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    Jay,

    I rode a small portion of the DD trail yesterday. On the Jan 20th workday I might be able to make it. I am not sure if you are talking about clearing the section from DD9 to somewhere around MP2 that has several blow downs. I have wanted to cut these for years but by the time I get there, I'm too beat. Yesterday I cut a few small (6 inch diameter) ones (I only had a bow saw, but carried lopers and some other stuff) and wow, cleared alot of downed pine. There is a huge wet mess on one of these trails that I would so like to correct but not sure how with mx riding it. Anyway, if you came from the powerline side down Mowry and took the first right, that is your best bet to clear down the two giant logs that are blocking the trail. I did what I call "first responder" on the trail so it's passable but it's not my usual trim job. I left the little log puzzle intact where you cross and log and manage between two trees. It was affectionately named Ma Barker a couple of years ago. LOL yes these things have names.

    I do have a photo that I'm going to post. I am not sure who is sawing the small pines in this area, but use loppers. And lop them close to the ground. These turn into tubeless tire killers on the side of the trail. I'm sure whoever did it was trying to help, they can borrow my loppers next time. So much easier than a saw (which appears to be what they were using).

    I rode from the rangers lot down BR and there are a few blow downs at BR5. I cleared a few other ones. There were mx and quads on the trail and you will see how they rammed through the pines to get around the blowdowns. Also the gate to BR (Grinnell Path) was open. Please let the ranger know there is no chain nor lock but I put a stick in it. Like that is going to hold them back. The trails north of the one DD9 I have not touched. I know there is a trail in there that I tried to ride a year ago and had to walk and fight my way most of the time. It will be beautiful once cleaned up.

    See you hopefully on Sunday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by icecreamjay View Post
    We are going to work on the singletrack that is south of the eastern part of Canfield trail.
    Funny, i hiked that trail today with my dogs......its really a great trail, and yes needs a hell of a lot of work......i wish, oh i wish i could make it out there but my wife is returning from a trip and will be getting her from the airport........but good in the same i will head over to that one when i get a chance......for sure the weekend after.....there are a lot of downs and brush to be cut back.....if you finish great work...if not i will be out there continuing next sunday or saturday.......

    i noticed that you posted a map with a different trail config.........good, cause i was going to question the map that i have.........the trails are not there....haha

    wish i could get out there again with the group.......but anyhow.....good luck this sunday......

    oh and yes to swansea dam.....i did alot of work in there.....2 trails under my belt "2 guys " and "chutes and ladders"...they were all dug out with a hoe...a big one, cant forget the bridges

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisdurand View Post
    Funny, i hiked that trail today with my dogs......its really a great trail, and yes needs a hell of a lot of work......i wish, oh i wish i could make it out there but my wife is returning from a trip and will be getting her from the airport........but good in the same i will head over to that one when i get a chance......for sure the weekend after.....there are a lot of downs and brush to be cut back.....if you finish great work...if not i will be out there continuing next sunday or saturday.......

    i noticed that you posted a map with a different trail config.........good, cause i was going to question the map that i have.........the trails are not there....haha

    wish i could get out there again with the group.......but anyhow.....good luck this sunday......

    oh and yes to swansea dam.....i did alot of work in there.....2 trails under my belt "2 guys " and "chutes and ladders"...they were all dug out with a hoe...a big one, cant forget the bridges

    take care....
    Yeah, I've run into Marco a few times and I asked him what he used to dig that trail in. I asked him if he'd used a pulaski or mcleod and he replied "portuguese hoe". It cracked me up. Nobody can dig like the portuguese. I don't mean to offend anyone, but if you live in the Fall River area you know what I mean.

    I'm not sure how many are going to show up Sunday, but Doug and I will be out there and I think he's dragging at least one other guy with him. I think if we can just clear all the blowdowns out it will be a victory.

    No problem if you can't make it. If you can get out there on your own time and do some pruning that would be great. That's actually a really good idea. I can just post the current trails we're working on and anyone who can get out there and do a little work can feel free to jump in and do as much or little as they want. It all adds up. On the flip side, if there's a trail you like we've been neglecting, post it up.

    About the map. I did add in a few trails and I took out a lot of the boundaries. I think they confuse the map and they actually cover up a couple of trails so they are really hard to see. I'd like to get the whole forest done eventually. I also want to get the maps online so people can download and print what they need.
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    Hey guys, I will be at Cantfield around 9. I was going to work on DD trimming or I can help you. Let me know! Karin

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    Quote Originally Posted by jujubee View Post
    Hey guys, I will be at Cantfield around 9. I was going to work on DD trimming or I can help you. Let me know! Karin
    We'll be there, look for a blue GMC pickup and a Honda Ridgeline. We plan on hitting the trail to the east of Bell Rock Road thats south of Canfield trail. Hopefully we get that done and do a little of the DD trails too.
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    Tried out all the CH trails today, real nice stuff, looking forward to checking out the rest of it. I've ridden a lot in the north end of the forest by the quarry but had no idea these trails were there. I'd like to put in some time with you guys clearing trails, can't do it this Sunday but I'll keep an eye on the board..Steve

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    i plan on being out there next weekend..........if we could get a progress report from this weekend that would be great.......

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    They're calling for some snow early this week, the trail conditions are good right now but that may change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisdurand View Post
    i plan on being out there next weekend..........if we could get a progress report from this weekend that would be great.......
    We did the trail that is south of Canfield trail on the east side of Bell Rock Rd. Its been cleared of blowdowns and pruned back. It's in good shape to ride, except it could stand to be raked or blown.

    We headed out there and noticed that a lot of the blowdowns were already cut, then a half hour later two older guys on dirtbikes rode by. They had a chainsaw with them and said they were the ones who were cutting. Technically they aren't supposed to be out there, but if they are doing trailwork then fine with me. They also said not to make the entrances too clear so that the other dirt bikes wouldn't find the trail. Go figure. These guys weren't spinning their tires or anything. They seemed like good guys.

    My next target is BR11 to BR7. Another trail that needs it is from BR5 to BR4. This one isn't really that crucial, cause there is that parallel trail just south of it.

    Let me know what time you're going out. I may be able to get out and help. Supposed to snow tonight and maybe again this weekend so that may screw things up.
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    The new/old trail is awesome. The two guys on dirt bikes commented they had been riding there for years, which judging how little impact they did to the trail, they really have been. You couldn't tell they had even been over the trail. The sad thing is dirt bikers like them keep the trails open and packed, it's the other ones that dig everything up. Heck, they even wanted to hide the trails from "them".

    Depending on the temperatures and snow, I will be out on the DD trails with a few people cutting blow downs on Saturday. I will report what we get done. I know of several big trees over the trail and I can give some feedback on what trails we didn't get.


    BTW Jay...what's the make/model of that hedge trimmer you brought? That might be my next 'big purchase'. Made it soooo much faster.

    Maybe once we get all the trails clear and accounted, maybe we can have adopt a trails where people can work on their assigned trail whenever they can. Just a thought for the future, right now there is plenty to do before summer seems like there might be a good pool of people that want to help but not all at the same time.

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    Its an Echo gas powered trimmer. I got it at Home Depot.

    I like the adopt a trail idea. I think a semi-coordinated effort works well. Once all the signs are up it'll be easier to identify specific trails that need pruning work. Then if someone has some time and motivation they can just head out and work at their own convenience.

    I hope eventually to use group trailwork days to do more extensive work. There are some spots where I'd like to do some small reroutes to improve flow. Specifically the Copicut hill trail, CH3-4-5.
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    Anyone up for some TM Saturday morning? 9ish? I'm thinking about hiking in from the hunters lot and clearing the blow downs on BR11 to BR7. If that trail is not to bad I might continue to the trail off of Grinnell Path to HS3.

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    Jay and I got out this am and cleared br11 to br7. It's completely pruned out though we did pick leave the brush on thebground up towards br7 as we got tired. Still a couple big blow downs that'll we get next time with a sharpened chainsaw. Only and inch or so of snow and very rideable.

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    Trailwork Ride

    If anyone out there is interested in helping out, we're going to go for a trail work ride this Sunday morning. Sawing and picking up branches. Any help is greatly appreciated, should be a real nice day to be out in the woods.

    We're going to park at the Canfield lot on Bell Rock Rd at 9am.
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    Do you still have to come in from the assonet side to Canfield or is the road fixed up yet?


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    Yeah, you have to come in from Assonet. They aren't going to pave any further. Just like Fall River to waste a bunch of money paving half of the road. The half that leads to Assonet no less.
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    Went out Tuesday a.m. And rode/cleared CH7 to CH3 loop. Wasn't too bad until near the house. I tried riding up CH3 to the fire tower. That trail needs lots of all around help. The horseshoe trail is ok but needs a little touch up of the beech tree branches.


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    Quote Originally Posted by richlather View Post
    Went out Tuesday a.m. And rode/cleared CH7 to CH3 loop. Wasn't too bad until near the house. I tried riding up CH3 to the fire tower. That trail needs lots of all around help. The horseshoe trail is ok but needs a little touch up of the beech tree branches.


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    Cool! I'm planning to hit it again with the chainsaw on Sunday. I was planning to park at the CH1 trail head and focus on the loop south of the power lines. Probably around 8:30 - 9:00.

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    We got out yesterday and hiked CH1 -> CH2 -> CH7 -> HS11 -> CH6 to CH3 that loop is all clear. However, there were spots with 1.5 - 2 feet of snow. It'll be a couple weeks before that is all gone.

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    I was out in the forest this morning putting up signs. We got 15 more intersection markers up, mostly around Payne Rd, Makepeace Rd, and Hathaway Rd.

    The snow melted like mad, I haven't been out near Copicut Hill where we encountered that really deep snow, but I'd have to imagine its mostly melted off. I bet our footprints helped a bunch too. Still plenty squishy though. Hopefully by next weekend everything will be clear and rideable.
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    Hey Jay,

    I rode last week along the Bell Rock then tried the trail I maintained across Bell Rock from the Cantfield yellow gate. It is completely closed down due to blow overs. I have a couple of guys that are willing to go out either this Saturday or the next. We got about a few hundred feet in and turned around. Trees and branches everywhere. I will report back when it's cleaned up. The grassy trails across the road from Copicut Hill seem to be all clear and awesome. I can imagine other trails must be just as blown down.

    Liking the new signs! Where can I get a full size map? The ranger station?


    Quote Originally Posted by icecreamjay View Post
    I was out in the forest this morning putting up signs. We got 15 more intersection markers up, mostly around Payne Rd, Makepeace Rd, and Hathaway Rd.

    The snow melted like mad, I haven't been out near Copicut Hill where we encountered that really deep snow, but I'd have to imagine its mostly melted off. I bet our footprints helped a bunch too. Still plenty squishy though. Hopefully by next weekend everything will be clear and rideable.

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    You can grab a map at either the ranger station or Copicut Woods. I hope to stock some at Scotties Cycles in Westport as well.

    I went out that trail across from Canfield trail the other day to put up the DD 10 sign. Luckily I brought the saw, so that trail is now mostly clear up to the DD 10 intersection. Past that is probably a mess.

    Me, Doug and crew did most of the Copicut Hill trails as well as the main HS trails, so that area is in pretty good shape. I rode there today with the hand saw and did probably 10-12 more blowdowns as well as bent a bunch of pines back up. The snow is gone and the trails are fairly dry, the Copicut trails should be in good shape by the weekend, if we don't get too much snow tonight.

    I rode some of the moto trail and the CCC trail to put up signs and they were a disaster, had to cut my way in just to get to the intersections. So the stuff we haven't touched is bound to be in rough shape. I don't think those trails got cleared from the hurricane, never mind the blizzard.
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    I rode down HS10 the other day. It's gonna need help. If the weather is decent this coming week I might try to go midweek

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    Yeah, that trail is faint. I didn't even know it was there until I had to put up the sign. I actually found it by riding in from the back and I had to clear a lot of pines to get through. I got out there and did the Copicut Hill trail this week. I pruned it all and then leafblew it. Its not perfect, but its way better. Just needs to be ridden and a bit more light pruning.

    Send me a message when you go out, I may have some mornings free next week.
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    Rode mb1 and horseshoe trail today before getting a flat and realizing I had nothing to fix it with that's next on the list of stuff to buy. 1 blowdown on horseshoe but that was it looked good cant wait to get out and see more trails are they all open to mountain bikers? No snow and pretty dry where I was for a trail update.

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    Trail Names

    Hey, I'm getting ready to submit a writeup and map for Copicut Woods to the Nemba places to ride site. I'm looking to name a couple of the better trails so we can distinguish them and also to help people get out and find the good trails.

    The trail I really wanted to name is the long windy one that heads northeast from br7 to the unmarked intersection on Grinnell Path. Its a great trail, and as you can see, tough to describe via map intersections. Long story short, I've been reading the book about paranormal activity in Freetown and came upon the chapter on Pukwudgies. That's right, Freetown has its own mythical creatures, called Pukwudgies.

    Pukwudgie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So I'm gonna call it the Pukwudgie trail, because I find the idea hilarious and I like small, irritating, mischievous gremlin/troll type creatures.

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    I think pukwudgie trail is awesome wish I was more creative and help you out. Let me know when your doing your next trail clean up would love to help i am Free most weekends.

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    Jay, I'm planning to go out in the a.m. tomorrow, 3/27 for about 2 or so hours to do a little clearing. How are the HS trails looking?


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    Like the trail naming idea. Pukwudgies. Now I have someone to blame my inability to clear some of the rock gardens on.


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    Hey, I can't get out there tomorrow, I've got to work. I rode today and did a little work. Actually a lot more work than I intended. The HS trails were in pretty tough shape. I was kind of bummed because I rode that loop we cleared about a month ago (Grinnell Path out to the "Pukwudgie trail" then back by the old moto trail over the rock) and it was in bad shape again. A lot of the pines got bent right back by those last couple of storms and there were a few big trees down. I cleared some, but ran out of time to do it all. Pretty much all of the trails south of the powerlines are in good shape at least.
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    Yesterday's ride was ch3 to ch6 then hs11, hs8 to br7 down pukwudgie but took the bailout near br10 because I was running out of time. Not much cutting but I pushed back a bunch of small stuff


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    Jay,

    Awesome job on the Copicut hill trail!! Thanks for the effort. We rode it today and it was actually enjoyable going up hill. Still needs some rock work or a reroute in a couple spots but it rode nice. The usually loop was in pretty good shape. However, BR11 to BR7 is trashed. I would say it looks worse then when we cleared it back in January. A lot of big trees down...frustrating!

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    Has anyone ridden Landon hill path recently? I'm looking to ride from the ranger station and was wondering if I should bring a saw


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    Trying to piece together a longer loop


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    Just a reminder to everyone out there riding
    I went out 3 weeks ago and now have Lyme disease
    So remember to check for ticks it's gonna be a bad
    Year and yeah I forgot to check so that little sucker fed
    On me for 2 days but should be back riding in a week or two!

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    Hey, Anyone know "exactly" where the fire was that burned 21 acres off of Copicut Road this wknd?? I was there Sunday, knew nothing about it, but road some easier stuff due to the group I was with.

    Brush fire burns 21 acres on Freetown/Fall River State Forest - Taunton, MA - The Taunton Daily Gazette

    The thing that fires me up is that that they say "hikers and mtn bikers" start camp fires. It fires me up because on several occasions I have come across an unlocked gate due to vandalism and there is a somewhat still smoking fire only feet down the trail. Whoever is rolling down the trails and considering it "off roading" is making fires in the middle of the trail. What hiker or biker in their right mind would put the fire in the middle of the trail? Not any I know. An EP had told me months ago they were aware of this and were trying to catch the people (in trucks) that were doing it but were having a hard time as they were doing it at night. I really hope they take this seriously if this fire was caused by a campfire. It is very dry for this time of year.

    Jay, let me know when you'll be out again, I can help. I know, hard to coordinate schedules...yes, those trails are a mess, but we can get together and hit it! I am usually out Sundays and Tues/Thurs afternoons.

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    Hey, I was wondering about the fire as well. I've been super busy with work, coaching softball and I've been a bit beat up (back, wrist, etc), then my kids gave me the stomach bug, so I haven't been out there since about a month ago. The paper said the fire was off Copicut road, in Freetown, so I would guess it was somewhere between the horse farm and the hunters lot.
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    hi was pointed to this thread about these trails i have ridden here once and liked it but got real lost. are there any group guided rides that go out?
    Thanks

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    Not really any regular organized rides. There are intersection markers now that coordinate with the map, so it is easier to navigate now.

    The Copicut trails are definitely marked and better maintained than most of the trails in the State forest. I imagine the moto riders are out clearing their loop, so that should be clear, but that trail is very tough riding.
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    I rode this am and found where the fire had happened. It's about midway on the pukwudgie trail.


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    Great to hear about all the work being done, as well as the mapping.

    Jay, good call on the Pukwudgie trail name! All those Freetown stories are great...when I used to ride there as a kid, my friends and I were pretty adamant about not getting caught out there after dark!

    I gotta get back out there soon...if anyone plans on going, please post up here or PM me. Thanks!

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    Hey I responded to your other thread on Freetown and just found this one. I don't ride but I do run Freetown/Swansea/weetamoo and some others. When I do Freetown I usually did the ledge side and east of the dirtbike parking lot. I'm going to start venturing off to copicut side this year once I start going there again. I'm willing to lend a hand when you guys go.

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    Great to hear all the positive responses! Salty, I see lots of trail runners out around the Copicut area. Bummer that the fire was on the Pukwudgie trail. Any trail damage? Stuntman, lets get out and ride soon, the ice cream stores are settling into a nice rhythm, employees are trained, college help back, time to ride!

    Bill Boles and I just finished up a writeup for Copicut Woods on the NEMBA places to ride site. Its got my finished copy of the map in PDF form as well as some basic info /parking diurections, etc. Link below :

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    I went yesterday and Friday. Are those big maps available yet? Friday I parked at copicut main lot hoping to grab one and use it on the fly while running but there weren't any there. I started on horseshoe back to indian town hoping to hop right back in but came to what looked like 2 cold trails. So I just went north on copicut until that last house and went back in. Went as far north as that old abandoned truck. Far more than I wanted to do that day around 9 mile total counting walking/running. Yesterday was better all around, ran into a couple of guys on bikes.

    We should collaborate and build a trail map with openstreetmap so it would be available on some gps apps. If you guys aren't familiar with it here's an example. These are the trails at village park Swansea. OpenStreetMap

    It would take a little while to make. Something is better than nothing though.

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    Currently I use Garmin connect and Strava when I ride. Does that app. Show where on the trail you are? With the Garmin connect I can create a route then load it into my bike computer and follow the route

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    I know Doug usually has a garmin with him when he rides, I'm sure he's got lots of GPS tracks, but I don't know if they are posted online anywhere. I agree that an easily accessible GPS trail map would be very nice to have.
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    As far as I know of For phone gps apps I know that motionx and Trimble utilize openstreetmap/opentrailmap. Also there are a couple of apps that allow you to record tracks and upload them to the openstreet site so they can be viewed.

    I don't have knowledge on your garmin unit but I have heard of people using OSM data on their garmin GPS devices

    If I take my dog for a hike there I will try to get the ball rolling on some OSM tracks. I figure it would be most accurate walking.

    Also keep up on the tick checks. I logged a lot of mileage in the woods last year and I think I maybe pulled a half dozen or less of off me that weren't latched on the whole season. I pulled off 4 the other day and found one latched on to me early the next morning 3/4 of the way up my leg.

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    The Sadness of Fire

    I had been riding the trails for a couple of weeks now and forgot about the fire. Couldn't find it. Had more time yesterday so decided to ride one of my favorite parts between BR10 and BR11 (off of the hunters lot and then to left) and started to smell "west coast burn" smell. The funny thing is when I described this trail to other people, I called it Tahoe because it's very much like what you would come across out west (minus the trees and brush) and now...it's alot like what you would find in the Sierras: because it's burned. You will run into the burn area right after a short drop on some rocks and right when the rock garden begins where there is a little spring. I didn't ride the second part, I took the bail out to the grassy trail.

    You cannot see it from Copicut. It burned from close to BR 10 over to the grass trail and across. Those big rocks in the brush are now quite visible.

    The trail was maintained by someone. I rode only half of it because I ran out of time from walking and looking at the ferns.

    I am attaching a couple of pics, like I said the trail is 'ok' but the forest will come back even stronger, the ferns are already popping through. (Hopefully I got these pics attached right)

    SE Mass Bioreserve / Freetown SF-burnt-trail-2.jpg

    SE Mass Bioreserve / Freetown SF-burnt-trail-3.jpg

    SE Mass Bioreserve / Freetown SF-imag2796.jpg

    As for GPS, I use a different one that I can't remember the name of, and I need to run GPS Babel to convert it. I use it primarily to figure out where I am. I think out there, it's easier to set a few way points on the fire roads and then orient yourself in the forest. Maybe Doug has one?

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    I rode through there today as well. That trail is the one we've been calling the Pukwudgie trail, we've done a couple of passes on that one with the trimmer/saw. Its the one shown in your first picture. I'm guessing the firefighters wet the trail down as a fire break, because everything is burned except the actual trail, like in your second pic.

    I rode a bunch of the Copicut trails that we've been maintaining and the trails around there are in pretty good shape. I cut a few more limbs with the hand saw and I ran into 2-3 spots that need the chainsaw, but that's not bad considering I covered roughly 10-12 miles. It looked like there has been a bit more traffic out there and the trails are getting ridden in a bit.
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    That's good the trails are seeing some traffic . I'm up for some riding or grooming soon, so if anyone is planning on going, post up!

    I'd also be interested in a after work weekly ride too if anyone else is interested.
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