Thursday, August 21, 2008

Trail work

We had another great trail work party last night. It looked like the turnout would be a little thin, but we “collected” volunteers along the way. We hauled alders farther off the trail on the first part (the open section) of the intermediate loop.

There are over 150 people on our e-mail list, yet we see the same few, dedicated faces each time. The more people we have turn out, the faster the trails will open. Cold beers await those who help out.

Our next work session will be Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m., meeting at the Prospect Heights Trailhead. If you’re late, walk down the Gasline and enter the first trail entrance on the right.

Many hands make light work!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Patience, rewarded

The first section of the new trails is open to ride! This is the ONLY section that is currently open. It starts at the project sign at the top of the Gasline and heads south. It ends when it pops out onto the Gasline. The next section that proceeds to the north of the Gasline is CLOSED and will remain closed until the hand crew finishes the trail in mid-September. Patience, Grasshopper, patience.

IF A TRAIL IS ROPED OFF BY YELLOW TAPE AND HAS A "TRAIL CLOSED" SIGN DANGLING FROM IT, THAT MEANS THAT THE TRAIL IS CLOSED.

Please do not ride the trail when it's muddy. Normally a trail like this would "rest" for a year before it's open to ride.

Have fun!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Please join us for our second
Hillside Singletrack Trails
Work Party!


Wednesday, August 20th, 6:30 p.m.
Meet at the Prospect Heights Parking Lot

Walk down the Gasline Trail and take a left at the project sign if you’re late.

ITEMS TO BRING:
Water
Work Gloves
Progress Report:

Please keep in mind that the trails are not yet open to riding. There is still work being done on the trail.

Intermediate Trail—about 3 miles long thus far:
This trail is 2/3 finished. The Muni's youth crew did a great job over the 8 days they were on the job. About 3,000' of this trail is yet to be finished by a hand crew that will be onsite in September.
The intermediate trail is currently being seeded with native grasses. This will help define the tread, stabilize disturbed soil and encourage new growth. By leaf fall, this will look great. The 3,000' that will be finished by the hand crew next month has not yet been seeded. After freeze-up, that section will be covered with a "dormant seed" that will come up in the spring.

Advanced Trail—7,000’ roughed in thus far:
The excavator and Sweco are doing their best to provide more challenging features. Because of the lack of rocks, however, the trail designer is using topography to create challenges. There is one awesome boulder about 2.5' high that will be a great wheelie drop (there is also a chicken route around this). Last week the contractor was building a switchback that will provide some challenge. Although climbing turns might be preferable for sustainability, this area seemed better suited to a tighter turn.

Thank you to everyone for cooling your knobbies and not riding the trail while we continue with construction. STA tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Trail Work Volunteer Day

Join us!






When:
Saturday, August 16th
Time: 9am - 12pm
Where: Helen Louise McDowell Sanctuary - Anchorage
Project: New trail construction, trail corridor maintenance and placing/tamping/raking gravel on the new loop

Directions:
From the New Seward Highway
Go East on 36th Avenue
Turn Right (South) onto Rhone St.
Turn Left (East) onto Crescent St.
Turn Right (South) onto Helevetia St.
Park above junction with St. Gotthard
Follow signs to trailhead
Do bring:
2 liters of water
layers for warmth & cooling
rain gear
work gloves
work boots

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trail Closure

Because of the recent bear attacks, Mayor Mark Begich has ordered Rover's Run closed until the authorities determine it to be safe for public use.

This closure affects the entire trail from Gasline to Viewpoint. Please stay off the trail and watch this site for an update when the closure is lifted.

In the meantime, be careful out there. When riding in Far North Bicentennial Park, carry pepper spray, make plenty of noise to avoid surprising bears and, whenever possible, ride in groups of three or more.