Dale Parrott and I walked the trail today; cut numerous trees (we lost count) and used the hedge trimmer on the last 200 yards that needed trimming. There are a few spots of tall grass, but they are no problem (not stinging nettle). Trail is in good shape. Forgot how smooth the tread is and how nice the scenery is (on the 283 side). Creek crossing is very low water.
Thanks for the mini work party. We look forward to getting back on the SMC-route trails this fall, once the spiders have thinned out.
JT: Noticed that you called Saturday. We were on the LCHT, and I was on one of those "Oh this is flowing soooo smoothly" parts and I couldn't make myself stop to answer the dad-blamed phone! Once I saw who called I thought you may be at HKSP.
Obviously not! Thanks for the sweat. See you on the trails.
Tried to ride WC on Saturday. Did not get very far. The first bridge you come to (from the Price's Bottom parking lot) was knocked askew, and there were masses of debris blocking the trail so we abandoned the ride at about mile 1. Too wet, too mucky, too slippery and generally unrideable.
Turned around and headed out to ride Turkey. To read more, see Turkey.
Rode WC yesterday. The trail surface was good, but the middle section of the trail was in bad shape. Many trees down and privet hanging across the trail. A bridge at about the half-way point is gone and crossing the ravine on foot is trecherous.
Thanks for the update. That's pretty much exactly what we expect. It always takes one or two work parties per year to keep Wine rideable. There's been several above flood stage rains this past 12 months, and that floats the debris onto the trail in the center section.
Quick ride last night - Started @ 283 & only made it to the "Big Gully" (with the reroute through the gully & away from the washed out trail over Turkey - the bridge was abandoned years ago). The trail was in good shape & when I left there was only one tree to go under & one to go over.
The sections of the trail along Wine Creek are in great shape, however once the trail moves down onto the Turkey Creek flood plane it worsens. How hard would it be to get the lower sections rerouted to higher ground where possible?
Most of the small bridges & sections of boardwalk have been pushed around by flooding, and some are now across the trail. Someone has placed (not anchored) planks to create ramps up & over. I stopped & checked them out before riding over, and now I fell like I should have dismantled them. They did shift as I rode over, but held for my out & back - Any thoughts?
The first 2 miles heading north from Key Bridge are the worst. Beyond the 5+ trees that are down in that section, the first bridge has been moved, but is still there. Might be able to winch it back into place, or dismantle it and rebuild it. This is looking back south. Its walkable as it is, but I wouldn't ride it.
The last bridge in the first 2 miles is flat out gone, about 40 ft downstream. I don't think there's much that can be done about it aside from starting over. Where it crossed is a deep gully that you've got to scramble through. It's a b!tch with a bike.
After that there's only minimal issues. Maybe one tree that will need a sawyer and one or two more that a handsaw can take care of.