Portola Trail Crew


The Portola Trail Crew is organized by the Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and meets monthly (generally on the second Saturday but sometimes varies) to do trail work at Portola Redwoods State Park.  We work in conjunction with State Parks management and to their standards (see their handbook here) to supplement their team in maintaining trails.  If you would like to be on our mailing list please email [email protected]. You can sign up here to be a volunteer at a work day.  Click here to sign up as a State Parks volunteer (not required).

We meet at 9:00 am at the Ramada or Madrone parking area (check the event details) at Portola Redwoods State Park.  Here is a park map showing locations.  Please arrive before 9 so we can start on time.  We work until 3:00 pm but it’s fine if you need to leave earlier – just let your crew leader know.

Please bring gloves, lunch (carry with you to eat on trail), and plenty of water (at least 2 liters).  We recommend long sleeves and pants to protect from poison oak and insects.   State Parks requires  all volunteers to be fully vaccinated, new volunteers will need to email us your vaccination card.  Volunteers under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

After the workday, please check for ticks and if you find one here is information about how to get it checked.  Also you should assume you have been in contact with poison oak.  Shower with detergent soap (dish soap is commonly used) or a product like Tecnu.  I put all my outer cloths in the washer right away and wash them separately.

If you are curious to learn more about the tools we use, this is a nice article that shows the most commonly used tools.

We don’t typically use power tools but are specifically prohibited from April to September because it’s the mating season for the endangered Marbled Murrelet, here’s an interesting recent article about this unique bird.


2021 Highlights

2022 Highlights

2023 Highlights

2024 Highlights

August 2021 Training

September 2021 Summit and Old Tree

October 2021 Summit and Iverson

November 2021 Old Tree

January 2022 Old Tree

February 2022 Summit

March 2022 Old Tree Puncheon

April 2022 Lower Coyote Ridge

May 2022 Lower Coyote Ridge

June 2022 Upper Coyote Ridge

July 2022 Upper Coyote Ridge

August 2022 Upper Coyote Ridge

September 2022 Upper Coyote Ridge

October 2022 Iverson

November 2022

Coyote Ridge


February 2023

Slate Creek Trail

May 2023 Old Tree & Summit


June 2023 Coyote Ridge


July 2023 Iverson

August 2023 Lower Coyote Ridge

September 2023 Coyote Ridge


October 2023 Upper Coyote Ridge

December 2023 Old Tree


January 2024 Slate Creek & Summit

March 2024 Ramada to Summit


April 2024 Iverson & Pomponio

May 2024 Bridges & Iverson


June 2024 Iverson & Tip Toe Falls