Forrest Park : Granite extension work day

Sunday Dirt Church was delayed this week, to go and finish the Diabolical – Granite Connector.

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The day commenced with a safety meeting at the kiosk.Michael B drew up the plan of attack, and it was off to the new trail head.

The turnout was good Michael, Lewis, Peter from the RVMBA Board with Zane, Austin, Andrew, Tyler and Aaron.

 

The original concept for the link trail was started in December 2012 with a work party making the initial

benching from lower Diabolical.

In January 2013 the Granite Trail head was moved and the whole concept was beginning to take shape.

With most of the connector already completed from previous work days throughout 2013, the main focus

of the day was to create the new trail head and complete the final 40ft to the Granite Trail Head.

 

 

Flagged and ready for clearing

Flagged and ready for clearing

Bench cut, ready for final grooming

Bench cut, ready for final grooming

Watch out for the PO

Watch out for the PO

Signs of use, but not quite ready yet

Signs of use, but not quite ready yet

 

The team made light of the work clearing and widening the G-Out section, cutting and removing the final stumps.

This section was a problem due to a large tree on the crest of the hill.

The final route included the removal of the stump and a slight re route to give better clearance to the hillside

 

 

Widening the G-Out

Widening the G-Out

Final 40ft

Final 40ft

Moving into the final 40’

This section was not yet benched and had to be cut and cleared.

The ground was relatively dry and easy to work, save the Manzanita stumps and lumps of granite.

The ever present PO

The ever present PO

Alternate ending !

Alternate ending !

Usual suspects

Usual suspects

Stumps and Rocks

Stumps and Rocks

 

Two options to the trail end.  A rock drop, or a more gentle drop in

Two options to the trail end. A rock drop, or a more gentle drop in

The final drop in was created with two line options.

The first route is a simple run into the steep descent to the Granite trail head.

The second line includes a rock drop off for those with more nerve and skills.

Both lines are safe and make a grand finale to the connector trail.

 

 

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