Today was the final official trail maintenance day of the year at Bradbury Mountain State Park and I took this opportunity to make a donation to the Friends of Bradbury from the proceeds of the Bradbury Mountain Trail Running Series. Thanks to Blaine for capturing the moment on video as I presented a check for $1500 to Fred Robie of the Friends.
I spent the next 4.5 hours on the Boundary trail, with help from Blaine, Chuck and Katy, working to improve drainage along the trail, clearing debris and rebuilding stone walls. It turns out those rocks are pretty heavy. The next time you're out on the Boundary Trail you should see a dramatic reduction in the quantity and extent of wet areas on the trail. It became clear today that it has been quite some time since this part of the park received any significant maintenance, and there is still a lot of work to do, but I'd like to think that we made good progress today.
If the weather cooperates for the next few weeks I would like to organize a Trail Monster Maintenance Day to get some more work done on this trail before the snow falls. If good drainage is established now then it means we should have a quicker return to dry trails in the spring. Stay tuned.