Thursday, March 25, 2010

4/2 West Rocks State Park Trail Maintenance

Tom Ebersol will be doing trail work at West Rock on Friday, April 2 and invite people to join me. I will get there at 10 a.m. and work for a few hours. Participants can certainly leave or arrive as their schedules allow. The leader does not plan to ride, but can certainly give out maps and suggestions if others want to ride on their own.

Meet at the Hill St. parking area, 610 Hill St., Hamden, 0.15 miles south of W. Shepard St. If the lot is full, park on the OPPOSITE side of the street facing up the hill. Directions: Rt. 15 to Exit 60 and head south on Rt. 10 to the first light. Right on Benham St. for 1 mile. Right on Paradise Ave. at the light, then quick right to stay on Paradise Ave. for 1.5 miles. Left on Hill St. at stop sign and go 1.2 miles to parking lot. You can download a map in advance by doing a search for West Rock Ridge State Park. If interested, email the leader, Tom Ebersold, at Please click the Read More link below for more information.

From the parking lot, follow the Red-White Dot blazes across the field and into the woods. The work will be taking place about 100 yards into the woods. The location could not be more simple.

The plan is to deal with water issues on the Red Dot Trail that comes out of the Hill Street parking lot. There are two streams that feed into Farm Brook Reservoir and I have a future plan to install bridges over each water course.

Friday will be the preparation stage for that project. I would like to line the sides of the streams with rocks in the area where the bridges will go to prevent any further erosion. There is also a section of trail beyond the bridges that needs to be hardened with rocks.

If you have tools to bring, that would be helpful, including crow bars, a handtruck or wheelbarrow, and shovel. We will need to locate rocks in the woods (of which there are many) and move them to the location.

If I have the luxury of getting too many people (!), there also would be time to work on clearing out invasive plant species, of which there are way too many in this area.

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