Thursday, May 13, 2010

TA Report River Highlands & Middlesex Trails

Date of Activity: May 11, 2010
Condition of Trail(s): Good, dry.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador Email: glennvernes33athotmaildotcom
Town: Middletown
Location: River Highlands State Park & Middlesex Trails
Trail(s) Ridden: Green, yellow, blue, unmarked
How did you use the trail?: Mountain Bike
What was the time of day?: Morning & Late Afternoon
Duration (Hours): 2.5
Distance (Miles): 8 or 10

Observations: A quick morning hike at River Highlands revealed the trails to be as dry as ever. The DEP crew I met there last week told me they'd be shoring up the sagging bridges on the yellow trail, but it had not been done as of yet. I saw a lot of bike tracks- I'm apparently not the only one riding here anymore. I also saw the tracks of what appeared to be a small, kid-sized dirt bike on the yellow (Blow Hole) trail, and a chicken line around a large log across that trail (likely made by said dirt bike). I also saw some erosion on the steeper slopes.

In the afternoon I did the Pedal Power group ride at Middlesex. This is one of the few places where mountain bikes are allowed on blue trails, and it's also legal to ride at night. The trails get a lot of use from dirt bikes, ATVs, and whatever else will fit between the trees, and they're pretty beat up as a result. But there's also a new and well built slalom trail that winds down off the power line, and is fun to ride both up and down.

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