Thursday, August 20, 2015

West Rock Ridge SP

Date: Aug. 15, 2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Dry and rideable

Observations/Information: I rode the Red and White Trails around Lake Wintergreen and then the Red Trail north to the gravel road, then took the left on the Red-White Trail and followed that down to the Hill Street parking lot, and looped back on the road. This summer I reblazed both Red-White Trails at West Rock, plus the Red Trail by Lake Wintergreen, and that included a pruning back of these trails, so they are in good shape. The Red Trail north of Lake Wintergreen definitely needs a haircut and a shave because it has not gotten one in a year. I did stop and clear a few small blowdowns that were blocking the trail. The trail is open to riding, but you may find yourself brushing against leaves and branches here and there. There was a brush fire on Aug. 14 in the open field near Farm Brook Reservoir that made WTNH news. See photo. As Smokey the Bear always warned us, "Only you can prevent forest fires." Fortunately, only grass and weeds were burned and they are already growing back. Needless to say, the trails are dry and firm everywhere. I added a suggested series of loops on the website I created at the park:

Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Red, White, Red-White
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2
Approximate Distance (Miles): 8
Image 1: West Rock brush fire, 8-15.jpg
Image Description(s)/Instructions: An area of grasslands in the open field by Farm Brook Reservoir at West Rock Ridge State Park burned on Aug. 14, 2015.

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