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Lazy Lizard Connector ready for riding

Filed in Biking, Hiking by on July 10, 2016 • views: 1529

Finished the trail link from Stove Trail across Mount Fernie Park to Lazy Lizard Trail on late Saturday, July 9. This 1,800 meter  connector is ready to hike or ride as it gets sun dried, but is a bit soft until it gets compacted by tires and hikers. There is still a 10 meter bridge to build but for now it is just a short several minute grunt up the steep bank at the creek crossing.

There is now 10 kilometers of continuous trail from the Mount Fernie Park entrance to Island Lake Lodge. No longer need to eat dust from vehicles when returning from Brokeback Ridge Trail or Hedonism Trail.

Lazy Lizard Junction

Lazy Lizard junction

Brokeback Junction

Brokeback Junction

Thursday Night FTA Trail Crew

buff up crew

Bottomless Mud in June

endless mud

bottomless mud

Culvert Inspectors

culvert inspection crew

Excavator Operator

Excavator operator

Good Dirt Sometimes

good dirt sometimes

Into the Jungle

into the jungle

Trail Reroute Required

breakfast eggs

Old Trail Tool Found in Old Hedonism Marsh

old trail tool found (Hedonism Marsh)

Stump Creature

Tree nymth

This FTA trail job was started on June 15 and took 20 excavator days to complete the 1800 meter build. In total there were 110 hours logged on the excavator ($4,000 rental) and the operator time ($6,000) was donated by the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club. Because of the deep mud in many places the excavator was used to install 20 culverts ($2,500 for 30 cm ribbed culverts) and we still have to build a 10 meter bridge and 10 meter boardwalk ($5,000). We hired a tree faller for 3 days to clear out the danger trees and the right of way trees ($1,500) and FTA volunteers brushed out the right of way and chucked debris. The FTA trail crew came out 3 Thursday nights and buffed up the trail with snippers and hoes and rakes. Another $1,000 was spent on tools, grease, diesel and chain saws, all told a $20,000 job this year. Thanks again to the Thunder Ridge Fundraiser  last year and the matching RMI  funds that provided the $20,000 to build this trail.

 

This Thursday July 14th we will be working in the Provincial Park on Verboten, Gorbie and Sherwoody.  We will be repairing wet areas, improving drainage and brushing.  Meet at the bike park at 6pm to shuttle up to the trail.

Thanks

FTA Maintenance Committee

 

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