On Saturday, October 29, 2011, Austin Devine of Boy Scout Troop 507 (St. Bede Catholic Church) installed two trail signs at each of the Crosstown Trailheads; one at El Vago and the other at Harter Lane. This was the final phase of Austin’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
The signs display a stylized map of that portion of the trail, which climbs part way up the slope of the National Forest, then crosses a ridge and descends again. It also shows an elevation profile to give hikers a sense of the difficulty of the hike and the distance. Specifically, it shows that part of the trail to be 2.3 miles in length. It also shows that if you start at Harter Lane, you climb 600’ to the ridge, and then descend almost 800’ to El Vago Street.
Austin mapped the trail with help from fellow 507 Scouts using a GPS. The GPS data was then imported into Google Earth. That image was used by the graphic designer (a 507 adult leader) to create the sign artwork. The elevation profile was created by importing the GPS data into some topographic map software which then generated the profile. The signs were then printed onto metal by a local print shop. Austin and his fellow scouts then built the posts to mount them on and installed them.
The trail signs were the second phase of Austin’s Eagle Project. The first phase was to rehabilitate the El Vago Trailhead of the Crosstown Trail. Austin replaced the fence along El Vago Street, and added additional fencing that clearly delineates the trail. The new fencing is constructed of very functional and attractive split post and rail fencing. That part of the project was accomplished with great assistance and support from Mr. Ralph Beltran and his crew of the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department; and also from the La Canada Flintridge Trails Council.
In addition, another Troop 507 Scout, Sam Frederich, completed the El Vago Trailhead fencing work for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project just a couple of weeks ago.
The rehabilitated trailhead, and the trail signs go a long way to improving this portion of the great La Canada Trails system! Many Thanks to Austin!
Throughout the year, LA County, LCF City Public Works and local service groups help us keep the trails open and beautiful.
The Trails Council thanks Southern California Edison for awarding us a grant of $5,000 which helps to fund the 2010 improvements to our trail system.
We especially want to thank the Boy Scout Troops who help us with trash clean up, trail repair and maintenance. We appreciate those boys who choose the trails for their Eagle Scout Projects and the leaders who support them. And thanks to you, the trail users, who pick up empty plastic water bottles and dispose of them, the dog walkers who clean up after their dogs, runners, cyclists, families and equestrians who are out on the trails, enjoying nature right here in our own backyard.
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