Whelp, like with most projects there have been setbacks and delays... but thanks to LAMBA volunteers and the City of Cedar Rapids, phase 1 of the Sac & Fox Singletrack is nearing completion and will hopefully be ready for use late fall and throughout the winter!
There is a long history of vandalism and illegal dumping at the Cole St. trailhead and in the roller dam area. Rest assured the city, along with help from utility companies, has plans to not only curb this but drastically improve the area; as is evidenced by the installation of this robust gate!
Another really cool program occurring in this riparian area, as well as other natural spaces and parkland around CR, is the restoration of prairie which includes harvesting seed...
The city employee pictured here was super stoked to discuss the program with me...
The seed harvesting attachment was paid for with REAP monies is on loan to the city via partnership with Linn Co.
If you have ever shopped around and or purchased prairie seed, you know that is quite cost effective to invest in harvesting it yourself!My city friend was so enthusiastic about the prairie program that he invited me to check out the rest of it, which takes place within city parks maintenance facilities...
The "sifter" - try saying it with a deep latino accent
A lot of seed!Alright alright, onto the singletrack stuff...
Just before reaching the trail counters (donated and maintained by LCTA
) I was reminded that the Sac & Fox multi use trail
is open to equestrians. In fact, I believe that is the original purpose behind the donation / acquisition of the land of the trail corridor; so cyclists, be kind and use proper etiquette
when crossing paths with fellow trail users.Speaking of equestrians... the soils adjacent to the more significantly engineered multi-use trail are simply not up to the task of supporting the impacts of high weight / high powered trail use (i.e. equestrians, OHV, etc.)
While the natural surface singletrack is built and maintained for and by mt. bikers, it is open to human powered travel (i.e. hiking, trail running, cycling, skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) *
note: this is NOT
an off leash dog area
As mentioned before, vandalism unfortunately occurs in this area... which is a bummer because these sign posts are paid for and installed by LAMBA volunteers in their often quite limited free time
Upon closer inspection
It didn't take long to notice signs of another common trail user, one that doesn't have the ability to pay attention to signs or follow rules like us humans
Aw man, comes with the territory I guess; at least it's foliage fed deer poo vs. dog, or human
So here's a shot of the sensitive area that we, or any trail users for that matter, are to avoid. Why? Because sometimes specific natural spaces are best left that way for the benefit of the flora and fauna that reside there; I'll leave it at that
The reroute around the pines has been flagged and roughly opened, hence useable by the more adventurous trail user...
Here's the multi-use trail bridge at the far end of the first section of Sac & Fox singletrack, it and or the concrete crossing just northwest are shared ways to cross the ephemeral drainage; adventure!
Unfortunately the the trail marker signpost at this end was also vandalized If you made it this far, thanks for viewing / reading! Until next time.......
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open this area
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