We usually reserve the prime summer months for riding and do the trail work in spring and fall. However, this has been a very wet year. We are setting up some sumer work days for both Ellicottville and Sprague Brook.
The Ellicottville days are set. Mack from Heart Rate Up is leading two trail-work days to begin stone-placement and well-needed maint. to the Rain Trail, Big Merlin & other sections. These will be Tuesday July 29th 6pm & Wed. Aug. 13th 6pm. Tools & equipment will be on-site. Meet in first parking area off E.McCarty Hill Rd.We'll be updating with more information on the calendar and the meet up.
We also plan on doing some work at Sprague, probably mid August, but the dates aren't set yet.
Hope to see you out on the trail to help make our trails sustainable even in wet summer like this one!
I just got back from refreshing the flagging and things are looking great. This will be an awesome trail.
Finishing this trail this weekend is certainly doable, but we will need a great effort, so please try to make it one or both days. The weather is looking better on Sunday, so it is OK just to come that day if you are so inclined. Or even come down Sat. night and enjoy the campfire and the cookout.
However, the forecast for Saturday is actually just saying a "few showers" for only a couple of hours, and sun the rest of the time on Saturday, so that sounds like perfect trail building weather to me. What else are you going to be doing?
Remember to bring your bike! I have shuttled the tools out to the work place already, but you will have to shuttle yourself about 2 miles along a relatively wide, flat, and dry 2-track (Ridge Run) to get to the work spot. Best way is to ride out there.
Unlike E-ville, trail building in ASP is more remote, and getting there takes longer from Buffalo (but shorter from Bradford, Olean, and Warren, hint..hint). So we are going to do something different.
First, don't worry, we are meeting at 10 AM! But remember, unless you are staying over in one of the free cabins, it is a farther drive than Ellicottville.
Second, we are biking out to the work area along the XC trails. The tools will already be out there ready for working.
Third, we are working all day. Because it takes a while to get to where we are working, we will put in some long hours. We will provide lunch *on the trail*!! Don't worry, you don't have to stay the whole time if you don't want to. But if you do leave early, you will miss...
Fourth, we are staying overnight in the Summit Cabins! We have arranged to have two cabins provided by the park in return for our work. This way we can stay over, have some fun, and get an early start Sunday morning on Day 2. WNYMBA is supplying the burgers and dogs for a great cookout feast on Saturday night, so don't miss it.
If you want to stay in a cabin , you have to RSVP at the meetup:
RSVP If you don't want to create a meetup account, then e-mail me (link below as soon as possible). It is first come first serve on the cabins.
So get ready for some trail building.
if you have any questions!
Don't miss this event. It is very good, and a lot of fun. Building new trail is a blast, and this course will teach you how to do it right, with both classroom and field instruction.
Remember, you don't have to make the whole event; the key part of the course is Saturday. Come for the weekend if you want to, but if you can only swing one day, don't shy away - just head down on Saturday.
We had another great weekend of trail work this past weekend, with the weather cooperating great no matter what the weatherman said. The pic below is some of our intrepid crew moving stone from the pile at Sprague Brook to fill in a whole bunch of muddy areas that had developed during the wetter portions of the summer. It was hot and humid work but worth it. We also fixed a few other more remote wet spots with pulaski and McCloed where there was drainage available.
The day before, we had a great crew assemble at Bike and Bean for the trek up to Rocky's Run in the woods, where we did a reroute around those series of wet spots out towards the far end of Rocky III. Despite cloudy and rainy weather in the Buff, it was brilliantly sunny and dry down in E-ville. At least until we finished, cooked up the burgers and dogs and got the bikes out. Then it started raining. Oh well, win some, lose some.
Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.
Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.