Sunday, April 26, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Duck on Res 2
Date: 4/26/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Varied

Observations/Information: Since it's likely to be my last for awhile due to impending sinus surgery, I figured this morning's early AM ride should be a loop up top in Naugy (West Block), especially since I haven't been up there since the weather stopped my work on my logging brush cleanup project last December.

Started at Res 4, and made my usual little warmup loop before heading up the east side of 4 to the (up top) power lines, out to the beaver pond, down the fire road to the first branch, south to the left turn that runs past the junk car and out to the power lines overlooking Beacon Falls, then continuing down to the east side of Res 2, loop around, up to #3, up the east side and back to #4.

The places that are usually wet were (e.g. just north of the big rock east of #4), and some places that usually aren't were as well. The big mud patch under the power lines up top was big enough to make finding a dry footpath past it tricky. There was a little stream running down the trail next to the beaver pond, and a surprising number of wet spots on the fire road branch. The muddy rock garden east of #2 was, of course, a muddy rock garden. (Carried the bike through or around all this wetness, of course, stepping gingerly. I wish I could say the ATVs and dirt bikes showed the same degree of care.)

Hike-a-bike was up the (still) steep-n-ruff, and down the steep & rocky east of #2. Stopped several and many times to clear branches - some of which were fairly sizeable (but none requiring tools) - and moved one small fallen tree off-trail. Had to stop for a bit to fix my seatpost.

Other users: father of a friend from grammar school walking his dog, and a fisherman on #4.

Good Morning Beacon Falls!

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden:
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2 (incl. TM, fixing seatpost, photos)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 5.8

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