As we started hiking on Blackett's Ridge Trail, we noticed some men were busy working towards the top of the hill. Later, when we caught up with them, they said they were working with the Forest Service. They had to clear the trail of plant materials and rearrange rocks to maintain the path for hiking. It was entertaining for us to watch them use their various, picks, shovels and other tools, and then move along the trail as a team.
What a physically demanding job those workers have! It must require great effort just to carry their heavy tools and equipment up the mountain, even before beginning their assignment. Here they were pausing for a well-deserved break.
Then it was back to work for them. But they did have to stop briefly whenever a hiker passed by. I was impressed with how much they seemed to enjoy their work. Several times they remarked about the views. I guess that's one of the benefits of working outdoors.
We observed them working for several hours, then watched them walk back to their vehicles. One truck had a sign that said "Wildland Fire Crew" and the other one was labeled "State Fire."
Before witnessing the hard labor that goes into maintaining the recreation area, I had taken the manicured trails for granted. I appreciate having neat trails to walk on since I don't want to disturb plants or animal habitats or inadvertently step on a rattlesnake. Our US National Forests are a wonderful resource. Chances are, wherever you live in the world, there is a public natural area nearby that you can visit and enjoy.