Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Upper Paugussett State Forest

Date: 5/12  & 5/19
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Upper Paugussett State Forest
Town: Newtown, CT
Trail Conditions: Some soft spots but overall not bad
Observations/Information: Last week (5/12) I was on the Poly Brody and it's still pretty wet and probably even more so after Friday's deluge. It will be awhile before that dries out.

Some soft spots are developing in the usual places and some new ones, like in the Wetspot (pictured above). Kind of ironic by the name but it's usually bone dry, even in spring.

A week later, the Gussy is doing really well, especially after Friday's rain. I did not, however, ride Poly Brody front side, rather the back side.

The first thing I noticed (to the right of my bike pictured above) is that someone foot raked a path to roller that is parallel with this section. That's cool, but down from here and around the corner someone cut out this up and over!

I know it's a tough feature but c'mon, if you can't ride it that doesn't mean you have the right to change it.

The Sanford Road access point is also a little worse for wear so if you can help it when you get to the end and you forget to do the Reach Around, ride back up the trail and take the bail out after the Vajayjay roller by Sydney's house to get back to the Parking Lot at Echo Valley, or just hit the Blue Trail back to the lot because not too many people know what I am talking about.

Orlando and John
The bottom section of the White Trail, north of the Poly Brody and where it meets the Mulikin is really muddy and I advise staying off of it for awhile. Met up in the lot with another rider who said the top part of the Mulikin is a slop fest, too, and you should stay off it till it dries out.

Trail Ambassador Name: Mark Lurie
Trail Ambassador E-mail: ctnemba [at] gmail [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Poly Brody, Upper Gussy, Reach Around, Upper Gussy in Reverse, Yellow Trail, White Trail, Mulikin Trail (lower section), Al's Trail
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6
Image Description(s)/Instructions: I will add pictures

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