Hunter and Liam give two thumbs on the skills course Bryan has been working on the front entrance. The small loop is not quite finished but finished enough for kids and adults to do laps on. Check it out. It’s on the knoll behind the kiosk and gardens.
Thank you Rosey, Chris and Bryan for spending 3 hours on a damp Sunday morning in Pine Hill Park. Complete with mosquitoes having breakfast on them.
Bryan Sell will be leading a group ride at Pine Hill Park starting Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm, last night is August 14th. Meet at Tinman in the parking lot. This is a social/no drop ride EVERYONE is welcome! The ride will happen every other week at Pine Hill Park.
Ride Length: Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
Pace: No drop and casual unless the group determines otherwise.
May stop at some locations to session a trail feature.
Après Bike: Local Brewery, pub, Muddy’s Hut, etc., if possible.
What to bring: Water and bug repellant.
On days of the Droopy Pedal XC race (June 19, July 17, Aug 21) riders will participate in the XC race which has beginner, intermediate and advanced groups-registration is with Rutland Recreation.
Intervening weeks the ride will meet at the same time of day starting Tuesday, May 29th through August 21st and will be held at other locations. Sherburne Trails, GMT, SVT which will be posted on Facebook.
Our next bunch of work days will be with RHS YES plan starting June 8th. We start at 9AM and go till about 1:30. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
Youth Works starts Monday, June 18th and Tuesday, June 19th and is every Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 to 3pm except the week of July 4th.
Our project is working on a new trail that is a continuation of Jigsaw that was completed last year.
We can always use extra hands.
New skills course going in at the front entrance. Thanks to Bryan and Hunter!
Our work day May 12th was a success in getting Exit Strategy repaired and the front entrance seeded. Exit Strategy will open May 16th in the afternoon along with Voldemort, Lichen Rock and Droopy Pedal.
Come join in on our second community work day this Saturday, May 12th from 9am to noon. We have lots of small projects to attend too. Cleaning up Exit Strategy is one.
Our first community work day saw a lot of volunteers who did a fantastic job on the front entrance. We were also able to clean out some drainage’s on the trails. The Radio Flyer wagon was a huge success with the kids moving bark mulch.
We have a skills track going in up on the knoll behind the kiosk. Hunter was there helping his dad lay the track out. This will be a great addition to the park we can’t wait to see the finished product because it sounds awesome!
Update: Our May 12th work day starts at 9AM meet at the front entrance of the park. Projects will be clean up Exit Strategy and repair tire ruts plus clean up drainage’s on trails. We have tools and gloves for everyone bring water, bug dope and sunscreen.
2018 Community Work Days:
Saturday, April 28th at 9AM. Meet at the front entrance.
Saturday, May 12th at 9AM. Meet at the front entrance.
Will be working on the front gardens and cleaning drainage’s out.
YES plan starts June 6th and runs through June 19th. We are not sure exactly what days we will have volunteer groups.
Youth Works starts June 18th and 19th at 9:30AM at the front entrance. We work every Monday and Tuesday till the end of July. No group the week of July 4th.
Anyone is welcome to come join the fun.
As we are in the midst of the freeze thaw cycles. We have a few trails that we will be closing off for winter. This will happen the week of November 20th. These trails stay closed until spring is well under way.
Droopy Muffin (steep hill) between Intersections 30 and 30A will close, Lichen Rock and Exit Strategy. We do this to protect the trail tread from ruts when it’s soft and folks are riding. There is always a good possibility that Voldemort will close in late winter once the surface water starts running.
Please respect our trail closures. Our volunteer groups work really hard to have a great trail system so please don’t make work for them by rutting trails up.
Thanks! Remember rubberside down.
We are still in the process of cutting some of the larger trees down on the Redfield Trails. This one was cut up this past weekend and it was a snarly mess. Hopefully by the weekend (Nov 18/19th) we’ll have the last of the Redfield trails cleared of trees. Hunting is allowed on the Redfield trails so please wear bright colors.
Folks here is an excellent video on why we do not remove leaves from our trails.
Reasons why we do not remove leaves from Pine Hill Park trails and why our bridges do not have hard wire mesh on top.
We tried leaf removal for 2 years in a row about 6-7 years ago. By July our trails are all ball bearings. Means people are slipping and sliding around on ball bearings all summer long which isn’t any fun. Leaves help hold our trail tread together. A lot of this has to do with our soil composition compared to other areas. In the spring by leaving the fall leaves on it protects our trail tread from freeze thaw cycles which lets us open up earlier.
The other issue are leaf berms on the downhill side of trails and clogging our drainage’s up. Means water runs down the trail tread which is washing away our good dirt and creating more drainage’s issues. The other downside is leaf blowers blow all the dirt off the trail tread. We work WAY too hard to move dirt on the trail tread to have a leaf blower come along and blow it off again.
Why our bridges do not having hardware mesh on them. The bridges that we have seen in Vermont that have hardware mesh on them are flat there are no curves/bends or twists. Most of the bridges in our local area are made out of pressure treated lumber which is slippery when wet. Our decking on the bridges in Pine Hill Park are composite material which we believe is not as slippery when wet like pressure treated lumber. We do not want people falling on the hardware mesh which would hurt even more than falling on the composite decking.
Yes we know the leaves make it more challenging to walk, run or ride but by leaving the leaves on the trail our system is more sustainable in the long run.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Thank you to the volunteers on Saturday, October 7th to who helped repair the Hour Glass Bridge. The center section still drops but now is solid resting on rock and 6x6x’s. The rest of the bridge leveled. Next community work day is Saturday, October 21st, 9AM meet at front entrance.