This weekend we hosted our first trail work day of the off-season. Around 8 o’clock Saturday morning, 13 smiling faces met at the clubhouse ready to rock. After catching up over coffee and muffins, they split into groups to tackle various sections of Corridor 8.
One group addressed a couple of rotted trees leaning over the trail.
The trees leaned away from the road (and the powerlines, phew!) and were taken down without issue. Although the trees were rotted at the root, lots of healthy wood remained. The usable sections of tree were cut to length, loaded onto a trailer and trucked out.
Next up, these folks headed further down Corridor 8 to clean up a large tree down on the side of the trail. Work came to a temporary halt for everyone but one lucky Kubota operator (thanks, Nikki!) who fought a stubborn stump that refused to come out.
After dealing with the stump, the crew could finally restart their saws and cut the tree into log lengths. The trail was too muddy from Friday night’s storm to move the logs that day, so group #1 called it quits.
Meanwhile, another crew tackled the new section of Corridor 8 (the logging area, parallel to Hooper Hill Road). If you rode this section last year, you’ll remember that it typically struggled to retain a decent snow cover.
In an effort to resolve that issue, these members spent their day lugging bags of grass seed and bales of hay. They spread that stuff over a half mile of trail!
This should help stabilize the surface of the trail, build a solid snow base and decrease mud. Cross your fingers. Beefing up this section of trail clears the path to great conditions in higher elevation and could seriously extend our snowmobile season.
Join Us Next Time
Join us for the next trail work day on Sunday, June 14, and every second Sunday of the month moving forward. We’d love to have you!