Efforts are continuing to improve and expand the great trails at Ontario County Park (OCP) at Gannett Hill in cooperation with the Ontario County Parks Department. The twelve miles of shared use trails are well designed for great cross-country mountain biking and the shallow, dense hilltop soils create a fairly stable surface requiring less overall trail maintenance. That said, there are always areas that need attention to improve drainage, remove downed trees and maintain bridges. The latest effort this fall on Sept 21th included about 14 people who have all have spent a lot of time working down at OCP who came with tools and went right at it! It was too wet to stain the long red bridge on the Brown Trail so we had a majority of the people focus on de-berming and improving drainage on low spots on green, violet, purple and the brown trail. Park Caretaker Anthony Roberge joined several of us with a dump gator and moved about 6 loads of crusher-run gravel for hand placement on low and perennial wet spots at the beginning of green, lavender and the cross trail right below purple which is always wet and muddy. The gravel is not as nice looking as the natural surface, but it will work itself into the soil and we covered some of the stretches with some subsoil to help bind it together and create a more immediate natural looking surface. Anthony was a great help and we really appreciate the assistance and support of the park personnel. We plan to stain the bridge on the Brown Trail next and spend some time on red and yellow trails making improvements. We have started to scout a new trail to the west of the Brown Trail which would descend significant elevation to a cool “bench” or flat area and return back to the brown trail. Once marked and approved by Ontario County, we will again have a work party to “build” the sustainable single-track, shared use trail.
Peter Landre, Trail Coordinator
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