Thanks to the heads up from ibisman (and offer of help to trim it) I got out to the North Wetlands trail with my trusty Toro lawn mower last night.
I have never ever seen it SO badly overgrown in the 5 years of this trail, it's a good thing I trimmed it when I did because after another couple weeks
this trail section might have been returned to nature. The weeds were 3-4 feet high, thick and flourishing after this record amount of summer rain.
I saw many frogs leaping out of the way and the gold finches and swallows/martins where in abundance swooping all around me in the thistle plants.
There were times when I had to stop and take a really good look to see where the trail was before I could continue. It took me two hours of hard pushing, pulling labor and going over everything at least twice before the path was useable again. But, the section where you come out of the woods off of the West loop was so thick that the little lawn mower met it's match and I couldn't do anything with it. It needs some machete or sickle action if some kind soul wants to develop some upper body strength and clear that last section of 5 foot high growth in what must be the wettest section of this area.
I'm really feeling it today in my shoulders and lower back. Please go out and hike/bike it to help re-establish the cooridor in the next month.