We have been extremely busy here due to summer coming into full swing, but I wanted to a least give you a heads up on trail issues here at the park. My staff has been working extremely hard on trimming trails back over the past few weeks. The south unit has been completed and we are approximately 1/2 way done with the north unit. This week we have also started mowing the trails once again, with about 1/3 of the south unit completed. We have also been working on getting trail signs/posts replaced as needed.
The beaver issue near carpenter lake is still an ongoing problem, though we have reinforced the "dam preventer" near the trail. I expect this will continue to be a problem until trapping season opens.
I noticed in some posts above the concern about the trail behind the Predmore/East Graham area and its continued mud. We are looking very hard at that area and plan to be working on it this fall if everything falls into place.
Now for the bad news..... We have experienced a series of equipment failures here over the past 2 weeks that have set us behind in regards to trail work. Our ATV/Gator utility vehicle went down 2 weeks ago and with that my staff has been on foot/hiking through all the trails to get them trimmed back. While we are able to trim trails still without the gator, getting our chainsaw back into the remote areas of the trails to clear downed trees has been an issue. We are able to get the trees that are somewhat close to the trail heads, but anything way out there is unfortunately going to have to wait until we get the Gator back (hopefully 7/7/15).
This week, one of our mowers has suffered a catastrophic breakdown which has left us with one operational mower to mow the day use, parking areas, trails, etc. This has set us back a bit in regards to trail mowing as the large areas get mowed weekly and take priority. However, we will be mowing the trails when we get the time/opportunity to do so.
Please continue to report downed trees/issues to us via our office or these forums here and we will get to all problems as soon as we get our equipment back
Thank you for being patient with us and have a great holiday weekend!
Lead Ranger 9
Bald Mountain Recreation Area