This year is a particularly bad one for windfall on many trails, with several sustaining significant damage from storms over the past six months. The Hollyburn Chute section of the Baden Powell Trail (which is roughly south of the Holllyburn Lodge to Craigmohr Road) had, at last count, about 60 trees down across the trail. Several volunteers have cleared fallen branches and put up trail tapes so you can navigate through the Chute, but it’s currently not runnable.
The District of West Vancouver is aware of the Hollyburn Chute damage and they will send work crews to clean it up in the next few weeks. Until that is done, our training runs will avoid the Chute beginning with this Sunday’s run, so please ensure you hear the updated route information at the training run briefing. (The meeting place and time are unchanged.)
Snow and wind storms of the past several months brought down many trees on the Hollyburn Chute. Volunteers have cleared the branches so you can do your best parkour move over the trees. Chainsaw crews will remove the rest of the damage in the next few weeks.
The 2013 Trail Day will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013. As always, we’ll be working with the District of North Vancouver to improve a section of the Baden Powell Trail. More details will be announced in late May.
We didn’t have time to finish everything, but what we did finish will keep you from getting sucked into a bog next year. Yes, there are new bog bridges on Black Mountain, courtesy of the trail work party on September 15. To see what happened on that wonderfully sunny day, here are some photos by Enzo and Andrew. (And to answer the question: yes, you can walk on mud…as long as there’s a bridge over it!)
Trail elves: Enzo Federico, Patricia Jensen, David Jensen, Hannah Jensen, Bruce McArthur (Friends of Cypress Provincial Park), Jan Snow, Rob Wilson (BC Parks), Andrew Wong, Jeff Young (BC Parks)
Six volunteers. That’s all we need for the Saturday, September 15 trail day at Cypress Provincial Park, where we’ll work with BC Parks to build boardwalks and make trail repairs in the Black Mt. area. The group will be split into two crews to cover the multiple sites that BC Parks has identified for repairs and upgrades.
The workday will be 9am-3pm (approx.) No special skills are needed for this event, just enthusiasm — no matter what the weather!
Please RSVP to Andrew by Friday, September 14.
[September 13 update: One spot has opened up for this Saturday’s work party!]
The Black Mt. boardwalks we helped build last year do more than just keep your feet dry or reduce the odds of you being photographed, half buried in a mud hole. Their main purpose, of course, is to protect the bog from being trampled into submission by everyone looking for the driest route through the area. Yesterday, BC Parks found dragonfly larvae crawling around the peat right next to the boardwalks. Without those bridges, the dragonflies could have been stomped by wayward feet.
With that little segue, we’re announcing that another trail day is planned for Saturday, September 15 to build more boardwalks on Black Mountain. This is a continuation of last year’s efforts. We’ll be working with BC Parks and the Friends of Cypress Park, and we hope to see a dozen Knee Knacker folks volunteer for this great project. More details will be posted in early September.
Check out the Trail Maintenance Photos. A new section of the Baden Powell trail was created (east of Hyannis Drive). Andrew’s trail maintenance report will be posted soon.
We still need more volunteers to help fix a section of the Baden Powell Trail on June 23. There will be coffee and treats from Delany’s. Better yet, you’ll get a sense of accomplishment for a few hours effort. Combine that with the nice tingly feeling that comes from knowing you helped to improve the trail and you’ve got major karma points towards race day! Please RSVP by June 21 to Andrew (Trail Day Coordinator) via the Contact form. For all the details, see the Trail Day post.
[June 4 update — Due to an email error, the Contact Form’s Trail Day Coordinator link wasn’t working before June 1. If you emailed the Trail Day Coordinator before June 1, please resend your email as your original contact was lost in cyberspace. Our apologies for this hiccup.]
[June 2 update — We have a chainsaw operator! Thanks, Terry.]
Awesome. In a word, that’s what Knee Knacker trail elves are. They consistently come out in large groups and do amazing work. Newbies discover that trail work is fun–and not that hard–and the old goats get to share a few nuggets of knowledge. Best of all, it’s a chance for us to give back to the community. We’ll need about 30 people this year to do a “major project” on the Baden Powell Trail, east of Hyannis Drive. Here are the details:
- Date: Saturday, June 23
- Time: 8:45am-1pm (Delany’s muffins and coffee arrive by 8:30am.)
- Place: BP trailhead on Hyannis Drive at the top of Berkley Avenue
- Equipment to bring: Water, snacks, clothes you don’t mind getting muddy. Work gloves, tools, and construction materials will be supplied by the District of North Vancouver.
- Special equipment: We need one chainsaw operator, with appropriate safety gear.
- RSVP by Thursday, June 21 to the Trail Day Coordinator (Andrew Wong) via the contact form.
Trail elves, get ready! This year’s Trail Day location is confirmed; we’ll be working on the BP trail east of Hyannis/Berkely. It’s the same start point as last year. All the details will be posted on June 1.
Time to start filling up those volunteer hours! Graham Knell, Trail and Habitat Co-ordinator (District of North Vancouver), needs twenty volunteers on Saturday, March 17 to help carry lumber for a staircase and boardwalk construction project. You’ll help move the materials from the Indian River Road meeting place down to the Baden Powell Trail. (Another group will build the stairs and boardwalks later in March.) Note that this is not the official Knee Knacker Trail Day — it’s just an opportunity to help out.
Here are the details for the work day:
- Date: March 17
- Time: 9am-11am
- Meeting place: Indian River Drive (North Vancouver), by the big water tanks. Lots of parking.
- Driving directions to meeting place:
East on Mt Seymour Parkway;
Left (north) at Mt Seymour Road;
Right at Indian River Drive;
Left at Indian River Crescent;
Right back onto Indian River Drive;
Continue east on road about 2.5km until you see a gated road on left (north side) leading to big water tanks. Look for Graham’s white District of North Van truck. (The Baden Powell Trail crosses the road near here.)