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

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 1/25/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford (and a tiny bit of Beacon Falls)
Trail Conditions: Snowy (not deep but dense)

Observations/Information: Took my Sunday AM first light ride @ Naugy (West Block). Parked at Old Litchfield Turnpike and entered at the Route 42 gate. Proceeded past Res 2, up to the little loop, then back down across the Res 3 dam, down and around #2 and out.

Snowy. No surprise given Saturday's weather, but with the melting that occurred, the stuff on the ground, while only a couple/few inches deep, was mighty dense. It was like pedaling through marshmallow fluff. Most places mine were the only tracks, sometimes joining a set of foot and paw prints (frozen over, indicating they were made yesterday afternoon). Twas a slog, and I stopped several and many times to give my lungs a break.

Northeast on the fire road loop around Res 2, it looks like the water is avoiding one of the rip-rap crossings and is instead traveling fifty feet or so east along the trail before crossing it at a low spot. If it is so, I'm concerned how this will perform in the spring.

Only other users present were a few people ice fishing on Res 1. There were sled tracks down the trail and onto Res 3, but it looks like they had left (footprints pointing back out).

Much easier riding on the way out, atop my own tracks.



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): 1:30
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.6

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: Jan. 25, 2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Snowy

Observations/Information: I led an AMC hike through the forest. Trails were covered in firm snow. There was a mountain bike track in many places, including on the Blue-Blazed Quinnipiac Trail where bikes are now allowed. We saw a teenager on an ATV and when he stopped, I told him he wasn't supposed to be there. He was polite and pleaded ignorance, saying he rode in from the neighborhood. I nipped back some overhanging birch and beech branches on the White Trail. I hope to find the time next summer to reblaze as the blazes are quite faded.

Some hikers rescued the bridge over Brooksvale Stream that had washed downstream a year ago. The bridge used to be about 100 yards north of the gas pipeline. Now it is about a quarter mile past that point. Look for the stone chimney on the hill and the bridge is just below it. See photos.


Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? Hiking/Walking
Trails Ridden: White and others
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 3 hours
Approximate Distance (Miles): 5 miles
Image 1: Bridge.jpg
Image 2: Chimney.jpg