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HMBA Trail Information => Fort Harrison State Park => Topic started by: jasonhilt on January 04, 2016, 09:02:41 AM

Title: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on January 04, 2016, 09:02:41 AM
Please keep posts on the topic of trail building updates.  Off topic posts may be deleted.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on April 13, 2016, 08:40:48 AM
Will be working on the trail this evening, Wed, 13th.
Meet at the LC/gravel lot 5:30ish.
Looking to rock armor some more sections near the sledding hill.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on April 18, 2016, 07:13:45 PM
Work session this Wednesday, 20th.  Meet at the gravel lot by the LC connector 5:30-5:45ish.  Will be working again behind the sledding hill.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on May 04, 2016, 03:01:18 PM
Anyone up for a work session tonight? 
Thinking of moving some rock to areas where we need them.

If no one replies, then I'll stay home.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: Jeff Blum on May 04, 2016, 05:12:57 PM
Anyone up for a work session tonight? 
Thinking of moving some rock to areas where we need them.

If no one replies, then I'll stay home.

I was thinking about it earlier in the day, but my motivation waned quickly during an unforeseen "tragedy" at work this afternoon.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on May 06, 2016, 07:47:19 AM
Moved some rocks we had along the trail to places where we need them.
Trail is in very bad shape in a lot of places...and it's not from bikes.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on May 21, 2016, 06:29:57 PM
Weather permitting, which doesn't look good, we will have a work session on Wednesday, 25th.  We will be working up by the barracks on a reroute and moving some rock over to dream pipe.
Meet at the barracks, 5:30 to 6, if the weather holds out.
 
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: goatbike on May 24, 2016, 10:24:51 AM
Join us this Wednesday at Fort Harrison State Park for some Trailbuilding fun. We'll be meeting at the Lawrence Creek trailhead at 5:45pm. Bring sturdy boots and frame of mind! We'll be moving rock and playing in the dirt. Come join us. All are welcome!

Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on May 25, 2016, 02:53:41 PM
If anyone wants to weed wack tonight, trail could use it behind the barracks.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on May 31, 2016, 07:36:22 PM
Work session 6/1.  Meet at the LC gravel lot 5:30 to 6.  Working more on rock armoring.
Beer at Triton afterwards.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 07, 2016, 07:49:26 PM
Work session Wed. June 8.  Meet at the LC gravel lot 5:45ish.
More rock work on the bad areas.
Beer at Triton after.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: Splinter on June 07, 2016, 09:59:53 PM
I noticed some new but well ridden-in trail heading off SC today, doesn't look like our work.  At the top of the climb from Pipe Dream where the trail bends right at a big tree with exposed roots, the bandit trail goes off the left side just after the turn, heads downhill over some logs, then continues toward the creek bottom.  I didn't walk all the way down to see where it lands.

Sound familiar?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 07, 2016, 10:12:43 PM
I'll check it out next time I'm over there and see what's up.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: wabasso on June 10, 2016, 08:50:53 AM
I'm don't want to make assumptions .. but am I OK to do some trimming at the entrance to SC up top?  I can't make the 'official' work days - but would like to help  I don't have a weed-eater, but I can catch the face slappers.

Also, in regards to bandit trails - last night while riding I think I saw the same trail Splinter is referring to.  It also goes to the right at pipe dream.

Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: MikeHufhand on June 10, 2016, 10:09:48 AM
I'm don't want to make assumptions .. but am I OK to do some trimming at the entrance to SC up top?  I can't make the 'official' work days - but would like to help  I don't have a weed-eater, but I can catch the face slappers.

Also, in regards to bandit trails - last night while riding I think I saw the same trail Splinter is referring to.  It also goes to the right at pipe dream.

Feel free to get the face slappers. Better yet, do you know how to identify honeysuckle? If so, cut the bushy tree down 6 inches from the ground, drag it away from the corridor, and then spray it with roundup. That way, it's permanent. Thanks!


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 10, 2016, 03:55:22 PM
Quote
Also, in regards to bandit trails - last night while riding I think I saw the same trail Splinter is referring to.  It also goes to the right at pipe dream.

That is a trail that people from the neighborhood have worn in over the years.  Been there for quite awhile.  Not worrying about it.
I saw the other trail when riding on Thursday.  I'll check it out more next time I walk SC.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: LazyBeerNutz on June 15, 2016, 07:53:52 AM
What's the status for tonight? 
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 15, 2016, 10:33:56 AM
I haven't made anything official, one do to weather, two I have a dentist appointment and not sure if I'll make it there by 5:30-5:45.  Not sure if Huff or someone else wants to lead a session. 

If anyone wants to trim back face slappers or take the weed wacker out they can do that.  I know the short section of trail on SC where you come out on the old hiking trail, just after the rock garden,  and then duck back into the woods could use some weed wacking on it.  It's also referred to as the Bat Cave.
I'll post up if I can make it tonight.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 15, 2016, 05:21:48 PM
Yea, no work session.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: LazyBeerNutz on June 22, 2016, 08:38:33 AM
It's supposed to rain on and off all day.  Any chance of a work session tonight (6/22)?  Even if it's weed whacking or whatnot?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 22, 2016, 11:10:59 AM
Depends on the weather.  With the rain we have had and more expected, it would be best, right now, to stay off the trails completely.
We'll have to see how the rest of the day goes.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 22, 2016, 03:49:24 PM
No work session tonight.  Best to stay off the trails while they are wet.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on June 26, 2016, 12:58:15 PM
Work session this Wednesday, 29th.  Will be repairing the connector bridge to Schoen and cutting out the last tree after Snake Creek.
Meet at the gravel lot 5:30 to 6.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: Jeff Blum on July 10, 2016, 03:32:01 PM
Weeds could use some BHC (Brutal Hateful Care).  If anyone has a weedwhacker, some free time, and the desire to be appreciated, by all means go out and destroy some greenery.

Don't ask me "where" though.  Just go ride a lap and pay attention to where the claustrophobia kicks in.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on July 10, 2016, 03:43:05 PM
Work session July 13th.  Meet at gravel lot 5:30-6 pm.  I plan on moving rock with the ATV to a spot just off the first old hiking trail that close to our next big project.  We'll need quite a bit of rock to fix a lot of spots.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: tomc on July 12, 2016, 01:30:54 PM
I did my best to hack away and weedeat the meadow/pond area around the top of Schoen. I also cleared that small area of trail entering the batcave as I believe its called. I'm sure its far from perfect but it should feel a little less claustrophobic. That was an exhausting two and a half hours but I'll feel a little less guilt on my next lap. I'm sure I can do this kind of thing from time to time so I'll try and get out there more when needed. Let me know if I goofed up anywhere.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on July 12, 2016, 08:04:20 PM
Thank youl, tomc, for your work.  We all appreciate it a lot!

Please PM me the number of hours you worked so I have a record of it.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on July 13, 2016, 04:31:14 PM
Watching storms right now.  If they get out of here soon enough, we can move the rock afterwards.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on July 13, 2016, 05:21:17 PM
Cancelling work session tonight with the storms, and more coming soon after.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on July 16, 2016, 07:02:58 PM
Lets try this again.  Work session Wed. 20th.  Meet 5:30 to 6 PM at the Camp Glen parking lot, down by the walnut grove on the west side of the park.  We will be working closer to that end armoring some trail.
I have the rock staged near where we will be working.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on July 20, 2016, 03:06:12 PM
Just a reminder the work session tonight will start from the Camp Glen parking lot instead of the gravel lot like we normally start from.
5:45 to 6.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on August 17, 2016, 10:34:50 AM
Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can have a work session tonight.  Meet at gravel lot 5:30 to 6 PM.  We'll just walk the trails and clear any debris and drain any puddles.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: LazyBeerNutz on August 17, 2016, 12:27:03 PM
Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can have a work session tonight.  Meet at gravel lot 5:30 to 6 PM.  We'll just walk the trails and clear any debris and drain any puddles.
I should see you there. I'll try to get out of work early so I'm close to 5:30.


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: MikeHufhand on August 31, 2016, 04:06:12 PM
Super short notice but we are working on trail tonight. Meet at LC gravel at 530ish!!


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on August 31, 2016, 04:32:32 PM
I won't be there.  Getting ready for my downhill MTB trip.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: LazyBeerNutz on August 31, 2016, 04:33:22 PM
I will. Probably around 6ish.


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: MikeHufhand on August 31, 2016, 04:33:57 PM
I won't be there.  Getting ready for my downhill MTB trip.
Enjoy! You deserve it!


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: MikeHufhand on August 31, 2016, 04:35:20 PM
I will. Probably around 6ish.


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See ya there Tim! Be sure to join FH Mountain Bikers on Facebook too!


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: LazyBeerNutz on August 31, 2016, 06:26:46 PM
Where are you working?


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: TonyDz on September 02, 2016, 10:02:24 AM
Grade reversals and berms doing a great job on many old trouble spots.Thanks, all, for that great work. I've got to make it out to a work session soon to learn the finer points of construction. Let me know if going out on something other than a Wednesday eve as I always seem to be meetinged up those nights...
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on September 21, 2016, 02:31:18 PM
Work session tonight, Wed. 9/21.  Meet at the gravel lot.  Will be working on armouring/fixing some spots on Schoen.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on September 21, 2016, 05:38:07 PM
If you come late, park up at the Schoen lot and hike across the pond path.  We'll be over at pipe dream.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: SurlyWill on September 26, 2016, 04:52:16 AM
When is your next trailbuilding session?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on September 26, 2016, 07:14:33 AM
Hopefully we'll have one this Wednesday 28th.  Watch for a post here to make sure.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: SurlyWill on September 26, 2016, 10:26:14 PM
garr can't make it ...
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on September 27, 2016, 09:06:59 PM
Work session Wed. 28th.  Meet at the gravel lot 5:30 to 6.  I'll be working on some gravel spots to shore up some persistent wet spots on Camp Glen.  Bring a wheel barrow if you have one.  Could use some normal shovels also.

Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on September 28, 2016, 03:34:06 PM
 Looks like weather may not cooperate tonight. Radar looks iffy. Check back here at 5 for a yea or nay.
Title: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: MikeHufhand on September 28, 2016, 04:16:21 PM
Looks like we'll have a nice window to work some projects tonight. Not sure about wheelbarrowing gravel though. That gravelly inslope right before the pillbox would be IDEAL to build with moisture in the soil. I'll be there!


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: LazyBeerNutz on September 28, 2016, 04:17:33 PM
Looks like we'll have a nice window to work some projects tonight. Not sure about wheelbarrowing gravel though. That gravelly inslope right before the pillbox would be IDEAL to build with moisture in the soil.


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I'll probably be out around 6.


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on September 28, 2016, 04:55:37 PM
Ok.  Mike called it.  Lets work up by the pill box on Schoen tonight.  If you come late, hike Schoen backwards till you get to the pill box.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: LazyBeerNutz on October 05, 2016, 04:13:44 PM
The rebar at the pillbox has been removed


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on October 12, 2016, 06:36:04 PM
Tree on LC just after the gravel lot connector trail has been cleared.  Another tree further down behind the sledding hill that had been leaning over the trail for quite awhile was also removed.

Rain is in the forecast, so keep an eye on how much we get.  If we get just a little, trails should be good tomorrow evening. 
If you do ride, please report back here on trail conditions.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on October 13, 2016, 07:11:17 PM
Cut out the leaning tree on CG that's been there most all summer.  Got tired of waiting for it to fall on it's own. 
Trail reports were it's good to go. 
Get out and ride while the weather's good!
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates 2016
Post by: jasonhilt on October 18, 2016, 06:57:39 PM
I wont be heading a work session on 10/19 as my leg is still sore from my wreck on Saturday.  Weather forecast isn't to good either.
Do have some areas to rock so look for a work session next week hopefully.

If someone experienced wants to lead a work session, weather permitting, be my guest.  If not, that's ok also.