Saturday, December 5, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 12/5/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Naugalicious

Observations/Information: I wanted to get a gander at Tom's handiwork rerouting the end of Red back onto state land, so this morning's ride was @ Naugy West Block.

Since I hadn't been on it in some time, I decided to take the (unblazed) trail that runs down the west side of Res 3. Where it hangs the right, there's a tree down (too big for my hand tools). The first (northernmost) stream crossing used to have rocks such that it was theoretically rideable (albeit not by me). Not anymore - crossed on foot. The second (the washed-out culvert where the old truck used to be) has always been nasty and muddy to cross. The rest of that trail (down to the Res 3 dam) is still plenty prickery and full of pine litter from the logging that happened there, but nothing an afternoon work session couldn't fix.

I crossed the dam and headed south, making my way around #2 to Purple. A little ways past the right turn another tree is down, and has been there long enough a braid has formed (which the motorized guys have successfully made into a rutted mess).

The southeast terminus of Red is now successfully back in the state forest. Be forewarned there are a couple of sharp corners on that trail.

TM = not much (maybe a branch or two). Stopped to take some pictures.

Other users: one walker, and a hunter who had parked next to me @ the Res 4 lot (no luck today). Tis the season so be sure to wear blaze. (TA jersey and blaze camo BDU trousers for me.)

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Various colors
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): :50 (including TM such that it was and photos)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.73

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