I rode this trail today (5/15/2010), and in my opinion it looked like $hlt. Very overgrown and your constantly getting smacked in the face and head with vines, branches and stray limbs. I counted 3-4 small trees that are down on the trail, and one MASSIVE tree thats probably 2 feet thick.
This could be such an awesome trail - it just needs some TLC and trimming.
still a good ride, but a long drive from augusta
Last Edit: May 15, 2010 19:39:55 GMT -5 by neal1975
easy does it we have over 100 mile of trail to take care of .most of us would rather be riding our bicycles on the weekend but some how find time to work on our trails.we can't keep up with every little branch or vine and big tree that's on the trail.when the time allows the trail will be cleared.
SO and I have reservations to camp there Memorial and 4th of July. We planned on driving out there, pull the BOB, and cut the trees out next weekend. That would give us two weekends to just ride.
I had mentioned at a couple of meetings ago that HKSP would need a DR party this year. I believe it is still needed. We have no problems taking care of the trees, but the DR party is more than one person can pull off. The IMBA World Summit burned a lot of us out.
Time to re-group, drink a beverage, get ready for the SMC and still maintain a whole lotta trails.
Neal, you have discovered the dilemma of mountain biking! Lots of fun, good exercise, don't have to worry about cars, but the trails need maintenance.... It's no fun having stuff hit you in the face constantly and making it hard to even see the trail. Hopefully everyone realizes it takes some serious work to keep the trails open and hopefully we will see you at a work party. You don't have to wait for anyone- you can make a post on the work party section that you will be at "x" trail at "y" time/date, bring your loppers, etc; and go! It's good to have a core group of your riding buddies to start, but I'm sure other folks will show up. We're not picking on you by any stretch; please keep reporting on trail conditions. A number of people ride with hand clippers and a hand saw to take care of the occasional vine/tree; but with all the rain we had this winter, and the focus this spring on FATS, I'm sure we need machines on a number of trails.
I read where Summit visitors LOVED the trails at HKSP. Said they the trails were in great shape.
Not sure of the experience level of the OP, but if FATS is your gage of what a "trail" is supposed to be like.....you need to reset your gage. I may be way off base here, and if so, I am sorry.
FATS is the exception to most trails. It gets alot of care. It stays closed when it's really wet and the leaves are not on the trees to remove this wetness from the ground. It was buit with machines, so the tread is a little smoother and wider. It's corridor is wider, so the vegetation can be cut back further. And people actually work on it in large and small numbers. Marco takes care of the GW Loop like it is his backyard. Others must be clipping here and there with hand trimmers.
Very little (almost none) of this is happening at the other trails (like HKSP).
So if one spends a good deal of time riding FATS, and then goes out to ride another trail....well it can be very different. But I think what you would find is that FATS is the outlier, and the conditions at HKSP are the norm (for a mtb trail).
I'll close with this.
Yes I will volunteer to work on the trails. I will run a DR and organize work so others can spend their time productively. I'll focus on Wine Creek as that is part of the SMC and something I love to work on.
Again, if I am way off base on the OP's baseline of what a trail is typically like, I am sorry.