Saturday, September 11, 2010

TA Report: Paugussett State Forest

Trail Ambassador: Rick Brodsky
Date of Activity: 9/11/2010
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Observations: Chilly morning and the first time I wore long sleeves this season. Still wore the Ambassador blaze orange over the long sleeve, especially because of the recent hunter sitings. Trails are in great shape. The new blowdown between the first and second stream crossings is in need of something. It doesn't really lay right on the trail and a large angled branch makes for a dubious approach. Mark's idea to make it into a skinny is brilliant in my opinion. Didn't see any hunters this morning, but there were two cars in the lot. One was that nice BMW truck. I saw an older lady hiking and we chatted for a moment. She told me she has been living here for 50 years and could hike the forest without getting lost even if there were no trails. Nice lady. She asked "permission" to use our Gussy trail. Not much ambassadoring for me to do this morning except for one small dead tree removal. An 18 ft skinny tree had fallen across the trail and sat at about 3 feet off the ground. No need to use the handy-dandy hand saw. It detached from its roots with little effort.
Trail Ambassador Email: rdbrodsky(at)gmailDOTcom
Town: Newtown
Location: Paugussett State Forest
Trail(s) Ridden: Polly Brody, Upper Gussy
How did you use the trail: biking
What was the time of day: 8:15-9:45AM
Duration (Hours):1.5 hour
Distance (Miles): 7ish

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