Shade Mountain trails are much over-due for some work. Steve Bottiger has offered his camp (about 10 miles away) for anyone wanting to make a weekend out of it. I plan to be there both days and take Steve up on his offer for the overnight lodging.
PaTRA will supply food/drinks for both Saturday and Sunday work crews. Come work till lunch and enjoy a ride after lunch both days. Hand and power tools required will be supplied, just need the support crew. My primary agenda is to get the saplings back out of the trail path and remove face slappers. The southeast end can use some basic water bars to slow the erosion damage occurring.
I plan on working rain or shine, lets hope for a great September weekend. Let me know if you are available to help one or both days so we can get a head count for lunch supplies. Also, if you plan on making a weekend out of it and need lodging space.
Thanks in advance for your support. Mark your calendars…..
Mike Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trail Boss, Shade Mtn.
UPDATE: I attached a map of what I was thinking, sorry but I think I scanned it upside down. Anyhow, a picture is worth a thousand words and I don’t like typing. My general goal is to start at the east end and work west. Priority with manpower is brush crew 1st, water bar crew 2nd and trail bike / hand saw crew 3rd. I would like to man 2 brush saws with 3 – 4 guys follow tossing brush and clipping what we miss along with any chain saw work needed. (5-6 guy crew). The drop / climb at the southeast corner is a mess, chain saw to cut some available dead timber then just some pick and stone stacking for water bars. Figure a 3-4 person crew needed for that. If we have enough workers I would like to send 2 guys out with hand saws to ride the enduro trail from east to Mitchel cutting the pine limbs back to the tree, trail is almost covered with pine limbs at places. I am looking for someone not hauling tools to go to the main lot and organize the workers and lead them to Mitchel on dirt bike, any suggestions?
Steve if you have any siltfence material remaining from previous projects can you bring it for the water bars? Feel free to forward to anyone you know if coming to keep them in the loop. Please encourage all with dirt bikes to park at the main lot and ride to Mitchel the easiest / fastest way possible. I don’t want to block the road to the tower and not much space available at Mitchel.
1. People hauling bikes should meet 8:30am at the Shade Mtn. Trailhead parking lot on Rt. 235 south of Beaver Springs and north of McAllisterville. Rain or shine. Weather looks good so far. Street legal bikes can ride the road back to the scenic overlook using Shade Mtn. dirt road. Unregistered bikes can ride the old snowmobile trail which will bring you directly out to Mitchell Tr. where Mike Pool will be parked. Someone will be at the parking lot to hand out maps and give directions to riders.
2. People without bikes should meet at the scenic overlook on Shade Mtn. Rd. (dirt road off Rt. 235 just north of the Trailhead parking lot) Overlook is about 3 miles east on dirt road. Mike Pool and others will have tools and equipment set up back the Mitchell Tr. access road about 100 yds north from the overlook. This is also where lunch will be served both Sat and Sunday.
3. Mike Pool will form up groups of workers on foot and on bike depending on how many show up. Please do not be late. Most of the work will be on the East end of the trail system. We have ATV, Trailers and tools/materials. If you have tools that you think will be useful bring them along. By all means bring a friend, wife, or +16 old child with you for the day.
Saturday Night Camp Dinner
Overnight lodging and dinner is available at Steve Bottiger’s Hunting Camp (to locate go to Bing Maps and punch in 400 Moyers Rd, Middleburg, PA 17842). The entrance road to the camp is on Moyers Rd, 4.5 miles east of Troxelville on the Troxelville Rd. (SR 4018). Turn left just past village of Port Ann onto Moyers Rd, follow red enduro arrows to camp. There is no cost for the dinner, beverages or lodging which is being provided by PaTRA. If you want to stay overnight at the camp contact Steve Bottiger via email (email@example.com) ASAP as space is limited. Camp has H/C water, shower, TV, AC, and can seat 20 people for meals and 12 people for overnight. Bring a sleeping bag and personal care items….there is a well maintained out house at camp. Sunday morning breakfast will also be served at the camp and workers will caravan back to Shade Mtn. for the Sunday work sessions.
Sunday Sept. 22, 2013
1. Same as Saturday’s schedule above. New arrivals with bikes will be given maps and instructions on where to go. Be there no later than 8:30am.
2. People without bikes will park at the scenic overlook on Shade Mtn Rd. same as #2 above.
3. Mike Pool will form up groups of workers, same as #3 above. PaTRA will provide lunch and beverages at noon….
Remember that the trails are open thru Sunday Sept. 29th then they are closed until after deer season is over…..with the exception of PaTRA work days. Please contact Steve Bottiger email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Pool email@example.com if you need more details or have questions. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT