The last several weeks have left many of our local trails in rough shape with straight line winds that toppled trees all over central Arkansas. While the damage was limited at Camp Robinson, CATA board members received word that much of the Iron Mountain Trails on DeGray Lake were blocked. Fred Phillips, the catalyst who created these destination trails, called asking for some help in clearing the trees. About that time I got a call from Dan Lysk of Chainwheel. Dan said his wife, Addie Teo would be riding the trails soon so we set up a way for her to send me "pin-drops" wherever she found a tree.
Central Arkansas Trail Alliance then put out the word, we would have a Trail Love day to knock out these downed trees and clean up the trails some. We had volunteers from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs and Arkadelphia. I contacted Lost 40 Brewery who was nice enough to furnish post trail work recovery beverages.
Thanks to Addie, we knew exactly where 6 trees were and at around 8:30 on Saturday morning we split into several working groups to start clearing. One team took to the Yellow Trail earlier so we were mainly on the Green Trail. We made short work of the known trees and soon reorganized to walk and clear sections we were unsure about.
In the end, we took out at least 10 trees. With over 22 miles of trails and more recent storms, we can't guarantee that the trails are clear but they are certainly better. We moved on after the work to the recovery beverages, some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and some bike riding.
So get out and enjoy the trails. If you are interested in supporting the work of Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, please join our crew.
Thanks to Bob Black-Ocken for the photos.