One day trailwork projects

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One-Day projects are a component of trailwork


Feel free to contact Rory Gawler, Suzanne Kelson, or other helpful people for more info on these

  • Install/improve blazes near the intersection of Sanitorium Rd. and Long Pond Road.
  • Trail south of Cloudland shelter - weeds are now chest high. need to go out with weed whip or DR mower.
  • Seems all of the shelter mulch cans could use some mulch. This is very straightforward.
  • Smarts Ranger Trail
    • The Smarts Ranger Trail is way past due for side brushing and pruning and clearing of debris from the tread way, especially above the garage. There are also some blow downs (but not too many) above and below the garage.
    • Also, C&T sign near the summit that says "Smarts Tent Platform .1" with an arrow is broken in half and needs to be replaced. July 26th, 2010
  • Velvet Rocks Shelter
    • No bark mulch in the trash can for folks to throw in after their business.
  • Trapper John Shelter
    • No bark mulch in the trash can for folks to throw in after their business.
    • Trash has accumulated in the trash can in lieu of bark mulch.
    • I cleaned out the fire pits at the shelter which was quite a load in itself.
  • Smarts Cabin / tentsite
    • No trash can, no bark mulch.
    • Scraps of metal roofing in the woods near the privy and the ranger cabin. - July 19th
  • Steps going up to Pentaprivy are broken and need replacing. - June 20th
  • projects for cube, that would be really easy to do on a trip to the lodge (or anywhere passing the 25A trailhead, really):
    • The 25A trailhead does not have a sign for the trail, distance to the summit, etc.
    • There is a small bridge consiting of rotten planks/old topped logs that needs to be replaced, less than .5 miles up the trail. I'd estimate it's about 5 feet. A couple sturdy planks/anchor pieces could be hiked in to make a good replacement.(Lauren Lesser)
  • Pomfret re-route off of private property (contact Rory Gawler, Kevin Miller, Meagan Patrick for more info on this one)
  • sign posts in VT (could be done in an afternoon)
  • Trailhead kiosks - redo signage (Most of a day, but mostly driving, need to gather signage)
  • Webster slide trail - regular maintenance (could be many days - should scout first)
  • Velvet rocks shelter- the roof sticks out, could be padded to avoid hitting head. Needs a ramp to be wheelchair accessible.
  • Moose Mt. Shelter - chinking
  • 2 mile Rd. Bridge (Hanover Centre Rd. Long afternoon, need certified sawyer)
  • Barnard Brook - bigger bridge in VT.
  • Lots of brushing needed between the Mt. Mist summit and Jeffers Brook shelter on the AT. Lop hard; also, there are several blowdowns in this area. July 11, 2010

Projects From Phil Wagner

Moose Mt. Stepping Stones

On the north side of Moose Mt., just south of Goose Pond Rd., there is a muddy section of trail that needs stepping stones. This section of trail is both close to campus and close to the road, so this would make a great afternoon trip. The trail is muddiest for the first few hundred meters as you go southward into the woods from the trailhead on Goose Pond Road.

Materials Needed:
  • Pick mattocks
  • Rock bars
  • Shovels
  • Lopping shears (for cutting roots)
Other notes:

Mosquitoes are pretty bad here in late May and June; so, I would do this project in late July or August, or in the Fall.

Just-South-of-3-Mile-Road Mudopolis

Installed bog bridges on one section (10/11/09). Water bars and stone work (10/25/09)

Similar to package #3, but on a larger scale… If you hike about 5 or 6 minutes south from 3 Mile Road, you will find a lengthy stretch of muddy trail that needs some serious love in the form of stepping stones. (3 Mile Road is the road that the Harris Cabin parking area is along). Some of the existing stepping stones need to be rearranged, and many more need to be added.

Materials Needed:
  • Pick mattocks
  • Rock bars
  • Shovels
  • Lopping shears (for cutting roots)
Other notes:
  • Mosquitoes are pretty bad here in late May and June; so, I would do this project in late July or August, or in the Fall.
  • When you place stepping stones, they should be easy for hikers to use… keep in mind that people with short legs wearing heavy packs need to be able to use them, and keep them close together. Better to do a really good job on a short stretch of trail than to do a lousy job that someone else will have to redo.

Ore Hill Privy Repair

About a mile north of Cape Moonshine Road, there is a lovely shelter called the Ore Hill Shelter. Just behind the Ore Hill shelter, there is a lovely privy called the Ore Hill Privy. This privy would be a lot more lovely if it had a door. (photo to the right taken Fall 2008). The doors fell off and need repair. As you can see, the original door-makers favored saloon-style doors, which seems like a good way to go given the wide opening. The wood the doors are made of isn’t very much rotted, but it looks like it was too thin and so all of the screws pulled out of it. Therefore, I’d suggest some thicker and sturdier boards. Perhaps you could nail some new thicker boards, like 2x4s, to the outside edges of the existing doors, and then screw the hinges into those to prevent what happened last time. The opening in front is 4 ft., 6in. wide (from outside wall to outside wall) and is 4 ft. 0in. wide (from inside wall to inside wall). It is also 6ft. 6in. high from floor to ceiling, but there’s no need for the door to go from the floor all the way to the ceiling; as you can see, the other three walls only go partway up to the ceiling (they’re about 4ft. 6in. high) for a pleasant breezy feel. The hinges that are still on the privy use Philips-head screws, so make sure you have a screwdriver that can remove them. Clearly they were pretty crappy hinges, so best to buy some bigger and sturdier ones. A latch would also be nice. Finally, it’s a big step up to the privy; there used to be a ramp but that collapsed too. If you’re feeling ambitious you can build a ramp or put in a big rock or two as steps.

Materials Needed:

Boards (your call whether you build all new doors or fix the old ones) Cordless power drill, screwdriver bits to go with it, and spare batteries Wood screws and Nails Carpenters’ saws Screwdriver Sturdy hinges Door latch of some sort Materials for ramp; or, materials to dig up stones and move them in front of the privy

Atwell Hill Trail Mudapalooza

Some stone work done by Lauren and Caitlin (10/3/09), some done by Kevin Miller Fall 09

The stretch of Appalachian Trail between Rt. 25A and Cape Moonshine (Atwell Hill) Rd. is called the Atwell Hill Trail, and it has some nasty muddy sections. Most are low-lying sections where the water has no place to go, and in these the best solution would just be to put in lots of stepping stones (stonework is always preferable to log construction since logs rot and rocks don’t). Bog bridges or turnpiking might be suitable for some places, though.

Other notes:

☺ Mosquitoes are terrible here in late May and June; so, I would do this project in late July or August, or in the Fall. ☺ The worst sections are closer to Cape Moonshine Road than they are to Rt. 25A. Therefore, it’d be best to launch the attack from Cape Moonshine Road. Hiking south from there, I’d estimate less than a mile (20-30 minutes of hiking) until you get to the muddy stuff. There are sections of nasty mud separated by sections of fairly nice trail.

Materials Needed:

Pick mattocks Rock bars Shovels Lopping shears (for cutting roots)

Velvet Rocks Mudfest

For muddiness on a smaller scale that the Atwell Hill Trail, there are some short but ugly stretches of mud on the Velvet Rocks trail, just south of Trescott Road (Between Trescott Road and the boardwalk over the marsh). Stepping stones should take care of most of them. This is both close to the road and close to campus, so afternoon trips would be good for working here.

Materials Needed:

Pick mattocks Rock bars Shovels Lopping shears (for cutting roots)

Mud and Bog Bridges in West Hartford

Just south of the town of West Hartford, VT, there are some stretches of muddy trail that need stepping stones, and a stream crossing or two that might benefit from bog bridges. Fairly close to the road, and there’s good swimming in the White River in West Hartford afterwards.

Moose Mt. Stairs and Waterbars

For those interested in more technical trailwork, Moose Mt. has a lot of sections of trail that need love in the form of stonework. The stretch from South Peak to the North Peak has some nasty erosion and some muddy sections, and there is also erosion and mud on the north side of the North Peak. This is easily one of the worst sections on the DOC’s stretch of trail and will take many days of trailwork to repair, but it’s also close to campus and fairly convenient to get to so it makes an excellent target for weekend trips and a good place to teach things like stone stairs and waterbars. The work needed is mostly water bars and stone stairs, and also stepping stones in some muddy spots (particularly in low lying areas between the north and south peaks). Of course, the tools needed for all three are the same so you can play it by ear.

Other notes:

☺ There is a side trail that goes from 3 Mile Road (a bit beyond the Harris Parking lot) to the saddle between the north and south peaks, just south of the Moose Mt. Shelter. Rory Gawler should be able to give you directions, I believe this route was used for the construction of the shelter. The turnoff from 3 Mile Road looks like a gravel driveway but it actually takes you to a gate where you can pick up a trail. The trail is muddy and not maintained, but much faster than taking the A.T. This would be a great way to access the trail between the peaks of Moose Mt. ☺ The beautiful shelter also makes this a great spot for an overnight trip; use the side trail to haul up all the tools on a Friday or Saturday evening, spend a night in revelry at the shelter, and then you can get an early start the following day. Just be careful about water supply, the water source at the shelter is not terribly reliable and you might have to send someone down the mountain to get water unless you arrive well-supplied. ☺ There’s also the Harris Trail, that goes from Harris Cabin to the South Peak of the mountain. Ashley Morishige and Matt Dahlhausen and others have been up that trail, it’s not too difficult to follow. There are some steep eroded sections on the A.T. just north of South Peak so this trail might be handy for accessing those; for an overnight, you could spend a night at Harris and then hike up and start trailwork on the A.T.

Materials Needed:

Pick mattocks Rock bars Shovels Lopping shears (for cutting roots) Rock hammer Maybe buckets for moving dirt Your A-game

Completed Projects

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  • rotting bridge on Gorge Brook Trail, right before slit off with Snappers.
    • This project was completed in two weekends in May 2010. Under supervision from Rory Gawler, Jen McDonald and company felled trees and peeled them one weekend. The next weekend, folks went up, tore down the old bridge, finished peeling logs, hauled the logs across, spiked them together, made a handrail and called it good.