Popular mountain bike trails in Waterbury damaged from storm

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Damage from Monday’s storm forced volunteers from the Waterbury Area Trail Alliance to get to work Wednesday evening, meeting to clear fallen trees and repair several washed out portions of the trails.

WATA says they received reports of fallen trees on three separate trails – Campfire, Upper Burning Spear, and Lower Joe’s.

In addition to the fallen trees, a clogged drain located just past the trail entrance caused the bulk of the erosion damage from Monday’s storm.

Along with volunteers from WATA, local mountain bikers have been taking it upon themselves to help clear the trails. Avid biker Liam Godfrey spoke with us about the importance of pitching in.

“The trail maintenance is really, really key. As a community, everyone is really good about getting out and doing their part, and just when you see something down clearing it for yourself and other riders.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, 6 out of 15 trails were open at Perry Hill.

WATA urges bikers to check trail conditions on their website before heading out to the trails, and hope to get the bulk of the cleanup done tonight. Sky Barsch, another local rider, emphasized the importance of being safe in uncertain conditions.

“When you’re out here, just keep a lookout for debris,” Barsch said. “You can always pick up branches that have fallen on the trail and just keep an eye out for really mushy spots. You don’t want to do more damage by riding on really wet areas and making it harder for it to recover.”

Last month, the Colchester Causeway, another popular mountain biking destination, sustained significant damage after a storm. Earlier this week, crews started repairing the path. VTrans is expecting to reopen the causeway by July 4.

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