January 21, 2020 at 10:49 am #821649March 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm #821724
I have been doing a little cleaning up. Trails are still not ride able. But we are getting close. The moto kids are back at it again. So more rut action.March 18, 2020 at 3:17 pm #821725
Thanks for the update @carpetbomer I’ve been riding along the path and testing the odd dirt section when possible. Its still muddy but drying up quickly. With the moto kids off work/school its likely not going to improve. Having the log down at the trail head seemed to help the last few years. maybe something to consider. I dont mind the odd dismount if it means the trails are safe and sans ruts.
Stay safe, happy trails.March 23, 2020 at 1:20 pm #821730
Went for a spin yesterday and dipped into the creek at a few spots. In short, it was peanut butter. Even though it was 0 degrees and overcast when I was out, the permafrost was still pushing through. Was snot on glass – grease film on top of frozen base. Will be a bit yet I think.
Be safe folks..March 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm #821813
I did a little self-isolation trail walk today. Looks like I need to return with my saw in the Matheson Loop. I had an hour to kill so I tried cutting some bench — hopefully when the weather becomes nicer this COVID crisis will be behind us.
Attachments:March 30, 2020 at 5:50 pm #821816
I came back to the Matheson loop with my saw. I had to make a reroute around a big downed tree (unless someone has a bigger saw than I do). Hopefully the early start to trail work will have us enjoying the trails sooner rather than later 🙂
1 user thanked author for this post.March 31, 2020 at 10:16 am #821821
I can tackle that win my saw next time i’m in there. Not doing anything that can land my in the hospital until Covid-19 is under control though.April 2, 2020 at 11:31 am #821824
My thoughts exactly. I’m only doing work I know that could possibly land me in the hospital.
Be well everyone and hang in there!April 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm #821826
Was it drying up in there much @sangerasong I have been staying out to let the moisture come out but we’ve had some warm days. South was really muddy when I checked last.April 5, 2020 at 2:55 pm #821829
@FastTines It’s drying up where I was working but I haven’t checked the rest of the trail. I was out today widening the exit if Matheson loop. See pics.
Attachments:April 6, 2020 at 11:17 am #821832
Nice work @sangerasong. I checked out the loop last week. LOTS of work to be done. She’s blow!
The trails most damaged seem to be Meglington (before the open field) and Matheson loop. The creek must have really overflowed at some point as the loop on Meglington is completely washed out. You cant even see the correct flow of the trail. It’s just a bunch of random turns with debit all over. I’d say re-establishing the route is the number one task to complete the northern network. If others remember the original flow, please help piece it back together. Use the washed up debris to block new squirrel lines and focus it back the proper route. The log over I built (under Matheson) is completely washed out and needs to be rebuilt. Luckily I built it up with logs and dirt so some structure remains to built back up. I do pan to get in there with the saw so please don’t worry about down trees. Just get the original loop in place for now. While things are soft is the best time to blaze back in the open grass tuns between Matheson and 401. If you can, please ride the heck out of that stuff. Same with the new bit on Matheson loop that is now overgrown. I’m sure we’ll lose it but this is the time to grab it if we can. Was a ton of work to clean that up and I don’t think any of us will have it in us again.
Matheson also needs a ton of work. Rock garden corner, creek crossing etc. I think the water crossing of field of mud would have been a better place to repurpose that wood personally. Drainage, benching, pruning and sustainability should always trump features.
I’d love to get in there with some folks and get it done but also want to respect social distancing and avoid getting injured.
Also, with the Don getting busier and busier riders from all over will be looking for options. Having it all be a mess right now might not be such a bad thing.
Police were out in Centennial and along the creek when I went through. I wasn’t bothered as I was alone and maintaining social distance but a couple of guys with shovels might not go over so well.
Thanks to everyone doing what they can to get it rolling. If you do ride, do so alone, safely and while keeping your distance from others.
Nice work fixing up the south @carpetbomber Some seriously washed out bits there as well.April 9, 2020 at 8:58 pm #822331
@fasttimes can you show me on the map where the field of mud – water crossing is located, on the Matheson loop? I’m not clear where you’re talking about. I have bridge almost ready to install … but I was thinking near the exit where the trail gets close to the rivers edge. Is that the place? See my attached photo.
Attachments:April 9, 2020 at 11:10 pm #822333
I’ll find you the coordinates @sangerasong
It’s at the base of the big hill along the 401 where the construction is. After the rock pile.
I’ll get something more specific for ya if that doesn’t help.April 10, 2020 at 6:57 am #822334
I think I know where you’re talking about, I’ll have a gander. I haven’t walked the whole trail yet and witnessed all the carnage.
A suggestion for Meglington, perhaps someone can mark the trail with flagging tape? I don’t know it well enough if it’s totally wiped out. But I’m def game to help fix’er up. I would hate to start digging and be headed in the wrong direction :0April 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm #822335
I walked the Matheson loop today with my almost 6 year old 🙂 we only had a pruning saw and could only move some downed trees.
@fasttimes does that watered-out section parallel to the 401 & the construction Always see that much water in the spring??? If so maybe we should repurpose wood from my work to fix the need. OR reroute that section entirely.
P.s. did minor rework of the water crossing with items on hand.
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