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Weekly Trails Report

Weekly Trails Report – September 22, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• No work performed
• Trail maintenance for the season is essentially complete.

As work is complete, this will be the last weekly report for 2019, unless any additional needs for trail maintenance arise.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators


Weekly Trails Report – September 15, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on parts of Cougar trail
• Volunteers dug out protruding stumps along Powerline trail

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – September 8, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on parts of Cougar Trail

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – September 2, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on parts of Cougar trail
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on parts of High Meadow trail
• Volunteers spread crusher fines on the trail at the end of Mountain Birch, and on the trail between Mountain Laurel and Purple Ash
• Volunteers performed tread maintenance on the trail next to the red rocks off Willow Leaf

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – August 25, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers cleaned out the drain / bridge on Massey Draw trail at the Lindenwood connector. They also shored up check dams above this to reduce sedimentation in the future.

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – Aug. 18, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on Lost Canyon Trail
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on North Shaffer Trail
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on South Shaffer Trail
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on High Meadow Trail
• Volunteers trimmed vegetation on Cougar Trail

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – Aug. 11, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers trimmed grasses on Lower Bradford and Stove Prairie trails
• Volunteers trimmed grasses and shrubbery on North Shaffer trail, from Manor House Trail to Lost Canyon Trail

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – Aug. 4, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers trimmed grasses and lopped shrubbery on Powerline Trail.
• Volunteers trimmed grasses and lopped shrubbery on Golden Banner Trail.
• Volunteers trimmed grasses and lopped shrubbery on High Meadow Trail.

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – July 28, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers trimmed grasses on all of Bluebird trail

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – July 21, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Vegetation maintenance and minor tread maintenance was done on South Shaffer Trail
• Vegetation maintenance and minor tread maintenance was done on Lyons Trail
• Vegetation maintenance and minor tread maintenance was done on Kiln Trail
• Vegetation maintenance was done on Ridge Trail

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue to work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – July 14, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• No work in the past week

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will work on vegetation maintenance on Lyons Trail, Ridge Trail, and Kiln Trail this week.

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

Weekly Trails Report – July 7, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• No work in the past week

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – June 30, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers completed vegetation maintenance on Summit View Trail, Bradford Trail, Domino Trail, and Golden Spike Trail.
• Volunteers completed vegetation maintenance and tread maintenance on the south Shaffer Trail and Gothic Trail
• Volunteers completed vegetation maintenance and tread maintenance on the eastern section of Golden Banner Trail.

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will work on vegetation and tread maintenance as needed. Currently no work scheduled for the coming holiday week.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinator

Weekly Trails Report – June 23, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers did vegetation maintenance on Lost Canyon Trail, East Plum Thicket-Manzanita Trail, and Lyons Trail.
• Other planned work was cancelled due to bad / wet weather.

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will work on vegetation and tread maintenance on the Golden Banner Trail.
• Volunteers will work on vegetation maintenance on the Summit View Trail.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – June 16, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers cleaned and repaired drainage dips on the Lark Bunting-North Hogback connector trail.
• Volunteers armored the wet drainage crossing on the Powerline trail. This should provide a sustainable solution which will keep users out of the mud when that drainage is wet
• Volunteers started maintenance on the South Shaffer trail, including cleaning and repairing drainage dips, raking off loose cobble and vegetation trimming as needed

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers will continue work started last week on the South Shaffer trail.
• Volunteers will do vegetation maintenance on the East Plum Thicket-Manzanita trail.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – June 9, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers cleaned and repaired drainage dips on Mountain High Court trail, and improved sight lines on the Deerwood Connector trail.

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Setting up tool caches for upcoming volunteer led trail maintenance on foothills trails.
• Volunteers will work on trail maintenance (vegetation and tread) on South Shaffer trail.
• Volunteers will work on repair of drainage dips on the Lark Bunting – North Hogback connector trail.
• Volunteers will work on armoring the muddy drainage crossing on the Powerline Trail.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – June 2, 2019

1) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• Volunteers removed a few limbs that came down in last week’s snow storm on trails

2) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Setting up tool caches for upcoming volunteer led trail maintenance on foothills trails.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – May 26, 2019

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• Contractor maintenance has been completed for the work season

2) Volunteer Trail Maintenance:
• VTCs started coordinating with crew leaders to set up times for a number of small projects

3) Miscellaneous :
• No other activities this week

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• Volunteers should be removing a few limbs that came down in last week’s snow storm off of the trails.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – May 19, 2019

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• STI came back to do a minor repair on a drainage dip on Massey Draw near the rock staircase by the Lindenwood access trail.
• This concludes scheduled contractor maintenance for this work season.

2) Miscellaneous :
• No other activities this week

3) Outlook for the week ahead:
• No work on the trails is expected this week.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – May 12, 2019

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• STI finished the contractor-based trail maintenance this week.
• Work included re-building the rock stair case on Massey Draw with more sturdy materials (larger rocks) and armoring several sections of eroded trail on the Summit View trail.

2) Miscellaneous :
• The Volunteer Trail Coordinators continued preparation work for trail vegetation maintenance with volunteers later in the season.
• The Volunteer Trail Coordinators also worked on additional organization for less technical trail maintenance for volunteers.

3) Outlook for the week ahead:
• There is some minor touch up on the Massey Draw trail STI will work on at some point this week. A new drainage dip was built in association with the staircase re-do but became water saturated with last week’s snow and rain. This led to deep footprints & tire tracks in the mud which will be addressed / fixed.
• No other work is expected this week.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – May 5 2019

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:

  • STI finished work on Lower Cougar trail, completing tread repairs and rock placement.
  • STI completed work on Upper Cougar trail, which included cutting stumps, raking loose gravel and cobbles, and armoring a turn on the ridge by placing large rocks in the tread.
  • STI completed work on South Shaffer trail, which included armoring several locations on the trail that were experiencing accelerated erosion, by placing large rocks in the tread.

2) Outlook for the week ahead:

  • STI will continue tread maintenance, focused on the Summit View Trail.
  • STI will work on rebuilding the stairs on lower Massey Draw trail when materials are delivered.

Weekly Trails Report – April 29, 2019

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• STI worked on & finished drainage dip clean outs on the Colorow Trail, Deerwood Connector Trail, Massey Draw Trail, and Cougar Trail.
• STI spread and compacted road base to fill turnpikes in Brannon Gearhart Park and on Lyons Trail.

2) Miscellaneous :
• All known down trees across trails have been removed.

3) Outlook for the week ahead:
• STI will continue tread maintenance, focused on finishing work on Cougar Trail
• STI will work on maintenance on Upper Cougar Trail which will include removing loose gravel, cutting stumps, and armoring one turn that has been experiencing erosion.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

Weekly Trails Report – April 21, 2019

Note: As trail work has started back up for the 2019 field season, weekly trail reports will also start up again.

1) Contractor Trail Maintenance:
• Singletrack Trails (“STI”) worked on 2-track maintenance of the North Hogback Trail
• STI worked on & finished drainage dip clean outs on the Rose Clover connector trail
• STI started to clean out drainage dips on the Deerwood Dr. connector trail and Colorow trail
• Staff delivered crusher fines to turnpikes around the trail system which need to be built up. STI will work on installing the material over the next several weeks.

2) Mountain Cedar Social Trail (“MCST”) Evaluation:
• The Open Space Committee (“OSC”) is evaluating what to do with this social trail as there are multiple problems associated with the trail that the OSC and Staff would like to see addressed
• The Volunteer Trail Coordinators (“VTCs”) have been asked by the OSC to provide input to this process in the form of alignment options if the OSC decided to formalize the trail
• The VTCs had previously submitted a preliminary report to the OSC
• The VTCs met with staff in the field this week to further discuss options
• The VTCs created a revised report for Staff and the OSC based on input from the preliminary report

3) Miscellaneous:
• Staff removed a downed tree on Beacon Hill Trail.
• Additional downed trees on foothills trails have been noted and plans to remove them in the upcoming week have been made.

4) Outlook for the week ahead:
• STI will continue tread maintenance, focused on cleaning out drainage dips, on the following trails : Deerwood Dr. connector, Colorow, Massey Draw and possibly lower Cougar (if time permits).
• VTCs will deliver rocks for chokes on lower Cougar
• Other downed trees that have been identified on the upper trails will be removed.

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

Jeff Lyslo and Dan Mullins
Volunteer Trail Coordinators

3 Comments

  1. Dawn Hendry

    I would like to file a complaint about the number and width of the drainage cuts made by the backhoe on the section of trail between Deerwood Dr. and leading to the Colorow Trail. There are 15 cuts some 7 feet apart and 5 feet wide over the span of a block or two. This is extremely unsightly and an overkill for the height and pitch of the slope above it. This has created 15 rollers, which combined with 5 burmed (sloped) turns going from there up to Lost Canyon, resembles a mountain bike course. The blind curve at the bottom of that hill already is an area where I am confronted with speeding bikes screeching to a halt when I hike with my dogs and feels even more unsafe. This course building adds to the speed and hikers like myself feel extremely unsafe. Please limit your sloped turns, rollers and number and width of the drainage cuts.

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