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2 years 4 months ago #44927 by Tallboy
Tallboy replied the topic: Golden Hill Conditions
8/4/15 - Golden Hill is finally Gold! The weather finally dried up enough in mid-July to allow the logging company to move their machinery into place and complete the final clean up of the logged-out area of the Blue (Lower) Loop.

The WNYMBA trail fairies have done the rest ... the entire Blue Loop has been leaf-blown clear, all downed trees have been cut up and moved off the trail and the raspberry canes have been weed-whacked out of the way. Both loops at Golden Hill are in great shape and ready for riding.

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2 years 6 months ago #44902 by Tallboy
Tallboy replied the topic: Golden Hill Conditions
As of 6/8/15 the Blue Loop is still not rideable. The DEC is in almost daily contact with the contractor and the Golden Hill trail restoration is on the "hot list". In an effort to ensure that the tread/path of the old trail is restored as closely as possible, the entire length through the logging area has been scouted and marked with orange flagging tape by WNYMBA and the DEC has thanked us for this time-saving measure.

The Red Loop is in great shape!

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2 years 7 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #44890 by Tallboy
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Wow! ... tried to ride the the Blue Loop on Wed. night (4/29/15) and found the trail completely blocked & inaccessible due to logging slash/debris.

Tree tops and scrub brush completely cover the trail for about 1/4 mile in the area where salvage operations took place this winter, so it's not possible to ride the lower (Blue) trail right as a loop right now. That's the bad news ... the GOOD news is that we've spoken to the DEC and they are COMPLETELY committed to restoring the trail as soon as the ground is dry enough to get machinery in to that area for the clean-up. That work is likely to take place "hopefully within the next two weeks", according to the DEC. Stay tuned!
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2 years 7 months ago #44874 by Tallboy
Tallboy replied the topic: Golden Hill Conditions
Rode the Red (top) Loop at Golden Hill on Sunday 4/26/15 with Jack Kramer. That loop is now clear of all deadfall & debris. With the exception of the climb up from the Chapman Rd. cul-de-sac, the trail is dry and ready to ride - haven't looked at the Blue (lower) Loop yet. Logging of insect-damaged trees took place over the winter and resulted in a new logging access road crossing the trail at one point, but damage to the trail is minimal.

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4 years 3 months ago #44295 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: Golden Hill Conditions
We came across a guy pushing his Kawasaki KX250 over a 8 inch log on the trail last night.

He didn't seem to think it was funny when I poked fun at his inability to ride over such a small log, but we didn't think it was funny that he was riding a motocross bike on a #!#*ing mountain bike trail.

The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...

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4 years 4 months ago #44261 by kb voodoo
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Aside from the prickers, GH rode superbly on Tuesday night.

Haven't seen any horse damage there in a while, and I've been here a lot this summer, so that's good news!!

The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...

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