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    Crank
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    On foot today I came across a 12 inch diameter tree that has fallen across the trail on the Training Loop. It’s located about 30 feet in from the north/east entrance/exit.

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    #821012

    pegro
    Participant

    anybody been into the trails late yesterday or this morn. Trying to time an outing.

    #821013

    Slab
    Participant

    Rode pottery to Sunnybrook and back this morning via ridge, Catalyst, PA, BOT, swamp, Gundy, SHT, rehab, roller flowster, Climbmax, bunny run, poop droppings. Things were surprisingly ok but with some bad wet spots on SHT, Swamp, and Climbmax. It will be even better now with the sun out. There’s a tree down on rehab just little ways after the g-spot. It’s big enough to need a chainsaw. The previously reported erosion on PA is much worse. It’s legit dangerous to ride it as a portion of the trail is now gone and looks like the rest could go at any moment. It looks like a slow motion landslide that is working its way up the valley wall. We’re going to have to figure out some sort of trail redirect.

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    #821014

    Marley
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    The tree down on Rehab has been cleared. Bypassed the Swamp yesterday, but made the mistake of riding SHT which was a disaster. The same is true for non river side Boo. I’d say skip them both for now. Also, the exit from Bunny closer to the archery range spits you out into a grassy lake. The other exit closer to the path is the much better option!
    The persistent wet spots are really bad – way worse than I have ever seen them.

    #821016

    mikester
    Participant

    Last night was great – sightlines are amazing – we forget how much it will grow in over the next few weeks

    Ridge – First time across the ridge this year – recent work by the crew was appreciated. Part way along there is an alt descent over some roots to a little bridge – that bridge needs some love. As much as I hate the Millwood climb I hate the go around more – when does that all end – please remind me.
    Woods Gundy climb – thanks to the fixer of that muddy spot just after where the concrete block and fallen tree used to be.
    Swamp – has improved – area under Eglinton passable without having to go through a puddle
    Road Apples – still a tree that needs to be cut – it needs a chainsaw – your height in beer cans (full of course) if you make it go away!

    #821020

    Fred Barclay
    Participant

    Many thanks to the Wizard(s) of Garbage Cow. Really appreciate the work put in! The log ride is 10/10.

    #821025

    Dr.C
    Participant

    On foot today checking out rain damage. Bad news the trail at squirrelly point on PA is completely washed away Photo attached looking south towards the bridge

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    #821027

    repack
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    That is an astonishing slide. Hope there’s some kind of salvage possible. On foot this evening and while not a trail condition per se, I’m going to put it out there anyway: for some reason an unusual amount of bird activity drew my attention up from the trail and in no time i’d seen two warblers (yellow and american redstart), and a scarlet tanager. normally wouldn’t get an id without the binocs but these were remarkably good looks and of course the tanager is in a class of its own. Short of actually riding, it’s not bad, not bad at all.

    #821028

    dexter01
    Participant

    @repack I’m not going to pretend to know what those birds are but I’ve noticed some colourful birds this spring too. I’m guessing it has to do with the leaves coming in so late, it’s pretty crazy how little canopy there is this late into the spring.

    #821029

    repack
    Participant

    Hmm, interesting. i was wondering why i was getting such good looks without binoculars and it didn’t click. Anyway, you’re gonna love this part. Yesterday as I was gearing up to head out from the parking lot, i was confronted by a feisty naturalist. This associate was spoiling for an argument, and introduced the a-bomb early in the exchange to escalate things. Well, the guy had binoculars, so I knew he was a bird man ( ‘birder’ would be the better term to use when you want to make nice ). And, I got him all messed up when he found out that he has a shared interest with, ugh, a renegade biker haha. Full disclosure: I don’t really know the birds either, I go home and look them up in a book afterwards.

    #821030

    lobsterclaws
    Participant

    Nice one. Bottom line is we are all out there using the trials and enjoying Don so we somehow have to just get along. Those bird-type people also go by the name of “Twitchers”. I have had many encounters with the Red Tail Hawks in the Don while riding and it always the highlight of my ride. speaking of which, will soon have my bike back and hope to get out there soon. Thanks to those who have posted trail updates and have had shovels in the ground and the Paul Bunyons for removing the fallen trees.

    #821126

    GeezeeRider
    Participant

    Crothers, Ridge, Bunny Run in great shape. Just a few small puddles. Boo was mostly great with a few avoidable muddy section. It’s getting colorful out there.

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    #821129

    Rob DeBoer
    Participant

    Where is the bypass for the Hydro works at Millwood? I ended up turning around this morning. Otherwise, ridge, flats, boo are pretty great. Bottom of swamp is a mess, but otherwise good. SHT is a mud pit at the bottom. Getting there though… beautiful day!

    #821130

    Dr.C
    Participant

    Rob DeBoer wrote: “Where is the bypass for the Hydro works at Millwood”. Going north, after exiting from Poo Plant, you go beside the fence that runs along the hydro access road and then just past the bridge there is a steep uphill trail reconnecting to the Ridge. Also kudos to whoever made PA rideable again past the Squirelly point washout.

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    #821155

    yesiride
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    Rode the Ridge/Catalyst/P.A/ and all is great.Hydro works at Millwood is open again.The fence has been opened and trail is useable for anyone that likes that climb/decent.

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