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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » July 31st, 2011, 3:12 pm

Wasn't too bad of a ride this morning, even though it was already warm at 10. Almost collided with a woodpecker that came out of the trees and headed straight for me before turning away at the last minute.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby dnale » July 31st, 2011, 7:56 pm

Unfortunately I never made it out like I had planned. Worked on the wife's car all day.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » August 5th, 2011, 9:21 pm

Rode after dark tonight which makes things more interesting. A few mushy areas by the bridges near the start of the trail. Also quite a lot of slippery apples laying on the ground in that area. Best part was there were a lot fewer bugs & almost no deer flies tonight.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » August 10th, 2011, 9:27 pm

Rode through the eastern loop tonight around dusk and the mosquitos are just horrible. They are flying in clouds. I stopped to talk with other riders and was attacked by a cloud. Definitely a skeeter population explosion; either DEET up or don't stop!
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby P_Thomas22 » August 11th, 2011, 9:05 am

Did the trail on Tuesday the 9th as my first ride back after breaking my ribs :) trail was in great condition, has the flat log before the big rock at the begining always been there? Also there is a log pile on the north west side that was kinda jacked up up so watch out. I would of stopped to try and fix it but the bugs were out in full force. Only stopped once to pull a twig out of my spokes and I ate a couple of the little guys!

Also parked here on Weds night and rode from here to Rolling Hills to do my first night ride... That was amazing!
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby oogs » August 18th, 2011, 4:57 pm

The link to the trail page ( http://ytown.org/recreate/parksystem.shtml ) seems to be dead and/or moved.

I rode through here last summer. Has it changed much since then? (changed, as in new paths, better marked paths, etc)
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby dnale » August 22nd, 2011, 7:18 am

The trail is worn down/in better this year than in the past. I still can't find the last return loop once you get south of the pond. Trail markings are non-existant as they are a target of vandalism. The only "wrong" turn that I can think of is if you take a right at the one T instead of a left and it takes you out to Hitchingham Rd.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ekm » August 22nd, 2011, 2:26 pm

First time at HC this afternoon, and it was not too bad---a little bumpy in spots and some slap/poke with the thornbushes, but a good time. The apples through the orchard section have been sitting on the ground long enough to explode when you roll over them, in a satisfying way.

Thanks, all y'all who have been working on it the last five years. Great to have it so close to town.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » August 23rd, 2011, 5:05 pm

Had a good ride out there last night, until I busted a spoke on my rear wheel during the beginning of my second lap. Had to ride gently back home. The apples are fun to ride on the straight section, but get me worried in the corners.

Hoping to get out there this week/weekend with a hedge trimmer to get the worst of the thorns out of the central loop.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » August 23rd, 2011, 8:07 pm

If the weather cooperates I'll be out to weed whack and mow again this weekend.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » August 28th, 2011, 1:06 pm

Mowed about a mile of the trail before the mower broke. Rode it right after and it's not too bad though. There are a few stretches that are tight with thorns, but some more are opened due to some additional weed whacking (thanks parttime!), but there is a big tree down now at the end of the pond loop. It's gonna need a chain saw, but you can climb over it for now.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » August 28th, 2011, 5:36 pm

bhollen666 wrote:Mowed about a mile of the trail before the mower broke. Rode it right after and it's not too bad though. There are a few stretches that are tight with thorns, but some more are opened due to some additional weed whacking (thanks parttime!), but there is a big tree down now at the end of the pond loop. It's gonna need a chain saw, but you can climb over it for now.


The thorns here are insane! I plan on heading out there during the day this week to finish up the thorns, I will take the chainsaw with me. Let me know if you need help with the mower.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby michael48197 » August 31st, 2011, 5:06 pm

We now have an awesome new Stihl bush cutter with a solid four lobe bladeto share at RHP and HCP. Should make mince meat out of brush and undergrowth and ESPECIALLY the thorns. So, anyone who has time for trimming at either place, please contact me to borrow it if you want to as it is MMBA property.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » September 2nd, 2011, 1:01 pm

bhollen666 wrote: there is a big tree down now at the end of the pond loop. It's gonna need a chain saw, but you can climb over it for now.


Tree has been cleared, of course the chainsaw wouldn't start, then the string broke..... Ended up using my trusty Felco 60 (small folding saw) at the rotted base. Took a couple minutes, but it worked just fine. John the hiker helped me move it once cut. He told me that he walks the trail almost every day with his dog, and prunes back alot of face slappers. It's good to meet and see other trail users who are taking care of the trail.

Also trimmed back a low hanging vine. It was too hot at noon to do much of anything else.
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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bhollen666 » September 2nd, 2011, 8:45 pm

Ah, you met John and his dog Arnie. Thanks for clearing the tree. Hopefully I'll get out and do some weed whacking this weekend.
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