Trail Work Day – 6/2/19

Trail work was focused mainly on two areas on Winds and Pines though trimming and clipping was done in a couple of other areas.

3 culverts were installed at the very wet, muddy area at the bottom of the new section of trail just before crossing the bridge over Palmer Brook.

Multiple large rocks and roots were removed from an area just after climbing the new section of trail where the trail traverses but then dropped into a “rock garden” followed by an off-camber narrow climb back out. On the climb, that section was “benched” and widened after removing the rocks and roots. This particular area was a big problem during the winter while grooming. There was always the risk that the equipment and the operator would slide down the edge of the embankment. There was also a risk, in particular, to inexperienced riders, that a pedal would hit one of these obstacles, and the same thing happen.

Thanks to all the volunteers that joined us. Keep an eye on Facebook for our next trail work day.

Winter’s Last Gasp

As we roll into April, and the coming end of the Fatbiking season, we want to thank all of our supporters.  This past winter had some of the best conditions ever,  our purchase of the Snow Dog and Scott Grahams efforts with his wonderfully restored 72′ Elan provided excellent terrain to play on. Our efforts to keep postholers and people from using the trails when it was too warm were fairly successful. We are done grooming now, you may still get some days when it is firm enough to ride but we wont be posting conditions until it is suitable for regular mountain biking.

Mark your calendar for May 19th when the Tour De Borderlands swings through Littleton. More details to come soon…

Winter Trail Etiquette

Let’s have a little chat about proper trail etiquette in the winter shall we. This topic has created heated discussions many times recently and will probably continue until spring. Why do we need to practice trail etiquette? Well, if we don’t we wont have near as much fun on the trails in the winter. On the PRKR Trail system many volunteer hours are spent grooming the trails so they can be used by Fatbikers, Snowshoers, and XC Skiers. But there are a certain few out there that think the groomed trails are perfect for walking or running on without snowshoes.

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Yup, that picture about sums it up, one walker or runner can wreck many hours work. So what is proper etiquette?

If your riding a Fatbike your tires should be 3.8″ or larger and your tire pressure should be less than 10# (usually we ride around 5#) and when you ride you should not be leaving a rut deeper than 1″. If you are leaving a rut, let air out, if that doesn’t help, you should get off the trails. IF you can’t make it up a steep hill, walk off to the side of the trail.

If your skiing you should not be leaving a track deeper than an inch or so.

If you snowshoeing and the trails haven’t been groomed yet from a fresh snowstorm? THANK YOU! You are helping us. If they have been groomed so long as the temps are around 32′ or below you will be fine and thank you for wearing them.

If you a walking with bare shoes and are leaving any kind of rut, please don’t go on the groomed trails. go walk the Pinehill trails or Elm St or maybe visit the Dells park which isn’t groomed.

If you see a barrier up like the red tape in the above photo, please respect the decision of the volunteers and stay off the trails until the temperatures drop enough for the snow to set up again.

There we go, Happy Trails Everyone!

 

Holy Sh*t Fatbiking is Fun!!

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Have you tried FatBiking yet? If you have, you know how much fun it is. If you haven’t you should, because its mountain biking on groomed trails and its really fun. For one thing the trails are way less technical,  the snow covers most rocks, roots and other technical features. Which allows you to ride faster than when they are bare. This past Sunday 2/10/19 my wife Melanie, myself and our friend Mike climbed to Linda’s lookout thanks to the grooming efforts of Scott Graham extending our terrain up to that point.

Well, after that pretty long climb, we got our reward, a super fun ride down On Belay, to 1600 then the rest of the way down Gardners trail. We were screaming like the Geico pig all the way down!

This coming Sunday is our third annual Poker Ride  come out and have a great time and enjoy the trails!

Dave

 

 

Happy Holidays

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Just a quick post to wish all our friends who enjoy the PRKR trail system a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We started off our fatbiking season early this year and had a very white Thanksgiving,  now as of today we are headed towards a fairly green Christmas.  But have no fear mother nature will whiten things up soon enough and we will be back in business.

Many of you have enjoyed our annual winter event the PRKR Poker Ride and have been asking if we will do it again. Yes, we have it scheduled for February 17,2019. It will be on Bike Reg very soon.

PRKR accomplished many things in 2018, foremost was the significant trail work Blake Roberts and his crew from Real Life Adventures did making our lower trails less technical. Orange Trail went from challenging to beginner friendly. Homegrown, Rock n Roll, Charmel and Winds n Pines also got deboned quite a bit and are much more flowy and fun to ride for beginner and intermediate riders. That was over $17,000 worth of work!

This winter we are grooming more trails than ever. We have plans to open the doubletracks of Elm St. , T95, T93 and Main St up for cross country skiing! We also have additional groomers to help with the Fatbike Singletracks! We should have 8 miles of singletracks groomed all winter. Keep and eye on our Facebook Page for current conditions.

End of the Year Donation

We would really appreciate any financial help you could provide. Over 90% of our donations go directly into trail work and maintenance! Click this button to easily donate $25 Thanks!!

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Where does the name Linda’s Lookout come from?

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Climb all the way to the top of the PRKR trails and you will come to a beautiful spot called Linda’s Lookout. There you will enjoy a beautiful vista looking east towards Whitefield. This spot is named after the matriarch of the Caswell family, Linda Caswell. Linda used to enjoy a nice hike from their home on top of Manns Hill to the lookout quite often. Linda passed away a little more than a year ago, her presence is still floating in the cool breeze.

Welcome the Summer Season on PRKR

Its been a while since we have taken the time for creating a post on our site, but the hands have been busy working on the trails! Blake Roberts, Brad Shedd, and Danny Del Re our crew of trailbuilders have been super busy since the snow melted away. Our goal this season was to make our lower trails more beginner and intermediate friendly, and thanks to a grant from a collaborative organization “The Borderlands” of which we are a member, we have spent over $8000 so far on our trails and the results are impressive. Reservoir Rd, and Orange Trail have been transformed into a smooth wide flowy trail all by hand! During the month of July they will be transforming Rock N Roll and Homegrown not quite as “deboned” as Orange but significantly more friendly.  So grab your bike or your sneakers and go check out their progress! If you like it, tell us or share your pictures with us on our facebook page or instagram. If you really like them, maybe you would consider donating to the cause, find the donation page on the main menu.

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Freshly Groomed Singletrack

This certainly has been a winter of ups and downs, but all in all the fatbiking has been pretty decent. Last night Mother Nature blessed is with a few inches of powder and with more on the way Sunday, I figured it would be nice to groom it this morning and fill in any divots from shoes, deer, dogs, etc. I got the rokon out around 8 am and by 10 had about 5 miles all groomed and ready for the weekend. There are some icy spots so I do suggest studded fatbike tires. If you’ve never tried fatbiking, you should, the snow fills in the Trails and they are easier and faster to ride! Don’t forget about our Fatbike Poker Run on Sunday February 18th. If you’d like to rent a fatbike, go to Littleton Bike & Fitness they have a full stable of them, all studded up and ready to ride

Put away your skis and grab your fatbike!

Mother Nature threw us a curve ball this week as she usually does sometime in January. Where just a week ago we had 10″ of fluffy dry snow and were trying to figure out how to groom it, the other day she fixed that and dumped 2″ of rain on us and then froze it all into a giant snow cone! My wife and I took a the dogs out this morning to check the trail conditions, it was a chilly 5’f but sunny, we were greeted with wonderful solid conditions on all trails that had some previous grooming. So grab your fatbike and get some riding in, you never know when it will swing the other way.

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