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Weekly Trails Report

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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