Sunday, May 31, 2015

Trail Building: River Highlands State Park, 5/10 & 5/31

CCNEMBA has permission to build 2 miles of new trail at River Highlands State Park in Cromwell, CT and we need your help pruning, raking, and benching. Bring boots, gloves and water.

Work starts at 9 AM, Sunday, May 10 & May 31.

Location: River Highlands State Park, 115 Field Rd, Cromwell CT.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: May 3, 2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Hamden
Trail Conditions: Unknown, but probably dry

Observations/Information: The Naugatuck State Forest in Hamden backs into Brooksvale Park, a Hamden town park. The status of mountain biking has been problematic in Brooksvale Park at times. The accompanying photo in the parking lot of Brooksvale Park on Brooksvale Avenue pretty much answers the question: stay out on mountain bikes. On a positive note, I hope to find the time this summer to reblaze the White and Yellow trails in the state forest. I reblazed White and did the first blazing of Yellow in July 2010 and they are due for an update.

Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? Other
Trails Ridden: None
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 0
Image 1: Brooksvale Park sign, 5-15.jpg
Image Description(s)/Instructions: This sign is in the parking lot at Brooksvale Park in Hamden.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trail Work @ Pisgah

Come help build new singletrack at Pisgah, next to the Rockland Trails.  We will be having a series of workdays, sometimes on weekdays and other times on weekends.

The next one will be Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 pm.  Meet at 200 Dead Hill Rd, Durham CT.
Please email the leader to let him know you're coming.

Location: Pisgah

Event Leader:
Jon Petersen

Monday, May 11, 2015

Chapter Meeting (And Ride)

The monthly meeting of Central CT NEMBA will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:00 PM  at the CT Forest & Parks Association building at 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall (Middletown).  We will be discussing rides and events for the upcoming season.

Pre-meeting ride will be 5:30 PM at River Highlands State Park, Cromwell.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Naugatuck State Forest

Date: 5/10/2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Naugatuck State Forest
Town: Oxford (and a tiny bit of Beacon Falls)
Trail Conditions: Mostly dry (ample branch litter)

Observations/Information: Quick, foggy ride first thing this morning in Naugy West Block.

Usual warm-up loop plus reservoir tour.

Mostly dry, except the usual muddy spot just north of the big rock, and the wet patch by the power line crossing. A lot of the wet spots I observed the last time through were dry.

TM of note (other than kicking branches off trail): old rotted log had fallen across the fire road just east of the Res 3 dam. It was small enough after trimming a branch that was digging in, I could lift one end and swing it out of the way.

Other users: birder by Res 4.

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): 0:55 (incl TM)
Approximate Distance (Miles): 4.1

Wadsworth Falls SP

Date: 5/3/15
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Wadsworth Falls SP
Town: Middletown/Rockfall
Trail Conditions: Good, dry, some irresponsible riding

Observations/Information: Took a short spin at Wadsworth Falls last Saturday. It was a sunny weekend afternoon and one had to deal with the motley assortment of walkers and their (mostly unleashed) dogs. They were out in strength, especially on the main trails and you have to watch out for them.

The trails were dry and impressively clear- just some thorn grow-in on the side trail to the school in Rockfall. These are well-maintained trails. Unfortunately I noticed some evidence of irresponsible riding- trail braiding, skidding, and fall line chutes along the RR tracks. I'll monitor that.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail:
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Pink, yellow, red, white,yellow/black, unmarked
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6.0
Image 1: Blow Hole 050915 002.JPG