Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Larkin State Bridle Trail
Trail Conditions: Good (mostly)
Observations/Information: Rode end to end and back (actually started/ended near midpoint @ the Riggs Street crossing). Light drizzle (hey - that's what GoreTex is for), encountered a couple joggers and dog-walkers, but no other bikes or horses (though there was plenty of, um, evidence of equestrian use). Some evidence of motorbike activity, especially at the Naugatuck end.
Trail condition is good for the most part. Just in from the Naugatuck terminus @ Route 63 there's a large mucky patch that has been repeatedly ridden through.
Sandy patches in Oxford by Towantic Pond and just west of the power line crossing by the airport. Wet area just to the east of the power line crossing.
Just in from the Southbury terminus @ Kettletown Road there is a blowdown across the trail that's a bit too big for my small handsaw. I did manage to cut the narrow end, but by myself (and coming off a back injury) couldn't get it dragged off trail. Will have to return with tools and/or help.
Most of the storm blowdowns have been cleared. There are a few leaners (including an ominous looking one just in from the above in Southbury).
Trimmed a branch partially obstructing the trail in Oxford.
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 3.5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 20 mi (10 each way)
2nd image: OxfordWet.jpg
3rd Image: SouthburyWashout.jpg
4th Image: SouthburyLeaner.jpg