With the lake level down and things drying out did a check of the Bartram Trail heading west out of the Petersburg Trailhead. Trail is drying out nicely although there are still some mucky areas......and that’s the good news.
The bad news is there are 13 trees down (not counting the three nice riders we will leave on that side), the trail was under the lake a couple of of dozen times on that side and that left some debris fields (the largest is literally at MM 9)), some areas already experiencing erosion are much worse and the first bridge about a mile seems stable but is tilted and the final bridge about 2 miles from the end is totally unusable (one of the stringers is detached and up on land) . Lots of work ahead to get Bartram west back in shape.
Trail in good condition except after the 13 mile mark heading west on Bartram out of the Petersburg Trailhead. From that point on a major bridge is completely unusable and it will be a while until it is replaced. There are 3 areas that need chainsaw work between there and the end of the trail. Also a badly eroded area at about 13.25 miles. Advise that riders turn back until the bridge and trail are repaired and trees removed.
The major debris fields have also been removed on the west side of Bartram. Heads up, there is one seriously eroded spot at approximately the 10MM just before the first bridge.
Logging has resumed on the Bartram Trail. The trail is closed during active logging and the logging is taking place on the three mile section (6.5 to 9.5 MM) heading west towards Wildwood form the Petersburg Trailhead. Stay tuned for updates.