Another job well done Gang. It’s great when people can get together and save something worth saving. Those Trails out at Green Pine Lake are worth saving. The Scouts thought it was worth their time in constructing all those bridges and Boardwalks, many years ago. It is worth making sure they stay around as long as possible. Even if the local Beaver has other ideas.
Mark sent me a short review of the weekend, so here we go……..
All: Just a quick update on the trail restoration day.
First of all, thank you to all involved for all the support.
After some great coffee and rolls provided by the Clare County Friends group, and a quick safety briefing Saturday morning we headed out on the trail with 16 people. We split into two groups and headed in different directions on the loops with plans to meet up at Green Pine Lake for lunch. We had beautiful and comfortable weather, and more importantly we had no injuries. The two groups got back together at Green Pine Lake for lunch, shared the mornings progress and planed the afternoons activities. It was nice to see a Loon on Green Pine Lake during lunch and apparently the group that took the west leg of the loop saw a coyote up close and personal. On the large loop we found that the beavers have been very active this spring and have completely closed a section of the large loop. I had one party from Hiking Michigan that stayed at the Mud Lake Campground they wanted to work today as well, so my daughter and I joined them to work on the Mud Lake connector trail today.
Please note all the work that was accomplished over the last 3 days.
· The small loop off the M-115 parking lot is re-blazed and all of the brushy areas have been cleared.
· The large loop excluding small section in the beaver dam area has been re-blazed. (Thank you to Rich and Chris from the DNR for marking a good portion of the large loop last fall.)
· Several areas that were significantly overgrown on the large loop have also been cleared.
· The small nature trail loop at Mud Lake has been cleared and re-blazed.
· The connector trail to Mud Lake is re-blazed except for a small section that is near the intersection of Cook and Adams roads. (I’ll plan on taking care of that when I get more paint)
It was nice to meet a group of hikers on the connector trail today as I was out burning up the last couple cans of paint.
I have asked the Hiking Michigan folks to post all their photos here. https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.401732259924911.1073741827.149820138449459&type=1
To keep places like Green Pine Lake, a place that many people will be able to enjoy for many years to come, it takes constant work and attention. Than You Rosie, Larry, Peggy, Lani, Kim, Hal, Jane, Rich, Chris, Mark, Dylan and all the others I missed here. (Mark will fill in those names later) (We are not big on full last names in the various Trails & Volunteer work we do here at Hiking Michigan) THE PROJECT IS THE REWARD! Rob – HIKING MICHIGAN
Here are some items that we need to consider for the next project weekend.
· Address the Beaver Dam issue on the large loop
· Replace broken boards and railings on bridges and boardwalks
· There was some logging done within the last year that has affected the Mud Lake connector trail in a couple areas that need some significant clean up done. (The trail is however still well marked and usable at this time.)
· Get the wooden signs back up at the trailheads and intersections.
· Explore adding one more bridge over a small stream on the Mud Lake connector trail
I think the trail has a lot of potential for summer use this coming summer. The small loop off M-115 offers a nice little day hike that is now well defined. The short Nature Trail loop at Mud Lake offers the same. For people looking for a bigger challenge, to hike from the lot on 115 to Mud Lake via the east leg of the large loop and the Mud Lake connector would be a very challenging hike, but one that can be done now on a well marked trail. I’m personally very satisfied with the accomplishments of this weekend.
Thanks again to all!
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THANK YOU AGAIN……to all you hard workers who donated your time and money to make this first Trails Restoration at Green Pine Lake happen. I have said this hundreds of time before…..Michigan has the very best Volunteers ANYWHERE. They give so much for ALL the people of our beautiful state!
Thanks for all the pictures too. 🙂 I collected them from all over Facebook and the NET and put as many as I could find, right here in the Slideshow. Very Cool to see what all of you did and accomplished.