Showing posts with label 2012 TA Report. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 TA Report. Show all posts

Monday, August 19, 2013

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 8/19/2013
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

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Roosevelt Forest

Date: 12/29/12
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Roosevelt Forest
Town: Stratford
Trail Conditions: Crusty, granular snow/ice, wet leaves at times slippery, bare spots
Observations/Information: Decided to go for a ride before the snow, nobody in the parking lot at 11 AM. All the blowdowns from Sandy have been removed. All trails rideable, bridges slippery wet, ice, snow, I walked all of them. Combination of crusty, granular snow/ice, wet slippery at times leaves, bare spots, some soft areas. Temps just above freezing.
Trail Ambassador Name: Ed Perten

Friday, December 28, 2012

Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods section


Date: December 28, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods section
Town: Clinton, Westbrook
Trail Conditions: Mostly good
Observations/Information: As I stepped off my deck towards the woods, I scared off a sharp shinned hawk who was sitting high in a tree observing the visitors to my bird feeders (spared for the moment); I headed out to the southern green and decided to take the connector to the Chittenden Preserve; on the way I crossed a few large trees across the trail that require a chainsaw that would have to wait; clearing the trails of debris, I hiked most of Chittenden- a great addition to the trails of WW; since this is Clinton town property (WW is state) it follows different rules; there is a main overly blazed network of blue trails and there are numerous unmarked trails everywhere, but overall it's great; came out on the trail by the horse farm and headed back on the green with a detour to the paintball loop; I think Peter Finch posted earlier about a mess left by some paintballers (see photo), absolutely pathetic; I'll get out there this weekend and clean it up; most of the trails were in pretty good shape except for the low lying ones which had some standing water and mud; I didn't come across anyone and had the place to myself; I think my back is ready so I'm hoping I'll get out there soon on my bike instead of hiking; headed home as the dark approached.
Trail Ambassador Name: Don Hazuka

River Highlands State Park

Date: December 28, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: About 1" of crusty snow.
Observations/Information: My brother and I rode River Highlands Friday morning. Most of the trails had about 1-1.5 inches of crusty snow. Some of the trails high on the ridges near the river were bare, and the bridges on the yellow trail were a little slick but rideable. We were able to grunt our way up just about everything on our 29er single speeds (the big wheels float well). There hadn't been much hiking since the snow fell and that meant not many icy footprints to deal with. Overall very good conditions for the first snow ride of the year.

There was a new tree down on the yellow trail. The trunk was high enough to ride under but the branches hung down and got in your way. We cut the branches and you can now ride through without ducking.

If you're looking for a place with a little snow (but not too much), River Highlands might be the place. I'd go early, before the afternoon thaw.


Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes

Thursday, December 27, 2012

TA Report: Crescent Lake

Date: 12/26/12
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Crescent Lake
Town: Southington

Trail Conditions: Crunchy, crunchy, crunchy. Frozen granula snow, frozen ground, white, some bare patches

Observations/Information: Met two other guys to explore Crescent Lake in Southington, CT. One of the guys who is local showed us the trails, most of which are single track and unmarked, little time spent on the old dirt/fire roads. Some technical features. Boy was it cold outside today, first time I used the glove liners on my new winter gloves. Half way through the ride my rear shock collapsed, the whole geometry of the bike changed, and of course I felt every bump as I was now essentially riding a hardtail. Pumped it up at the end of the ride, it held the pressure, let's hope it had something to do with the cold weather.

The cold weather also effected the chain lube I applied to the chain before the ride. A) it was very stubborn in terms of coming out of the squeeze container, B) directions indicate to wipe off the excess lube after it sits on the chain after approximately 10-15 minutes...well, it remained in globlets, refusing to be wiped off. Otherwise, a nice little area to go for a ride, I plan to return on a warmer day and with full suspension.

Trail Ambassador Name: Ed Perten

TA Report: River Highlands State Park


Date: December 25, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good, with a little snow.
Observations/Information: I took a Christmas Day hike at River Highlands. I spent a lot of time on the southern end of the park. This area has few trails and gets little use, but the terrain is fantastic. It's high and slopes more gently than the rest of the park. I started thinking about potential TM projects, and how we could make the park an even better place to ride.

While hiking the green trail along the river a huge bird flew off out of a tree nearby. At first I thought it was a turkey vulture due to it's size but then I saw the unmistakeable white head and tail of a bald eagle. This bird was huge and easily the biggest bald eagle I've ever seen (6-7 foot wing span). My second bald eagle sighting at this park.

The trails I hiked (red and green south of yellow) were in good shape.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Millers Pond State Park

Date: December 26, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Millers Pond State Park
Town: Durham
Trail Conditions: Good, with a few muddy spots.
Observations/Information: I hiked the XC loop at Millers Pond Wednesday. The trail was in good shape with no blockages and covered with a little bit of melted an re-frozen snow, kind of a crystallized ice. It made the trail a little slippery in spots and also covered the stunts. Riding ice-covered skinies takes courage and skill, and noone had tried it yet. There are a few small muddy spots. The return lever on the big teeter Irene is broken and it now teeters very slowly. Some chicken lines are beginning to appear. I expect they'll be closed off quickly.

I passed two riders on my hike, and cleared brush as I went.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes

Monday, December 24, 2012

TA Report: Upper Paugussett State Forest



Date: 12/24/2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Upper Paugussett State Forest
Town: Newtow
Trail Conditions: Fast and loose
Observations/Information: Twas the night (actually afternoon) before Christmas and I was ridding the Gussy Trail.

 

Everything on the trail is good with one exception, the new reroute was really muddy.



I think it's due to the nature of the landscape being a swale and it collects all the water coming down from higher up. Looks like another TM session will be necessary.
Trail Ambassador Name: Mark Lurie

TA Report: Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Ride



Date: 12/23/2012
Trail Name: Collis P Huntington SP
Town: Redding, CT
Trail Conditions: Hoar Frost, slick, and a little muddy
Observations/Information: Led the stragglers ride at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Mountain Bike Ride and Saturday's high winds took their toll on Huntington State Park!


There are two major blow downs on Rock and Roll that now need to be dealt with.


Some more armoring is needed on the Glacial Erratic and South Park needs a little tweaking, too.



Friday's rain caused many of the vernal pools to overflow and create new streams.

 


All the streams were very swollen and sitting water and ice on many of the trails.

 

The Memorial Ride was a huge success raising a tidy some, all of which will be donated directly to one of the charities that will benefit the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School.  People came from all over Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to support this event!

 

THANK YOU!



Trail Ambassador Name: Mark Lurie; Paula Burton, Cory Stiff, Jason Englehardt
Trail Ambassador E-mail: ctnemba a la gmail dot com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Glacial Erratic, South Park, Rock n Roll, the Big Burn, and Little Vomit
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7




Sunday, December 23, 2012

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 12/23/12
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury/Newtown
Trail Conditions: Great, leaf covered
Observations/Information: The parking lot was full when we arrived at approximately 12:30, I asked people to park parallel to the road and everyone fit in nicely. Met two other cyclists on freeride bikes, they stated these trails are becoming popular. Trails are in good shape, cleared on small blow down blocking the trail.
Trail Ambassador Name: Ed Perten

Saturday, December 22, 2012

West Rock Ridge SP

Date: Dec. 22, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Generally clear
Observations/Information: I hiked various trails in the park, including the Red-White Trail from the Hill Street parking area (use 610 Hill St.) to get you there with GPS, and the Red Trail along the gravel road. I also hiked the Yellow Trail (which is officially not open to bikes, but I have recommended to the state that it be allowed), the norther portion of Baldwin Drive, and the old Sanford Road. All is clear of blowdowns. There are some wet spots due to the recent rain. The Boy Scouts who built the bridge on the Red Dot Trail built a ramp on both sides, so biking over the bridge is now possible. Litter in the Hill Street parking area is a continuing problem. It seems I always am taking away two buckets worth of bottles and cans, which I again did.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Trout Brook

Date: 12/19/12
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Trout Brook
Town: Easton
Trail Conditions: Beautiful, a bit windy, some mud puddles, some water puddles, other areas were dry that were usually wet
Observations/Information: I haven't been to Trout Brook for a while. Driving up Rt 58 N from Rt 15 was an eye opener. There is a tremendous amount of blow down on the sides of the road that has been cleared, it appears, from the roadbed. I can only assume that Rt 58 must have been closed to traffic for a while. My thoughts that Trout Brook would be covered with blow downs proved to be unfounded, everything was wide open, clean, whoever did the clearing, thanks a bunch!!! Even though today was Wednesday, the preserve was full of hikers, dog walkers, and a photographer. REMEMBER, THIS AREA IS CLOSED TO MOUNTAIN BIKERS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013!!! PLEASE DO NOT RIDE IN TROUT BROOK AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR SO WE WILL NOT RISK LOOSING THE PRIVELEDGE OF RIDING THERE!!!
Trail Ambassador Name: Ed Perten

Sunday, December 16, 2012

TA Report: Collis P Huntington SP

Great day to be single speeding despite the
tragedy that befell our community on the previous day

Date: 12/15/2012
Report Type: TA/TM Report
Trail Name: Collis P Huntington SP
Town: Bethel/Redding
Trail Conditions: Hoar Frost, slick, and a little muddy

That doesn't look like Fat Bike Tracks

Observations/Information: Trails at Huntington show signs of many riders hitting this place, though I didn't see any riders on the trail. A lot of walkers and runners, though. The frost heaves coming with the colder weather are turning to mush.  Looks like someone is riding a motorcycle on the carriage roads



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A few trees down here and there since Hurricane Sandy that are in hard to reach areas.



Someone foot raked a small alternative route on the Glacial Erratic which I blocked by throwing sticks and leaves on. If it were longer and swoopier it would make sense but it wasn't and just plain stupid.





Also on the Glacial Erratic there was a mud pit forming on one the turns just south of Dave Francefort's Spine Line creation. 


There were no nearby rock stores so I scoured the area for flatties to armor it up.



Coming off of Rock & Roll and heading back up the carriage road into the lot I noticed a car with the back window open. There have been a rash of break ins at the Upper D-Town lot and I happen to notice a woman who started jogging from the lot with a dog as I passed by. I turned around and caught up with her and informed her that her car window was open and also told her about the recent break ins. She thanked me and said not to worry because she would be out for a 15 minute run


I wore Yellow and Blue in Solidarity for Newtown, CT
Trail Ambassador Name: Mark Lurie
Trail Ambassador E-mail: ctnemba a la gmail dot com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Big Burn, Single Track from the Burn to Little Vomit, Little Vomit, Green, South Park, Glacial Erratic, Red, Waterfall run, Blue, White, and Rock & Roll
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 3
Approximate Distance (Miles): 10

Saturday, December 15, 2012

River Highlands State Park



Date: 12/15/12
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good
Observations/Information: I took an after work hike at River Highlands Saturday. I hiked the green trail north of yellow, the blue/black, the green/blue, and then the green through sidewinder and back along the railroad tracks. The slower pace of hiking allowed me to notice things I might not on the bike. First, the park appears to be seeing a lot of riding action lately-multiple tracks on every trail and copious chainring grooves on all the logs. I think it has a lot to do with the work the chapter has done here. I saw a car with Florida plates and a bike rack in the parking lot.

The green trail north of yellow and past the gravity cavity has affectively been rerouted with a long cheat line. The new line is actually not bad, reasonably flowy and, from a sustainability standpoint, better than the original. Another problem with the originl is that it's very narrow and trenched along much of its length. That trench fills with leaves and other debris, giving it the look of a half-abandoned trail. I think I'll leave the new line alone.

I also noticed that the sidewinder is in good shape. The old trail, which essentially goes straight up the middle, has been unblocked, probably to provide a quick and easy way back up to the top for sessioning purposes.

Conditions were very good and I wished I had my bike. I'm going to try to ride there Sunday morning if the weather holds.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes


  

Bluff Point State Park


  
Date: 12/15/2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Bluff Point State Park
Town: Groton
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Observations/Information: Went for a ride with Steve Eldridge around Bluff Point. Weather was amazing and the trails are in great shape, only a couple muddy spots in the usual places. Lots of folks out on the trails...runners, hikers, and bikers. The occasional thorn bush here and there (one got Steve) so tubeless tires are always a good idea. The trail gnomes have been busy since the storm, clearing several of the big downed trees that were across the trail. Other storm damage has been "adapted" to fit the needs of the adventurous MTB'r.
Trail Ambassador Name: Cory Stiff, Steve Eldridge

Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods section

Date: 15 DEC 12
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods section
Town: Clinton, Deep River, Killingworth and West Brook
Trail Conditions: Mostly Dry, but Wet Spots are Expanding
Observations/Information: Made the usual rounds with the added visit to CSF's Spruce Ledge Rd. which heads north from SRte 80 just east of Tower Hill [Lake] Rd. I worked on a few of the big blowdowns, trying to make them ridable while brushing to close braids(ala M. Lurie's CPHSP 15 Dec post). With the wetter conditions, the usual wetspots are getting pretty plocked up.

PS: For a reasonably short hike (or when up for it,bike)(less than 2 Km from your house), visit my GeoCache "RokCave".
Trail Ambassador Name: Peter Finch

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hartman Park

Date: 12/13/2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Hartman Park
Town: Lyme/Salem
Trail Conditions: Good. Leafy
Observations/Information: My brother and I rode Hartman Park late Thursday morning. The trails were dry in almost all places but covered with a deep layer of leaves that hid the copious rocks and roots this place is known for. Trails were clear of logs and brush and well marked, and the map box was full. The benches at the school room (sign board) were conveniently arranged like one long, curving plank skinny for mountain bikers' enjoyment.

NEMBA has done a lot of good work here over the past few years, mainly in the person of Thom Lamourine, including blazing and bridge building. Thanks to Thom there are many well built and bike freindly (ramped on each side) bridges throughout the park. Hopefully we'll be able to do more good work in the form of trail realignments and treadway improvements in the future.

I hadn't ridden here in over 10 years and was able to ride right through sections on my rigid 29er single speed that used to give me fits on my 26er geared FS bike. The big wheels definitely make the rock gardens easier and who knows, maybe I've improved as a rider a little bit too. The single speed part was something different, as there are a lot of short, steep, rocky hills with loose soil that favor a geared bike for climbing.

For most riders, the key to having a good ride at Hartman is knowing which trail to ride in which direction. Knowing the lines is important too. For example, we started by riding the red trail clockwise, and quickly decided it might be more fun in the other direction, since we were going (read walking) up most of the steep slopes. We noticed the fall line Thom blocked off on his recent TM and we approve. I'm not sure it was a thrill line but a cheat line made by riders who couldn't handle the rock garden on the actual trail (we both cleaned it, so it can be done).

We then rode the blue trail up to the top of the ridge (fun most of the way but steep and loose at the top), and the orange trail counter-clockwise down the "little scramble" and back to the parking lot (fun).

Hartman Park is the type of place where a good XC rider who knows the lines can clean almost everything and have fun doing it. I'll be trying to piece together a loop that avoinds the really sketchy and unrideable stuff and I'll post my progress as I do.


Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

West Rock Ridge SP

Date: 12/12/12
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: New Haven
Trail Conditions: Leaf covered, ponding of water, mud, otherwise good riding conditions
Observations/Information: Most of the blow downs have been cleared. I was surprised at the number of mud and ponding water puddles on the white trail. Otherwise, trails were in good shape.
Trail Ambassador Name: Ed Perten

West Rock Ridge SP

Date: Dec. 12, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: West Rock Ridge SP
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Getting more clear
Observations/Information: I reported a number of blowdowns to the state and they have taken care of all but one of them as of this writing. From a biking perspective, the key is the two large blowdowns on Red, south of the main entrance. That one has been cleared, but the one behind Common Ground High School, about 1/3 of am mile south of the main entrance, is still there. This was reported to me via email. I will be out there again on Saturday to do more storm cleanup.
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods section

Date: December 11, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Cockaponset SF - Weber Woods section
Town: Clinton/Westbrook/Deep River
Trail Conditions: Moist and cluttered
Observations/Information: It felt great to hit the woods finally after several months of recovering from back surgery (mid July); still not safe to ride a bike yet, but hiking is fine....I was going nuts; hiked up the access road to the northern green and took it east; I cleared a ton of light sticks and limbs but there were a few larger blow downs from the storm blocking the trail and in need of chainsaw work; someone built a beautiful bridge over the large brook by the Quinimay trail where it was a real pain to cross without getting soaked- thanks to those folks!; took the blue down to the lower green, then headed west and out to the road again; didn't see anyone, and had the trails all to myself, which was fine with me; the best physical therapy (other than biking) that I could think of doing.
Trail Ambassador Name: Don Hazuka