Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TA Report Trout Brook

Date of Activity: Dec. 28, 2010
Location: Trout Brook Valley
Condition of Trails(s): Covered in 8 to 14 inches of snow
Observations: Snow cover varied from location to location, but it was deep enough throughout that it was hard work to move anywhere, even with snowshoes. In some spots, others had traveled the trail and left tracks, which made life a little easier in those spots. In some locations, there are very prominent signs for "No biking" along with an explanation stating that some trails have been closed to biking, and if this is not respected, then all trails could be closed to bikes. As a reminder, Trout Brook is closed to biking from January to April. One portion of the Blue Trail near the private driveway has a set of narrow planks that are tricky to negotiate under the snow because they are felt, not seen. A better long-term solution would be relocate the trail about 50 to 100 feet away on the slope of the hill. The plastic arrow signs for the Red Trail coming off Elm Drive are so faded that they look tan. Elm Drive offers easy parking, but challenges users with a long upward slog (about a 200 foot elevation gain) on the way back. The trail colors at Trout Brook continue to evolve, so pick up a current map at the trailhead. Trout Brook is managed and partially owned by the Aspetuck Land Trust, so if you are a regular user, be sure to join. Website: www.aspetucklandtrust.org
Encounters: Two snowshoers headed in the other direction, which was appreciated because they helped to break trail.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold

Trail Ambassador Email: bikehikekayak {at} sbcglobal {dot} net
Town: Hamden
Trail(s) Walked: Red (off Elm Drive), Blue, Green, White
How did you use the trail: Snowshoe
What was the time of day: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Duration (Hours): 3 hours
Distance (Miles): 4 miles

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