Friday, April 18, 2014

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 4/18/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Mostly excellent
Observations/Information: Quick ride this morning @ Waldo. (First time I got to use the snazzy new parking lot!) Down to the lake, then back up via the fire road.

Trails: mighty fine (except for one mucky patch towards the lake end - carried it over; and the usual wet spots on the lower end of the fire road). Wish I could say the same about my riding skills/physical condition (hey, it's been a long winter 8^)

TM consisted of a single brief stop to toss a small branch off the trail.

Campfires/junk/weird little ramp "feature" down at the lake.
Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

River Highlands State Park

Date: April 12 2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Dry, a few blowdowns
Observations/Information: I took a quick spin at River Highlands Saturday afternoon. The trails were about as dry as I'd ever seen them, and well used. There was a tree across the green trail, south of yellow, and someone had newly ramped a small log laying across the green trail, near the parking lot. All the bridges on yellow survived the winter with no problems, the Blow Hole (bottom of yellow) was slightly flooded. Sidewinder is riding well but covered with leaves. I think I'll go in and tune up the benching when I get a chance.

I hiked back in on Monday with my hand saw to clear the tree across green north of yellow and cleared the corridor along the way.


Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Green, yellow, red, white, blue
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6
Image1: Blow Hole 041214 002.JPG

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 4/13/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Wet spots; plenty of branches down
Observations/Information: NSF (West Block) - some trails I rode the other direction than I usually ride (funny how different things look).

Some wet spots - trail east of Res 1 absolutely soaked. (Just off trail to the southeast of Res 1 is what looks like an old bridge.)  The two widow-makers from a few weeks back have been cleared.

Moist spots on the east side of Res 2, and the rock garden on the trail off the east that runs up the hill is pretty wet.

Branches down all over the place, mostly small stuff that can be tossed out of the way, but I found (and cleared) a small tree across the trail near the top of the hill (i.e. after the steep climb) that was already threatening to spawn a bypass.

I had the place entirely to myself - odd since it was such a beautiful morning.

Map: http://www.mapmytracks.com/explore/activity/1514229

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy

Cockaponset SF

Date: 13-Apr-14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Cockaponset SF
Town: Clinton, Deep River & Chester
Trail Conditions: Mostly Dry-Solid
Observations/Information: Both trails & gravely. Spoke with walkers enjoying the woods. Performed minor trail clearing.
Trail Ambassador Name: Peter Finch
Trail Ambassador E-mail: FFinchPatSNETdotNet
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Weber Woods & Forest Service Rds
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 30Km (No Miles)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Upper Paugussett State Forest



Date: 4/13/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Upper Paugussett State Forest
Town: Newtown, CT
Trail Conditions: Wet, soft, but rideable


Observations/Information: Found more logging going on at the southern section of Upper Paugussett State Forest. It seems the loggers ran out of room to store their logs in the parking lot so they are storing them further down the Poly Brody and making quite a mud wallow.



I spent a good half hour fixing a corduroy someone had attempted to start but left the water section muddy so I fixed it by armoring and changing the approach.



On the Gussy Trail I found that someone cut the log that was sticking into the trail from last fall that I had not gotten around to. Thanks to whoever did the work!

I found the trail to be somewhat soft in a few places especially after taking a digger coming off the log ride short. Good think I was wearing armor. Otherwise, the Gussy is looking really nice right now.
Trail Ambassador Name: mark lurie
Trail Ambassador E-mail: mark [at] cyclesnack [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Poly Brody, Upper Gussy, Reach Around
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 3/25/2014 (OK, I know, several weeks ago)
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Frozen (with some not so frozen and icy patches)
Observations/Information: I took what I'm guessing will turn out to be my last "winter" (frozen ground) ride for the season in the Naugatuck State Forest (West Block). Despite the cold of the past few days, there were a few spots where the ground wasn't frozen (and required a walk). And the trail up from the northeast side of Res 2 still had an active watercourse circa the power line crossing. Good thing I was wearing armor: I thought I had a clear line around some ice on the trail down the east side of Res 1, but managed to pick up the ice, and down I went, directly onto my right knee. (Hey, I'm a klutz. Hence the armor.)

Minor TM performed (branch-trimming, dragged a small pine off trail). A couple of very ugly widow-makers hanging by Res 1 (one by the bridge, one just up hill). There's still a tree across the fire road on the west side of Res 2.

Ample evidence of dirt bike activity during the mud. And someone built an odd little teepee just below Res 4 (not sure why).
Given the warmup in the forecast, I'm sure next up is mud.
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 hr
Approximate Distance (Miles): 4 mi
Images/Photos: Res2EarlySpringPano.jpg
2nd image: Res1Widowmaker1.jpg
3rd Image: WeirdTeepee.jpg
4th Image:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

TM Report: Hartman Park

Lily Rock
Date: March 15th, 2014
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Hartman Park
Town: Lyme
Trail Conditions: snowy, muddy
Observations/Information: went to Hartman to clear a route for a truck to get the bridge out to the red trail's intersection with the power lines. Got there early so I did a quick hike down the "lily rock trail" .. snow still covers 50% of everything in the park.. some patches on north facing areas are up to 6" deep still... YUCK!! going to be a bit longer before it's "really" ridable.

Did get the way cut for the truck so hoping with weather clearing and all maybe next weekend hauling it out. ..?...?..?
Trail Ambassador Name: Thom Lamourine, Cory Stiff, Linda Bireley