Date of Activity: 5/22/10
Trail Ambassador Name: Ed Perten
Trail Ambassador Email: email@example.com
Location: West Rock State Park
Trail(s) Ridden: R, W, B
How did you use the trail?: Mountain bike riding
What was the time of day?: Late morning
Duration (Hours): 3
Distance (Miles): Yes
Condition of Trail(s): Much erosion, some blow downs, otherwise good. I cleared two significant blow downs a short distance from the parking lot. Trails braids or herd paths were starting to form.
Observations: I haven't been to West Rock for a while and I am unimpressed with all the "trail improvements." There are bridges everywhere, only one covered flowing water, the others were over dry 'streambeds', where I have rarely seen water for long periods of time. There were waterbars everywhere, again the areas were dry. Hikers and mountain bikers appeared to have detoured around several waterbars creating trail braids or herd paths and in so doing widening the trails, opening the doors for more erosion. On the other hand, there were several areas that were muddy and could have benefitted from trail maintenance projects. I always thought that part of going out in the woods for a hike or a mountain bike ride was the varied terrains and the challenge of picking your path. This challenge has been severely limited and has taken some of the thrill and uniqueness out of West Rock.