Saturday, April 16, 2011

TM Report: Trumbull-Pequonnock

Date: 4/14/11
Report Type: TM Report
Trail Name: Pequonnock River Valley (aka Trumbull)
Town: Trumbull
Trail Conditions: Decent
Observations/Information: Couldn't get there until 9:15 and when I got there I was lucky to find a parking spot. It was the first day of the Fishing Season and the north Whitney Lot was full. Got a call from Steve who got there earlier and couldn't even spot a spot - he said there were cars up and down the street! Although it was an exceptionally crappy day (cold, gray and windy), I met a lot of fisherman in the Lot and on my way in.

I walked in with a bunch of tools on my shoulder and some pails (fortunately where we intended to work was only a short walk) and got started. Steve met me shortly. Our intentions were to (1) spruce the short boardwalk over a muddy area near the North Bridge and (2) close a trail braid nearby along a soft and vulnerable riverbank.
We dug out a channel under the mini boardwalk to get the water flowing and also moved a lot of deadwood and leaves to block the braid nearby. Meanwhile Tom showed up and we tackled the job of finding heavy flat rocks to use as anchors and ramps for each side of the boardwalk. Alex showed up as well and the end result Steve photographed.

Tom stayed a little later (past the usual end time of noon) to continue covering the braid and I moved up to finish the short reroute (tagged the week before) to avoid the never ending battle with the pricker bushes on a short alt route back to the rail trail across the river.

Tom then joined me up there as well. During the morning we ran into quite a few hikers (including a close-to-20 organized hiking group) and a few mountain bikers.
Trail Ambassador Name: Rich C, Tom Ebersold

Trail Ambassador E-mail: mtnbikerdad[at]yahoo[dot]com
How did you use the trail? Other
Trails Ridden: North Bridge Area
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 3 plus
Approximate Distance (Miles): N/A
Images/Photos: nb-full.jpg
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3rd Image: nb2.jpg
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