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Naturally I'll be monitoring this post to answer any questions you may have.

Mountain Bikers, Hikers, Equestrians…
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The Glen Major Trail Improvement Project Needs You!

Do you use the Glen Major and Walkers Woods (3 Rocks) trails? Are you concerned about the degeneration of these trails? Would you like to see them improved and new trails added?

The TRCA, the Durham Conservation Association and the Glen Major Stewards, in conjunction with Sustainable Trails, the Durham Mountain Bicycling Association, Uxbridge Horsemen Association, and Oak Ridges Trail Association are beginning a long term trail repair and improvement program this summer. We will be doing over 1 km of trail redesign, repair and rerouting to launch this project and we want and need your help! Our success depends upon the hiking, riding and mountain biking communities' support.

This work has been made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives annually $100 million of government funding generated through Ontario's charity casino initiative. To find out more, visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.

Come out and learn how to build sustainable trails, see some trail building machinery at work, meet other trail users, and earn some sweat equity in the trails you use. Give us a half day, or more, of your time and energy and together we'll begin to bring positive change to the trails we love to walk and ride. Bring some friends to work with, and go for a well earned walk or ride together afterwards.

Saturday August 26
9:00 am - 12:30 pm - Morning work session
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Afternoon work session

Sunday August 27, 2006
9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Morning work session
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Official trail opening
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Group ride or hike

Please contact Kelven Goodridge [email protected]
416-661-6600 Ext. 5360 to RSVP.
 

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3 Rocks Trail work

Went out to 3 rocks this am for a ride and already notice a new section of "Flat Bridge" that was still under construction in one of the lower lying areas.
This section remains damp/wet, even when there has been no rain for extended periods - hence the 'NEW' contruction I guess.

Reall nice to see many groups working together to improve this fantastic area.

GOOD JOB!!!
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PickeringMTB said:
Went out to 3 rocks this am for a ride and already notice a new section of "Flat Bridge" that was still under construction in one of the lower lying areas.
This section remains damp/wet, even when there has been no rain for extended periods - hence the 'NEW' contruction I guess.
Those sections are 99% complete. The TRCA is going to put in woodchips (gasp!) to make the step up to the bridges not so abrupt. Those bridges were part of the same Trillium grant that will pay for the work mentioned above.

That area is always damp because it is part of the head waters for Duffin's Creek. The Oak Ridges Morraine, which 3 Rocks is in, filters the water and starts to channel it into streams in the low areas.

This new work will be roughly between posts 18 and 23.
 

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Count Me In!

I've done so much riding on this section of trail I think its time to give back a little something. thanks for Posting this Jason.
 

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Just touching the topic to bring it back to everyone's attention.

This is less than three weeks away. I hope some of you can make it out.

Please RSVP.
 

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Last minute directions to the trail work

For those of you who still want to join us, but didn't RSVP here are the details.

We'll be meeting at the "Timber's Pit" parking lot. This is on the 6th line just North of Pickering/Uxbridge Town line on the East side.

The work itself will be happening near post 20. That is the central peak of the 7 Sisters in the open area.

You can get a Word doc with maps here: http://www.disillusion.ca/Location_Map.doc
I'm in San Jose this week or I would have done something a little nicer for the maps.
 

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Success!

For those of you who came out to help with this build a big thank you. For those of you who couldn't make it for one reason or another, maybe next time. At least come out and ride it, a few times.

There is now 1km of new trails in Glen Major South (3 Rocks). It is where the 7 sisters are, around post 20. Come on out and ride it. I rode it both ways by the end of the weekend and the flow is great. And even though we removed two fall line hills, you still have to get to the high point, we didn't flatten any hills. And the bonus is that you now have roughly 2x the trail to ride!

I will warn you right now that it is 48" wide, so don't freak out when you see it. The TRCA (the guys who manage the property) asked to have it built that wide so they could get their ATV in to the area. As you use the trail the grass will grow back and you'll be left with a narrow tread in the middle. But the TRCA will still have a wide tread that they can use when the need to.

The best part of all this is that we really impressed the key people. The TRCA is happy with the outcome, the local stewards are really happy, and the Trillium Foundation is happy as well. This means it will be even easier to get money for future projects, and for us to do smaller volunteer only projects.

Speaking of which, there is one section of the new trail that needs a rock pile to provide a choke point to keep people on the trail rather than short cutting it. We're looking for 6-10 people with strong backs and tough hands to help us build that rock pile. The plan it so make it into a feature that beginners will avoid, but advanced riders can go over. We're going to do this on Monday Sept. 4th, time TBD, but probably in the morning. Should be done in 3 hours at the outside. Why the long weekend? Well the Durham Durango goes through there the next weekend so we want to get this done before then. Sustainable Trails has been nice enough to move the rocks to the spot, we'll just have to arrange them. If you're interested let me know.
 
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