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Mirkwood needs a lot of work, but there is a lot of rock nearby to fix up the problem spots. The section north of the picnic table is one of the very original trails in the park and is part of the reason it is so wide. There are reroutes on this put in a few years back in two spots, but the folk(s) who did it did not reclaim the old trail (other than putting a few branches down) so it looks wide/braided there. The reroutes are actually holding up well, though. This is a route worth saving, though, only because of the lack of other north-south connectors as you mention.
The other part of the "F" loop is in fact one of the best trails in the park (if short, though). The entrance off the pipeline is pretty overgrown this year, but this is an exceptional year for such growth. That is where the old well was BTW (someone was asking about that). It is all filled in with stones, now.
I actually tried the "F" trail (speaking of a connector to the pipe line) starting at the picnic table and can't imagine why this trail isn't permittely closed! It's triple wide and getting worse. Rode the "F" loop and there wasn't a single tire track, this is a fun loop if it were maintained, (and a way to get there) but is badly overgrown in areas so I got pretty tore up in the pricker bushes and thorns.
If is doesn't rain tonight or tomorrow, you'll be doing youself a disservice if you don't get out there tomorrow night!
I dug out a couple of rocks that were acting as a dam and dug a little channel to give the uphill flow of water a place to go downhill. The more I ride there the more I see how in effective and actually detrimental flat rocks are in low seeps or drainage area's. Of course thanks to IMBA's school, we all know that now.
A couple of people there asked me when the next trail work day is there.
Any plans yet John?
Don't ask me what one- we just wander aimlessly.
Mommy- theres a root on the trail! Make it go away! I want my Binkie
I don't think that the emergency access road will hurt any single track unless I'm misunderstanding and you might mean the dotted line you have above (J) which is an unmarked trail now. Because below that (intersection) to the parking lot is nothing but a wide road mess.
North of the intersection, the rescue "road" would switchback to the east of what you are describing. After that, it would follow the route of the FLT since that is the only route that doesn't follow boundaries.
No there isn't any signage for the Eagle Scout project trail "J" and IMHO isn't all that well marked on the South side of the loop
The Eagle scout trail is actually N, which is a self contained loop, although currently, there is a dowhill trail entering it from the muddy boundary trail shown as a gray dash.
Note, the map isn't quite correct in that J and N start out together, and then split. I'll have to fix that.
Boy was I wrong , and no bike in the bike rack . It was easily rideable conditions. To bad (N) is for Horses and Hikers only now (even though there are bike tracks there, but no signs so can't blame anyone for not noing) it's a nice lttle loop. The second stone crossing put in place during IMBA's visit heading up the trail on (J) is history and is now a 3 foot deep pile of washout material (limbs, stones, leaves etc.). I hiked the (N) loop and then (J) up to the pipeline and (M) back around to (J) and back down, and did a small section of Corduroy so not all was lost for not having the bike.
Jon, glad to hear your comments about (C) & (H) I tried to ride it last week including what you have as dashed lines and swore never to try it again, which is what I swore to do last year. It reminded me of your description of Golden Hill which you said had great "flow", there ain't no flow to (C) and a great part of (H) thats for sure.
I don't think that the emergency access road will hurt any single track unless I'm misunderstanding and you might mean the dotted line you have above (J) which is an unmarked trail now. Because below that (intersection) to the parking lot is nothing but a wide road mess. It appears that the the Wales Fire dept drove a vehicle up that road for the biker that was airlifted and they have every right todo so. It really shouldn't be used as a trail but I counted 50 bike tire tracks through some of the mud holes. Unfortunately when most come to the lower lot for the first time there is no signage and they all head up that road which is the first visible access they see instead of the North end of the lot for the (J) trail.
No there isn't any signage for the Eagle Scout project trail "J" and IMHO isn't all that well marked on the South side of the loop.
Boy it would be nice to have another FOHC meeting with the county and get back on track.
Also, a quick "Thank You" to Santa Cruz John who took me out on the lower red trail today. I had a blast --- and don't worry about my chin, I'll heal...it was only 10 stitches!!!! D
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