Friday, December 7, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Thanks to an anonymous person a very nice bridge has been constructed on the Manley Gulch trail.
This is the stream crossing before new bridge was built.
The log bridge is the only problem on the trail now!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Horse riders could not get over David's ramp. I cut a gap in the downed tree above the ramp so equestrians can go up and around without tearing up the trail. Horse riders were damaging the trail by going around under the tree and cutting up to the trail.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
(Corallorhiza maculala) near Camp Eight on Rd 361. These orchids are everywhere this year!
(Iris Douglasiana) Rd 720 near Gas Cap Trail.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Dogwood, Hwy 20 east of Camp Twenty.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Trees felled by wood poachers.
Marks left along thieves road.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Gas Tank Trail at Little Lake Trail
This was a low cost attempt at marking trails using paper plates. Most plates at trail heads were immediately torn down. This plate has held up for more than two years.
Little Lake Trail at Rd 409
Metal signs where put up some years ago when this was an official County trail from the town of Mendocino to the city of Willits. Most have been vandalized but are still in place and useful. The County has abandoned this trail and it is hard to find outside of JDSF.
Cook House Gulch Trail at Opservation Point Trail
Carved wood signs were put up by CCC workers many years ago. Some of these surely must have been stolen. These were recently reconditioned and placed at the junction of Cook House and Observation Point Trails.
Cook House Gulch / Forest History Trail at Manley Gulch Trail
Laminated paper markers are being used in the Woodlands Camps area. These are inexpensive and seem to be holding up.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Some trail markers used on JDSF are,
Metal posts along
Little Lake / Sherwood Trail
Three red bars painted on trees along
Caspar area trails
Rd 409 area trails
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
More dumping at Rd 500/Rd 530. After the truck was dumped here last month some cable and other trash was left. Now another vehicle has been dumped. It seems unless the dumpers are caught and prosecuted we will be looking at increasing garbage dumped on the State Forest.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The upper bridge is three ruff 8"x8"timbers set next to each other to cross a dry gulch. As this bridge aged it rotted become unstable with wide gaps between timbers. Users are now going through the dry gulch to avoid this bridge.
Some small plank bridges are being used with no problems at this time.
A log bridge using 4" logs fastened to 6" logs crossing a creek built 2 years ago has held up.
Another log bridge of similar construction crossing a creek farther down the trail had logs rot and break. This bridge was pulled out to allow trail users to pass through the creek.
One bridge is constructed from three 10" logs crossing a creek. The logs have rotted and large gaps have formed. An attempt to fill gaps with sticks and covering with soil was made . This is failing. Trail users have been using this bridge carefully.
Another bridge is constructed from two rail road rails crossing the creek with 2"x8" boards cut to fit between the rails. The boards started rotting at the ends and falling through the rails. New 2"x6" boards replaced some rotten boards. More boards have fallen through. Trail users are carefully using the bridge.
The lower bridge rotted to the point it was closed.
A new bridge was built using 2"x6" planks fastened to 6"x8" timbers crossing the creek. Trail users are using this bridge.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Cycling Trails in Caspar Area of Jackson State Forest
Please be courteous to equestrians and hikers/dog walkers that frequent this area. Do not ride trails when wet. Trails stay wet weeks after a heavy rain and will be damaged if ridden. Take all your trash out with you. Jackson State Forest has been great about allowing bikes on trails. Please do your best to keep this Forest open to cyclists!
Lower loop. Miles, 3. Fitness level, medium. Skill level, medium.
Lower loop trailhead, Rd 500 at Rd 600, don’t block the gate. Look for 500 Trail a hundred feet down Rd 600 on left. This is fun twisting trail thru redwood, fir, and pine forest. There is a few short steep climbs but most of this trail is not hard to ride. Watch out for large tree roots and sandy corners, ride with caution. Trail ends at T.V. Trail about an eighth mile after crossing Rd 500. You may turn left to return to Lower loop trailhead or turn right and add Upper loop and 4.5 miles to your ride. This trail is an old logging road and it is fairly flat and straight with a lot of large puddles months after rain. Most puddles have by-pass trails around them. Really fast speeds can be reached on this trail. Make lots of noise and expect to see someone on the trail around every corner. T.V. Trail east has some rutted areas and a stream crossing fallowed by a short, steep, rutted climb about an eighth mile from S.H. Trail, at west end is Rd 530. This rocked road is closed to motor vehicles because garbage dumping was a major problem. Road ends at Rd 500 turn left for a few hundred feet to first logging road on right and take this road a few hundred feet to 500 Trail turn right on trail to Lower loop trailhead.
Upper Loop. Miles, 2.5. Fitness level, difficult. Skill level, difficult.
Upper loop trailhead, Rd 500 at Rd 520, don’t block the gate. Look for S.H. Trail a few hundred feet up Rd 500 on left. This is an old logging road that is used illegally by four-wheel drive off roaders. Because of this use there are large ruts and holes on the trail, ride with caution. Follow this trail about a quarter mile to T.V. Trail. You may turn left here to Lower loop or keep straight on Upper loop. After about a mile look for rutted trail on left, this is Three Pipe Trail. This is a very steep climb on an old logging trail. Near the top of the climb look for trail on right. This is Gunslinger Trail that was built by cyclists and has many tight corners and abrupt grade changes. After crossing Rd 500 find Thru Stump Trail to right of gate and more technical trail. This trail ends at Rd 500 across from S.H. Trail. Turn left on road to Upper loop trailhead.
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