

Trail Construction Gallery and Opening Ceremony


The NEW - Canyon View Trail

        This page is a history report about the Canyon View Trail that  
        is now finished.

Final Day - May 8th

Exactly one month after trail building began, the Canyon View Trail is now declared
finished (but not yet open).  


There are some sections that will need refining to repair rocky section, better erosion control, etc.  These "repairs" will be tackled by the Friday Hot Spot Crew for the first month or so.  If you'd like to contribute your time and energy, see about the Friday Hot Spot Crew HERE.

Wednesday, January 30th:

The excavator has reached the top of the new trail, and has broken through to connect
with the Hazard Peak Trail.  There are still repairs going on during the next week, so please don't try to ride it.  The crew will  be compressing the new trail with "vibraplates" to make it more solid and better to shed rain.  It should be ready to ride/hike during the second week of February.

Tuesday, January 29th:

The trail crew finished the LAST SWITCHBACK today.  A crew from CMC came up to
clear the last section of brush from the trail corridor so the machine can complete the last section.  That last section should be machine done by Thursday, if the rain in not too heavy as to prevent work.  The trail work day on Super Bowl Sunday is scheduled to complete the last section by hand. 


Friday, January 18th (Exploration Day):

Finally the rain has stopped and the trail is drying out.  A crew was sent out this
afternoon to inspect the trail for working conditions and determined that the soil was still too muddy for a work day on Saturday.  If the trail can dry out one more day, it will make machine work and shaping much easier, not to mention getting to and from the work site. 

Thursday, January 10th (Day 3):

Another day of sunshine after a day of rain.  The trail was muddy in the morning and the section we started on was littered with rocks about the size of cobblestones.  It was a real workout trying to shape the trail.  Two switchbacks got completed today since we brought in a second excavator to try and beat the rain.  Next weeks rain is threatening to close up the trail crew for 4 days next week.  We'll wait and see.  After a hundred feet of rocky section, the soil reverted to consistency that was easy to shape.  A lot of trail work was accomplished by a crew of 14. 


Wednesday, January 9th:

Work day called off due to rain! 

Tuesday, January 8th (Day 2):

A beautiful day for trail building!  The sun was out, the soil was perfect and the 15 volunteers were excited about getting to work.  After a short safety the crew got to work on finishing the first leg of the trail, then worked on the first switchback.  Everything progressed well.  Some folks tamped down the soil on the first section, while others followed the excavator and created finished trail up to the second switchback.  Lots of progress was made today.



Monday, January 7th (Day 1):

And so it begins!  A crew of 13 volunteers showed up to begin the build.  Things were somewhat slow to start, as some training was introduced to new volunteers.  Some showed up who were veterans of the Pismo Preserve trail crews including Drew who was back on the excavator.  After preparing for a full rainy day, everyone was surprised with bright afternoon sunshine and warm temperatures.   Below are a few pictures from the day.


Friday, November 16th:

We continued up several more switch backs, using the flow sticks to fine flag the trail.  We marked several corners with the proper flow which involves widening the curve radius as the trail drops down.  The photo below is marking one of the "flow corners" with a stick and a knotted measuring rope.


Friday, November 2nd:  

Began fine flagging the trail at the bottom, working up.  A crew of 8, transported the equipment including 7 flow sticks (10' lengths of 1" PCV pipe joined together).  See picture below.  

  The Friday Hot Spot Crew sighting the % grade of the flow stick to mark with flags

Monday, Aug 2nd: Brush (and poison oak) clearing

 - Trail crews have been clearing brush in preparation for the trail building to begin.

A view of the new Islay Creek Connector Trail looking over from Oats Peak Trail
(click pic for a larger view)

Monday, May 22nd: Flagging

 - Five brave souls trudged through a sea of brush and poison oak to "flag" this new trail.  Click on the pictures below to see larger versions:




It is now completely flagged and pinned for an 8 ft. wide trail corridor. It is ready for brush clearance to commence by CalFire and Department of Corrections crews. Stay tuned for more detail to follow.

Check out the map of the new Canyon View Trail below on Trail Forks     

Click the map below for a larger view

New MdO Connector Trail Details

Construction is complete!  The 2 mile long trail was designed and built for multi-use in the same general characteristics as Oats Peak Trail.  

These are the main characteristics:

  1. Machine built and hand finished to 2 to 3 feet wide

  2. Grade reversals along with 5% outslope to control erosion – reversal size and spacing much less dramatic than Oats

  3. Long lines of sight to make multi-use and two-way traffic safe

  4. Bermed "flow" switchbacks (11 of them) with a flat walking surface on the inside for foot traffic (hoof and foot)

  5. Approximately a 5% average grade (about the same as Oats and Hazard Peak Trail)

It is a CCCMB designed trail and the lead was Drew Perkins a professional trail builder who works for Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz.  Drew designed and built the Flow Trail in the Demo Forest and was the machine operator on the Pismo Preserve trail build.

A Unique Partnership Makes Connector Trail Possible

Although having anew trail at MdO is exciting it is the partnerships and agreements that make the trail possible which will have the greatest lasting impact on the MdO trail system.

The unique agreement has the equestrians (SLOPOST and Coast Mounted Assistance), purchasing a mini-excavator for State Parks and Parks in turn providing a staff person (the District’s experienced equipment operator) to work on the build.  That person will help build the trail and operate the mini-ex in order to learn trail building skills and to gain experience. CCCMB’s contribution is to provide the professional trail builder, Drew Perkins, who will spend much of the build time instructing and supervising the Parks staff person.

The goal of this collaboration is to have a mini-ex and an experienced operator at MdO to do quality trail maintenance and construction on into the future.

~ Greg Bettencourt ~


The Canyon View trail work is winding down, with only a few more days of work left to complete.  Work on the trail takes place according to the schedule in the left column. Your work hours can be flexible, leaving early if needed, or arriving later if you choose.
If you CAN volunteer, please do!

If you have questions  contact-    
Paul.Reinhardt@cccmb.org    or phone 805-286-0930


WHEN AND WHERE: We will be working each morning it does not rain. We will be meeting at the Islay Creek trail gate, just before Spooners Cove (see hours in left column), and will car pool into the worksite.

ARRiVAL: If you wish to arrive later, we will not be able to provide transportation in.  Because of this, several people will choose to ride their bikes in and out, and or hike in or out (it is about 1 mile from the main road to the base of the new trail).  If you are heading out at any other time, please plan on hiking/biking out.  

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BRING YOUR BIKE:  When you reach the trail head you will be able to ride up the new trail to the job site.  This will save hiking time up.

WHAT TO BRING:  Tools will be provided.  Bring water and snacks and lunch.  

WHAT TO WEAR:  There is very little poison oak, but we may encounter poison oak roots in the soil and some poison oak in the surrounding brush (avoidable since it is a very wide path).  Therefore, it is important to wear gloves, long sleeves and long pants, along with a pair of sturdy shoes.  A raincoat or poncho might work well if you get caught in the rain on our way out.