Thursday, March 19, 2015

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 3/19/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Packed snow


Observations/Information: Given the cold snap, I wanted to try to get in another snow ride. (Maybe this one will be the last of the season??)

I took a chance on a first-light ride @ Waldo. Temps were in the teens, so ground/snow pack would be (and was) well frozen.

There's still a significant amount of snow on the ground - few if any bare patches, and most places several inches. Even in places where there hasn't been any traffic, the thaw and freeze has left the snow sufficiently compacted to ride a fatbike without sinking in.

Route was Waldo (red) to Daffy (yellow) to Hunter's back out to the fire road, so it was a short run. Waldo showed heavy (mostly foot) traffic, which compacted the trail but made the ride bumpy and in some places resembling an "inverted" rock garden (holes instead of bumps). Daffy (from the eastern terminus at Waldo to the intersection with Hunter's) had segments with no recent traffic, and some with one or two sets of footprints. While the heavily trafficked trail was rideable but bumpy, and the no traffic areas could be ridden on top, the one-two footprint segments were extremely difficult to ride without a wheel dropping into a (several inch deep) hole.

Stopped several and many times to remove small branches (copious due to the winds we've been having).

And I was the only one crazy enough to be in there early this morning (i.e no other users in sight)

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Where's Waldo, Daffy Duck, Hunter's, Fire Road
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): :45
Approximate Distance (Miles): 1.8

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 3/8/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford (and a tiny bit of Beacon Falls)
Trail Conditions: Snow/Packed Snow

Observations/Information: Today's first-light ride @ Naugy West Block. If the forecast holds, it may be my last snow ride of the season.

In(out) @ Rt. 42. I decided to ride the east side of Res 4 this time, so I headed up that way. Right at the T intersection, down the Camaro trail, across the Res 3 dam, down the steep hill, around Res 2 and out. This route kept me 90%+ of the time on snowmobile tracks.

It appears the snowmobiles haven't been back in since the relatively light snow the other day, so the going was a bit harder than it was the last time I was there.

The ice is already off a couple of the riprap stream crossings.

TM = removed a couple of downed branches poking up at odd angles into the trail.

I had the place to myself, but plenty of dog poop and yellow snow in evidence.

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden:
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1
Approximate Distance (Miles): 4.3

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 3/1/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford (and a tiny bit of Beacon Falls)
Trail Conditions: Snow/Packed Snow

Observations/Information: I went back over to Naugy West Block this morning, for a "before the snow flies" ride on the Wo.

Did a figure-eight: in(/out) at Rt 42 gate, up west side #2, east side #3 to #4, (quick trip out to the parking lot, then) down west side #3, east #2, down around #1, and back up and out.

The snow is even more packed than the other day, though in a few hours it won't be, with another 4-6" expected. I stayed on snowmobile tracks, with the exception of the trail from Res 4 down the west side of Res 3. Principally foot/paw traffic there, so if you like skinnies...

Ample, um, evidence of dog walkers. In fact, I hit a loose patch at the trail junction southwest corner of Res 3 and dumped it, and my head landed a few inches from a "canine calling card."

TM = clear odd branch.

One car in the little parking dugout when I got there, but didn't see anyone. (Car was gone when I came out.)

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden:
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.61

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 2/25/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford (and a tiny bit of Beacon Falls)
Trail Conditions: Snowy

Observations/Information: Cabin fever finally got the best of me so I went for a quick ride this morning @ Naugy (West Block). Atypical of me, I waited until after nine instead of riding at first light cuz single-digits+breeze. In (and out) at the Pines Bridge (Rt 42) gate.

The snowmobiles had been through, and wherever they had been was (for the most part) sufficiently packed down to be rideable. This, of course, means the fire roads. There were some other places they hadn't been but there was sufficient foot traffic, but be forewarned that riding these is like riding skinnies: on either side you'll be in up to your knees. (I made the mistake of trying to follow a XC ski track under the power lines by Res 4 and found myself Maxpedition-pack-side down, leg trapped by the bike, doing my very best upside-down turtle impression - the more I thrashed the more stuck I got.)

Friday, February 13, 2015

TM Report: West Rock Ridge SP

Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: New Haven
Trail Conditions: Deep snow

Observations/Information: I met with a representative from a private school that is interested in having students help with trail work. They plan to start once the weather warms. I told them to focus on cutting invasive plants and picking up litter. While I was there, I walked a circuit, out on the Red Trail and back on the Teal Trail. I cut lots of vines and pricker bushes on the Teal Trail. I pruned mountain laurel on both trails. I cut a blowdown on the Red Trail that would normally be at knee height, but it was buried under snow. The Red Trail was packed down by boots, as was the Teal Trail near Westville, but some of the time I was post-holing through the snow, as snowshoes are definitely not compatible with the trailwork I was doing. Baldwin Drive is plowed for access to the antennas, so that is one option for biking. Red is one of the designated biking trails at West Rock. I have suggested to the state that they open up the Teal to mountain biking, as that trail is an old carriage road. There is still a 24-inch diameter red oak across the Red Trail by the Teal Trail. I asked the state if they can cut this, which they will do at some point. The tree has been down since 2012, and a well-used trail has been created around the root ball.


Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: Red and Teal
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 4.5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 2
Image 1: Baldwin Drive plowed.jpg
Image 2: Red Tr., big red oak, 2-15.jpg
Image Description(s)/Instructions: Baldwin Drive is plowed.
This red oak is across the Red Trail.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Winterfest 2015

Update 1/29/2015: Forecast calls for COLD, so dress appropriately!

Update 1/26/2015: Saturday,1/31 at 10 AM  Central CT NEMBA will still be holding Winterfest at Rockland.  Bike tours will now be xc ski and snowshoe tours.  Fat bikes will be welcome, though there will be no grooming and it is unlikely that they will work.  Pizza will still be served and there is no charge for this event.  Please continue to watch for updates on this blog and Facebook. 

Central CT NEMBA and Singletracks of Rockland are teaming up for a day of play in the cold on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Led rides. pizza, and cold weather fun. Last year was great and we had about 70 riders. This year should be at least as many, weather permitting.

Guided rides leave at 10 AM. Pizza to follow. Donations to Singletracks of Rockland appreciated.

Poor riding conditions will postpone - updates on CCTNEMBA's Facebook and here on the blog.

Where: Rockland Preserve, 99 Renee's Way, Madison, CT
When: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Helmets required for all riders.

Singletracks of Rockland: http://www.madisonct.org/i3/rockland/sor.html
SoR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadisonTrailmakers