We continue to push this trail. Brett has been busting his @$$ on the loop above the lake, so Dustin and I went out to push the cliff trail east to eventually meet what he has been working on. It was hot and humid and we were drenched, but we made good progress. This trail is going to be nice and flowy. And I am maintaining my standard ratio of 1:10 of my hours working to Brett's.
Right behind Dustin's foot is the concrete top of a
A little trail work took place yesterday before the rain hit, then Brett and Drew had to bail. They were back out today and I joined them with a friend. The bench cutting was a little tougher with the moist soil. We are pushing this trail east pretty quickly. It's going to be fun stuff.
A sense of the elevation with the Bond Bridge
in the background along with the east bottoms.
Drew and Brett benching. This is a roller coaster section.
Tree slalom. Finally an area that wasn't full on bench cut.
I haven't updated this blog in a while. Brett tends to publish a fair amount on Facebook and also the Cliff Drive official blog site.
Lots of progress has been made in the last 6 months. A couple miles of corridor is cleared. Now it is time to bench cut and clear trail tread. We hope to open the trail in early June. From the west gate of Cliff Drive you should be able to ride east, climb up on top of the cliff, then descend and do a loop above the lake and then ride back. Hopefully that will be 3-4 mile ride by the time you get back to the west gate.
The trail is generating a lot of talk among the local neighbors. They love the trail going in and the neighborhood associations will start organizing trash pick up days now that the will have access to previously very difficult terrain.
So, when you see the trash in these photos, imagine folks coming in and removing it. Working with partners is the key to this project.
I had a chance to test the trail today on my bike after the work was done. It is going to be fun stuff. Climbing up to the cliff is going to challenge the best climbers. Not single speed friendly, but I tried it on my SS anyway.
Finished bench cut.
The view to the north from the trail.
My work place in the distance.
This is some of the worst trash in this section.
That bench cut above was hard, we found a buried, rolled up carpet that
Wow! We knocked out some trailbuiding today. After having a general park cleanup and honeysuckle removal day last week with 70 volunteers, today was all about building the actual trail.
Last week REI coordinated a workday with ERTA, Kansas City Climbing Club and KC Wildlands. It was an awesome day and prepped us for todays work.
Today we benchcut a long section of trail. The soil cuts like butter. There was also some rock work for technical features.
I think with one more great day of benchcutting and 2-3 workdays of armoring and rock work, we will have trail open to ride. And it will be fast, flowy trail with the occasional technical option/challenge, including a drop or two for those of you who have a little free ride tendency.
After this section is complete this fall, the next section will quickly move up on top of the cliff that gives Cliff Drive it's name.
A huge thanks to:
and Justin Bay.
We knocked out a ton of this today
Note the dead vines hanging on the tree in background.
We have killed many vines that were choking out the great trees in Kessler.
You will be amazed about some of the awesome trees in this park.
Some Americorp folks that work at Harvesters came out today and helped build a little trail and remove some trash and save some trees from nasty vines. Great folks that do great work and volunteer on top of that!
Yes they did.
The first bit of benchcutting at Kessler! Exciting. Once the crappy vine is remove the soil cuts like warm butter.