Friday, September 19, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 9/19/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford (and a tiny bit of Beacon Falls)
Trail Conditions: Mostly dry (weedy in places)


Observations/Information: AM Naugy ride. Wore blaze orange Trail Ambassador jersey cuz bow season is upon us (and orange beast is now sporting brand spanking new fluorescent orange grips).

Up the Othah Powwah Line trail to the beaver pond. Figuring the little connector path on the west side of Res 4 was brambly, I rode up Chestnut Tree Hill Road from the Res 4 lot to the gate. Cleared a couple big branches. (Carefully) rode the rocky part down to the (mostly dry now) mucky patch, then hike-a-bike up the stone face to the trail up top. The big mud puddles up top were for the most part dry.

Visited the beavers, then back down via the trail that runs east of Res 4 down to Res 2. (Walked the nasty, steep, washed-out, loose rocky stretch cuz nasty, steep and rocky. Fine ride past it, though, down to #2.)

Loop around 2, up to 3, across the dam then back up to 4 and out. Still plenty of poop on the reservoir loop (maybe it should be known as the Poop Loop).

No other users in sight, but a truck in the lot with a Bowtech decal, so it's probably a Good Thing I wore blaze.

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): 1:15
Approximate Distance (Miles): 4.64

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 9/17/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford/Beacon Falls
Trail Conditions: Weed tunnels in places



Observations/Information: Naugy, West Block, first thing AM ride.

Just to be different, I decided to hang the right off Res 4 and go down the west side of Res 3, then ride backward my usual route.

The weeds in the piney mess are really taking over (and I was thankful it was cool enough to wear long pants and sleeves, or I'd have been ripped open by prickers). The pine litter around that log I defanged last time through there was wet with dew and extremely slippery - almost dumped it there. (DID, in fact, dump it farther down when I attempted a hop and failed cuz klutz.)

Crossed the Res 3 dam and proceeded down to Res 2, making the loop counterclockwise down to Res 1, then back up and around the east side of 2. Decided to ride up the trail I normally ride down, then - since I hadn't been that way in a long time (and was promptly reminded why) - headed right and up the Powwah Line Trail: steep, rocky, nasty, grown in with mountain laurel and prickers, and did I mention steep?

Did that hike-a-bike all the way up the hill. Where the trail (finally) flattens out a bit and crosses to the north side of the power lines, in the woods there is a tree down I don't seem to recall, you have to duck your way under. Rode the rest of the power line trail up top, then connected with the fire road branch, taking the quick detour out on the fork to the right for the view over Beacon Falls and Route 8.



Wadsworth Falls SP

Date: 9/12/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Wadsworth Falls SP
Town: Middletown/Rockfall
Trail Conditions: Good, dry, one tree down.

Observations/Information: Took a spin at Wadsworth Falls on Friday. The trails were in good shape, soil dry but not dusty. There's a tree down on yellow/black on the Rockfall side. It has been crudely ramped and is tricky to negotiate due to being springy, off-camber, and angled to the trail tread. The tree is too large to drag or cut with a folding saw. The gnomes have also been busy- there's a new log ride on the unmarked singletrack between white and yellow (photo). It's still wobbly and the approach angle is awkward. Hopefully it's a work in progress and these issues will be addressed.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Yellow, white, blue, Alex's, Taco Bell, yellow/black
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.15
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7 miles
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

George C Waldo State Park

Date: 9/15/2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: George C Waldo State Park
Town: Southbury
Trail Conditions: Mostly good, some showing wear

Observations/Information: Quick AM ride @ Waldo: WW -> Daffy -> WW -> Hunters -> Fire road back

Saw what looked like the formation of a couple of rogue trails on Daffy, near its closest point to the fire road. (Two green dots with blue halos on map.)

Only other items of note: some of the stone wall crossings are getting looser; some of the steeper, rockier sections of WW are feeling wear (no surprise since it's getting it); I came over a rock feature and got slapped in the face by a tree, so I stopped to do a little lopping.

(I made sure Paula was aware of the above.)

Encountered one walker on the way out (and no bears, fortunately).

Trail Ambassador Name: John Joy
Trail Ambassador E-mail: jmj [at] savagejoy [dot] com
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Where's Waldo, Daffy Duck, Hunter's, Fire Road
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 0:50
Approximate Distance (Miles): 3.1

Salmon River State Forest

Date: 9/6/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Salmon River State Forest
Town: East Hampton
Trail Conditions: Buff
Observations/Information: Took a spin at the Salmon River trails (the ones along the rail trail) w/ the bro on Sunday the 6th. The trails were in great shape. Really nothing for us to do TA-wise except comment on the awesomeness of the trails. These are some of the best flow trails I've ridden in Connecticut. Well-built, fun and sustainable. Speed up and slow down by gravity (obviously you will need to pedal too). No fall line or hard braking turns (there are some older, poorly designed moto trails and woods roads in the area as well). The soil was dry but not dusty, the streams were running but low.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgmaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Various
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 2
Approximate Distance (Miles): 12

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rockland Preserve

Date: 9/14/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Rockland Preserve
Town: Madison
Trail Conditions: Good
Observations/Information: Cleared fallen trees from Orange trail where it connects to beyond t/d extension and darkside.
Trail Ambassador Name: Dave O
Trail Ambassador E-mail:
How did you use the trail? Other
Trails Ridden: Hiked
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2
Approximate Distance (Miles): 1.5

Grayville Falls Park

Date: 9/13/14
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Grayville Falls Park
Town: Hebron
Trail Conditions: Very Good
Observations/Information: Trails in good shape. Fun to ride loops starting from the West side and moving East. Bridges and skinnies need some TLC.
Trail Ambassador Name: Dave O
Trail Ambassador E-mail:
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Red Ones on Map
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 2 hours
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6