Trail Work Guidlines

Volunteering for Trail Work at Quicksilver County Park with Quicksilver Running Club
The Quicksilver Running Club has adopted the New Almaden Trail (NAT) since 2003. It is a seven mile
single‐track trail. This page may give you more information than you would like to read, but it’s better
than being under‐informed. If you have any questions,  contact me, Paul Fick at paulfick@yahoo.com or call me at 408‐281‐4400.

What to Expect
Trail work isn't easy. If it was, we'd have more volunteers and the big races would not require trail
service hours as a condition for entry! These days Poison Oak has been cleared from the trail proper.
However, it exists in many forms, especially the few times we use the power tools on the trail. It is
best to over‐protect yourself, which is how these guidelines are written. In many of the trail days, we
do not encounter it at all. I may announce it on the web page if I think we will be encountering a little,
some or a lot of poison oak depending on where we work. After all, it’s a seven mile trail.

What to wear
There is a reason for all of the items below, trust me. In short, wear full coverage clothing.
1. Long pants
2. Long sleeve technical shirt. Wear two if you will be swinging picks and stirring up dust.
3. Boots are preferred to shoes
4. Gloves
5. Bandages and paper tape to wrap thumbs (preventing blisters)
6. Hat, better if it covers your neck and ears
7. Snacks and a water bottle
8. A small tower (paper or cloth) to wipe sweat

After you get home:
1. A paranoid mindset works best!
2. Wash your hands carefully with Technu, Dishwashing soap or an alcohol‐based wipe
3. Carefully remove your clothes and place them immediately in the washer
4. Wash clothes in hot water. You may want to run a short cycle twice.
5. Take a cold/luke‐warm shower, preferably with dishwashing detergent first. If you think that
you’ve been exposed to PO, then it is preferred that you scrub your dry skin first with Technu,
then rinse with cool water.

Poison Oak
1. Poison oak is abundant in Quicksilver. We have cleared the NAT over the years of the worst
areas. At its prime in the spring, it is a cluster of three leaves with wavy edges and a waxy
surface. In the fall it usually turns red. In the winter the leaves may have fallen and only the
branches show. You can get exposed to the oil all year around, but more so when leaves are
present.
2. Poison Oak grows like a weed. The oil can stay on hard surfaces (tools, tree bark) for years.
3. The Ushirol oil will not stick to your hands. It will attach to the proteins in your skin.
4. If you get the oil in your eye, you need to go to the doctor. Your eye will swell shut.
5. Most people can put up with a little poison oak for a week to ten days. If you get it in your eyes,
on your face or over a large area, please see a doctor. The usual treatment is Prednizone (5 mg
tablets, starting at about 7 per day and tapering down like 7‐7‐6‐5‐4‐3‐2‐1).
6. It helps to be paranoid when it comes to poison oak. Treat any tools used as being
contaminated.
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