Photo by James Slavin
Johns Brook Valley Trail Work Weekend
Eleven ADK trail volunteers returned to Johns Brook Lodge (JBL) to complete patrols (drainage cleaning, side cutting, and blown down tree removal) of some nearby trails. One large crew focused their attention on the Hopkins Trail, where there was a substantial amount of blown down trees. The other major renovation was improving the new bridge spanning across Johns Brook. A crew added extra bracing, an additional row of decking, and stained the bridge.
Multi-Day Front Country Trail Projects
Two five-day long front country trail projects were supervised by ADK Volunteer Crew Leaders at the end of June. For the sixth time, the Great Camp Sagamore hosted the ADK volunteer trails program. Staying at a restored cabin with meals provided, five volunteers worked on the surrounding trails. A half mile of trail was installed that connected the Beaver Flow Trail to Sagamore Rd.
During the second week a volunteer crew of nine constructed a 27 foot long span bridge over the outlet of Clear Pond. In addition the crew also installed an 8 foot long bog bridge to make access to the span bridge easier. Elk Lake Lodge located in the town of North Hudson. Volunteers ate all of their meals and stayed at the Elk Lake Lodge during the trail project. Many of the volunteers returned for another season to participate in this unique trail project.
Multi-Day Teen Trail Projects
Geared specifically for people between 14-17 years of age, five, five-day long back country trail projects took place in 2018. The first project was located on Poke-O-Moonshine in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest. Six volunteers reestablished twenty earthen waterbars. On top of all that hard work the crew also managed to re-vegetate 180 square feet of impacted soils.
The second week had the crew working in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness. Seven volunteers installed approximately .5 miles of new trail to the top of Jones Hill.
Crews hardened a section of trail in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness during the third week. In total, five participants installed a 60 square foot rock turnpike.
During the fourth week the crew traveled south of Indian Lake into the West Canada Lakes Wilderness Area. A crew of eight worked on the Northville-Placid Trail near Spruce Lake. One, 12 foot long native log foot bridges was built to replace an older bridge that were not useable anymore. In addition the crew patrolled 2 miles of the trail, removing several pieces of blown down trees. The crews returned for to Hurricane Mountain to continue the construction of a rock retaining wall and rock staircase for the fifth and final week.
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