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Weekly Trail Report

Weekly Trail Report

Weekly Trail Report – July 16, 2017

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• Singletrack Trails continued maintenance work on Shaffer Trail, heading north from the north end of High Meadow Trail towards Lost Canyon Trail, and continued north on Shaffer Trail to nearly the top of Manor House Trail. Maintenance included tread repair and drainage improvements. The current end of work is about 1,000 feet south of Manor House trail.
• Volunteer Trail Coordinators reviewed the completed work and provided feedback to Singletrack Trails.

2) Volunteer corridor maintenance:
• Several volunteers performed vegetation maintenance on the following trails: Domino, Summit View, Beacon Hill, lower parts of Cougar, Lost Canyon and parts of Shaffer.

3) Other:
• Cougar Trail continues to get heavy use by residents.

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will be continuing on trail maintenance, completing work on the Shaffer Trail, and continuing to Summit View and Beacon Hill Trails.
• As available, volunteers will continue working on vegetation maintenance this week at the location of their choosing.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – July 9, 2017

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• Singletrack Trails worked on and finished maintenance on Gothic Trail.
• Singletrack continued work on Shaffer Trail, heading north from the north end of High Meadow Trail towards Lost Canyon Trail. They are currently located approximately 0.5 miles south of Lost Canyon Trail.

2) Volunteer corridor maintenance:
• 1 volunteer did corridor clearing on the Millennium Connector Trail and parts of the Bradford Trail this week.

3) Other:
• No miscellaneous items this week.

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will be continuing on trail maintenance, continuing north on the Shaffer Trail, from their current location, past Lost Canyon and heading toward the Manor House Trail.
• As available, volunteers will continue working on corridor / vegetation maintenance this week at the location of their choosing.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – July 2, 2017

1) Mountain High Court Connector Trail maintenance project:
• This trail connects the Deerwood Trail to Mountain High Court. Project goal is to improve sustainability of trail by adding drainage features and removing cupping.
• Volunteers completed this project on Monday, June 26.

2) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• Singletrack Trails worked on and finished maintenance on Golden Banner and High Meadow Trails. They also did some maintenance on the south end of Shaffer Trail and started work on the Gothic Trail.
• This maintenance was generally light as the tread was in generally good shape to start with. Drains were added and cleaned out as needed to prevent future erosion issues and tread was rehabilitated where damaged. Two crossings on High Meadow that are wet in the spring were re-worked with better armoring for wet conditions. The large section in west end of High Meadow that gets swampy in the spring was not addressed. VTCs will need to design a long term solution for this problem before any work is done on it.

3) Other:
• VTCs made 2 visits to the field to review maintenance with Singletrack Trails. Both the maintenance done to date and the upcoming program were reviewed. In general, the VTCs are happy with the level of maintenance being performed relative to the current conditions of the trails.
• VTCs visited all the foothills trails and noted that vegetation / corridor maintenance is needed in quite a few areas on the foothills trails. They will be contacting volunteers via the Trail Club to start this work.

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will be continuing on trail maintenance , first finishing their work on Gothic trail and then proceeding north on the Shaffer Trail.
• As available, volunteers will start working on corridor / vegetation maintenance this week at the location of their choosing.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – June 25, 2017

1) Question Park Peak Spur Trail
• This new trail extends from the Golden Banner Trail to the nearby summit, know as Question Mark Peak. Trail length is about 2800 ft. (0.53 mile). The summit of Question Mark Peak is at elevation 7560 ft, and had great 360 degree views. The summit is about 4.75 miles from Valley Parkway, via Cougar trail.
• Singletrack Trails, Inc completed this trail on Thursday, June 22, and it is open for use.

2) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails, Inc corrected the backslope of the upper 600 ft of Cougar trail that was constructed last year by a different contractor. The appearance is much improved, and should now re-vegetate better with a reduced angle that meets KCR specifications.

3) Mountain High Court Connector Trail maintenance project:

  • This trail connects the Deerwood Trail to Mountain High Court. Project goal is to improve sustainability of trail by adding drainage features and removing cupping.
    • Volunteers will be working on this project on Monday June 26.

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will be working on trail maintenance on High Meadow trail, and proceeding to other trails.
• Volunteers will work on Mountain High Court trail on June 26.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trail Report – June 18, 2017

1) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails, Inc (STI) completed work on Cougar Trail on Monday, June 12.
• Total measured trail length constructed by Singletrack Trails is 12,031 feet.
• Equipment was moved down the hills and out for maintenance.

2) Question Mark Peak Spur Trail
• This new trail will extend from the Golden Banner Trail to the nearby summit, known as Question Mark Peak. Trail length is about 2,800 ft. (0.53 mile).
• Singletrack Trails, Inc mobilized equipment to the summit of Question Mark Peak on Wednesday June 14, via access through High Meadow and West Ranch.
• Work began from the top, progressing down hill. After 2 days of work, the trail is approximately 46% complete, with 1300 feet of finished tread.

3) Red Fox Connector Trail maintenance project:
• This trail connects Stove Prairie Trail to Red Fox Lane. Project goal is to improve sustainability of trail.
• This project was completed by volunteers on Monday, June 12.

4) Mountain High Court Connector Trail maintenance project:
• This trail connects the Deerwood Trail to Mountain High Court. Project goal is to improve sustainability of trail by adding drainage features and removing cupping.
• This project was flagged by Volunteer Trail Coordinators on Wednesday, June 14.
• Volunteers will be working on this project, yet to be scheduled.

5) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will continue work on Question Mark Peak Spur.
• Singletrack Trails will be working on trail maintenance on High Meadow Trail and will correct tread and backslope issues on the top 600 feet of Cougar Trail that was constructed last year.
• Volunteers may work on Mountain High Court Trail.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – June 11, 2017

1) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails, Inc (STI) is nearly complete with work on on Cougar trail. The crew worked this past week Monday through Thursday.
• The rough-cut machine work connected to the lower section of trail on Thursday, and the crew did some clean-up to make the rough-cut trail passable for the weekend.
• As of June 11, project is about 96% complete, with only about 450 feet of trail remaining to be hand finished (completion expected on Monday, June 12).
• VTCs performed a final project walk through with STI on Saturday, June 10.

2) Red Fox Connector Trail maintenance project:
• This trail connects Stove Prairie Trail to Red Fox Lane. Project goal is to improve sustainability of trail. On the upper section of the trail, several curves will be added to promote drainage. On the lower section of the trail, several drainage features will be added to the existing tread.
• This project was flagged by Volunteer Trail Coordinators on Saturday, June 3.
• Volunteers will be working on this project during a work session scheduled for Monday, June 12, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

3) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will complete work on Cougar Trail and move out their equipment.
• Singletrack Trails will begin work on trail maintenance on High Meadow trail, and begin construction work on Question Mark Peak Spur trail, re-mobilizing equipment into High Meadow.
• Volunteers will begin work on Red Fox Connector trail.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – June 4, 2017

1) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails, Inc (STI) continues work on Cougar trail. We have one crew of 3 working from the top towards the bottom, using two mini-excavators.
• The crew worked this past week Tuesday through Friday.
• As of June 4, project is about 82% complete, with approximately 9925 feet (1.88 miles) constructed, of 12150 feet (2.30 miles) total. 2225 feet (0.42 mile) remains to be constructed.
• Based on projected rate of progress, project is anticipated be completed around June 14, plus/minus a few days.

2) Lyons Trail and Kiln Trail maintenance project:
• Project goal is to reduce erosion and improve sustainability of trail.
• Volunteers completed this project on Sunday, June 4 with the opening of about 500 feet of new trail on Kiln, and closure of a section of the old Kiln trail. Trail sign was also moved. Residents should be advised to not use the old trail.

3) Red Fox Connector Trail maintenance project:
• This trail connects Stove Prairie Trail to Red Fox Lane. Project goal is to improve sustainability of trail. On the upper section of the trail, several curves will be added to promote drainage. On the lower section of the trail, several drainage features will be added to the existing tread.
• This project was flagged by Volunteer Trail Coordinators on Saturday, June 3.

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will continue work on Cougar Trail.
• Volunteers will begin work next weekend on Red Fox Connector trail.
• VTCs will be making site visits to the Cougar project.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – May 28, 2017

1) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails, Inc (STI) continues work on Cougar trail. Two separate crews were working this past week: one crew of 3 at the top of the trail, using two mini-excavators, and one crew of 3 at the bottom of the trail, using hand tools.
• The upper crew worked this week Monday through Thursday. The upper crew has reached the end of their time at KCR and will be going to another project out of state.
• The lower crew worked Monday on some trail punch-list items and constructed additional 60 feet of trail on Tuesday. This crew was diverted to take care of downed trees on Wednesday, and on Thursday all crews worked together with the upper crew. On Friday the lower crew took over work from the upper crew. Next week this crew will continue construction using the 2 mini-excavators, from the top down.
• As of May 28, project is about 71% complete, with approximately 8615 feet (1.63 miles) constructed, of 12150 feet (2.30 miles) total. 3535 feet (0.67 mile) remains to be constructed.
• Based on projected rate of progress, project is anticipated be completed around the second week of June 2017.

2) Down Trees
• Significant tree damage occurred during the snowstorm, and was reported by residents and staff. Many large trees had fallen across trails.
• STI promptly and efficiently cleared all known down trees on Wednesday, May 24. Some trail tread was also damaged from the fallen trees, which was repaired.

3) Lyons Trail and Kiln Trail maintenance project:
• Project goal is to reduce erosion and improve sustainability of trail.
• Volunteer work session was held on Sunday May 28. Work on Lyons trail is completed, and Kiln trail is in progress.
• Additional volunteer sessions will be scheduled to finish this project.

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will continue work on Cougar Trail.
• Volunteers will continue work on Kiln Trail.
• VTCs will be making site visits to the Cougar project.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – May 21, 2017

1) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails, Inc (STI) continues work on Cougar trail. Two separate crews are working: one crew of 3 at the top of the trail, using two mini-excavators, and one crew of 3 at the bottom of the trail, using hand tools.
• The upper crew worked this week through Wednesday, May 17. Snow Thursday stopped work for the week. The crew built an additional 1250 ft of new trail. The total length of trail constructed at the top is about 4170 feet.
• The lower worked Monday through Wednesday this past week before being shut down for the week by snow and rain. The crew built and additional 535 ft of new trail. The total length of trail constructed at the bottom is about 2335 feet. The lower crew also addressed some flagged VTC concerns.
• As of May 21, project is about 54% complete, with approximately 6505 feet constructed, of 12150 total.
• Based on projected rate of progress and considering the past week’s weather delays, project is anticipated be completed around the second week of June 2017.

2) Lyons Trail and Kiln Trail maintenance project:
• Project goal is to reduce erosion and improve sustainability of trail.
• Volunteer work session was canceled on Tuesday, May 16 due to nearby lightning.
• No weekend sessions were held due to muddy conditions, so no progress was made on this project this week.
• VTCs are working to find a crew leader to lead a session next week – either a weekday session after work or a morning weekend session.

3) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will continue work on Cougar Trail.
• Volunteers will continue work on Lyons trail and Kiln Trail.
• VTCs will be making site visits to the Cougar project.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org.

Weekly Trail Report – May 14, 2017

1) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails, Inc (STI) continues work on Cougar trail. Two separate crews are working: one crew of 3 at the top of the trail, using two mini-excavators, and one crew of 3 at the bottom of the trail, using hand tools.
• The upper crew worked this week through Tuesday, May 9. Heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday stopped work. The total length of trail constructed at the top is about 2920 feet.
• The lower worked Tuesday through Friday this past week and were not significantly impacted by rain. The total length of trail constructed at the bottom is about 1800 feet.
• As of May 14, project is about 39% complete, with approximately 4720 feet constructed, of 12150 total.
• Several project inspections were made by VTCs. Feedback was provided to STI crews.
• VTCs measured total trail length to be constructed by STI. Trail is somewhat longer than originally estimated.
• Based on projected rate of progress, project is anticipated be completed around the first week of June 2017.

2) Lyons Trail and Kiln Trail maintenance project:
• Project goal is to reduce erosion and improve sustainability of trail.
• Volunteer work session was canceled on Tuesday May 9 due to rain.
• Volunteer work session was held on Sunday May 14. Good progress made.
• Next volunteer work session is scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 16th, for a group younger Ken Caryl riders and their families.
• A volunteer work session will be held next weekend, Saturday or Sunday, May 20 or 21, to be determined.

3) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will continue work on Cougar Trail.
• Volunteers will continue work on Lyons trail and Kiln Trail.

If there are questions or comments, please contact us at trails@kcranch.org

Weekly Trail Report – May 7, 2017

1) Cougar Trail
• Singletrack Trails continues work on Cougar Trail. Two separate crews are working: one crew of 3 at the top of the trail, using two mini-excavators, and one crew of 3 at the bottom of the trail, using hand tools.
• The snow on April 29 delayed the return of the upper crew this week. The upper crew returned for work on Thursday, May 4. In 3 days, they had finished an additional 1,300 feet of trail. The total length of trail constructed at the top is about 2,100 feet.
• The crew at the bottom returned for work on Tuesday, May 2, and finished an additional 400 feet of trail. The total length of trail constructed at the bottom is about 1,030 feet.
• As of May 7, project is about 28% complete, with approximately 3,130 feet constructed.
• Project is expected be completed near the end of May.

2) Lyons Trail and Kiln Trail maintenance project:
• Project goal is to reduce erosion and improve sustainability of trail.
• No work was done this past week due to snow on April 29, and crew leader training on May 6.
• Next work session is scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 9, for a group of younger Ken-Caryl riders and their families, and possibly Sunday, May 14, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

3) East Plum Thicket – Manzanita social trail conversion project:
• Public Open House is scheduled for June 8 at Dakota Lodge, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

4) Crew Leader Training:
• Training for volunteer crew leaders will was held on May 6, taught by Singletrack Trails. The class taught the essentials of trail maintenance and construction.

5) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Singletrack Trails will continue work on Cougar Trail.
• Volunteers will continue work on Lyons Trail and Kiln Trail.

If there are questions or comments, please contact the Volunteer Trail Coordinators at trails@kcranch.org.

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