August 28, 2018 at 11:48 am #728026
2018 Trail Conditions- MoCo Epic Trails: Folks, the MoCo Epic is coming on Oct 6 & 7. If you see any trails on the MoCo Epic that need fixing, PLEASE post here.August 30, 2018 at 3:46 pm #728039
Pepco: Through various channels I’m seeing talk of Pepco trail being used from AS6 to Muddy Branch, behind the horse center. Will save opinion on this. In any case, Pepco needs to be mowed about a week before the event. 2 weeks ago the weeds were chest high in numerous locations immediately flanking the trail. Few feet off trail it was less than knee high. If you lost the trail, look for the highest weeds and that’s where the trail is. I can’t explain it.
Something needs to be done about the creek crossing between Lloydminster (I think) and Falconbridge. The water is only like 3 ft across and 12in deep but the approach is steep in and steep out. It is flanked by high weeds and if you unknowingly hit the “V” at speed you are going over the bars. There was a rock and log to try and hike across, but who knows what’s up after the rains.
SRT: At the Pepco power lines and SRT proper the field needs to be mowed. The old spot, the only spot where SRT and Pepco crossed, the one with the great view of Great Seneca Creek to the north.
Down the hill east of the power lines, and across the creek there is a tree down just after the switchback climbing out of the creek. It fell a few days after the tree removal fairy made a huge effort on SRT. Ride around is burned in.
Massive tree/root ball at the large creek crossing just east of 118. The top of the tree was cleared from the water crossing but the base of the tree blocks the trail beyond the next switchback. Probably just was easy to rake in the ride-around there and let it be.
Clopper Lake: The creek crossing south of the disc golf course. Summer storms have done a number on it. The best route changes weekly. With some signage a good route can be found. Who ever is flagging that will need to call an audible.
Seneca Greenway: North of Huntmaster Rd there are 2 trees down. One across the trail, one in the trail that will take more time.
Muddy Branch: Just south (general direction of travel) of Q.O. Rd and the horse center there is a tree down. You can see it from the metal fence/gate at the parking area. Clippers would probably be enough to reclaim the line.
Little Bennett: On the new Windy Ridge there are a few wet spots that will be there until major work is done. There is some sort of perched water or spring high up on the hill side making it wet where the topography says no. It’s holding water like Hard Cider was until it had major effort performed earlier this year with drainage and rock-work.August 31, 2018 at 9:03 am #728040
Thanks for the great report Brad E.
These are from FB Seneca Mountain Bikers
180828- Lane Jefferson -Huge tree down on Hoyles Mill (gravel road, Soccerplex side)
-Yellow through soy fields at Schaeffer completely overgrown
180828- Richard MeyerRichard and 2 others manage the membership and posts for Seneca Mountain Bikers. I mentioned a a bad spot with a spring on diabase to Bob Turnbull. It could use some armoring so the spring can flow. It is located just behind the Gulf driving range as you enter the woods past the first rock garden.
180828- Tom Newton Bonus loop and Sioux connector have some logs down (2 near RF, 2 just north of the power line, 2 on the Sioux connector near the bonus loop). Most of them are approx 1-2 feet in diameter and have been there for months. Also the creek crossing on the bonus loop could use a little TLC.
180828- Jake Jakubek The SRT has a few trees down and a few spots that got muddy and ridden over so they got beaten up. The portion between clopper lake and the gun range could use some TLC as well.
180828- Tom Newton Seneca Greenway between Brink and Huntmaster has a sweet new reroute. Make sure to include that in the north epic gps trackAugust 31, 2018 at 9:15 am #728041
2018-08-29: MD Black Hill East 4 pm, 88 °F, Green. Some dust, mostly dry to damp, some muddy spots are drying up on Cabin Branch & Hoyles Mill, no standing water. The muddy spots are play-dough like, ready for rolling over to reshape them smooth. Hard Rock, as always, was rock hard.
New trial is in: I call it the “New Hamilton Trail”. Its a hooty swoopy down hill instead of the Optical Fiber Line from Field Crest to Hamilton.September 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm #728046
2018-09-01: From FB- František Brabec Shaeffers near the cell tower (not sure if it’s part of Epic) – the short steep-ish stretch is super eroded and needs to be filled in, perhaps some pavers could be installed. It’s right by the gravel road so easy to bring tools and material to.September 14, 2018 at 11:30 am #728083
So how are conditions in general? We getting nervous yet?September 20, 2018 at 9:06 am #728109
So how are conditions in general? We getting nervous yet?
In general, wet. Some bridges are on their last leg, trees down, trees down on top of bridges, mud bogs in September (Really?), H. Florence dump ~1-2″ of rain this week, more rain coming next week.
It’s going to be Epic.September 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm #728119
Tree down on Muddy Branch about 0.8mi north of Esworthy, 1.0mi south of Turkey Foot. Pick your poison.
Couple 2″ dia couple 4″ dia limbs.
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