My neighbor's son, Bucky, and I went in to Upper Paugussett to finish opening up the Mulikin Trail to the Poly Brody Fire Road and it was a chore. It looks like my initial reroute on the Hunters Trail won't be necessary because some folks came in and opened that part of the trail again. The tree that fell didn't land on the trail, rather right next to it so that part is open.
Where I am doing my reroute we found that the crown of this tree that was blocking the Upper Mulikin had been trimmed to open the trail up. There were signs further up the trail that someone had a cut a few things but didn't finish the job, unfortunately. The good news about this development is now I don't have to open my reroute to trail users before it's time because there are more tweaks that need to happen.
We weren't able to move the tree trunk at the point where the Mulikin goes into the fall line decent but we did an awesome job with the next blowdown!
And the next
And there were two more after this one that we cleared as well.
However, the new illegal trail is still screwed
This blowdown is about 50 yards in from the Forest Road
As you can see there a few trees on it, too.
Some little stuff on the Forest Road that heads back to Echo Valley but we were too tired at that point to do anymore work. Not sure what the rest of the forest road looks like but it can't be pretty.
The tree down on the Forest Road before the Gussy Trail is going to be a big job
But wait, there's more!
I find a lot of crap in the woods left by hunters. Chairs, milk crates, water bottles, coffee cups, but an empty box of shells? This is a first.
It looks like someone might be working on this end of the forest, is it DEEP or just a vigilante chainsaw wielding hikers? That was a really big tree that was cut and in a few places, too. I saw fresh tire tracks in the mud so it has to be someone with a reason for being in there. That longer piece furthest away will make a nice skinny.
However, the entrance to the Echo Valley Parking Lot is still closed.