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Postby BikeHewensCreek » February 5th, 2012, 5:20 pm

Down trees cleared near the spring ride around around Y3 and a new blow down near the end of the red loop.


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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » February 18th, 2012, 5:24 pm

Most of the trail surface is dry but there are some really muddy parts. Avoid riding in the soft muddy stretches please. A few blow downs were cleared this morning.

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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » February 19th, 2012, 2:30 pm

Spring thaw signs are up on the trail now, let's avoid it until it dries out.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » March 4th, 2012, 8:06 pm

With all the wind this weekend we lost a few more trees. Three more were brought down over the trail, but they were clearable with just a hand saw. The surface is really wet and should be avoided by bikes. Walking will require some good waterproof boots or swampers.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby trailchick123 » March 17th, 2012, 7:25 pm

After riding Rolling Hills, I rode over to Hewens Creek. Never been there & wanted to check it out. Park entrance was wet & muddy w/couple inches of standing water. Chatted with Bob, the trail guide who said the trail is pretty much soaking wet just like the entrance. Please avoid Hewens Creek trail until it dries out!
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » March 31st, 2012, 8:40 pm

Walked through most of the suspect areas today and found that they haven't drained much if at all from the week's rains. There are spots that will completely cover your feet when walking. On the positive side the mud is great for tracking animals. Today I found fresh turkey tracks in the orange look near O2. Let's continue to avoid riding it until it dries out.

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Postby BikeHewensCreek » April 6th, 2012, 5:28 pm

Starting to dry out but still not ready to ride. Somebody did and cut up some spots pretty bad.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby mmrobertson69 » April 18th, 2012, 7:05 am

Rode Hewens Creek yesterday afternoon along with Rolling Hills. Hewens Creek was in pretty good shape, just a few muddy spots but not bad considering how poorly the trail drains. There was some windfall but I was able to clear most of it as I went. Overall the trail is in good shape and very ride-able.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » April 19th, 2012, 8:48 pm

Rode through most of the trail tonight and it really has dried out in most places, so I took down the "Is your name Mud?" sign. Let's open it up and get some riders on it.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » April 29th, 2012, 3:01 pm

Trail was in pretty good shape today. It was great to see so many riders and a full parking lot. Need to get as much traffic as possible in the prairie sections to keep the grass from taking the trail back.

Had the usual greasy spots by the bridges in the first section, but other than that it was plenty dry enough.

It's great to ride this trail without herds of deer flies and thorns. In another month or so they'll be taking over again, but this time of year is great.
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Postby BikeHewensCreek » May 29th, 2012, 8:44 pm

Rode through tonight and see that it needs mowed and pruned. Anybody up for a trail day in the next few weekends? Since the mower is broke we might have to borrow one or two to open the fields back up. Most of the wooded sections are in pretty good shape.



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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby michael48197 » May 30th, 2012, 8:59 am

I pretty tied up with family commitments and RHP work the next few weekends. However, remember that I have the Stihl weed pulverizer to share on RHP and HCP work. It has the solid three-lobe blade that makes mince meat out of anything up to 3/4" diameter. I'm going to ask at the Poto meeting tonight if I can get the scythe head attachment as well. The scythe might be better for HCP as it will be great for vertical cuts and overhanging face slappers. I also have a MMBA push mower. It's kind of finicky to start, but works great once started. It restarts easily when warm, has a pretty wide deck for a push mower and doesn't mind chewing up goldenrod and other woody stems.

Let me know if/when you need the Stihl or mower and we can get them transferred to you or someone else.

Also, let me know what's wrong with the riding mower. I'll check at the Poto meeting tonight about getting it fixed or replacing it somehow.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby michael48197 » May 31st, 2012, 12:38 pm

Last night at the Poto Chapter meeting I got approval to buy the hedge trimmer attachment for our Stihl FS90 trimmer. I picked it up this morning from Larry's Mower on Jackson. While the solid 4-lobe blade we already owned is great for horizontal cuts on woody growth like Autumn Olive, etc. it's cumbersome for vertical cuts on overhanging branches. So, now we are well-equiped with both heads which can be changed in a minute or two with a Torx driver. Bob Hollen will be the first to use it at HCP this weekend where the hedge trimmer will be really useful. If anyone wants to use either head on the Stihl or other loppers/trimmers, let me know.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » June 5th, 2012, 8:58 pm

BikeHewensCreek wrote:Rode through tonight and see that it needs mowed and pruned. Anybody up for a trail day in the next few weekends? Since the mower is broke we might have to borrow one or two to open the fields back up. Most of the wooded sections are in pretty good shape.

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I am up for this weekend, at this point Saturday afternoon or Sunday all day will work. I will bring my mower to help work on the central loop.
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Postby BikeHewensCreek » June 7th, 2012, 9:19 pm

Passed parttime mowing on the trail tonight. Thanks parttime! If anyone wants to help out this weekend let us know and we'll hook you up and let you know where the work needs to be done.


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