Sunday, November 23, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 11/23/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest (West Block)
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Leafy and mostly dry

Observations/Information: I finally got the ride I intended to have last week (but which ended early due to mechanical: rear brake).

At first I was afraid the freeze and thaw would mean mushy trails, but happily that wasn't the case. (The usual squishy spots were squishy, though.) Not sure if everything will remain as rideable given the warmth and rain forecast, so proceed with caution.

In at Res 4, did my little warmup loop, then down the Camaro trail, right onto the singletrack bypass to the power lines, then down to Res 2. Almost at the Res 2 loop, there's a widowmaker hung up across the trail. Ride-underable, but it needs to go.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Millers Pond State Park

Date: November 15, 2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Millers Pond State Park
Town: Durham
Trail Conditions: Good, clear, leafy

Observations/Information: I tagged along with a group ride at Millers Pond Saturday morning. We had 10 riders and did a figure-eight on the practice and XC loop (the trails north of the pond). The whole trip took about 2 1/2 hours with a few short breaks and one stop to repair a flat tire.

This ride was part of an effort to take some pressure off Rockland, where the trails are fine but the parking lots are starting to overflow on weekends. The trails at "Millaz" are still there, still fun, and in great shape. There are leaves down of course, but the trails are not blocked and the surface is in good shape. The trails were dry on Saturday morning. New log rides are popping up as well.

we rode down to the stream from the parking lot, back up the bailout to the gate, then we went in by the dam and rode the XC loop clockwise back to the stream. Finally we rode out on the bailout to the gate again. The trails are a little more challenging and less flowy than Rockland, and the skinnies tend to be higher and narrower, with more abrupt transitions up on to them. Having some suspension makes the ride more comfortable and fun.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glenn
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Practice and XC loops
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2.25
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6 miles
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Tyler Mill

Date: 11/13/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Tyler Mill
Town: Wallyworld
Trail Conditions: Good, leafy

Observations/Information: I took a ride at Tyler Mill today. I was joined by one other guy, Marc, who had never ridden The Mill before. I showed him the good stuff. We started at the Vet's Park lot and rode yellow, blue, red, red/black, and purple, as well as some of the unmarked side trails. The trails were clear of blow downs and grow-ins, and were dry in all but one or two places. There was a fluffy layer of dry leaves that concealed the roots and small rocks that are everywhere on these trails, and made the tight corners harder to negotiate. This is something New England riders have to learn to deal with. There's a new stair step bridge on red and a new elevated corduroy bridge under construction on green

We had a good time on the fast twisty trails at The Mill. We rode the teeter and some of the skinnies. The trails are pretty devoid of big hits but there's enough chatter that some suspension will make the ride more comfortable.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Blue, yellow, red, red/black, purple, green unmarked.
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1 3/4
Approximate Distance (Miles): 9.5

Sunday, November 9, 2014

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 11/9/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Leafy/twiggy but otherwise fine

Observations/Information: Did a quick AM loop (WW -> Daffy -> Hunters -> Fire Road).

Someone must've knocked loose one of the rocks in the first rockover on WW off the parking lot. (Moved it after I finished the ride.)

Stopped several and many times to kick(mostly small) branches off trail. Over by a big blowdown on WW (shortly after the eastern junction with Daffy) a smaller tree came down atop it and across (over) the trail. I could probably duck and ride under it, but someone bigger and/or on a 29er might not, so to avoid a braid forming to the right, I got rid of it.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rockland Preserve

Date: 11/5/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Rockland Preserve
Town: Madison
Trail Conditions: Good

Observations/Information: I participated in a group ride at Rockland on Wednesday the 5th joined by Andy, Dave and Kevin. Great ride, and the trails were in great shape. Just one wet area, at the very beginning of Thunderdome, and some thorns growing in on the top of East Loop. There were some sticks on the trail from the recent high winds, but no blockages. The parking lot has also been graded and gravel has been put down. No more eternal mud pit. Rockland was busy as usual, one ride was wrapping up and two beginning.

We did a 10 mile loop and lingered at the skinnies. I found that having front suspension makes them easier. The transition up on to the skinny is less bouncy and it's easier to hold your line.

Rockland is the place to practice your log skinny skills, and the trails are holding up fantastically.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: East Loop, Thunderdome, Darkside, Mobius.
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 2.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 10
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

TM Report: Naugatuck State Forest

Date: Nov. 2, 2014
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Dry with lots of branches down

Observations/Information: I did a 6-mile loop hike from the "big rock" parking lot on a variety of trails and woods roads. As I hiked, I lopped off many overhanging branches, and tossed many fallen branches off the trail. At the end, I picked up 2 buckets' worth of litter from the parking lot. Trail conditions were generally dry.

Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: Various woods roads and trails
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 3
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6
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Image Description(s)/Instructions: This is a panoramic view of the Naugatuck River Valley from the flag overlook.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Quillinan Reservoir

Date: 10/26/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Quillinan Reservoir
Town: Seymour
Trail Conditions: Excellent

Observations/Information: I took a ride on the Quillinan Reservoir trails after trail work last Saturday along with Ian from Thule, his dog, and Bob on a fat bike. People at the Thule HQ in Seymour built and maintain these trails, with CCT NEMBA's help, and they did a fantastic job. The trails are well built, very well maintained, and continuously improved. We had just finished a rock armoring project that morning.

The trails are rocky and the terrain hilly. If you've ever ridden the XC loop at Millers Pond these trails will remind you of it, although they're a little more friendly to intermediates. There are some long climbs and descents. About the first 1/2 mile of trail had been raked clear of leaves, revealing the rocks and roots. The trail flows well, call it rocky flow. Some suspension will make the ride more comfortable.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden:
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours):
Approximate Distance (Miles):
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