Letchworth Trail Conditions

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8 years 4 months ago #34885 by jasonhgreen
jasonhgreen replied the topic: letchworth maintenance/improvements
Some of the creek crossings at letchworth have become very washed out in the last year, making it impossible to cross without stopping (I'm riding from the Hogsback trailhead). There are also quite a few logs crossing the trails that could be worked on for biking. I know that FLT access is limited for mountain biking, so I have not tried to rebuild/change trails when I ride there, since the I don't want the hikers to feel like it is become too much of a bike trail... Do we need to get approval from someone to improve these trails or can we just go ahead and make improvements when we are there riding? Some crossings could be great with the addition of some purpose built terrain. What do you think?
thanks,
Jason

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8 years 5 months ago #34586 by barkeater
barkeater replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions
Hey there. I think that was me that came across you's. What a fantastic day and ride. My 1st time at Letchworth in all of my years here in WNY. What a great place to ride. Sorry to hear about your friends chain :( I bit off a little more than I could chew and limped back the last mile or so. Also ran into a few guys from Rochacha who were just comming in as I was going out. Sat on one of the overlooks at Hogsback and took in the scenery for a while. Hats off to Letchworth. Definitely going back next year!

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8 years 5 months ago #34549 by El_Marko
El_Marko replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions
Finally got to Letchworth yesterday. Gotta ride it at least once a season! Conditions were as good as they ever have been there - despite the continued erosion in the ravines. There was obvious trail work completed this season - most of it quality work - some not so much.

There's a really cool log bridge built over one of the ravines now - rolled and rode nicely. However, another log bridge was already falling apart and one of the larger log crossings that was built a few years ago has pretty much cracked in half - rendering it VERY dangerous if ridden. Several ravins are now quite deeper than they have been in the past - while other's have been rock armored to help get through.

Singletrack was dry and hardpacked from the Dam parking lot to 13 miles out. Only moisture was in the exposed areas outside of the tree cover. Friend broke a chain so we headed out to the road to repair and spin on back to the lot.

Plenty of other riders out there - one WNYMBA from Buffalo area member said hello. Gorgeous 21 mile day. Pun intended.

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8 years 6 months ago #33359 by Jon Sundquist
Jon Sundquist replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions
Because we can't seem to get volunteers to update it. I just changed it to open.

If anyone rides certain trails on a regular basis, we can use you to update these pages. Just let me know I can add your name to the list of people who can access the updating.

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8 years 6 months ago #33354 by ss
ss replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions
Why does the "Where To Ride" page show Letchworth as "Closed?"

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8 years 6 months ago #33349 by KeithB
KeithB replied the topic: Re: Letchworth Trail Conditions

Jon Sundquist wrote:

El_Marko wrote: That's usually the route we take - but I've been told to stay off that first mile near the visitor's center because it is for hikers/families only. Another option for us non-hammerheads, is to do 7.5 miles out and then ride it right back, to avoid the road ride.

The first part is the best section. I actually do that part twice when I ride. I ride the 15 miles or so, then back the road, but I duck back into the single track just after the power line and ride it back to the car.

Yes, there are more hikers there, but that is good. It gives us all a chance to show how we can slow down to walking speed and pass safely (the definition of "yield the trail") and that helps promote shared use trail.

I think that's the section between the dam and the overlook - that part is flat and nothing special. The first real section of trail is a lot of fun, but then again all of the sections are worth doing both ways.

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