Mountain Junkies Trail Maintenance

This is where I will post our most recent trail work and summaries.
Commonly, if I am not on a training run I’ll run with a handsaw and “flicking stick” removing anything that shouldn’t be there and cutting back things growing into the trail.  

8/13/22
Went out after the storms to help Roanoke City clean up the Cove.  Ran First and Third Decks, Lakeside, Araminta, Hemlock, Brushy Mtn and Trough.  Hand cut out a dozen trees and removed a lot of debris on this 15 mile run.
1 person 4.5 Hours

8/5/22
Went out to run and check the Price Mtn / Kelly Knob lollipop loop.  Hadn’t been out there since New Years Day.  Removed a lot of debris and cut out 4 trees with a handsaw.
1 person 4 hours

7/29/22
Checked out Little Cove Mtn Trail from the Middle Creek area.  Did an out and back removing sticks and debris along the way.
1 person 1 hour

7/16/22
Went out to check the Forever section of the Glenwood Horse Trail and take care of a section of disappearing trail where a tree uprooted and took out most of the trail.  Removed sticks and debris along the way to the 2 mile point and then cut the trail back into the bank to make it safer and more passable.  Also, shored up a half dozen or so water bars I worked on last year.
1 person 3 hours

5/28/22
Setting up for the CtC Race, Ron Butler and I chainsaw cut out one tree across Brushy Mtn, between Hi Dee Ho and Trough.
2 people .25 hour – .5 hours

5/27/22
I marked the 25k course, removing debris, cutting back some growth on Brushy mtn and handsaw cut a tree across the road just below Hemlock Tunnel, and two on Horse Pen.
1 person 3.5 hours

5/27/22
Gina marked the lower 10 mile loop of the marathon removing debris and cutting back new growth in the trail corridor.
1 person 5 hours

5/21/22
Gina and I went out to check some of the Conquer the Cove 25k course on 5/21.  We removed debris, cut back new growth, growing into the trail corridor on Trough, Buck, Hotel, Hi Dee Ho and Gauntlet.  I handsaw cut out one tree on Buck.

2 people for 6 hours

5/13/22
On a training run, I cut back and removed debris on the climb up N. Mtn and up to Broad Run from Stone Coal Gap
1.5 hours

5/6/22
Trail Nut course marking, debris removal and using a handsaw to cut out a few trees.
2 people for 4 Hours

4/29/22
A group of 5 Mountain Junkies met up to work at Carvins Cove.  This week we helped Roanoke City install and second technical trail feature and continued clearing up muddy sections.  Totaling both weeks we worked on a total of 80yds of trail making muddy sections more sustainable.
5 people for 35 hours

4/22/22
A group of 7 Mountain Junkies met up to work at Carvins Cove on Earth Day.  We help Roanoke City install and technical trail feature and cleared up a 50ft section of mud.  We filled the area with 3 different sizes of rock, compacting each layer and finishing up with some fine rock to smooth it out.
7 people for 42.5 hours

4/1/22
Cut a few trees off the Mill Mountain Mayhem 10k course
2 people for 2 hours

3/25/22
We blew leaved off of the Mill Mountain Mayhem 10k course
2 people for 4 hours

3/11/22
Montvale course marking, debris removal and using a handsaw to cut out a few more trees.
2 people for 4 Hours

3/6/22
More Montvale leaf blowing and cutting out dangerous trees off of the trail
2 people for 4.5 Hours

2/25/22
Marked the EYL courses and  cut out a few more trees that had come down
2 people for 4 Hours

2/18/22
Blew leaves and removed debris at Montvale Park
3 Hours

2/11/22
Blew leaves and removed debris off the Explore Your Limits Courses
2 people for 5 Hours

1/28/22 
Gina and I marked the Forever 5/10 Miler course removing debris and cutting out a few trees by handsaw
2 people for 4 Hours

1/14/22
Ron Butler and I went out to remove debris, cut trees and brush back the entire 5 mile Forever section of the Glenwood Horse Trail.
2 people 11 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/6523304960

1/7/22
Gina and I marked the course and continued to remove debris that was left from the storm on 1/2/22
2 people for 5 hours

1/6/22
Work was continued to the Chestnut Ridge Loop to clear the first and last miles of the Frozen Toe 10k.  The weather on 1/2/22 brought down the vines and low lying branches making the course impassable
5.5 Hours

1/5/22 
Work was done to the Chestnut Ridge Loop to clear the first mile of the Frozen Toe 10k.  The weather on 1/2/22 brought down the vines and low lying branches making the course impassable
4 Hours

1/1/22
Went out to Price Mtn to do a loop and assess things.  Removed debris and cut out a few trees along the route.  Leaves are thick and new growth is definitely growing in to the trail corridor.  It will need an official workday at some point.
5.5 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/6457514327

2021 Summary
133.25 total work hours

12/30/21
Cleaning Up CRL on the Church Side – Cut out a large tree near the campground, a few other smaller ones, clipped back new growth and removed debris.
2 Hours

12/24/21
Cleaning up the Yellow Mtn side of CRL.  Blew the leaves off of the devil hill, cut out a few trees and clipped back some new growth and removed debris..
2 Hours

11/21/21
Went out to do t he Wilson Mtn – Pine Ridge Loop.  First time in a long time.  Removed a bunch of debris, cut out a number of trees and cut back growth in the trail corridor.
3 people for 13.5 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/6457514327

11/14/21
Went out to the Glenwood Horse Trail to check out the Forever section from Bobletts Gap Road.  Removed a lot of debris, cut out a few trees.  The trail was pretty messy on this end, but should now be clear for the full 5 mile section.
4 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/6258187861

11/5/21
I put in 4.5 hours checking on the Broad Run trail for the first time since Spring.  I made it about 1.75 miles in before I came to a mess of some downed trees.  I removed these, a few more trees, removing debris, and cutting back growth in the trail corridor
4.5 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/6216331926

10/31/21
Ron Butler and I headed out to Sawmill Branch Trail to check how it has held up since the Spring and setup a few water bars to help divert water and hopefully keep the trail going for many more years.  We came across two large trees on Happy Valley on the drive in.  They took about 2 hours to clear.  Sawmill was in good shape, we cut back some growth at the AT end, cut out a few trees and put together a few rock and tree water diverters.
2 people for 10 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/6194158393

10/24/21
Went out to the Glenwood Horse Trail to check out the Forever section from Day Creek to Bobletts Gap Road.  Removed a lot of debris, cut out a few trees and formed 6 water diverters.  The trail has held up well since our race in February.
5 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/6161727822

10/22/21
Gina and I fine tuned the Into the Darkness course before the race.  Blew leaves again and removed debris
2 people for 5 hours

10/15/21
Blew the leaves off the Into the Darkness course
2 hours

9/24/21
Began doing trail work for the Into the Darkness event at Explore Park.  Checked the course and cut out a few trees and removed a ton of debris from the trails.
2.5 hours

8/6/21
Took my USFS chainsaw recertification at the Locher Tract.  This would be my 4th recertification and it is good for 3 years.  Certifications had been extended due to Covid and a lack of training opportunities, so I jumped on any date that was available and fortunately this one fit the schedule.  The testing process goes like this;  myself and one other sawyer go into the woods with a few USFS instructors, they pick a tree and tell you where to drop it, they place some flagging on the point they want the tree to land, then they require you to tell them how you are going to cut the tree according to the guidelines, they then tell you all the ways you can fail,  and lastly, you have to cut the tree the way you described.  I’m recertified until August of 2024.
4 hours

8/1/21
Brushed back Big Bad Wolf Trail.  The bottom 2 miles had started to get closed in with mountain laurel and rhododendrons so I used a brush trimmer to cut things back.
3 hours – https://www.strava.com/activities/5722723631

7/9/21
Did a run and trail check of the Catwaba Valley Trail (CVT) to Stone Coal Gap and up Ferrier Trail to the Ridge, cutting back new growth, growing into the trail.
4.5 hours

7/3/21
Did the Elevator Shaft / Big Bad Wolf out and back cutting back new growth and cutting out a few downed trees.
2 hours

6/25/21
Did the Elevator Shaft loop cutting back new growth and cutting out a few downed trees.
3 hours

6/18/21
Did a trail check and some work on Sawmill Branch Trail.  Cut out a few small trees with a handsaw and pulled and cut back some laurel that was encroaching in on the trail.
3.5 work hours

6/6/21
Ran at Douthat with the handsaw.  Gina and I cut out a few small trees and moved a few that were down blocking the trail.  Also reported 5 downed trees, needing a chainsaw, along our route.
https://www.strava.com/activities/5425095308
2 people for 4 work hours

6/4/21
Ran the Great North Mountain Loop and cut back some new growth in trail corridor, cut out a few downed small trees and removed a lot of debris.
https://www.strava.com/activities/5413893663
2 people for 6.5 hours

5/22/21
Ran the lower loop at the cove and cut back new growth, cleared debris and cut out a few small trees
2.75 work hours

5/21/21
Ran the Conquer the Cove 25k loop and cut back new growth, cleared debris and cut out a few small trees.
3.5 work hours

5/1/21
Falling Creek Park – we had a crazy wind storm prior to our 10k and Half Marathon.  I went out and prerode the course and cut out a few small trees before the race start.
1 hour

4/24/21
James and I ran the little used Wilson Mtn and Pine Ridge loop clearing it of debris and cutting out a few small downed trees.
https://www.strava.com/activities/5183779430
2 people for 6 hours

4/9/21
Broad Run Mountain
I put in 3.5 hours checking on the trail after the winter ice storms and winds.  I made it about 1.75 miles in before I came to a couple of hanging tree tops.  I removed these, a few more trees, removing debris, and cutting back growth in the trail corridor – https://www.strava.com/activities/4409648043
3.5 total work hours

3/5/21
Gina and I worked on the Montvale Park trails.  Leaves were blown, debris was cleared and a few trees were cut, clearing all of the trails in the park.
2 people for a total of 6 hours

2/26/21
Marked, removed a ton of debris from the ice storms, and cut out a couple trees on the Explore Your Limits 5/10k courses.
3 Total work hours

2/5/21
Gina and I marked, cut out a few trees, and removed a lot of debris on the Forever 5/10 Mile Course
2 people for a total of 4.5 hours

1/22/21
GINA AND I worked on the Explore Your Limits 5/10k courses.  Leaves were blown for the trail sections and 8 trees were cut off the course.
2 people for a total of 9 hours

1/15/21
Ron Butler and I did work on the Forever section of the Glenwood Horse Trail, between Day Creek Parking Area and Bobletts Gap Road.  Cut back new growth growing into the trail corridor and blew leaves along the entire 5 miles.
2 people for a total of 11 hours

1/11/21
Submitted paperwork to the USFS for an official Mountain Junkies Trail Club for the Glenwood Pedlar district.  This formation will allow us to record work officially with the USFS.

1/8/21
Chestnut Ridge Loop
Chainsaw cut one tree and used a handsaw to cut a few more trees out while marking the course for the Frozen Toe 10k.
3 Total work hours

292 total work hours for 2020

12/31/20
Chestnut Ridge Loop
I brushed back the trail heading from Welcome Valley Road to the Trailer Park.
4.5 Total work hours

12/11/20
Sawmill Branch
I met with the City Parks and Rec to finalize the work we did on the trail and get the work approved.  Sawmill Branch Trail is official as of today.  A few workdays and we have it open and in the best shape since I’ve started trail running in 2001.  This is a great trail to use an an access point to the AT and Tinker Mountain from Carvins Cove.  It should be used as another option to avoid the crowded trailhead parking lots for both Tinker Cliffs and if you are looking for more miles, McAfees.
1.5 Total work hours

11/29/20
Broad Run Mountain
This is an ongoing project on a trail that been taken back by nature.  I put in 5 hours of removing debris, downed trees and cutting back growth in the trail corridor – https://www.strava.com/activities/4409648043
5 total work hours

11/22/20
North Mountain Makeover:
Well the numbers are tallied and it was a BIG day for North Mountain.
Out of the mountain’s 20.25 miles, all but 2 miles of ridge and one downed tree were cleared and cut back and 2 trails were leaf blown.
36 workers put in a collective 144 work hours.

11/13/20
Gina and I headed to Day Creek to do work on the Glenwood Horse Trail
Clipping back and chainsaw work on 3 trees
2 people for a total of 4 hours

11/6/20
Sawmill Branch
Ron Butler and I did some clipping back, chainsawed 3 trees and blew leaves
Also cut out a tree on Enchanted Forest and Songbird
2 people for a total of 10 work hours

10/24/20
Blew leaves off of the Into the Darkness Course at Explore Park
1 work  hour

10/23/20
Gina and I blew leaves and cut trees off of the Into the Darkness Course at Explore Park
2 people for a total of 4 work hours

10/3/20
Blew leaves off of the Into the Darkness Course and cut trees off the trail at Explore Park
3.5 work hours

8/23/20
James Decker and I an Day Creek to Bobblets Gap Road clearing growth into the trail corridor and cutting out downed trees
2 people for a total of 10 work hours

8/9/20
Ron Butler and I worked on Price Mountain Trail and Kelly Trail.  Cut out some downed trees and growth into the trail corridor.
2 people for a total o f 8 work hours

8/7/20
Price Mountain Trail and Kelly Trail.  Cleared the trail by hand.
5 work hours

7/17/20
Broad Run Loop clearing debris
4 work hours

6/12/20
I got some intel that the trails at Explore Park had been neglected.  James Decker and I went to cut out downed trees and new growth growing into the trail corridor.
2 people for a total of 5 work hours

6/6/20
Price Mountain and Kelly Trail work day.  Cut out downed trees and new growth.
8 work hours

5/30/20
Price Mountain and Kelly Trail work
4.5 hours of clearing debris

5/24/20
Cleared the lower loop at Hoop Hole
2 work hours

5/2/20
Ron Butler and I did chainsaw and leaf blower work on Broad Run Trail
2 people for a total of 14 work hours

5/1/20
James Decker and I ran the Broad Run loop assessing things and clearing the trail by hand
2 people for a total of 6.5 work hours

4/19/20
Ron Butler and I did some chainsaw work and general clearing on Broad Run Trail
2 people for a total of 11 work hours

4/11/20
Ron Butler and I did general clearing on Broad Run Trail
2 people for a total of 17 work hours

4/5/20
General clearing on Broad Run Trail
4.5 work hours

3/7/20
Blew leaves at Montvale Park
4 work hours

2/21/20
Explore Your Limits leaf blowing
4 work  hours

2/9/20
Ron Butler, Ed McKeown, Patrick Castelvecchi and I did work on Sawmill Branch.  Leaf Blowing and brushing back.
4 people for a total of 10 work hours

2/8/20
Explore Your Limits leaf blowing
3 work hours

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