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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » May 3rd, 2010, 9:33 pm

onlycrimson wrote:Anybody know the conditions out here recently? My buddy just got an apartment not far away and I was thinking of riding it when I go to visit.


I was just out there tonight and all the rain has made the second wooded section a total mess. The field loops didn't seem too bad, but they are going to need mowing soon. I'd ride it.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » May 16th, 2010, 7:20 pm

Trail completely mowed this weekend. I double-wide cut most all of it, to see if it helps to keep the weeds under better control. The second wooded section is still a total loss with mud, plus the ride around that I mowed today is also a rutted, muddy nightmare. Let's hope it dries out soon. The eastern loop is becoming awesome as time goes on, with the trees growing. There's only a few stretches of the eastern loop now that's not under trees. The banked turn at the far eastern end is a puddle of mud currently, so I mowed more to the center as a way around it.

Another trail day tomorrow (weather permitting) where we'll be working on adding trail to the upper north end. We'll meet in the parking lot at 6 PM. Hope to see you there.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » May 17th, 2010, 4:01 pm

Trail working Monday for tonight is canceled on account of the rain. Hope to see you next week.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby john_galt » May 27th, 2010, 9:51 am

Just wondering what are the future plans for this trail? Also, is there a "shortcut" to Rolling Hills from here? Thanks
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby hotspurr » May 27th, 2010, 8:27 pm

Hi John,

Future plans for this trail include extending it to the western part of the property and a adding a small section of trail in the old spruce plantation to the right of the parking lot on Bemis. At some point we hope that a right of way will be secured between the western boundary of Hewen's Creek park and Rolling Hills park (1/4 mile), linking the trails in the two parks. We also plan to boardwalk some perenially wet areas and maybe add some technical features in the gravel mounds located in the northern part of the central field. A new map showing a more accurate representation of the trail will be available shortly. We're GPSing it tomorrow morning. If yoiu have time, come on out and join us on Trail Work Mondays. We meet every Monday at 6 PM at one of the Poto Chapter trails. Lately we've been concentrating on opening up the western extension of the Hewen's Creek trail.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » May 29th, 2010, 8:43 pm

Entire trail mowed again this weekend, as we are right in the middle of the heavy growing season. All of the wooded sections were also groomed to open them up also. I expect that the Trail Work Monday planned for this week will be canceled on account of the Memorial Day holiday. Happy Memorial Day everyone.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby kcnado » June 2nd, 2010, 12:21 pm

How are these trails?
Will be in AA for training all next week & trying to see where to MTB.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby stunya » June 4th, 2010, 8:04 pm

rode a few legs of this trail today. It was pretty well mowed and stuff was drying up. If anyone finds a cateye 8 wireless unit...id love to pay you to ship it back to me. No idea where i lost it, but definitely along the main trails somewhere.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby hotspurr » July 24th, 2010, 12:28 pm

HI All,

Thought you might like to know a little more about the trail expansion plans for Hewen's Creek. Attached is a GPS trace of the existing trail in blue overlaid on a Google image of the park (yellow line). Note the trail appears shifted about 10-15 ft to the west of its actual location (we don't really ride through the pond). We could use some help, if someone knows how to correct this. The area we are currently working in is located in the northwestern part of the park (red box). Eventually, this is the region from which the connector trail to Rolling Hills Park will depart. Note that much of this area is heavily wooded. Althought relatively flat, it will still be a very scenic ride when later this year. Next year we plan to add a small amount of trail in the spruce plantation just to the right of the Bemis Road parking lot (green box). Come on out and help us get this new section of western trail done by joining us on Trail Work Mondays. See Poto forum for relevant posts. A progress map of the new trail will also be posted there.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby hotspurr » July 24th, 2010, 1:41 pm

Hi All,

Attached below is a map showing the planned path of the new western trail extension at Hewen's Creek Park (inside the red box in the map of the park in a previous post). At the moment it is set up as a large out-and-back loop, with an eventual connection to Rolling Hills Park. In the future we may be able to put in a boadwalk/bridge that will allow us to cross the north end of the large pond and get back to the central part of the park that way. The solid lines show trail that is already constructed (over 1/4 mile). Note, however, that some of the grassy sections have not been maintained all that well so as to discourage riding until we get enough of the new loop constructed to be worth riding. That could be within two weeks if we get enough help turning out on Trail Work Mondays, since we almost to the fence in the western corner.
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If you study the image you will note that much of the new trail goes through forest. Other scenic features are a large pond and a creek.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby hotspurr » July 26th, 2010, 9:50 pm

Trail Work Monday did some storm damage clean-up today. One large fallen tree and one leaner were removed. A large logpile with a gap/jump in it was filled in using sections of the fallen tree so that it can be ridden now.
Also, the beginning of the new western trail was weedwhacked and shrub trimmed. As soon as the cut vegetation dries out it should be useable again.
There is still one leaning tree that we didn't have time to cut tonight, but it is cleared out enough to be passable for the moment.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby hotspurr » August 4th, 2010, 8:40 pm

Hi All,

Trail Work Monday succeded in extending the new western trail to its most western point Monday night. That makes over 1/2 mile of new trail completed this year at Hewen's Creek. New trail progress can be seen in the accompanying image of the NW corner of the park.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby hotspurr » August 26th, 2010, 7:15 am

Hi All,

We finished phase 1 of the new western loop last Monday night. It's about a mile plus out and back, nearly all single track woods riding. That brings the total trail length at HCP to around 6 miles. If you combine it with Rolling Hills you've got a nearly ten mile ride. Get out and enjoy it!

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby oogs » August 29th, 2010, 7:33 pm

Hi! I'm a new rider, and I figured I'd try HCP and RHP since they're near each other. The west side of HCP is fun, but the east side was a little too overgrown for us. Is that just because of the time of year and/or the focus on the expansion?
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » August 30th, 2010, 5:40 am

oogs wrote:Hi! I'm a new rider, and I figured I'd try HCP and RHP since they're near each other. The west side of HCP is fun, but the east side was a little too overgrown for us. Is that just because of the time of year and/or the focus on the expansion?


Yeah, HCP is a little rough at the moment, but we have a trail maintenance day planned for....today. We could really use some help, so if you have some time this evening at 6:00 pm, bring a weedwhacker if you have one or just yourself! We'll be meeting at the Bemis road parking lot.

Here is the Trailwork Mondays thread that details the work we've been doing:

viewtopic.php?f=48&t=97282&start=15

Thanks!
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