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Trail Walk

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by hobbyheater, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. hobbyheater

    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    This is the beginning of trail built by the local mountain bike club. It is 2 or 3 miles long and has taken many years to construct. This section goes through a 30 year old logging slash - not easy to build by hand!

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    This section uses a old logging road again about 30 years old. We use this trail at first light. That way we do not put the small dogs in harms way of the fast moving mountain bikes. The club built the trail so we use it at a time of day that we will not conflict the club's fun. After all, they did a lot of work to build this trail.

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    This section is very interesting. It goes through what we would call locally as a cedar swamp. Not swamp by a lot of people's standards but very difficult terrain to build by hand. The logs used for the pathway are the remains of old growth spike top cedars.

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    The rat terriers really enjoy this walk and so do their owners. This section of oversize plank work is about 1/4 of a mile long!

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    Again more of the plank section. The log is a old pine tree.

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    This part of the trail is an old plank logging road built of logs. Not much of this old plank road left now, but it is interesting. The logging trucks that hauled on this road had solid rubber tires.

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    Another section of the trail using a old logging road from the 1920s-1930s. The dogs really like this part as they are never on the trail through this section!

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    This is a part that had to be dug out by hand as it links two parts of old logging roads.

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    This is my favorite section - the hand built plank road.
    Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

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  2. Shadow&Flame

    Shadow&Flame Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for sharing the pics...looks like a nice place for a walk.
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    Beautiful. Is that Alaskan yellow cedar growing up there?
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  5. hobbyheater

    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    They are both Red Cedar and just a couple of hundred feet above sea level and less than a mile from tide water. Above 2,000 feet elevation, you start getting into the Yellow Cedar.
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    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    Good heads up. Been thinking the same thing!
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    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    The bike club has added another section of trail.

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    They have found an old section of plank road. This type of road comes from the days of solid tire logging trucks; I'm guessing the 30s.

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    The road bed consisted of 4 logs - two lashed together to make one plank on one side.

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    And two more for the other side of the road. The underbrush is so dense, it is hard to get a clear picture. The second set are at the end of the walking stick!
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    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Great pictures!! That looks like a sweet bike trail. As someone who bikes, I can certainly appreciate all the time and effort put into that trail! Let's hope it is not abused by others....

    Andrew
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  9. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    Allan, great pics once again. Please, keep them coming.
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  10. hobbyheater

    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    That is a good point. ;) We have been using their trails for two months and as of yet have not seen one piece of garbage. If we do, we are prepared to pick it up!:)
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    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    That is awesome news! Lets hope it keeps up!

    Andrew
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  12. ScotO

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    Once again, lots of cool pictures and some history coming from you Allan.....keep it coming, I really enjoy your posts!

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