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General Trail Updates - 2008

Lynn Woods Update 10.14.08

 

On Sunday October 12 the forth Lynn Woods Reservation trail project was completed with great success.  This was the last work day for 2008 and the work completed by all the volunteers was vast. This trail day was what we like to call a "Polishing Trail Day".  We revisited of a section of Ridge Run Trail we cut back in May and spend the day enhancing the trail.  These enhancement included rock armoring, installing sweeping berms and flow definition.

 

This was the first of many polishing trail days to come in the future.  It was defiantly a change of pace then just cutting a new and/or re-routing a section of trail.  Our volunteers spend 5 hours sculpting their specific section of trail they were assigned to make these enhancements.  The hours working paid off as the top downhill section of Ridge Run is now fast and flowy.  The climb up from the Blue Water Tower has been rocked armored making it more sustainable.  Once at the top, you begin your downhill decent through a natural kicker into a bunch of twist-and-turn followed by yet another natural kicker.  We are sure once you ride this trail, you will want to make the climb back up to ride it again!

 

The trail thread is packed down and we will be out next spring to make any adjustments if necessary. Please visit Dieselbikes for more trail project information and/or click on this link to view more pictures of this trail day. We thank all the volunteers listed below that attended this trail day and look forward seeing them at future maintenance work.

 

Simon - Somerville, Pete - Lynn, Carol - Somerville, Eric - NH, Nate - Lynnfield & Frank - Lynn

 

 

Lynn Woods Update 09.18.08

 

Even in the pouring rain, Dieselbikes was able to complete 100% of our third trail day in Lynn Woods with help from the local biking community.  This was a sizable project and a continuation of our furthering efforts to repair sections of Overlook Trail.  Our main objective was achieved and we are happy to say the new trail section is open for use.

 

A crew of 9 volunteers worked 4 hours re-routing an eroded section of Overlook Trail between marker D4-6 and Overlook Crag.  The old section of trail was heavily eroded becoming a path for water to drain off the hillside.  We were able to cut a new more sustainable section of trail parallel to the old section and added a few fun features.  It was raining all throughout the work day so we were not able to get any pictures, but have going back later in the week and posted the photos below.  The new section is well marked and the old section has been closed.  We will let the trail naturally pack down over the next 6 months and come back in the spring to make any adjustments if required.

 

As usually, this was a good size project and even with the heavy rain, everyone work hard to get the job done.  I want to extend my personal thanks to each individual (listed below) that helped complete this project.  The amount of work completed by the volunteers was amazing.  I look forward to see everyone again in future trail builds and/or maintenance projects.

 

Simon - Somerville, Pete - Lynn, Big Red - Lynn, Jay - Lynn, Carol - Somerville, Steve - Stoneham, Tina - Lynn, Ryan - Somerville & Frank - Lynn

 

 

Lynn Woods Update 06.03.08

 

With the help of the local biking community, Dieselbikes was able to complete 100% of our second trail day in Lynn Woods. This was a sizable project that will be broken down into a few trail days spread over the next year. Our main objective was achieved and we are happy to say the trail is open for use.

 

A crew of 5 volunteers worked 6 hours re-routing an eroded section of Ridge Run Trail as it ascends from Ox Pasture Road towards the Ballfield Trail. The team created a new path that has enhanced the overall flow of the trail making it more appealing in both directions. This is just the first project of many to follow in repairing Ridge Run Trail. The new re-routed section has a number of natural technical challenges that are fun and flowy.

 

The trail in general is bi-directional and will offer a leg-burning climb for those wanting to challenge themselves to such obstacles. In the opposite directions, the trail will offer a fun flowy technical decent that is quite long for Lynn Woods and will surely make you want to climb back up just to flow down the hill again. As usually the trail thread is soft and we will be out making adjustments as the trail becomes compacted by park recreational groups. A few features such as berms and additional rock armoring will be added in the coming months. For now, get out their, ride and have fun!

 

I want to extend my personal thanks to each individual (listed below) that helped complete this project despite the threat of inclement weather. The amount of work completed by the crew of 5 was amazing. I look forward to see everyone again in future trail builds and/or maintenance projects.

 

Simon Somerville, Pete Lynn, Frank Lynn, Jay Lynn & Big Red -  Lynn

 

 

Lynn Woods Update 04.28.08

 

With the help of the local biking community, Dieselbikes was able to complete 80% of our first trail day in Lynn Woods.  This was a huge project and we able to achieve our main goal of cutting and define the trail thread.

 

A crew of 16 volunteers work 6 hours cutting, digging and armoring a section of new trail that is sure to be one of the best lines in Lynn to date for mountain bikers.  We were able to complete most of the required trail work, but not able to finish two important and difficult switch backs due to time and energy levels of the volunteers.  Dieselbikes plans on going back out with our core team to adjust and finish these sections over the next month.

 

We will be truthful, the trail is open and ready to use, but we are sure most people will hate it because it is not complete and does not have any flow.  Dieselbikes suggest you wait a few weeks before hitting this new section over by the power lines and allow us to dial in the two switchbacks.  Riding this section now may help us determine the best line mountain bikers want to follow.  In either case, we will have it dialed in shortly.

 

The general direction of flow for mountain bikers is down the hillside from Bow Ridge to the El Sweeny Trail.  If you wait a few months after we finish our adjustments and the trail packs down, this section will make a sick up hill climb that rivals the grueling leg burner from the Ballfield parking lot up to the top of sunset hill.  This trail features a stone slab bridge that crosses a running stream with technical rock gardens on both ends.  Other features include natural rock faces and kickers that will keep your fingers on the brakes checking your speed.

 

I want to extend my personal thanks to each individual (listed below) that helped complete this project.  The amount of work completed was unparallel to any other trail project we have attempted. This was a large scale project and everyone worked their ASSES off!  I look forward to see everyone again in future trail builds and/or maintenance projects.

 

Simon Somerville, Russ Somerville, Pete Lynn, Carole Somerville, Eric Derry, Greg Medford  Jacob - Medford, Nathaniel - Medford, Sherwin Cambridge, John Stoneham, Nate Lynnfield, Tina Lynn, Frank Lynn, Jeff Danvers, Gerardo Lynn & Another guy named Pete Lynn

 

 

2008 Lynn Woods Trail Maintenance Series (03.01.2008)

 

2008 Lynn Woods Trail Maintenance Poster

Dieselbikes is proud to announce our 2008 Lynn Woods Trail Maintenance Series.  The dates are set and all of our proposed projects have been approved.  We are going to start the season off with a huge project involving cutting a new section of trail leading down the back side of Bow Ridge near the power lines to the newly approved El Sweeny Trail.  Below is a list of proposed trail project plans for 2008.  Each project is design to increase trail sustainability for all users of the park.

 

New Bow Ridge Trail ~ Map Section: D2

Date: April 26, 2008

 

This project encompasses cutting the final trail section to connect the top of Bow Ridge Trail to the new El Sweeny Trail cut back in 2007.  This Trail will serve as part of the parameter Trail system around Lynn Woods.

 

Overlook Trail Repair Section: D4

Date: September 14, 2008

 

This project encompasses re-routing and rock armoring a section of trail that leads from the newly installed bridges last year at marker D4-6 up to Overlook Crag. This will greatly reduce soil erosion and create a more stable trail thread.

 

Ridge Run Trail Repair Section: E5

Dates: May 31, 2008 & October 12, 2008

 

This project encompasses re-routing and rock armoring a section of Ridge Run Trail leading from trail markers E5-4 to E5-3. This trail work will make this section more appealing and offer an alternative route down from the Ballfield Trail Network.

 

 

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