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Blue Hill Section Trail Work Reports – 2018

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Date
Name
Trail
Hours
Work
Volunteers
Remaining Work
Comments
2018-01-14Bob FlaggWildcat Notch Path3.00Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds overnight and that day put lots of water on the trail. Removed crown from large oak tree off the trail right at the beginning near Accord Path.Chris MullinThere was a huge amount of water flowing from Marker 1103 to the split before Marker 1115. The work done previously to stabilize the trail looked great and kept the trail intact. Need to get out there and try to deepen the outflow and clean them to improve water flow. The culvert at the bottom of the hill could use some cleaning, too.
2018-01-14Bob FlaggCoon Hollow Path1.50Walked trail removing branches after heavy rain & winds overnight and that day put lots of water on the trail. Cut and removed large branches near Marker 1082, cleaned side ditch of debris. New grade reversal at top of slope below Marker 1082 looked good diverting water into side ditch. Other new structure about 100 yards upslope added last year worked well.Chris MullinNeed to remove debris from two grade reversals just after the trail dog-legs to the righ below Marker 1082. Also, the side ditch needs more improvements.
2018-01-21Len UlbrichtSkyline Trail North2.50Cleared trail of fallen branches. Sawed and removed from trail several fallen and leaning trees & saplings.5 inch diameter tree leaning across trail between 1117 and 1141, 200 or so yards from 1141. 6 foot clearance at low side of trail, 8-10 feet on other side. May need 4 foot ladder and chain saw to remove.
2017-11-19Dave HumphreysBorder Path0.75Cleared and repacked water bars and removed trees and debris from trail 
2017-11-19Dave HumphreysRotch Path0.25Removed tree debris from trail. 
2018-01-07Anna MacDougallHalf Way Path1.5Removed some downed branches. Need to remove down tree from Path.will need to cleaning out of the two reverses, once the Winter is overremoval of down tree on Path between markers 1093 and 1110.
2018-02-10Bob VogelFive Corners Path3Picked up sticks, cleaned some of the non-frozen leaves out of water bars. No big branches or trees down.Did half the trail as part of DCR Blue Hills Walking Club/ Southeastern Hiking Meetup Group hike, led by Maggie Brown. (I made a sales pitch for FBH Trailwork and trail adoption to the 40+ folks on the hike. 🙂 Then, after the hike I went and finished the other half of the trail.
2018-02-10Bob FlaggBorder Path2Walked trail removing branches from trail and side ditches. Unblocked culverts at start of trail near Unquity Road, another below cutoff to Eustis Path and one at intersection with Rotch Path. Removed medium sized tree across trail just below Chestnut Run.Need to do further cleaning on culverts near Unquity; side ditch at Marker 1175 to the first grade reversal (about 100 feet) and side ditches from Chestnut Run up the hill past the Unquity cutoff. Also need to dig out the grade reversals further up the hill past Five Corners Path. This could be work for up to three groups.
2018-02-10Bob FlaggPuddle Path0.5Walked trail to review status, removed some branches from trail.Trail overall in good shape but needs work on the grade reversals at the beginning of the trail near Wolcott Path. These structures need a significant digout that could be a good work project for 6 people.
2018-03-05Bob VogelFive Corners Path2Cut two large trees across trail. Also removed a couple smaller tress and many, many smaller fallen branches.Where possible, trench areas where water collects, so it can more easily drain from the rail.There was a lot of water on the trail today. (But then again I have a pond in my front yard right now... ) Trail was passable.
2018-03-17Bob VogelFive Corners Path9Cleared all downed trees and branches from trail.Bobby Vogel9 hours of HARD work to clear just over 1 mile of trail, and I had cleared if after the previous storm. There were no 'big' (chain saw required) trees across the trail, but countless small trees. Some broken off and laying across the trail, others bent down across the trail. Some hardwoods would spring up after being freed from the snow, most pines were too far bent over and had to be cut. But, as of this evening, Five Corners Path is again clear end to end.
2018-03-20Bob VogelAccord Path2Cut two downed trees near 1086. Also cut one 6" tree across the trail on the hill above 1086.Bobby Vogel
2018-03-24Dexter RobinsonSkyline Trail West2Cut and cleared several blowdowns. Walked remainder of adopted trail to Eliot Tower. Removed debris. Cleaned stone stairs nearest Rt. 138. Skyline Trail from Rt. 138 to Eliot Tower is now cleared.
2018-03-25James GreenCoon Hollow Path2removal of numerous downed limbs and branches. cleared stream blockageSighted herd (5) deer near trail entrance.
2018-03-25Caleb BlankenshipWildcat Notch Path8Cleared many downed branchesBob Flagg, Ruth BigioSome trees down that require chainsaw.
2018-03-27Pete TierneySkyline Trail South12.5Clear blowdowns between Hillside St. and intersection 1083Skip, Bob, John, Pam, Mary
2018-03-27Pete TierneySkyline Trail North5Clear blowdowns from 1141 to 1192Ed, Leslie, Ken, Bob, Len
2018-03-27Pete TierneyWolcott Path2.5Clear blowdowns from 1141 to 1147Ed, Leslie, Ken, Bob, Len
2018-03-27Pete TierneyHoughton Hill Path5Clear blowdowns 1147 to Hillside St.Ed, Leslie, Ken, Bob, Len
2018-03-27Pete TierneyCoon Hollow Path2.5Clear blowdowns on Green Dot near intersection 1083 to intersection 1120Ed, Leslie, Ken, Bob, Len
2018-04-01James GreenCoon Hollow Path3Cleared Stream 0.15 miles. Cleared waterbars, and downed branches from Hillside Street trail-head to Wildcat Notch PathWidow-maker over trail just prior to marker #1092Stream flowing freely, high volume.
2018-04-03Bob VogelAccord Path0.5Cut up tree across trail near 1151
2018-04-03Bob VogelHoughton Trail1Removed tree across trail near 1151. Another smaller one part way up. moved downed branches.There are two big (one 18" or more) pine trees stacked across the trail 2/3 of the way up. Need a chain saw.
2018-04-03Bob VogelHoughton Hill Path1Removed tree across trail near top, and many downed branches and small trees.
2018-04-03Bob VogelHancock Hill Path1Removed a downed tree near 1160 (where someone had recently just cut a bigger tree.) Also smaller ones and top of tree just past there.
2018-04-07Bob VogelHoughton Path1.25Cut downed trees. Removed downed limbs from trail.
2018-04-07Bob VogelWolcott Path1Cut downed trees. Removed downed limbs from trail.
2018-04-07Bob VogelBreakneck Ledge Path1Cut downed trees. Removed downed limbs from trail.
2018-04-07Bob VogelHemenway Hill Path1Cut downed trees. Removed downed limbs from trail.
2018-04-07Bob VogelSkyline Trail North0.5Cut downed trees. Removed downed limbs from trail.
2018-04-01Anna MacdougallHalf Way Path2cleared away small branches. To move the trees that are leaning and the one small down tree that is across the path. there is a very big tree down between marker 1110 and coon hollow path that will need a chainsaw and three helpers to remove. It was very difficult to get to the path from the parking lot due to the many small and large trees that are down on the trails leading to marker 1081 the start of my path
2018-04-14Bob FlaggWolcott Path1Walked trail from trailhead at Rt 138 to 1122 removing many branches from trail after three storms this winter.There is an area on heavy erosion of the roadbed east of 1085. Will notify DCR (althought they are probably aware of it).
2018-04-14Bob FlaggRotch Path0.25Walked trail removing many branches from trail after three storms this winter.
2018-04-14Bob FlaggBorder Path1.5Walked trail from 1100 to 1175 removing many branches from trail after three storms this winter. Also trimmed back quite a few smaller trees overhanging trail.
2018-04-14Bob FlaggChestnut Run Path0.75Walked trail removing many branches from trail after three storms this winter.
2018-04-14Bob FlaggPipsissewa Path (FBH)1Walked trail removing many branches from trail after three storms this winter.Bob Vogel
2018-04-14Bob FlaggHemenway Hill Path2.5Walked trail from 1203 to 1154 removing many branches and small trees from trail after three storms this winter.Bob Vogel
2018-04-14Bob FlaggJeffries Trail1.5Walked trail removing many branches and small trees from trail after three storms this winter.Bob VogelThere were three monster pine trees with large crowns on the trail upslope from 1182. Will take a major chain saw effort to remove.
2018-04-14Denise ButlerPuddle Path1Major cutting/clearing of downed trees/limbs had already occured. I removed minor debris from trail/main culvert/water bars.Work may need to be done on water bars as there was minor erosion to the surrounding trail. Plan on getting out to the trail in early May to address these issues.
2018-04-21Anna MacdougallHalf Way Path200Cut away down branches going into the path. Path has already been cleared of all downed trees. I cut down the three trees that were leaning over the path and removed branches from path. The HAlf Way Path in now clearNone
2018-04-21Anna MacdougallHalf Way Path200Cut away down branches going into the path. Path has already been cleared of all downed trees. I cut down the three trees that were leaning over the path and removed branches from path. The HAlf Way Path in now clearNone
2018-04-23Mark RivinusSkyline Trail West4Worked on Skyline Trail west of Rt. 138 running to western trail's end. Small brush cutting, moving smaller wind fall branches/trees, pick up plastic/trash especially at Rt. 138 end of this section.Maggie DeVries3 wind fall trees > 6" diameter-need chain saw ; 5 wind fall branches/ trees < 4"; we will hand cut within next two weeksn/a
2018-04-26Bob VogelBorder Path1.5On the 'Other' side of Unquity Rd 1215 - 1224. Cut downed trees and picked up downed branches. (Also includes 'Unquity Road' section of single dot trail, which doesn't seem to have a name??There are a couple big (One 24" dia or so) trees laying across the trail. I cut all of the smaller ones, but those two need a chainsaw.The Unquity single dot section and this section of Border path seem to get a lot of bike use. Bikers seem to prefer traveling there to being on Unquity road with the high speed cars. As such it does get a lot of use. They have piled logs next to the big tree to help get over it, but getting it cut would be a big improvement.
2018-04-28Dexter RobinsonAccord Path0.25Cleared fallen limbs, brush, and debris off trailLinda Car, Steven Le, Donna Paterson, Nick Cocca, Kathy Ronguez
2018-04-28Dexter RobinsonHoughton Hill Path0.75Cleared fallen limbs, brush, and debris off trailLinda Car, Steven Le, Donna Paterson, Nick Cocca, Kathy Ronguez
2018-04-28Dexter RobinsonWolcott Path0.25Cleared fallen limbs, brush, and debris off trailLinda Car, Steven Le, Donna Paterson, Nick Cocca, Kathy Ronguez
2018-04-28Dexter RobinsonJeffries Trail0.75Cleared fallen limbs, brush, and debris off trailLinda Car, Steven Le, Donna Paterson, Nick Cocca, Kathy Ronguez
2018-04-28Dexter RobinsonCircle Trail0.5Cleared fallen limbs, brush, and debris off trailLinda Car, Steven Le, Donna Paterson, Nick Cocca, Kathy Ronguez
2018-04-28Dexter RobinsonHancock Hill Path1Cleared fallen limbs, brush, and debris off trail. Trimmed encroaching branches.Linda Car, Steven Le, Donna Paterson, Nick Cocca, Kathy Ronguez
2018-04-28Mimi KuglerBreakneck Ledge Path2Inspected the entire trail. Raked out the following drainage structures, including the outflow ditches, to remove leaves, pine needles, branches, and stones (distances from Wolcott Path): Grade reversal at 200 ft (formerly a wood waterbar). Grade reversal at 266 ft (formerly a rolling dip). Ledge waterbar at 367 ft. Rolling dip at .17 miles. Two culverts at the north end of the trail. At the southernmost grade reversal, a dead tree had fallen across the outflow ditch, and many small branches had accumulated there. Using a folding saw, all of this was removed from the outflow path. Removed branches from the trail.Reshape the grade reversals and rolling dip using a shovel and other tools.
2018-04-28Mimi KuglerHoughton Hill Path0.5Inspected the entire trail. Raked out the following drainage structures, including the outflow ditches, (distances from Wolcott Path): Grade reversal at 90 ft (formerly a wood waterbar) Rolling dip at 430 ft. Branches were removed from the trail.
2018-04-28Mimi KuglerHoughton Trail0.5Inspected the entire trail. Raked out the two grade reversals on the upper/north half of the trail, as well as several unofficial drainages. Removed branches from the trail. Removed litter, which was less voluminous than usual on this trail, and mostly near the trailhead across from the Houghton Pond parking lot.Reshape the two grade reversals using a shovel and other tools.There are currently three blowdowns that cross the trail. A red maple, about six inches in diameter is near the south end of the trail. This one could be removed using a handsaw. Higher up on the trail there are two blowdowns one on top of the other, averaging 12 inches diameter; these will need to be removed with a chainsaw.
2018-05-01Dexter RobinsonSkyline Trail West2Cleaned out water bars, used shovel to clean stone stairs, minor brushing, picked up trash up to and around Eliot TowerLots of ground water running
2018-05-03Bob VogelHoughton Trail0.5Cut 8" tree down across trail., between 1151 and road.
2018-05-04Bob VogelBase Path0.75Cut 6-8" tree across trail. Cut a few smaller pines bent into trail Picked up sticks.
2018-05-04Bob VogelHemenway Hill Path0.5Cut trees down into trail. Picked up sticks. Added more brush to the piles at junction of Jeffries trail, where the misplaced 1154 sign used to send people off on a deer trail.
2018-05-04Bob VogelJeffries Trail0.5Picked up sticks.Great!!! to see big downed trees have now been cut, allowing passage through there!
2018-05-04Bob VogelHancock Trail0.33Tried to pick up sticks, etc., but following the upper section of the trail was impossible due to the number of bootleg trails wandering around the area.Upper section of this trail needs to be blazed in some way, so one can tell the 'real' trail from all of the bootleg trails. It's a maze, and since everyone just blunders through more and more bootleg trails develop.
2018-04-28John GoldrosenChestnut Run Path28Cleared downed branches and trimmed foliage from multiple trails (about 10 miles in all), in preparation for Blue Hills Trail Races. Trails include (all or in part): Rotch, Border, Chestnut Run, Jeffries, Hemingway Hill, Breakneck Ledge, Houghton's Hill, Houghton's, Cool Holly, Half-Way, Wildcat Notch, Puddle, Five Corners, and Eustis, as well as unnamed trails between the Auto Road and the Trailside Museum.Michele Brokmeier, Dick Carnes, Linda Chiofar, Kevin Colby, Elizabeth Eaton, Laurene Ellis, David Kearney, Kathleen Kearney, Michelle Kearney, Jessica Leary, ERic Mellyn, Marybeth Montella, Stephen Smith
2018-05-12Bob FlaggCoon Hollow Path35Cleaned all grade reversals from Hillside Street to 1082, removed a dozen trees that were overhanging trail and cleaned side ditch for 80 yards just below 1082.Joe Woodman, Rob Hirseman, Bill Nelson, Joe Nelson, Hana Ajalat, Sandy Johnson, Ruth Bigio, Caleb Beebe, Kristen KercherTrail could use a good brushing and grade reversals above 1082 should be cleaned.
2018-05-24Jessica BaumgartHemenway Hill Path4We cleared lots of blowdowns from the margins of the trail and kicked out some water diverters.David Baumgart
2018-05-24Jessica BaumgartEustis Trail4We cleared a lot of assorted debris from the trail.David BaumgartA fallen tree on the portion of the trail closer to 1140 could benefit from a chain saw. It's older and been down for a while. Manual sawing is possible, but chain sawing it would be more efficient.
2018-05-24Jessica BaumgartBase Path4We addressed a tree arcing over the trail and removed some other debris.David BaumgartBase Path has portions that need lots of drainage work. Parts of the trail look like a stream with an adjacent foot path. Parts of the trail seem to be only stream bed. In places, people have worn impromptu paths just off the trail.
2018-06-02James F. GreenCoon Hollow Path14Coon Hollow Path heavy brushing beginning at trail-marker #1082 (intersection with Red Dot Trail) continuing to trail-marker #1055 (Elliot Tower)Judy Parker, Bob Warren, Daniel Green
2018-06-06Bob VogelAccord Path1From 1062 east to Houghton Path. Brushed, cut downed trees, picked up sticks off trail.This section now OK.
2018-06-06Bob VogelWildcat Notch Path0.75Brushed, cut downed trees, picked up sticks off trail, Blue Hill River road to jct w/ South Skyline.
2018-06-06Bob VogelHalf Way Path1Brushed, cut downed trees, picked up sticks off trail, 1081 to 1143.
2018-06-06Bob VogelCoon Hollow Path0.5Brushed, cut downed trees, picked up sticks off trail.
2018-06-06Bob VogelFive Corners Path0.75Brushed, cut downed trees, Cut a couple leaners, picked up sticks off trail. 1120 to Blue Hill River Road
2018-06-03Anna MacDougallHalf Way Path1.3Removed down tree from trail, cut some overhead branches. Path is in good shape.NoneNone
2018-04-28Caleb BlankenshipJeffries Trail10Cleared large tree from trail.Jack Platt, Jen Petrosius, Gavin Thomas, Rachel Costantini

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