Monday, August 19, 2013
Naugatuck State Forest
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Good
Observations/Information: The haunting of the West Block of the State Forest (by me) continues… (Boo!)
Took a quick ride this morning on my favorite little double loop: Res 4, bear left then right then turn right, under the power lines and down to this sweet (by Naugy standards) but very short bit of singletrack out to the trail that runs from Res 2 up to 4 (on the east side of 3). Back at 4, this time bear left then turn left, up along the east side of Res 4 to the junction of the trail that runs from the fire road down to the northernmost tip of Res 2, down to 2, around 2 and 1, and back up by way of the trail that leads to the west side of Res 3. (I take the Res 3 bridge back to the east side trail, though, since the trail immediately to the west of 3 is still a mess of pine litter from logging.)
The trail between Res 2 and the fire road is in pretty rough shape. For a stretch between the junction near Res 4 down to 2, it's especially washed out, and on the right side is a well-worn bypass (no clue whether authorized or not, but it's in much better shape than the trail itself).
The big mud bog just southwest of Res 3 is dry to the point of being rideable without making a big mess. Earlier in the season, there was a large tree across the trail just to the south; that has been cleared. Likewise, someone with a machine opened up the double culvert that runs under the trail just below that.
Cleared a couple of branches, and cut back a couple that were poking up and into the trail, creating a hazard.
At some point, I'm going to have to take a walk with a trash bag – while not extensive, there's some junk, including what looks like someone's old sleeping bag slung over some branches. (I believe there's still an old junk truck on one of the segments of trail I didn't ride today.) The parking area by Res 4 is an absolute pigsty, though – copious litter.
Saw one dog-walker and a couple of guys fishing. No sign of any Melonheads. 8^)
Bigger image of pano: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmjoy/9548339740/
Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): :30
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.75 mi