The Shelton Trails Committee recently obtained a McLeod.
No, no, not this McLeod. Although a marshal with a horse might be helpful for keeping ATVs off trails. We were looking for a more cutting edge McLeod.
No, not that McLeod either. Even though the Highlander does have a cutting edge, that's not the one we're looking for. There can be only one.
It digs pretty good when benching into hillsides; like at the recent Bluff Walk Re-Route at Riverview Park. It has trouble if there's too many roots or rocks, but it can be pretty handy in some situations. It's kinda a super hoe/rake for the woods. Maybe we'll get a chance to use it this Spring on some of the trail work parties.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
|Baseball Bypass (yellow).|
|Old route follows the back of this fence|
When we set out to re-established the trail in the 1990's and mark it with white blazes, we weren't quite sure what to do when we got to that missing section, so we had the blazes directing people to walk directly behind the ballfield fences. It was never a good arrangement and the sunny route tended to become overgrown incredibly fast each summer. There's also lots and lots of poison ivy.
|Behind the War Memorial Building|
|North end of the new bypass trail, looking South|
So we set out to find a new way. In the photo above, looking south, the new route angles down the slope to the left. The former route simple followed the fence to the right.
|The new trail, heading south|
|Much of the trail needed benching|
Most of the new route had to be benched into the side of the slope. It's not a very long reroute, only about 500 feet, but it does re-establish more than half of the long-buried section of the Bluff Walk.
|Continuing south, the trail rises to rejoin the original Bluff Walk|
|1934 path routes shown on Google Earth|
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
|This post card was post marked 1914|
|Same view, 2016|
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
SAFETY NOTICE: The City of Shelton Highways and Bridges Department is removing several large trees at the Pine Lake Entrance to the Recreation Path starting Wednesday this week. The trees are actually growing on the dam for Pine Lake and need to be removed for dam safety reasons.