Friends of Gonzales Canyon spruce up Carmel Valley site

Friends of the Gonzales Canyon volunteers painted a new kiosk and picked up trash, thistles and tumbleweeds. Courtesy photos

On July 19, Friends of Gonzales Canyon volunteers helped paint a new kiosk in the Carmel Valley canyon. The volunteers included neighbors and members of the Torrey Pines High School Key Club. In addition to painting, the group also removed trash, tumbleweed and thistle from along the trail.

The Friends of Gonzales Canyon now meet regularly every third Saturday to remove trash and invasive non-native plants, maintain trails and do other work to enhance the canyon. For all events, volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and sun protection, and bring water and gloves. The next event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 16. The group is also planning a big event Sept. 20 for the Coastal Cleanup Day.

For events, meet at the canyon trailhead on Sword Way. Visit