There has been a lot of work done recently on Mount 7 by dedicated cyclists of our community. They have been working relentlessly to get our beloved trails back in order. Combine this with harvesting of downed trees from last year's storm and we will be back in action soon! A huge thanks to Rich and Julie Marshall for coordinating this work and spending countless hours working themselves. We are ever grateful to Mike Taylor and his big saw (and skills to use it) that has taken a chunk out of the trees efforts to block our trails. He has been our hired gun to clear trails with permission and to cut trees to length so they remain harvestable. Hundreds of loves go to the Kicking Horse Crew (Steve Crowe, Richard Oszust ,Rob Hart, Brad Allen) that has spent over 80 hrs clearing trails as well. Another thanks to last Friday's crew who cleared out the illegal woodwork to allow for harvesting and a big thanks to those who have been casually maintaining the trails as they ride. Not all work has to be done in an official capacity and it is often easier to deal with issues as they arise. A community that maintains together, rides together (unless Nate is on Strava, then he rides alone.
Summit: Only two trees down 1km above jeep road. Could use brushing and raking. 10k: Clear of trees and most debris, needs raking. Erich's: Clear of trees and raked. Bris: Clear of trees and needs raking. Steep section has lots of debris. Skid Marks: Contains blowdown but has 3 reroutes roughed in. Rideable but bushy. Below RTC corner has lots of debris and rootball holes. Harvesting of main blowdown to happen in fall. 5k: Clear 3K: Trees down and being prepped for harvesting. B12: Trees down on rutty section above old road but new re-route to lower b13 is clear. B52: Clear 6K: Clear Schacher: Above 4k is clear. Below 4k is closed for harvesting.
The take-away here is that things are moving great, some harvesting is about to happen to make way for more openings and this weekend you should grab your rake and go out and tidy up some trails!
Last Thursday saw a crew of 12 with trucks, saws and Bostock’s dump trailer show up to remove the old decrepid wood work on 3K and Dairyland. This is to remove and garbage and help facilitate the blow down harvesting in the area.
About 20 years ago a Trail called Dairyland was created as an alternative line to 3K. Approximately 20 pallets were packed in there to build stunts. They say the pallets came from the Dairyland distributor.
All that wood work, which was full of old nails needed to be removed in order for the Woodlot licensee to go in and clean up the blowdown trees through that area including 3K. Although Dairyland is not a recognized trail within the GCC network on Mt 7, and we have no responsibility for it, we thought it was appropriate as the stewards of the locals trails to remove the old artifacts.
It was a challenging job that took about 3 hours of sawing and hauling to trucks and a trailer. The 3k woodwork at the Root Drop will remain in place for now and after the harvesting we will re-access that feature to see if it is repairable. It was damaged in the windstorm from last summer.
Lots of tasty beer was supplied by GCC for the parched throats after the work was done.
Heads up riders, the lower Schacher to 4k will be CLOSED! starting tomorrow due to Harvesting. The operating licensee will be moving machinery up the road starting tomorrow. Harvesting will start shorty after, yet no date set yet. ... See MoreSee Less
Bear warning! A bear has been spotted repeatedly in the Cedar Lake Campground area so be sure to use caution when biking the Moonraker network. Make lots of noise and learn how to use bear spray if you are going to carry it. ... See MoreSee Less