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Allegany State Park - Spring Trail Building WEEKEND! (FREE Cabins & Meals)

Trail building at ASP continues! We hope to finish work on the Ridge Run singletrack, a 2-mile loop off the Ridge Run XC ski trail.

Unlike E-ville, trail building in ASP is more remote, and getting there takes longer from Buffalo (but shorter from Bradford, Olean, and Warren, hint..hint). So here are the details about what is going on:

The project is to build new singletrack off of Ridge Run.  This will be the first (and easiest) of three new trails we have approval for.  The location for this new trail is dictated by the topography, and the only ridge in this area that doesn’t already have a trail on it is a couple of miles out on Ridge Run.  That means doing things a little differently.

Tools: The tools will be transported to near the work area by the park using their off road vehicle.  They will be transported out there Saturday morning, and won’t be coming back until Sunday night.

Food: We will be providing lunch *on the trail* both Saturday and Sunday.  This will allow us to continue working through the day.  We will be way “out there” and want to make the most of the effort to get where we are working.  WNYMBA will also be providing Saturday Night Dinner, although we will take voluntary contributions to help defray the costs.

You: With the tools and food shuttled to the work area, the best way for you to get to the new singletrack in on your bike.  Since you will be working in the woods, you probably want to dress in “civilian” clothes, and probably pedal out on flat pedals with boots (or bring your boots in a backpack).  This will allow you to head back to the cabin at your own pace if you need to.  Because of the late date of snow melting, the park cannot allow other vehicles to drive to work site.  If the weather is looking bad, we will try to get some pop-ups shuttled out there for a place to be out of the weather.  Bring appropriate clothes (jackets, etc.) to be comfortable for staying in the woods most of the day.

Dates/Times: We will work both Saturday and Sunday.  Unlike last year, we will start at the usual 10 Am time both days.  We will be heading out on the bikes at 10 AM to start swinging the pulaskis by 10:30.  If you are driving down from Buffalo and can’t get up that early, we will have some signs as to where to go meet us, so don’t skip just because you have Friday night plans and can’t get up early Saturday.  You can work one or both days.

Lodging in the Cabins: *very important*:  If you want to stay overnight in the cabins, you have to let us know ahead of time.  You can do this either by e-mailing me at [masked] or clicking the RSVP here on the meetup page.  We hope to have lots of people, so we want to make sure we aren’t overbooking!  If you are staying overnight, bring some warm clothes and a sleeping bag.

This is going to be a lot of fun!

 

 

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  • Jerry B.

    Fun and trail worked combined to make a great weekend.

    April 28, 2014

  • Maureen A

    I was so glad to be a tiny part of this awesome task force of 18 pairs of hands. This meet up does tremendous work and the ASP bike trail will be a great deal fun and a challenge. Can't wait to attempt it.

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Jon S.

    I just got back from refreshing the flagging and things are looking great. This will be an awesome trail.

    Finishing this trail this weekend is certainly doable, but we will need a great effort, so please try to make it one or both days. The weather is looking better on Sunday, so it is OK just to come that day if you are so inclined. Or even come down Sat. night and enjoy the campfire and the cookout.

    However, the forecast for Saturday is actually just saying a "few showers" for only a couple of hours, and sun the rest of the time on Saturday, so that sounds like perfect trail building weather to me. What else are you going to be doing?

    Remember to bring your bike! I have shuttled the tools out to the work place already, but you will have to shuttle yourself about 2 miles along a relatively wide, flat, and dry 2-track (Ridge Run) to get to the work spot. Best way is to ride out there.

    2 · April 25, 2014

    • Eric H

      On my way up

      April 26, 2014

  • Rachael W

    Last minute addition for todays trailwork ...see you there!

    April 26, 2014

  • Maureen A

    See you on summit hill / warming hut parking lot about 9:45

    April 25, 2014

  • Eric H

    I know my way around up there just wondering what trail head or park road the cabins are on??

    April 22, 2014

    • Jon S.

      Ride out Ridge Run until you see the starting point. It will be very obvious. It will be about a 2 mile or so relatively flat ride out on two-track-wide XC trail.

      April 23, 2014

    • Jon S.

      The cabins are on ASP at the top of the hill. This is the XC ski rental office area.

      April 23, 2014

  • TJ Z.

    Is wnymba providing dinner on Saturday?!

    April 22, 2014

    • TJ Z.

      Ha I reread. Dinner will be there on the fire?!

      April 23, 2014

  • Eric H

    Sounds good, Thanks for the info

    April 22, 2014

  • Administrator

    CAR POOLING: Some of you may be interested in car-pooling. Post here if interested. A good meeting spot is the park-and-ride on 20A & 219 in Orchard Park: http://goo.gl/maps/e8dEe

    March 24, 2014

    • Eric H

      Be great to meet a few new ppl to ride with this summer

      April 21, 2014

    • Jon S.

      The cabins are the ones at the summit. That's where the XC ski trails start. If you go into the park from the main entrance at Salamanca, it is at the very top of the road. If you come late, I will have signs out on the trail, but in brief it is a couple mile, relatively flat bike ride on the wide XC trails out to where we are working. We will be starting from the far end of the trail this time around.

      April 21, 2014

  • Maureen A

    I'm just a day tripper.

    April 21, 2014

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