May 1, 2004 - Callahan SP Trail Maintenance Day
Blackstone Valley held a trail maintenance day to help the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) control erosion and siltation on a steep section of the Pipeline Trail that is within SVT's land. We had a fantastic turnout of 18 volunteers, mostly from Blackstone Valley & Greater Boston NEMBA plus several members of SVT and the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Our hard working crew put in 80 volunteer hours spread over morning and afternoon sessions on a perfect sunny spring day. We installed seven grade dips on the Pipeline and improved several more on the Pioneer Trail. These two trails are the primary access routes to other parts of Callahan State Park from each of the major Callahan Parking lots.
Our efforts were very much appreciated by Dan Stimson, SVT's Land Steward who worked alongside us all day. We hope our efforts will increase the acceptance by SVT for mountain bike use on a couple of major trails near Callahan.
After the hard work, several people hiked a rerouted section of trail that avoids a muddy section within SVT land and applauded the alignment and execution. The scouting team also looked into creating a new trail that would link two secondary trails within State land to remedy the current dead-end at the SVT boundaries.
SVT will soon install new trail markers which will help to clarify which trails are open to bikes. Please help us continue to foster the growing goodwill with SVT by complying with their existing trail restrictions.