The Drawdys, Nevin & Becky, and myself did do some clearing. I believe that there was one more big tree before the merging of the 2 creeks that we did not get to at that time. I do not know if any has been back out since then. It was really sloppy (mud) down along the creek.
I rode TC yesterday and had a lot of fun. The creek crossings are full and you'll get wet, but all in all the biggest problem was just the difficulty of following the trail with all of the leaves down. I can only think of one or two spots that were muddy on the trail. I have never ridden TC before, but didn't know if I missed the trail when we ran into two very large downed trees.
I rode TC yesterday to the 5-mile point. I thought it was in good condition (compared to the WC mess). I was able to keep a good pace the whole way. Other than the couple of downed trees the trail was clear and firm (except for the usual low areas).
Got a report yesterday that Turkey is not good right now.
My bad. It's in good shape. Here's the reason why I got bad info. Rider A has been riding mountain bikes for 4 years. Primarily at FATS. He goes to ride TC and says it sux due to roots hidden under leaves and a number of sticks on the ground. Isn't that what it's always like? I asked the local old schooler that went with him and he said it was awesome. Sorry for the bad info. I hope to not make the same mistake again.
I rode Turkey today and thought it was in rough shape, especially the last two miles. Lots of litter (limbs, branches, thick leaves etc...) on the trails, some muddy sections here and there. It was fun, but Turkey Creek is in about as rough as shape as I've ever seen it.
Wheels would do it some good for sure.
Looks like Turkey Creek and Modoc are going to be burned pretty soon. All the bridges have the leaves raked away from them. Hopefully will do some heavy vegetation sections some good to have them burned.
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2010 22:22:05 GMT -5 by seenvic
Enjoyed the heck out of the TC ride today. The dips were wet and there is one large tree in the way at mile 3, but other than that it was Turkey Creek. What a beautiful trail.
Agree that the last two miles are a bit rough. They are not seeing wheels like the rest of it. Also, the long cane is growing at a rapid rate. Felt like I was in the winter olympics, doing the snow slalom thing and smacking poles...
Last note: We will need a 4 - 6 person work party out there within 2 months. DR and lopping. I will post when I am ready to lead it.
Does anyone know when they will burn the area? noticed the bridges were racked around and numerous fire breaks were in place today. (3/07) besides the dips trail is dry.
Rode all the way to the end Turkey and than made a loop by going out fs617A taking a left onto fs617, taking a right onto fs619 to the end (went around the gate) and crossing Coon Creek (would be very difficult during high water) continued following the road (looked like the machined it like a fire break) it forked w/ a grassy rd to the left which I took, other was the fire break. ended up on fs 618 took a right and back onto Turkey. nice little 11.6 mile loop.
The section of fs619 after Coon Creek is very rough but the sense of adventure made up for it. Need to take the camera on trips like this.
"The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator" -Louis Pasteur
Its a lot easier to walk around this one section of Turkey Ck than it is to get past all the downed trees and out bridges on Wine. IMO, if you want to prioritize your time it would be better used at Wine. Turkey is 99% rideable with only one place that is a problem. In contrast there's about 2 miles of Wine that most won't want to ride, but those 2 miles can be opened probably about as fast as the one spot on Turkey. Even if the bridges don't get fixed/replaced, a couple of folks with a chainsaw, a handsaw, and some loppers and one day's work will make make a world of difference on Wine. Again, that's just my opinion. And we all know what opinions are worth.
Is the only parking area the dirt spot on the side of the road right after the bridge? Does the TC trail go over the old bridge or cut to the right in the woods right before the big rock at the bridge?