April 30, 2017 at 7:44 pm #816385
Today I did my part and tackled some of the bad drainage spots on the east ridge north of the golf course. I dug in several drainage trenches as well as dredged out the leaves. I removed all the branches people added in an attempt to make a bridge but they only acted like a dam for more water. Finally I began to armour the single track as well as stacked some dead fall to control traffic. Yes some of the dead full is blocking some of the fun lines with some roots and little a little kicker, but things have to dry out and most likely be repaired.
I did drain the nasty section that has been widened to over ten feet. Same treatment as above, I just don’t know if it can be salvaged. We may have to reroute and close that section. We should meet up in person and discuss.
Attachments:May 1, 2017 at 8:47 am #816390
Looks great @braindamaged – thanks for the work. I haven’t been up there yet this season but man that trail is BLOWN out. Appreciate your efforts to ‘Keep singletrack single’. I am all for getting together to talk in person about some options.
I was also out on Saturday morning working in the South. Basically, just making my way North. Despite already having Moto tracks on the rutted section we worked on Weds night the trail seemed to shed water well, the new drainage is working!
Tried some armouring (see pics) as I think this will be our best bet to mitigate continually having to deal with the ruts (along with proper drainage of course). With all the rain expected over the next few days it should be a good test.
1 user thanked author for this post.May 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm #816425
Given the recent deluge, riding seems out the question tomorrow evening but I hope to head in on foot (from the road) to take a look at how things have held up.
Assuming working will not cause more harm than good I plan to continue moving North along the trail. PM if interested in joining.May 4, 2017 at 10:08 am #816466
Got out for a few hours last night again. Disheartened to see that the motos made quick work of a few sections by getting on the throttle and churning up the soft ground… sigh.
The work done on the severely rutted climb is holding up well. The drainage nicks seem to be doing the job.
The rock armouring seems to be doing the trick as far as creating a solid surface in high traffic areas so I continued that work. Also cleared out/ drained a grade reversal a little further along to hopefully get ahead of some of the rain on the way. There is a ton of work to be done between the Queensway bridge and the Rail bridge which seems to be the most highly traveled section by motos.
Met a first time rider, Melton??, hope you find your way to the site.
Attachments:May 4, 2017 at 10:14 am #816469
That’s pretty frustrating. We can chat about a solution when we get to actually ride these trails together. Something clearly has to be done.
Great work of that section. Thanks!
1 user thanked author for this post.May 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm #816470
That is some sweet rock armouring! Paving out wet spots with “locally sourced” stone has successfully dealt with several active drainages and perma-weeps in the Don and made entire sections of trail rideable sooner. Theoretically the rock should help keep the trail narrow, but I’m always stunned by how many people go around the stones and back into the mud!?! You can’t win, but at least you’ll know where to ride high and dry! Definitely keep it up, my friend. In my opinion, as long as the water can continue across/between the rocks and off the trail there is no harm or foul laying stone.
Maybe you’ve seen this: out on the left coast Digger puts signs near work areas to “Pile rocks here”. Trail users help out by gathering a few before continuing on, and he has the raw materials at hand to work his magic. Not sure if it would fly here in Toronto, but maybe worth a try. Maybe include safety warnings like “lift with your knees”… 😉
1 user thanked author for this post.May 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm #816471
Thanks again for your work everyone!
Mcbain not a bad idea regarding the rock piling. I’ve thought of that in the past.
Frustrating is the least offensive word I can think of regarding the motos and this is from someone who spent decades on them.
Especially as they can clearly see that someone is trying improve the trails they already ruined!
I will have to try to keep temper in check If I ever come across them…May 5, 2017 at 8:48 am #816479
Thanks @mcbain – appreciate the kind words, the rock work takes me back to Uni when I laid various stone all Summer long. Oddly enough I enjoy the puzzle aspect.
I have seen those signs re: Digger and stones. It is actually a good idea. Once the water subsides a little (HA!) there is plenty of flat stone available along the Creek with is just a stone’s throw (sorry couldn’t resist) from this spot. so it may well be a good option for a way for people to lend a hand even if they only have a few minutes.
@allantats it gets my blood boiling as well (I have gown on sleds, motos and ATV’s). For me, in all honesty, I would just ask for respect. If they are going to ride the trails, fine – but for PLEASE give them time to dry or at least be smart about it. From past experience it seems like the a** hats purposely head out after it rains.
Meanwhile…. this rain, blah!May 8, 2017 at 11:29 am #816542
Huge thanks guys, awesome work! Hopefully more users will see the benefits of these changes (for the better) and pitch in.
I feel a little silly posting the following pictures (given the work above) but I have a promise that needs to be kept to two helpers 🙂
We went for a walk after the rain to check out the Creek. While it seems like a trivial amount of work (it took all of about 10 mins – if that) I think it is important to remember that if everyone did a small amount of clearing/ work/ whatever the trails, and users, would all benefit. It was amazing to see that there was already a small social trail forming around this fallen sumac at 8:30 am, goes to show how many people are actually using these trails on a regular basis.
1 user thanked author for this post.May 11, 2017 at 5:58 pm #816591
South end (East Side) is coming along nicely – still some wet areas where drainage continues to be a concern. One bad spot where the water has eroded the middle of the trail considerably (near the end of the storage container stockyard) due to runoff, will need to be fixed – I will try to get to it ASAP. Hopefully this dry spell will continue and give the trails a chance to really dry out.
Took the time to ride last night but still found time to clear a downed branch around Bloordale. Only made it as far as the paved DH at Centennial.
1 user thanked author for this post.May 23, 2017 at 7:43 am #816653
braindamagedParticipantMay 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm #816762
A couple of fairly substantial sections of trail have eroded away and have fallen into the creek on the west side just south of Sismet Rd.
Right @ the big run off pipe/culvert tributary creek.
Unfortunately, I forgot my phone so I couldn’t get any pics.
I’m going to try to get in there this coming weekend to see about cutting in a go around (not much room left at that spot) If anyone wants to join chime in…
Also a large tree down across the bottom of the paved hill again but I’m sure that will be dealt with.June 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm #816849
East side of the south loop is pretty good except for the usual wet spots. Breathe with your nose unless you like the taste of hanging caterpillars, I was covered with at least a hundred of those darn things after my ride this evening.June 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm #816905
Breathe with your nose unless you like the taste of hanging caterpillars, I was covered with at least a hundred of those darn things after my ride this evening.
I am literally covered in those web slinging worms after today’s ride. They are docile, but they have enormous strength in numbers. I have tried to make peace with them, but it it is no use.June 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm #816911
So are these things north of Dundas, south of Dundas or both?
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