Posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012
by Jay Richards
After a mild start to the month of April, cooler temps moving in this week with morning lows in the upper teens Tuesday morning!! Cold enough to put ice back on the edges of the small ponds and sloughs. The early spring has brought to life the forest floor with the first wild flowers coming up last week. The loons returned a few days after the ice went off which was great to see. Normally you can count on the loons the moment the ice goes off but they didn’t show up until five days later. The ponds are near normal levels of moisture and evident of activity with the sounds of frogs. A nice variety of waterfowl including the might trumpeter swan flying around area lakes and ponds.
The mountain bike trails are in great shape. We have been blowing out the singletrack and working on improving the conditions. The surface is dry with a few tacky spots and very nice riding. A few sticks coming down from wind last week but overall in great shape. We will continue working on the trails to have best conditions possible for the spring opener mtb race late May.
Jack enjoying the early ice out via kayak
Smaller trees starting to bud.
Wild onions sprouting along the mountain bike singletrack
Singletrack near twin lakes
Calm waters on twin lakes
Great early season riding on the mountian bike trails this spring
Carlos at the intersection of Sap Run and Skaters waltz ski trails
May flowers blooming today
Blood root flowers blooming today
Top of Suicide Hill. We will begin mowing Suicide as soon as the grass is long enough!
Start of trailhead. Trails free of leaves from late fall mowing.
Top of Suicide Hill
Bear creek singletrack
Twin lakes calm Friday morning.
Mouth mushroom on log near Twin Lakes singletrack
First loons of the year on Little Sugarbush. Usually appear once ice is off but coming a few days later this year.
Late Friday afternoon, Little Suguarbush.
Spring sun reflecting on the lake
March 23rd Trail Report Photos
Top of Suicide Hill. Free of snow for first time since November 18th!
Green grass already starting to appear on Suicide! We will begin mowing as soon as it is long, keeping it in best condition possible for the early snows!
Twin lakes free of ice. Bullhead and Island also free of ice. Little Sugarbush remains 95% covered
Fresh beaver cutting on oak trees near twin lakes