Tuesday, May 7, 2013

River Highlands State Park

Date: May 7, 2013
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good
Observations/Information: I took a quick spin at River Highlands Tuesday morning. It was a warm sunny morning. Birds twittered and garter snakes darted off the trail where they were sunning themselves. Not surprisingly the trails were very dry end even dusty- my legs acquired an impressive dirt tan. Someone had been in with a chainsaw recently and cleared some of the blowdowns that accumulated over the winter and that were too big for my handsaw. They left the big one at the top of yellow, however, possibly because it was too big for their saw.

There has been some gnome activity at the north end of the park. They have built a jump line along the white trail and a new singletrack as well. The singletrack appears to be simply an easy way to get back to the top of the jump line (white trail too steep?) and its not worth riding for any other reason. Not much effort or creativity went into it and it might not hold up for long. I'm going to try to find out which gnomes are responsible and encourage them not to do it and maybe get them in on my own legitimate plans for the park. The jump line was also hastily built and not very good. Built for a quick thrill is all. I've seen similar stuff at Wadsworth Falls and suspect the same gnomes might be responsible.

So the trails are all clear except for top of yellow, and well-ridden.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes

Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgeemaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Yellow, green, white, black, red
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1.0 hours,
Approximate Distance (Miles): 8 miles
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