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    Interesting read, that. Wouldn't it be great if they harvested only ligustrum?
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    Another thing about "pool flow" is that I'm not sure hikers would want to do all those switchbacks just to get down or up the hill and may start going down the old route. Sorry to think about this even before there are any problems. (I'm just geared to look at things from all angles.) I guess it depends on the hiker. Bikers tend to enjoy more distance. I'm sure once I rail it downhill a few times I'll stfu. so gracias builders!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Another thing about "pool flow" is that I'm not sure hikers would want to do all those switchbacks just to get down or up the hill and may start going down the old route. Sorry to think about this even before there are any problems. (I'm just geared to look at things from all angles.) I guess it depends on the hiker. Bikers tend to enjoy more distance. I'm sure once I rail it downhill a few times I'll stfu. so gracias builders!
    Man, I am listening. I was there for an hour and a half tuning it up yesterday and just kinda observing and talking to people who wanted to talk. Several people thought the climb was better than before; there were more climbers than descenders. Quite a few hikers took the old way up by the road--we have no control over that. One runner avoided the new section and took a weird route through the closed-off trail, but that could have been because I was standing there looking like a crazy sweaty Irish dude with a pick axe. So yeah, let's keep the discussion going. If it turns out not being good, I'll keep an open mind.

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    I saw a guy bike up the old Powerline Hill line that is all blocked off with tree branches now. He just biked over all the branches. I thought about saying "this is literally why branches are covering the 'entrance' and 'exit' of the hill", but instead just nodded at him.

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    Thanks. In order to build the new trails, PARD required us to close an equal amount of trail. The whole concept was to close the least sustainable and least safe segments that posed potential high speed conflicts with the concrete trail.

    It's a park after all. There needs to be some green space as well. Not every square inch can be a trail.

    I only the people who go through all the effort to move branches would put there energy in actually helping build and maintain trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Ridge Riders View Post
    If you can't make that work day - there will be more. Walnut is ALWAYS in need of work.

    Some of the work is easy - trimming face slappers and eye pokers. Some work is not - moving ~30 tons of rock in the Main Creek Crossing. Or dealing with poison ivy. We need people to help at every work day.
    Yeah. I ended up in poor shape on Sunday. I promise that I will be out soon for a work day. I also love that new section that connects the dam to log loop! Super flow!

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    Just rode this down. There was a father and son coming up so I waited at the top. They were close to the top so I could see them before I dove in. It doesn't really roll that fast down due to tightness, but it does keep your head a little more down than ahead. If was fun and I like the concept but too bad the southward berms aren't 20 yards further away. COA probably wouldn't have liked that much spread but it would have allowed some straight ways for opposing riders to pass safely. I'm not sure if a up and down rider could both get past each other on the berms (but descending rider should yield given they see each other in time). Obviously I think too much about this stuff. Stupid bikes lol.
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    ^screw it other you. Just checked again and that shit is hella fun. I just didn't have it dialed yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    ^screw it other you. Just checked again and that shit is hella fun. I just didn't have it dialed yet.
    Some rain will really help the last two get packed in better as well.

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    I rode the nut for the first time in several weeks and noticed a new 'trail' between the dam and the powerline flow trail. It's about halfway between the two and heads up towards the houses. Appears to be wider than normal single track but had several bike tracks on it so I took the bait and headed down it. It goes up behind some houses where it looks like some decent size trees were cut down (5' from the ground) and then seems to end. Does anyone know what is going on here? Possibly a homeowner clearing out some brush and they needed a way to pull it out? Odd.

    On this same note, I hit the parking lot flow trail down this morning as well and it is SWEET! Excellent location to get comfortable leaning into berms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    I rode the nut for the first time in several weeks and noticed a new 'trail' between the dam and the powerline flow trail. It's about halfway between the two and heads up towards the houses. Appears to be wider than normal single track but had several bike tracks on it so I took the bait and headed down it. It goes up behind some houses where it looks like some decent size trees were cut down (5' from the ground) and then seems to end. Does anyone know what is going on here? Possibly a homeowner clearing out some brush and they needed a way to pull it out? Odd.

    On this same note, I hit the parking lot flow trail down this morning as well and it is SWEET! Excellent location to get comfortable leaning into berms.
    Please be aware that The Austin Fire Department is currently clearing a fire break in Walnut Creek Park adjacent to the neighborhoods to the park's southern boundary behind the residences on Shady Springs Rd. and Lincolnshire Dr.
    The work will mostly be in areas away from the trails, but will be in close proximity or concurrent with trails in the Detention Dam and southern Log Loops area.
    Today a truck with a chipper shredder trailer was mulching brush near the top of Power Line Hill. Trails remain open but use caution in these area.
    Also, please note and observe closures of areas that have been closed for restoration.
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    That makes sense. They are spreading all of the wood chippings at the top of the dam road. Not a problem, just an observation. Its not like anyone is ever doing anything there but trying to catch their breath.

    Is there any possibility for trail between the new fire break and powerline within the parameters of trail replacement, or have you guys pretty much tapped that out? I have to say the whole trail system is fantastic and really nice after the added trails in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    That makes sense. They are spreading all of the wood chippings at the top of the dam road. Not a problem, just an observation. Its not like anyone is ever doing anything there but trying to catch their breath.

    Is there any possibility for trail between the new fire break and powerline within the parameters of trail replacement, or have you guys pretty much tapped that out? I have to say the whole trail system is fantastic and really nice after the added trails in the winter.
    We will evaluate the situation once the Fire Department is done with their work. Efforts will be made to close off corridors that have been opened by the fire break work if the corridors present erosion concerns. If some of the corridors make sense for trails, we will work with PARD to make them official.

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    FYI, looks like the little trail leading from the main parking lot trailhead down to the creek is getting closed.

    From ARR FB post, "Walnut Creek Trail update:
    Today the Parks Department closed two short sections of trail at Walnut Creek Park. PARD stated that they made the decision to close the two sections based on complaints. The two sections of trail closed had exposure to cliff drop offs up to 30' and at least one incident of an individual falling off the trail along one of these trail segments has been reported. Austin Ridge Riders was advised, but not involved in the decision and implementation of the closures. One of the trail closures (pictured) is a short section of trail above Tar Branch Creek just below the main parking lot. The other section closed is on a bluff above Wells Branch Creek on the middle section Severe Consequences Loop. Both trails closed are fairly short and have existing alternate trails parallel to them."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teamsloan View Post
    FYI, looks like the little trail leading from the main parking lot trailhead down to the creek is getting closed.

    From ARR FB post, "Walnut Creek Trail update:
    Today the Parks Department closed two short sections of trail at Walnut Creek Park. PARD stated that they made the decision to close the two sections based on complaints. The two sections of trail closed had exposure to cliff drop offs up to 30' and at least one incident of an individual falling off the trail along one of these trail segments has been reported. Austin Ridge Riders was advised, but not involved in the decision and implementation of the closures. One of the trail closures (pictured) is a short section of trail above Tar Branch Creek just below the main parking lot. The other section closed is on a bluff above Wells Branch Creek on the middle section Severe Consequences Loop. Both trails closed are fairly short and have existing alternate trails parallel to them."

    I haven't rode this section, but it seems to me its like this: if a 4-wheel stroller can roll it, then its not gonna happen!!

    Sucks for the guys that worked really hard to make a cool segment here @ WNC and now not allowed.
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    That section from the parking lot down to the creek was great and will definitely be missed. It was usually hit or miss if someone was going to be walking up it anyway so I'm not too concerned. Also, if this means we get to add some more new trail, I'll take the odds that the new stuff will be better!

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