The trail work day at Rolling Hills Park on Saturday 10/17 was immensely successful. We had 11 eager workers and wonderful crisp, cool fall weather. The work team included regular RHP and Poto chapter volunteers as well as many new faces. Thanks to all who participated and to Tree Fort Bikes for the pizza and soda!
We started at the bottom of the switchback section in the SW corner of RHP, crossed a grass park path and began the long run up the west side of the park. We cut trail through some new growth forest, a short low lying section, across a nice meadow and back to the grass park path. The 'Temporary End' sign was moved to this point, opening up ~600 yards of new single track including the fun and challenging switchbacks. Thanks to Steve Wyatt - RHP Supervisor - for bringing out the wide deck mower to cut the grass in the meadow. The switchbacks still need some bench cutting to be sustainable, but we decided to press on with new trail so we'll get back to the detail work on the switchbacks after the trail is completed. Before we quit for the day, the team also started the next loop, but only completed ~1/2 so we blocked off the opening to keep riders out of the dead end (see purple and orange sections on attached map).
Come on out and ride RHP. The trail bed needs to be ridden in and we are eager for feedback on the layout and potential for improvements. There is now 2.5+ miles of single track out at RHP leading to a 3.0 to 3.5 mile loop depending on how a rider returns to the Temporary Start.
With the evenings shortening and the clock about to change, Trailwork Tuesdays are over for 2009. Look for an Email in about two weeks planning the next and probably last official trail work day at RHP in mid-November. In the interim, I'll probably be out at RHP for an 'ad hoc' workday at least one morning each weekend (usually Sat. depending on the weather). Give me a call or send an Email if you are interested in helping and have the time to join me.
Rolling Hills Trail Coordinator