Red Spring Trail – Very Green

You may have heard it has been raining on and off since late July. It’s true. Well I can tell you without hesitation, it has done wonders for the desert. Here are some photos from the ride Saturday. The single track has been invaded by tall grasses. Several times we had to stop to be sure we were on the trail. We rode up Rob’s trail, the long hillside single track. Normally that takes about 10 minutes or so to complete. Well today the grasses were so thick – making it difficult to move forward and see the trail, not to mention a bit of fear we might be dropping off the steep down hill side, YIKES! Anyway it took well a half hour or maybe longer to complete this section. No speed records were set today. But then after completing Rob’s trail section, we crossed over our cattle guard barrier to take the two-track road down to FS Road #684. Well good luck staying on course here, same problem, tall grasses have obscured the road making it a challenge to find the way down hill.

Yes we will need to get out there to do some trimming once the monsoon season clears. Much of these grasses we dry out and nature will take care of them. However, there are places that will require hand saws and clippers to clear the trail.
…and guess what, there was no dust …….that will happen in Patagonia on November 20th. at There Will Be Dust, see you there!

RST Weekend Extravaganza

Very nice turn out this weekend in spite of the warm temperatures. The staging area was made ready for us to use and although not complete, it worked our very well for us. In total there were 22 TRS members over both days. More work was done trimming brush, “kicking” rocks and installing the trail barriers (aka mini cattle guards). John Titre of the US Forest Service camped out with us Saturday evening. We made it a point to publicly express our thanks for all John he has done to bring this project to the Tumaccaoiri Mountains! The diner meal on Saturday was excellent too, Thanks Todd!!

Forest Service Message to TRS, RST Project

Message below from John Titre.I notified him we have now contributed over 1,000 volunteer hours to the project.

George,

Incredible accomplishment! —And it is just not the hours but the level of expertise throughout the project. It could not have been done without that level of involvement from TRS. Not once did we use the Supervisor’s Office for GIS work expect for printing three maps when our printer was disabled. The biologist and archeologist were able to use shape files generated for their analysis.

This is definitely a Legacy Project and will be on the District for several hundred years like the other trails that are a hundred years old that we maintain. The difference is that this trail was properly designed and implemented. Once completed it will be of national significance.

TRS will likely continue to be an integral part of trail stewardship for many years.

I am indebted to your service to the Nation and the Forest Service.

Sincerely,
John

RST Weekend Camp/Trail Build/Ride/Cookout

TRS,

Let’s start organizing for the end of the month camp/trail build/ride cook-out event.
We know the following;
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28
Time: It will be warming up by the end of the month, so we will try to start things by 8:00am each day. Per the Forest Service, we are encouraged to limit volunteer work to 3-4 hours per day.
Location: We will be using our RST Staging area as our camp site. It is located just off Forest Service Road 684 (gps coordinates 31.62903N, 111.10227W)
What We We Do?: Have fun, install fence crossing (aka mini cattle guards), trim brush, “kick” rocks off the trail, have fun, ride the trails we work on, have fun, camp fire fun, food and drink fun…fun
TRS will bring trail tools, drinking water, gatorades, a couple of ez-ups.
You should bring your bike, riding gear, camping gear. Water and snacks for consumption when out on the trails. Consider sun screen, cell phone and a 2-way radio if you have one, tuned to frequency 151.625.
We are looking for a few to organize the lunch and dinner meals for Saturday & Sunday. TRS will reimburse for the food.
Need to know if you plan to attend and which days.You do not need to attend both days.
If you don’t want to camp out, consider the RV camp sites near Amado.
Mountain View:
https://www.mountainviewrvranch.com
Deanza:
http://deanzarvresort.com
Sincerely,

George Wysopal
President, TRS

RST Work Continues

On Monday April 15th. 4 TRS members spent the day on the RST clearing rocks and cutting branches on trail #6840. We also sent time monitoring the safety of Rob our excavator operator. He began cutting trail on a long side hill section. This trail will be about 1 mile in length. The views from this trail are most likely the best of the entire trail system. The panoramic view is incredible.

Red Springs Project

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It’s now official. The contractor starts on April 1st, no joke.

Because we got the word yesterday, George and I laid down the first moto tracks on a few sections of trail today. Just because we could.

Thanks to all that have come out and helped with the project. Now if we could just get the cows to stop eating our ribbon.

There will be opportunities later in April for all to help, but the first burn in rides are reserved for the members that have come out to help in the past few years.

So our first chance to start burning in a select set of sections is this Sunday. March 31st.

Meeting Location
Take I19 south to exit 40, Chavez Siding Road, which is just past the Border Patrol Check Point. Right and right onto the frontage road and go about .3 miles north and turn left onto the dirt road. Sign says Hunter Access, it’s easy to miss this. Take the dirt road about .1 miles west and turn left into the parking area. Unload here.

Time, please arrive and have your bike unloaded by 7:30. At 7:30 we will go over some instructions and safety

Stay tuned.

Gary