Monday, August 18, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 8/18/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Work being done near Res 2 (see below)


Observations/Information: My usual double loop "reservoir tour."
http://www.mapmytracks.com/explore/activity/1656209



Big news is that construction is being done on the fire roads near/around Res 2. Spoke to a backhoe operator - nothing is closed.

The road from Res 2 to the west side of Res 3 has been graded, and the double culvert pulled out and replaced by a rock crossing. The steep hill is now smooth as a baby's tush (but still plenty steep). There's also a similar rock crossing on the east side of Res 2. Expect to see piles of material (crushed stone, ...) here and there.

TM: removed a birch branch across the trail down to the east side of Res 1. The branch was at a split in the tree, and the upper part is beyond my reach (and too big for the hand saw), but should be cut. Other than that, kicked some branches off trail. (I'll need to get into the upper trails soon and do some lopping of brambles.)



TM Report: West Rock Ridge SP

Date: Aug. 14, 2014
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Damp, but rideable
Observations/Information: I walked the Red Trail south from the northern part of Mountain Road (got that?). I cut open the trailhead from the road a bit, and walked for maybe a third of mile, cutting back the numerous invasive plants in the area. There is a section by a small pond that gets very overgrown by late summer. I hacked that back, but did not have the tools or the time to do the job effectively, but I did open it up a bit. Your shorts and legs will thank me for all the multi-flora rose bushes I cut. If you lost an orange-topped water bottle, I found it, but trust me you don't want it back, so I tossed it.
The state has recently updated the West Rock map, so be sure to download a color copy here: http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/westrock.pdf Outside the park, the good news is that Hamden repaved the section of Benham Street from Dunbar Hill Road to Main Street. This was a heavily rutted section of road that motorists had to endure when driving from the Wilbur Cross Parkway at Exit 60 to the Lake Wintergreen parking area. On the other hand, Wintergreen Avenue is falling apart, so anyone headed from Westville is in for a bumpy ride.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal.net
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: Red
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1
Approximate Distance (Miles): 1

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods

Date: 30-Jun-14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods
Town: Clinton-Westbrook-Killingworth-Deep River
Trail Conditions: Mostly Dry w/ Minor Wet Spots
Observations/Information: Ride After Work (RAW): Occasional branches cleared. Some evidence of motors. Dried mudholes w/ equestrian plock-ups.
Trail Ambassador Name: Peter Finch
Trail Ambassador E-mail: FFinchPatSNETdotNet
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Chitt Hill Preserve and Weber Woods
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.33
Approximate Distance (Miles): 14.3 Km

River Highlands State Park

Date: 2-Jul-14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Dry then Wet (due to monsoon)
Observations/Information: Pre Meeting Ride (PMR): Good trail conditions - Some brushing needed on Ylw.
Trail Ambassador Name: Peter Finch
Trail Ambassador E-mail: FFinchPatSNETdotNet
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Ylw-Grn-Blu
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.217
Approximate Distance (Miles): 12Km

Wadsworth Falls SP

Date: 8/1-8/4/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Wadsworth Falls SP
Town: Middletown/Rockfall
Trail Conditions: Good, dry, mintained
Observations/Information: Two recent rides at Wadsworth Falls found the trails to be in good shape and dry, no mud anywhere, and with evidence of recent TM in the form of log clearing. The area I called The Cluster on Taco Bell, just below the intersection with yellow/black, has seen some work. A large tree had fallen on some smaller trees, bowing them down. That large tree has been removed, allowing the small trees to rebound and improving clearance on the trail. Whether the small trees will ever grow straight again is doubtful.

Thorns are starting to grow in at the top of Alex's Trail (still passable) and the side trail to the school (not passable).
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Yellow, white, blue, Alex's, Taco Bell, yellow/black
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 3
Approximate Distance (Miles): 15

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: Aug. 1, 2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Seymour
Trail Conditions: Short and overgrown
Observations/Information: The Naugatuck Forest includes a small block divided by Cemetery Road in Seymour, just past the traffic circle on Rt. 188. I hiked this in the winter and definitely did some bushwhacking. I biked it last week to GPS the woods roads and the trails for the state. The woods roads in the section south of Cemetery Road nearer the traffic circle are short and don't connect to each other. Total riding distance is about a mile. There is another woods road on the north side of Cemetery Road that loops over to Titus Lane and runs about 0.8 miles. Riding between the two involves an incredible steep hill on Cemetery Road. There are also some beat up sections of ATV trails here and there. Nothing is blazed in these areas. You would be better off parking at Oxford High School and riding those trails.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: tebersold [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Unmarked woods roads
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1
Approximate Distance (Miles): 2

TM Report: West Rock Ridge SP

Date: Aug. 6, 2014
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Dry and Rideable
Observations/Information: After work, I walked a loop from Mountain Road on Red-White-Purple-Red. I brought a pair of clippers with me and made good use of them cutting back many overhanging branches as I walked. If you like to floss your teeth with the mountain laurel as you ride, you may not like what I did, but don't worry, it will grow back soon enough. The trails are dry and firm, other than an occasional deep muddy spot. The White Trail is looking considerably worse for wear in spots with deep ruts and some widening. The seasonal watercourses are all dry, showing the results of a lack of rain. The state recently posted an update to the map for West Rock, so be sure to download and print a copy. This includes a number of trail updates I did over the past two years. http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/westrock.pdf
I also updated my website for the park and added some new pages: http://westrocktrails.blogspot.com/
If you ride at the park, DON'T park at the main entrance. I found two piles of broken window glass by the map board. Stick with parking at Lake Wintergreen.
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, White and Purple
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1
Approximate Distance (Miles): 2