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|HPT Trail Day Reports|
|Written by Dan Luebke|
|Thursday, 07 August 2008 21:57|
Three Crews got a lot of work done on a perfect day up at HPT on our Saturday Trail Day.
Crew: Nick Clausen, Carlos Interone, Bill Bakalars, Bob Marhefke
Objective: Deberm and de-root boB trail, fix new connection from Prairie Trail to Lost Loop, build new connection from Lost Loop up to Kevy’s trail, fix bottom of French connection.
Result: All but one objectives completed. French Connection fix still needs to be reworked.
The new sections we worked on are the result of the closing off of the wood chip trail that comes down from the children's area. (Which is now being reworked to be a pump track/skills area.) The wood chip trail was something that the city put in to drive dump trucks down so that they could pick up the tin drums we pulled out a few years ago. It was adopted as a trail and has been a problem with the heavy rains and very nasty weeds that grew up from the wood chips.
These new sections allow riders to use the current lost loop trails more effectively. The Lost loop was always there but it just didn’t fit. With the WEMS race coming up and the closure of the wood chip trail it was critical to connect onto it and use an existing trail with some minor tweaking.
What you will now find is a small trail near the top of Still Hill that will direct you onto the Lost Loop. You will go down the Lost Loop as usual but instead of taking the hard right and doing a U-turn you can now carry some of the momentum by going straight and up to Kevy’s trail. The top part may be tricky but Dan did a nice job going through it afterwards with the Ditchwitch to make it a bit wider.
Check out the improved switchbacks on OB-1 !!
Thank Roger and his crew for making these tough switchbacks a little smoother after they worked on them on Saturday. These turns were getting a little rough from our love of the trail and needed some attention. The turns were debermed, smoothed out, re-worked a little and pounded in to make for a better riding/hiking experience.
Two crews worked from the “Sumac Corners” and down into OB-1. Roots were cut out and edges of the trail were de-bermed. Some rocks were re-positioned and a couple of “rolling grade dips” were added in spots to assist with water drainage.
More work down OB-1 still needs to be done, however. We will be completing the rest of this work over the next couple of weekly trail work nights in preparation for the upcoming 12 hour race on August 16th.
HPT wants to welcome and thank two new folks who showed up to work on Saturday. Demetrius and Eric shared their enthusiasm and strong backs to our trail work effort! We look forward to having them join us on a regular basis.
Crew: Erik & the Kids, Glenn, Robbie, Jake, Brad, Mike (aka Shotgun), Aaron, Matt, Dan
We had a great group of volunteers that went down to the new 2008 trail and finally got the mechanized work cleaned up from a few weeks ago.
We also finished the singletrack through the pines and continued on past. Everyone agreed that the trail layout looks to be an awesome trail for inexperienced users as well as still being fun for people with a lot of miles on their boots and tires.
After everyone was good and tired, Josh had the great food from Lindy's Subs all set up at the HPT Parking Lot. After everyone had some nourishment a few people went out for enjoyable rides and hikes. A few also stuck around and finally got the washouts on the Prairie Loop cleaned up and improved.
Thanks to everyone that came out and helped build trail for everyone to enjoy!
--Dan, Aaron, Matt D