Monday, October 1, 2012

River Highlands State Park

Date: October 1, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good, dry
Observations/Information: I rode River Highlands Monday afternoon. The ride started badly when I clipped a small stump with one pedal and went sailing over the bars, landing hard on my left hand. I decided to take it easy after that and cruised around the park at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently to remove deadfall and inspect freelance trail work. I closed a braid on the green trail that was simply a way to straighten the trail and circumvent a corner, not a way around any obstacle. I also trimmed the stump that took me down.

I crossed paths with three other riders, one lone guy and one couple. The lone guy, a local, spoke very favorably about our benched reroutes or "adjustments" of the yellow trail, and the couple was looking for "a trail that winds like a half pipe". They were obviously referring to the Sidewinder reroute on the green trail, and I used the map at the parking lot to show them how to get there. People seem to be very happy about the work the chapter has done- I just wonder if they know we did it.

The park has definitely become a more popular place to ride. The trails are holding up well notwithstanding the braids, chicken lines, and freelance trail building. Oak limbs weakened by last year's storms continue to come down.

Someone has gone in and cut the tree across the yellow trail. It's still there but low enough to ride over at the far left side (see photo). Getting over is harder than it looks because you approach the tree at an angle, and it is covered with slick black mold.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgeemaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Green, yellow, white, red, blue, black, unmarked
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 2.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 10 miles
Images/Photos: Blow Hole 100112 001.JPG
2nd image: Blow Hole 100112 002.JPG
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