A group of us went out today to do some bridge repair work, drain multiple low spots, and do some general maintenance. With the water we've had in the last couple weeks plus more to come the trails will be unrideable for some time. The ground is really soft right now.
Last Edit: Jan 19, 2014 8:06:22 GMT -5 by dsquaredmsquared: added LCHT to thread title to inform readers of recent post list that this is the LCHT thread.
Road the entire loop on 2-1-14. Upper/Northern loop was outstanding and in very good condition. Lower/Southern loop from metal bridge to Fell was epic conditions with much blowdown and trail debris. Overall not very wet and rideable. Great time!
We did most of the same loop on Sat, don't know how we missed ya. That was the first time I've been to fell in along time. Generally the horses keep it chewed up because of it convineance to fell. We've done a fair amount across the metal bridge. Just need to get the DR over there. When the cold weather moves out hopefully we will get a huge work party for a total trail clean up for this coming riding season. Just waiting for a stick to trash an I9.
If you are anxious to ride, the LCHT is rideable with no downed trees and just a few soft spots. The horses have been on it so it's not smooth, but the inner loop and trail to the steel bridge will get you about 20 miles. See greenwoodmtb.us for a map.
Our trails are in pretty good shape. After this little shower this morning it could use a few days to dry up. The horse shoe prints are holding some moisture on the trail. On top of that the forest service is prescribe burning this week. All up around Fell Hunt camp is closed off right now. The little note at the exit of one of the trails said they should be out in a few days. That fire really opened up the trails a lot and should be even faster once the surface gets better.
Post by dsquaredmsquared on Mar 4, 2014 9:13:03 GMT -5
Thanks for the heads up about the prescribed burn. Apparently, the local ranger was not aware, so we didn't know about it either. The ranger did say that Fell Hunt Camp and, presumably, the trails too, should reopen today.
Do you enjoy our trails?
If so, can you volunteer 5 hours for trail work in 2015 or, if you're too busy, donate $50 to SORBAcsra?
Took alittle scouting ride today. The trails are a mess still from the last rain fall. With more coming and the surface tore up from some horse traffic it will be some time before these trails are rideable. Come on spring, we need some water sucked up. They burned a small section we call the connector.
We have multiple work parties organized this week since this rain soaked the trails and will cause the vegatation to take off. The trails are already I great shape and after this week should really improve. I've also started trying to reclaim some of what we call 9 min trail headed towards Parsons Mtn. I'm hoping to have it completely clear before the Etr June 7 in hopes that folks will explore that option that day also. After this week things should be great shape for the ride.
Also, for anyone that may be interested. There is a big long distance trail run that will be going on saturday May 17. Probably not the best day to ride, but if you do, look out for delirious runners on the trail. They are going 50 miles.
Our planned work day happened today. It's very likely that almost the entire inner loop, towards fell and out to metal bridge has been lopped and the worst sections also had the DR taken thru them. You can literally ride prettying all of it and never have a limb touch you. The trails are in the great shape. Weather pending Explore the trails should be a hit.
As of last nights ride the trails are in great shape. Inner loop up to fell and out to metal bridge is all good, the outer sections need some attention and I'm planning on doing some work on them come cooler weather.
We are planning on trying to get 50 miles in this Sunday at 11. Prob have to make 2 loops. We also did a lot of work in the section we call Blair Woods. It's the rootiest most technical section we have, removed a ton of roots and also plan on armoring multiple low spot thru there. The trails should be a big smile once fall is in full effect.
We started working today on reclaiming some of the outer loop towards parsons mtn that we have pretty much abandoned. As much as we wanted to completely clear the entire loop the section immediately around the lake just takes a beating from the horses and during the winter months it stays a muddy mess. Maybe come spring once things dry up we can continue the clearing then. But for the most part it's always rideable. The sections we reclaimed are across the metal bridge headed towards parson mtn lake. Between reclaiming 9 min trail, metal bridge to parsons mtn road and towards metal bridge it's given us a 16 mile option away from the normal lower loop we traditionally ride.