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    Listen! Frances Slocum Info Thread - WVMTBA

    I am starting this thread for information on Frances Slocum State Park. So if you need any info on the park it can be looked up quickly with out looking though tons of post.

    Starting April 6, 2010 we are starting our Tuesday night ride at the park. The ride meets at Carverton Road Trail entrance buy the fenced in pipe line station. Ride leaves at 6:00 pm all levels are invited on the ride.



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    Work day at Frances Slocum 3-28-10

    Did a work/clean up day at the park today.

    Thanks to Chuck M., Larry & Kevin for the help.

    To see photos from the day follow this link.

    http://forums.wvmtba.com/showthread.php?p=1751#post1751

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    Also, we have having another work day this Friday (Good Friday) starting at 10am if any one is interested in helping out as we tweak the trails one last time before Tuesday's ride. Actually the trails are in pretty decent shape and except for some minor fixes looks like they are ready to go. I also shot a ton of pics yesterday that I will post up on the WVMTBA website later today.

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    Just a few pics here as well.....Showing why it's important to keep an eye on where the trails are going. Someone did a lame re-route of the trails which we fixed yesterday...and...we are also on the lookout for the horse rider in the park. Horses are NOT PERMITTED in FS (isn't that a switch in our favor for once) and we had to repair some potholes caused by the hoofprints.

    Someone routed the trail where the we threw the branches down there on the left...lame. Chuck, Larry & Chris doin' the repair


    Fixed the right way once again!!


    More pics at wvmtba.com!

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    Just a heads up on this coming up tomorrow (3/30). Very important, as the article stresses the importance of getting involved, and it is especially important to our group as we pretty much lead any other group, and this includes the fishermen, hunters, hikers in hours devoted to the park. If I'm not mistaken WVMTBA has well over 300 hours at the park last year and most importantly we have been working closely with the park manager & DCNR for the expansion of the trail network on the West side of the lake. All the plans went in late last year, we're just waiting for the ok from Harrisburg

    I invited Frank from IMBA to attend...he is in Maryland tomorrow so I don't think he'll make it, but the more there the merrier.

    A lot of us have seen what happens when stuff like this is taken for granted, and not only in our area, but across the state as well, so..if you are able, by all means come out on Wenesday evening starting at 5pm.

    http://www.timesleader.com/opinion/S...Frances+Slocum


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    The meeting last night was pretty well attended, by not just the bikers, but walkers and other users of the park. It was a feeling of gratitude that Rex (Park manager) kept on referring back to our group as there were some questions about the trails and usage, trail ediquette and so forth. We even had a dissenter about the bikes, a dog walker, but..the meeting was open for all and even though we sat on opposite sides of the issues all of us could see each others points of view. Both parties agreed that there are "bad apples" in each group and pretty much there was no impact on the trails as far as regulations and stuff like that.

    Starting I believe this month the trails system is going to standardize the markings as to what trail can be used by whom, instead of the mishmash of colors that we use now. I wasn't paying too close attention at this point as I was filling out some paperwork so hopefully Chris or Larry can fill in here and cover the bases.

    I know everyone is waiting for news of any trail inclusion....I'll update that as soon as we get word of anything official. From what we saw yesterday a lot will be happening, probably by the end of this month. We'll keep you posted on that.

    Getting back to our horse & rider issue....Park ranger Darren asks if anyone see him on the trails, just call 911, tell them it is a non emergency and they will get in touch with him. The park isin't looking to bust the guy, nor are we, but horses up there are going to cause a lot of damage, esp if word gets out to other equestrians. Also, I can not fathom what the results would be between a collision between horse & bike. Not good...so, help out here if you can. Keep in mind, we're not "Enforcement" so don't play RoboCop and confront the guy..let the park handle that, they are just asking for our help as there are more eyes out there..and cellphones!

    There you have it...and...just a reminder that there is a work party for tomorrow at 10am meeting at the Carverton Road access. I'll be doing sweep rides Saturday, Sunday & Monday mornings about 7:30 if anyone wants to join in.
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    Just a reminder....the First club ride of the season starts tomorrow...4/6...meeting at the Carverton road Access at 6pm. I'm gonna go out early Tuesday morning and check the trails out, anyone available join up with me at 7:30 am.

    After the ride it's off to either the Checkerboard or TC Rileys for food and war stories!
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    Riding today and meeting up 6pm at Carverton! See you all tonight!!
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    After giving things some time to dry out after last weeks' 2 inches of rain followed by 6 inches of snow...and then having it go to 80 degrees the next day, which made an unholy mess out of sections of the trails, esp the new re-route.....After my morning ride there I went back up and completely re-did the re-route at the beginning of the trails.

    Spent about 3 hours regrading, leveling..armoring sections..added some drainage (Rex..log me in for 3 hours!!) ..will have to wait 'till the next wet spell to see if it holds up...should....and then re-do'ing the landscaping around the trail where everyone was trying to ride around the mess the last week.

    Some "before & after" pics

    This was last weekend....yuk!


    Same area when I started..not as bad, but nasty lookin'


    Looking much better


    All done..landscaped, bordered..and cleaned up!


    It's still soft in spots...with all that water it needs a bit more time. There are 3 new armored sections that I put in...if I need to do more I will, but I'm trying to hold off on doing all that as I don't think it needed as this was one of those freakish things that happened.

    Also...anyone up for a ride on Sunday I'll be at Carverton at 9am!
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    Trail Work on 4-10-10

    Looks great Kevin . Thanks. Won't be able to make it on Sunday, racing in DE. Have a good ride.

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    Frances Slocum Tuesday night ride tonite (4/13) starting at 6pm and meeting at the Carverton Road access...Checkerboard afterward!!!
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    have fun, sadly I can't make it tonight. :^(

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    Just a heads up for the locals that ride the FS trails.

    We have a tree down across the "Mocanaquah"...color coded White trail, known to the riders as "Happy Pants" about 50 yards above the "skinny".

    It's passable, no big deal..and I was at the park office this morning after my ride and let Rex in on it. I set up Sunday morning around 9ish to meet with the maintenance staff, grab the saw/chaps..and head out to take care of it.

    Also, the "Widow Maker" limb that is lodged between the two trees over the re-route he has plans on getting that taken care of next week as the park staff is going crazy getting things ready for opening day of Trout season this Saturday.

    Bad Tree!!
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    Just a reminder...anyone want to help out tomorrow with the tree removal meet me at the Green Road Gate at around 9:15. We have it all set up with the park for tomorrow, so..if you like to get up early on a Sunday...see you there!!
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    With me here showing off the new Trail maintenance apparel from the DCNR Fashion show for the 2010 season...lol..., Chris & I got rid of that tree that blew down, so..."Happy Pants" trail is now Happy once again!

    Chainsaw needs a bigger pair of Handlebars!!


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    If you want to see Kevin in some SEXY chaps follow this link.

    http://forums.wvmtba.com/showthread.php?p=1899#post1899

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    ^ LOL...funny Chris!

    Anyway, some more FS news today in the Times Leader. Seems we're included in the Pa Passport program, and although it may be geared more for the hikers, it nevertheless is a great way to introduce people to the park, and also, who knows, we might get some people involved in mountain biking.

    http://www.timesleader.com/news/_lsq...4-18-2010.html

    Also, about the upcoming work day for this Saturday that I believe someone posted about here a week or so ago, Park Manager Rex Bradish sent me this email to clarify what exactly is taking place. For the most part this is NOT a mountain bike trails project, but basically work in and around the campground area and overnight areas on the East side of the lake. By all means, come out if you can spare the time and show some "Frances Slocum Team Spirit" as we're all in it to further the park's image.


    Here is the email:

    The posting on MTBR referring to a workday on 4/24 appears to be my Environmental Education Specialist's Earth Day clean-up. This event is geared towards projects in the main day-use and overnight areas of the park. While we certainly encourage everyone to come out and volunteer for the day, I wouldn't want anyone to show up expecting it to be mountain biking oriented. Thanks!



    Rex Bradish | Park Manager
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    Phone: 570-696-3525 | Fax: 570-696-3456
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    Tuesday night ride (4/20)..meeting up at the Carverton Road access at 6pm! Checkerboard afterward. From the looks of the PM's I've been recieving seems we're gonna have some new faces and a bigger crowd!

    Can't wait! See you there!
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    Although I do know that the Tour De Scranton is tomorrow (4/25)...anyone not involved in that ride WVMTBA is doing it's first Rail Trail Ride of the season....."the OreMine Road" that winds behind Sno Mountain and up to Lake Scranton and back.

    We're meeting at 1pm right off the River Street exit on 81 at th3e parking lot directly across from the Salvation Army.

    A good beginner/Intermediate ride, follows the old RR bed toward Moosic a bit...gets a little technical..not much... heading toward Sno..and then of course it is a climb up to Lake Scranton. Fun coming back however.

    I'm keeping an eye on the weather..if it gets real crappy I'll let everyone know here and on the WVMTBA site. If need be I'll just reschedule it for next Sunday (5/2)

    Here is the link to the RailTrail thread on WVMTBA:

    http://forums.wvmtba.com/showthread.php?t=469

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    Sno Mountain...late April


    The OreMine Road itself
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    Well..since the weather God will not co-operate we're gonna hold this ride next Sunday, May 2nd.

    A few new people called me and said they really don't want to get drenched even if the rain stops for a bit, the mud conditions and slippery situations might be a bit much for newbies, so....'till next week!
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    Just a quick update on the Enviromental Workday held at Frances Slocum this past Saturday (4/24).

    Although it was not really Mountain Bike oriented, we as a group felt it was pretty much a responsibility to have at least one representative of WVMTBA there to lend a hand and show support to the many other activities and groups that frequent the park.

    So, shovel in hand and trees in tow, Chris Stine went, teamed up with the enviromental group..and did his "Earth Day" good deed for the park. According to Chris there was actually a good amount of people up there helping out, which is a great thing considering that a lot of state parks sometimes have trouble finding volunteers to lend a hand. We feel by being part of the non biking activities only makes us look tons better in the eyes of the park managment, showing that yes, we are concerned about everything that takes place up there, not just our little corner of the woods where we ride.

    Here are some pics of the activities on our board.
    http://forums.wvmtba.com/showthread.php?t=516
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    Frances Slocum ride tonight (4/27) starting at 6pm and meeting up at the Carverton Road access. Checkerboard Inn afterward!
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    As of this week, Frances Slocum has started changing the trail color coding system to come in compliance with the state trail usage rules. So, gone are the white, Blue, Orange..Orange with Yellow, Yellow with Blue...lol..get the picture?

    For the most part all the trails so far marked are General use trails and will carry the Red markings. We're still waiting on word of the inclusion, but I feel that will take place within a day or two if the park crew is out marking trails now.

    Also, a big Thank You to the FS staff as while they were out doing markings they also cut back alot of brush that was creeping close to the trails and they also eliminated the "Widow Maker" that was hanging above the re-route. Still have a real nasty one to get rid of above the trail that we call 1K that is up by the housing development, but that will be gone shortly.

    Here is a pic of the new markings you will see within the park.
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    Anyone interested in that rail Trail ride on the Ore Mine road, we're goin' for it this afternoon at 1pm, meeting at the parking lot across from the Salvation Army.
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    Had four of us on the Ore Mine road RT ride! A neat ride, a tad technical in spots, and..believe it or not...Sno Mountain still has snow on it!

    Check out that pic and the war story on www.wvmtba.com
    http://forums.wvmtba.com/showthread.php?t=525

    After the hill climb at Lake Scranton
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