Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ahern Trail Day Recap

It was a gorgeous day to build trail!

A small but efficient crew was able to refine and fully scratch in the new 'Winni Connector'.  Not sure if that name is official yet but I like it so I'm going to use it.  This reroute used an underutilized corner of the park that had a short trail called Connector that was really a here-to-there type trail that wasted tons of terrain.

Winni Connector is a .75 mile winding trail that fully uses the Southwest corner of the park taking in as many of the available natural features that we could manage.  The trail starts at the same entrance as Sunset off the lower fireroad by the lake.  It winds back and forth until ultimately popping out by Backbone and the offshoot of the fireroad that continues to Shore Dr.

There is some flow, some climbing, and some great classic Ahern rock ridge riding.  There are some additional A line / B line opportunities around some natural features but we ran out of time for today.  So I won't call it 'done' but it is certainly rideable and needs to get some wheels on it so get out there and check it out!

trying to solve a rock puzzle

getting there

more Ahern rock ridge

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Updated Page Hill Map

Hey All,

We updated the map for Page Hill with the new extension to Bug Out.  You may also notice that Magikal Mystery Tour has disappeared from the map.  Very mysterious right?!  We're planning a bigger re-route in the near future and it's not getting much attention from riders currently and is getting hard to follow all the way through.

So its on sabbatical for a bit but will return better than ever.

If you want to get involved with its resurrection just holler, more the merrier!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Page Hill Social Ride

It appears as if our new strategy of monthly group rides with a cookout is a winner!  Our first attempt didn't have ideal weather at Franklin Falls but this time around the forecast was in our favor and we got a massive turn out!

Many thanks to all those who came out to ride and hang out afterwards.  Next time we'll make sure we have a bit more food but luckily we managed to get everyone at least a little something.

We managed to get lots of wheels on the new Bug Out Ext. and with a bit more refinement work and some more wheels its going to be a great addition to the network.

Next month we'll be at Ahern on Thursday July 21st.  Bring your bathing suit, we'll be right on the lake!  More details as we get closer.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Page Hill Trail Day Recap

The forecast called for a very wet day and while we certainly didn't stay dry the whole time it actually really wasn't all that bad and ended up being a very productive day in the woods.  Many thanks to the 12 or so folks who braved the weather and came out to help build!

Glenn did a great job of getting a lot of the tools and material staged and ready so we were able to hit the ground running.  We actually probably got about an hour or so of work completed before the rain really started and maybe another hour or so more that it had a hard time breaking through the canopy.

The main order of the day was building 4 bridges to span streams and wet spots at various locations on the trail.  Happy to report that we were able to complete all the bridges needed and Bug Out Ext. is much closer to completion.

The trail is roughed in at this point and arguably rideable although a bit rough and tumble in spots.  But the bridges were the hard part and with those in place its just a bit more pruning and refinement work and it will be 100% ready to go.

Now we can all get back up to Hydra without needing to climb the Access Rd.  HOOORAAAAYYYY!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Franklin Falls Trail Day Recap

A lean but mean crew completed two reroutes this morning.  As planned we added a short new section of trail to Stump Trail right before the awkward left hand hairpin turn close to the bottom of the trail.

We built a small berm to bring you back up slope ever so slightly followed by a short steep downhill into a flat section with a few fun little features.  We built an up-and-over feature with an existing stump and a blow down that we ripped in half.  The new section ends with a fun little knoll into a little berm and then back onto the original trail.

mini berm

 rake and ride!

 up and over

The second reroute was a short little section of Bee Trail.  We diverted around the short little steep climb that has turned into a blown out rooty mess and cut across the slope a bit with a more sustainable bench cut.

We wrapped up a bit after noon and proceeded to eat many grilled sausages.  We'll be looking to keep this momentum going at Page Hill in two weeks time.

spoils of war