FYI – Maryland Search and Rescue (MSAR) will be training in the Frederick Watershed this weekend, Sept. 22-24, 2017
In this update:
- Fall trail work days and upcoming projects
- Hunting season
- Info on a planned controlled burn in the forest
- Recent trail closure
- FYI – Weekend road cycling event passing through roads in the Frederick Watershed
Fall trail work days are being planned and scheduled. Some additional dates may be added as we work through everyone’s schedule. Current dates are:
- Sunday October 29th
- Sunday November 5th
Meeting time and location will be announced as we get closer to the work days.
Upcoming projects include:
- Trail to new Gambrill State Park parking lot.
- Gambrill State park will be constructing a new parking lot on the west side of Gambrill Park Rd near the south border of the Frederick Watershed and the north border of Gambrill State Park. We’ll be building a new trail that connects to the Watershed trail system from this lot.
- New trail connecting the Watershed Trail system to the Yellow extended loop in Gambrill State Park. Portions of the existing connection need to be relocated away from the towers.
A number of hunting seasons start opening in the fall. Unless otherwise noted, hunting is allowed in all areas of the forest. For a full list of hunting dates and related information, visit the Maryland DNR website. The 2017 – 2018 hunting calendar can be found here.
A controlled burn is schedule to be conducted in November for forest management purposes. This will take place in the north portion of the forest, between the Salamander Trail and Gambrill Park Road. You may have notice a fire line was created several months ago in preparation of the burn. Portions of trails near the burn area will be closed during the burn. An exact date has not been announced and will be determined based on weather and other factors.
Our last email had information on the trail recently closed by the City of Frederick. If you missed it, you can see this post.
Road Cycling Event
Sunday, September 17, Frederick’s Gran Fondo road cycling event takes place. Last year saw the course go up Hamburg Road and north onto Gambrill Park Road. A map is not up for this year’s route, but expect a similar route that may impact travel on those roads in the morning and keep an eye out for riders.
Note: scroll down for 9/1/2017 update to original post.
A lot of emails and messages were circulating this morning asking what is happening with the Frederick Watershed trails since some signs went up in the last couple of days indicating closed trails. This week the City of Frederick and MD DNR closed two trails that are not part of the trails management plan, one of which was recently built without permission. After multiple emails with the City land manager on this, below is the information they have asked us to pass along. Please respect these trail closures and ride safely!
- Do not build new trails without the City’s permission – this is jeopardizing existing trail access. Get the word out.
- New trails were built without permission and the City/DNR are closing them.This trail roughly parallels what most trail users know as the Death March trail. They decided to close Super Sweet now (instead of several years down the road) since it connected to the new trail.
- This trail crosses an active logging operation, stay out, it is dangerous.
- Do not reopen the closed trail.
- New trails like this tend to be the ones where booby traps are found. They also noted that this weekend is traditionally when traps have been set or found. Phone numbers if you find anything or see someone sabotaging the trail: Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (301-600-2071) Natural Resources Police (800-628-9944)
- If you want to build trail, come out to official trail work (fall work days are being planned now).
— 9/1/2017 Update —
After initially getting the above message out, a lot of questions were asked, they can be summarized as:
- I understand their position, I just wish they would go about it in a different way. Transparency would have been nice. This was the reason we suggested the Facebook page, to keep us informed and create a discussion.
- Can the city explain to us how MTB trails are more damaging than logging?
- How do we know what trails are in the sanctioned network?
Here is a follow up response from the land manager to the comments/questions above:
Annual spring clean up of the dirt roads in the Frederick Watershed. May 6, 2017 9am – 12pm, meet at the maintenance garage on 6010 Mountaindale Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-2709
Info from The City of Frederick Watershed:
Volunteer Cleanup! Help clean up the Watershed and get entered to win great prizes! Just let us know you’ll be there by checking the “going” box here in Facebook–that way we’ll bring enough snacks, gloves, and vests for everyone. Questions? Email Jenny Willoughby email@example.com