Thursday, December 18, 2014

Great for Bikes

  • All the trail dragging done a few weeks ago has finally paid off.  Underdown bike trails are a bumpy sidewalk with trails open all the way to trail CC and Dog Lake.  Lakes are frozen, and bogs are lumpy.
  • Boot hiking is great, but there is no place to ski.
  • Harrison Hills is great for exploring now with numerous accessible lakes.  The channel from Beaver Lake to Kordick Lake has never been higher and easier to ride numerous lines.
  • Sunnyvale Park has been closed by some high water.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Freezing Up

Last night I found that Bridge Lake was solid enough to walk across, but I sunk past my ankles on the bogs after the lake.  For a while more it would be best to stay to high ground.  Gates are still closed on ski trails so skiers will have a chance to make their own way.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Looks Like Winter

As gun season draws to a close, Underdown has plenty of beautiful snow.  Ski trails are still do-it-yourself, and there is a lot of water in the bogs so snowshoe hikers should stick to the hike-bike trails for a while.   Lakes aren't safe yet so the regular snowshoe routes won't be established until around Christmas. Some fat biking might be good in a week.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Snow Time

  • Underdown got plenty of snow this week.   Some skiers have tried the powder even though the gates aren't even open yet and grooming is a long way away.
  • Snowshoeing is wide open  on land now, but lakes and bogs aren't safely frozen yet.  It's best to hike using the bike/hike trail map for a while until the regular snowshoe route is established some time next month.
  • Another bypass around a too steep hill is finished, and a loop was dragged from the parking lot out to trail CC and back.  Fat biking could be good out that far later this week.  Loop Road has had truck traffic and could be ridden by bike.  Trail A & Z might be ready to ride already.
  • Remember not to ride during daylight next week.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ready for Some Snow

Steve, Paul, Beth and Pat helped me take the steepness out of the Heartbreak Ridge climb on the fat-bike & snowshoe trail.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ready for Work

Underdown trails are great to ride now that Steve helped me turn Kelly's deck into a boardwalk and Paul helped me blow all the leaves off.
Sunday November 9th at 10AM or will be a great time for a bunch of us to get all the trails repaired. We'll start around Heartbreak Ridge where the Ice Age Trail crosses Loop Road on the snowshoe-fat bike trail.  Trail X is in the area and should be ready to repair as loggers are almost out.  The agenda:

  1. Rebuild the Heartbreak Ridge climb so we don't have to hike out fat bikes
  2. Clean up Trail X - if the loggers were as gentle there as elsewhere it should go fast and be an opportunity to make the trail even better than before
  3. Clean up the south edge of trail KK with a new boardwalk - a 1 hour job
  4. Tree down on KK plantation east
  5. Clean up the end of G coming off of Roundtop - under an hour
  6. Trees down on C
  7. Tree down on the Neccessary Evil part of trail S
  8. Clean up trail L Ice Age Trail with a rebuild of the steep west end

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Boardwalk on Trail U

Leaf blowing will be done this week.  All trails will be open except for X, L, and LL because of logging.
Taking the boardwalk for a walk.

No more mud. Beware of dogs.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coming Attractions

  1. Logging on trail X and bits of KK and G this month.
  2. Some made over corners on trail U.
  3. Leaf blowing at the end of the month.
  4. More bull dozing at the new city forest trail.