MRWA Trail Builds


#22

Can you say sustainable singletrack? The MRWA volunteers aren’t messing around.


#23

pretty tech section


#24

That’s just the base. It will be covered and smoothed out with mineral soil.


#25

Looks good the way it is… imo.


#26

Agreed, but it’s a beginner trail.


#27

I was kidding. But it does remind me of riding at kearney lake 25 years ago.


#28

Another call for trail builds:

Join us in the woods to build trails!

Friday 14 July: 8:30 - 1:00
Saturday 15 July: 9:00 - noon

We have all the tools needed. Bring water, a snack, glasses and fly dope.

Meet at the small parkland on Norawarren Drive off Herring Cove Road. If you haven’t been before, look for the grass park and mailboxes on the right side of Norawarren Drive.


#29

Gonna try to make it. Might be a few minutes late


#30

Here’s the latest…

All:

Are you the sort of person who (a) enjoys simple straight-ahead tasks that last an hour or two; (b) has a wheelbarrow, © desires a self-paced workout in the great outdoors; (d) has a couple of hours to spare this Wednesday or Friday night, or Saturday morning?

If so, you are cool.
And, even if you meet only a couple of those criteria, please read on.

There are many cubic yards of mineral fill that needs to be moved 200-400m on In-n-Out trail. This material is to finish In-n-Out, build a couple of berms, and have on hand to address any drainage issues. MRWA intended to use a motorized wheelbarrow to move this material, but it’s turned out to be incompatible with our narrow and sometimes uneven singletrack. So – human power!!

Wheelbarrow parties will be held Wednesday and Friday night, 5:30-7:30ish. And Saturday morning, 8:30-noonish. Arriving late is fine.

If you have a wheelbarrow and/or good shovel, please bring 'em. And if you don’t, come anyway
Meeting place is the usual Norawarren trailhead. Bring water and workgloves.

We’ll have some free fizzy pop on hand to keep you hydrated.

Thanks,
Lawrence
Russ
Kaarin
And everyone on the MRWA Trails Committee


#31

If anyone needs to borrow my barrow, let me know!


#32

Come out and help if you can. You will be amazed at what has been done out there. Real singletrack in HRM.


#33

From the MRWA facebook page…

We’re building singletrack trails and we need your help! Currently we’re working on a beginner-friendly access trail and a more rugged, intermediate trail. We’ve got 2 build days scheduled this week:

Wednesday 5:00 - 8:00. Come anytime and stay as long as you want. We’ll be working near the Norawarren trailhead so we are easy to find if you arrive late. Even if you can join us for just 45 minutes this is valuable to us.

Saturday 8:30 - 12:30 and pizza!! We have lots of different jobs for people to do: moving big rocks, collecting small to medium rocks, collecting dirt from borrow pits, moving cut wood and brush, and maybe even some dirt tamping! We’ll order pizza for the crew so you can move straight on to your next Saturday project - hopefully involving a beach and a beverage.

The build sessions this week will start from the park on Norawarren Drive near Herring Cove. Look for the mailboxes.

Happy Trails!
MRWA Trails Committee


#34

These sessions always overlap with coaching. :pensive:


#35

Here’s the latest from MRWA…

Hello MRWA Volunteers!
Big shift this week from the Norawarren Trails to Fight Trail! Our next two trail building sessions will be Monday and Wednesday evenings this week, 4:30 - 8:00. You don’t need to commit to the full session: join us when you can, for as long as you can.
We will be working on a new sustainable entrance trail to the existing trails on HRM park land. The new route has lots of smooth, flowing granite and provides views across granite barrens to the ocean and downtown Halifax skyline.
On the menu is grubbing, gathering rocks, placing rocks, and cleanup. Bring workgloves and, if you have 'em, a good pulaski or shovel. MRWA’s tools are being sharpened in preparation for these sessions (sharp tools --whoohoo!), and those will be available too.
Meet at the small park on Mica Crescent in the Governor’s Brook subdivision (map). If you arrive late you can find us by walking in along the brushed path from the end of the lawn area.
Happy trails!
Kaarin


#36

Trail Build scheduled for Friday Sept 1st from 3:30-7:30

Hello MRWA Volunteers!
The Monday and Wednesday build sessions were so productive, that we’re THIS CLOSE to completing the new entrance trail. Let’s finish it this week!

The session starts at 3:30pm but join us when you can, for as long as you can. We’ll be working near the Mica Crescent park and so we’ll be easy to find if you arrive late. Walk in along the path from the end of the lawn area.

On the menu: Wheelbarrowing and tamping dirt, nailing boardwalk decking, gathering rocks, and moving a couple large rocks with rock bars.

Bring work gloves and water. If you have a sturdy wheelbarrow and shovel, bring those too. MRWA has plenty of other tools.

Meet at the small park on Mica Crescent in the Governor’s Brook subdivision (map). See you there!

Happy trails!
MRWA Trails Committee


#37

New trail being built at Fight. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?

Hello MRWA Volunteers!
Join us to build a new singletrack trail in the Fight Trail area! Our work sessions this week will be Wednesday 3:30 - 7:30 and Saturday 8:30 - 12:30.
The alignment is cleared and we’ll be starting with the ground work this week, including grubbing organics, moving rocks and relocating dirt. Bring sturdy shoes, work gloves and water. We have LOTS of tools, but if you have sturdy trail tools (mattocks, pulaskis, shovels) please bring them.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the very end of Alabaster Way in the Governor’s Brook subdivision in Spryfield (access from Drysdale Road). You don’t need to commit to the full session - join us when you can for as long as you can. If you arrive late, follow the BLUE flags to find us.
A generous grant from MEC has allowed us to hire TrailFlow Outdoor Adventures to lead the construction of this trail, but we need volunteers to stretch the contract funds as far as possible. Thanks MEC and thanks volunteers!
This trail is part of the McIntosh Run Trail System, an approved network of singletrack trails for non-motorized recreation on public land between Spryfield and Herring Cove.

Happy trails!
MRWA Trails Committee


#38

Here’s the latest…

Hello MRWA Volunteers!
Join us to continue building new singletrack trails in the Fight Trail area! Our work sessions this week will be Wednesday 3:30 - 7:30 and Saturday 9:00 - 1:00, but working in different locations so read carefully.

Meeting location (both days): Meet at the cul-de-sac at the very end of Alabaster Way in the Governor’s Brook subdivision in Spryfield (access from Drysdale Road).

Wednesday: If you arrive late it will be easy to find us: follow the BLUE flags down the new trail. Same location as last week.

Saturday: We will be working on upgrades to the Attic, an existing trail. If you are familiar with the trails we will be easy to find - we’re building an alternate line where the Attic meets Lou’s Basement at the south end, at the rock drop with the skinny ramp. If you arrive late, Lawrence will hang about for an extra 20 minutes or so and bring a crew to work on a critical upgrade and drainage issue. Both Saturday locations are 20+ min walks from the cul-de-sac.

You don’t need to commit to the full sessions - join us when you can for as long as you can, but on Saturday please try to arrive on time if you are not familiar with the existing trail network.
We will be moving rocks, relocating dirt and grubbing organics, so wear sturdy shoes and work gloves and bring water.
A generous grant from MEC has allowed us to hire TrailFlow Outdoor Adventures to lead the construction of the new trail we’re building on Wednesday, but we need volunteers to stretch the contract funds as far as possible. Thanks MEC and thanks volunteers!
These trails are part of the McIntosh Run Trail System, an approved network of singletrack trails for non-motorized recreation on public land between Spryfield and Herring Cove.

Happy trails!
MRWA Trails Committee


#39

Sadly due to shift work in two different towns I haven’t been able to make it to a single trail building session yet! Hopefully I’ll make it one of these days before the weather turns.
Can we still get onto fight trail to ride? I heard the usual entrance off mica crescent is blocked as they’re finally selling that house.


#40

There’s a new entrance off the grassy area a little further down Mica. Current project is another entrance at the end of Alabaster.


#41

Yes the usual entrance is closed. Go a little further down Mica Cres to the green space on the left, there’s a brand new entrance there. Also a new entrance at the end of the cul de sac on Alabaster Way. Keep in mind the MRWA crews are still working on these entrances so ride with caution.