Condition of trail(s): Nice and dry with some blow down
Encounters and Observations: It felt like summer had turned into fall with a total lack of humidity and virtually no bugs; I started on the green and decided to explore the possibility of a new trail that could connect to the “Y” shaped unmarked off the yellow/green intersection; I had just gotten off the Tower Hill dirt road and took an old logging road to the left of the cliffs that soon ended and the bush whacking began; my hike was just over a mile and took me past many great options and features that could be worked in; broke out on the unmarked and rode it east to the white then to the parking lot for a look see; three vehicles, no people, no litter; took several marked trails around having to dodge numerous piles of horse biscuits (must have been a group ride last weekend); headed up the yellow when I came to the low crossing next to the shallow pond that always exhibits a large patch of mud to some degree.
There has been a good sized downed tree parallel to the trail through the mud (see photo) since early spring with a small patch of attempted armoring. I have always used it as a foot bridge to walk my bike across, but today something dawned on me- why not cut a nice length of it out, reposition it, and create a usable skinny bridge to ride across the mess? I’ve got to contact my LM; didn’t see anyone the whole ride; there were quite a few branches throughout from the recent winds that need to be removed; took an unmarked to the northern green and around back home; very nice, very nice.
Trail Ambassador Name: Don Hazuka
Town: Clinton / Killingworth / Westbrook / Deep River
Location: Cockaponset SF / Weber Woods
Trail(s) ridden: Parts of all marked / some unmarked
How did you use the trail?: Mountain bike / bushwhack hike
What was the time of day?: Mid afternoon
Duration (hours): 1.75
Distance (miles): 7.0