|Thursday morning regulars|
Your Thursday morning trail crew has been busy working re-routes and erosion controls these last couple of weeks on the Purgatory Creek Natural Area. More specifically, on Beatrice, Ovid and Dante’s trails. The area above the flood control dam east of Summit Ridge is a maze of renegade trails and incursions onto private property.
This is also an area of frequent complaints about hikers losing their way and getting turned around. The trails made by frequent users but not shown on the Greenbelt Alliance’s maps were often crossing private property, another source of complaints, and failed to meet trail design standards for erosion mitigation.
Some of problems have been resolved but additional work remains. Unfortunately, summer heat is edging toward triple digits and high humidity. Another constraint on the trail crew is the need to perform maintenance on the other natural areas that are benefiting from Spring rains coupled with a history of drought causing trees to shed limbs or completely collapse.
Please respect the blocked trails. The reasons are often erosion controls or private property. New/revised maps will be created once the work is completed later this year.
PCNA map link: https://www.smgreenbelt.org/forms/Purgatory%28Lower%29January2012.pdf
Photo link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smga/sets/72157634153213807/