Cool but sunny weather greeted us today on the Trail. Overnight a light shower settled the dust of our construction making work on the trail a bit easier today. We are currently working our way up the west flank of Brady Mountain and are about a half a mile from the summit and those huge rock outcroppings. We are now just reaching the north face of the mountain where today the north wind coming up the mountain from the lake had a sharp edge to it.
As when we were on the south side, the cool 39 degree temperature was softened by a Blue Bird sky and a warm February sun. We call this a good day to find a sunny spot with a downed tree trunk to soak up the sun while we enjoy our trail lunch. Mike Wade, a ranger from the Corps of Engineers, who is installing permanent mile markers on the trail, hiked into our work site and joined us at lunch. We successfully located that mystical lunch log and settled in to eat while being warmed by the sun.
The finish work went very well today, with four Traildogs – Mike, John, Al, and myself – working the new tread and completing the finish work on another 1/3 of a mile.
We are not planning to be on the trail again until Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th. We will start at 9:00 am, meeting at the Forest service road five miles north of US 270 on the right, or east, side of Brady Mt. Road, where we have paced some pink flagging to signal you are at the right road.
We will be shuttling volunteers up to the trail about a mile where it crosses this service road then hiking about a 1/2 mile up to our work site. The weather for Friday and Saturday looks ideal for trail work, so join us if you can.Tthe views from Brady Mt. of the lake are well worth the hike in.