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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 9th, 2011, 6:39 pm

Trail mowed again today, double wide. Removed a bunch of encroaching branches and thorns.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 10th, 2011, 11:35 am

Rode it this morning and it's a nice open ride again. There are a few places that will need some attention, but it's open and I didn't get cut by any thorns.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » July 10th, 2011, 9:05 pm

Just got back from a 2 wk vacation and took a late ride tonight when I got home. Lots of bugs (got bit through my clothing twice!), but that's the price I have to pay for riding near dusk. Trail was in good shape - no flats, only a few arm scapers, etc. Moved 2 small branches off the trail, but no real problems. Trail is fast now. I think I made it through the whole way without taking any wrong turns - woohoo!

Nice job keeping it maintained. If I'm available on the next trial day I'll plan to lend a hand.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 11th, 2011, 8:42 pm

Rode through the eastern loop tonight after the winds and rain today. I had to move lots of downed trees. Most small but one was about three inches thick. I hope there's not others down in the rest of the park. Be careful if you're riding before this coming weekend.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby john_galt » July 13th, 2011, 10:09 am

bhollen666 wrote:Rode through the eastern loop tonight after the winds and rain today. I had to move lots of downed trees. Most small but one was about three inches thick. I hope there's not others down in the rest of the park. Be careful if you're riding before this coming weekend.


There's a ~10in diameter tree down near the beginning of the new western loop....
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby dnale » July 13th, 2011, 8:13 pm

Yup saw the same things tonight. I thought about trying to get past that one on the western loop but I decided against it. It's amazing how quick those briars grow into the cleared path.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 13th, 2011, 9:11 pm

Aw crap, so it's not passable? I had hoped maybe we could "logpile" it or ride around it.

Guys, do you think I can hand-saw it, or am I gonna have to find someone with a chain saw? (or finally go buy one myself)

Dang. I had invited some friends to ride it this Saturday after the Tree Fort 29er Demo at Rolling Hills, but if the trails a mess again, I might have to tell them to skip it.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » July 13th, 2011, 9:32 pm

I rode it tonight and just turned around at that downed tree on the western loop and headed out. Was getting dark and I didn't get a good look at it, but it seemed pretty ugly.

There was also a new tree down about a mile in, but I was able to hop that fairly easily. Will be an issue for mowing though.

I rode this just a couple days ago and it's amazing how fast the briars are growing into the trail. Must have been the heavy rain the other day.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby eaglekat » July 13th, 2011, 10:16 pm

I rode the western loop this evening aroumd 8 pm. I think there were 2 down trees and had to get off and push my bike. But overall, the trail was good.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby john_galt » July 14th, 2011, 9:10 am

bhollen666 wrote:Aw crap, so it's not passable? I had hoped maybe we could "logpile" it or ride around it.

Guys, do you think I can hand-saw it, or am I gonna have to find someone with a chain saw? (or finally go buy one myself)

Dang. I had invited some friends to ride it this Saturday after the Tree Fort 29er Demo at Rolling Hills, but if the trails a mess again, I might have to tell them to skip it.


I still rode the western loop, just got off my bike and walked under it...not the safest idea but it but seemed like it wouldn't collapse...
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby dnale » July 14th, 2011, 7:06 pm

It did look like someone pushed thier way through/around. I decided just to turn around. I know it cut a little off the miles and I do like that little loop but I didn't feel like forging through. On my way out I noticed another bike turning to the west just after the gate. I guess I never noticed that trail. Where does that go?
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 14th, 2011, 9:39 pm

Rode in tonight with some pruners and a hand saw. I cleared around the big tree hanging over the trail in the NW loop but wasn't able to bring it to the ground. It's still hovering about 2-3 feet off the ground. Its not hanging on by much so I wouldn't go under it, so I wrapped some orange tape around it. To be safe until it can be cleared please walk around it.

I cleared all the other downed limbs and small trees. There was a decent one down on the north side of the pond but it's all cleared now. I was able to ride through all except for that section after the big downed tree.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 14th, 2011, 9:42 pm

dnale wrote:On my way out I noticed another bike turning to the west just after the gate. I guess I never noticed that trail. Where does that go?


That is usually the way out, the last stretch of the trail that you should enter right after you go past the pond and have an opening to your right. Following this little short section then brings you out at the parking lot.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby eaglekat » July 15th, 2011, 9:23 pm

Rode the western loop tonight, fallen trees were removed, and someone put pink tape on the hanging tree so you don't hit your head. Whoever did it, thank you for keeping the trail nice and safe.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 16th, 2011, 12:38 pm

Rode through today with friends from work who helped me to push the tree down and out of the way. It's back open again now.
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