Monday, June 8, 2009

TA Report Timberlands Preserve

Date of Activity: June 7, 2009

Condition of Trail(s): Good

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes

Trail Ambassador Email: glennvernes33athotmaildotcom

Town: Guilford

Location: Timberlands Preserve

Trail(s) Ridden: White, red, violet, blue, misc unmarked trails

How did you use the trail?: Mountain Bike

What was the time of day?: Afternoon

Duration (Hours): 3.5

Distance (Miles): 10

Observations & Encounters: The Guilford Land Conservation Trust not only allows mountain biking here, but for a long time actually encouraged it, in an effort to reduce pressure on another one of their preserves, heavily used Westwoods. Riding never caught on here, though, because most of the trails do not make for a satisfying riding experience. They're either too easy or too hard for the average rider- easy double track or single track that goes straight through the rock fields, bogs, and boulder slopes that dot the area. Some are underused and overgrown. All of the trails go through a lot of wet areas, and many of the bridges were clearly not designed with biking in mind. It's a large area that abuts an even larger one and it has potential, but not until new, more bike friendly trails are built.

Encountered a lot of hiking groups, it being National Trails Day weekend. They did not seem offended by my presence.

Work Performed: Cleared one fallen tree blocking the white trail.



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