December 6, 2013--Big Thanks to Trail Runners
Forget the PR, a volunteer group that organizes trail running
events in Mohican, has done it again. Rob Powell, Forget the PR race coordinator, presented the Mohican Trails Club with an early Christmas present--a check for $1,000 to be used for future trail improvement projects. This is one of several generous donations this group has made to MTC over the past 5 years.
Rob's volunteer group organizes and promotes a number of fun races each year on the trails in Mohican State Park. Trail running has become a popular way to experience running in its wildest form while enjoying the fitness it provides and the natural setting that is part of the trail running experience. If you wish to challenge yourself next year and have a great time doing it, information regarding their event can be found by clicking here.
So next time you are hiking one of the many trails and see the trail runners, say hi and give them a big thank you for their generosity. Through the support of groups like Forget the PR, the Mohican Trails Club has been able to construct new bridges, build boardwalks, install the Lyons Falls stairs, open new trails and continue to maintain the trails in the Mohican State Park and Forest.
November 13, 2013--Lyons Falls Loop Trail Completed
As part of the Lyons Falls trail, hikers were once able to hike along the south side of the Mohican River between the covered bridge and the Pleasant Hill Dam without going to the falls. This loop trail included an extremely steep section which had a post and cable handrail system to assist hikers in climbing a steep and rocky section of a hill near the dam. The cables were removed a number of years ago and two bridges on the trail were later washed out or severely damaged. The trail has been closed for about 5 years. In September of 2013, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources secured funds to rebuild the bridges so that the trail could be re-opened.
The Mohican Trails Club began work on the project to re-open the trail in late September of 2013. The first step of the project was to construct a new trail along the steep and hilly section near the dam. The work involved clearing, excavating and benching a trail consisting of a series of winding switchbacks to bypass the rocky section of the old trail and to ease the climb up the hill. Once the trail was completed, the second step involved the construction of two new bridges to replace the bridges which were washed out. The new trail was completed early in October and the construction of the bridges was been completed November 13, 2013.
Demolition of the old bridge was started on our last work day. The scrap from the bridge was partially removed by canoeing old lumber across the river and Park personnel trucked the scrap material to a disposal site. The trail has been blazed and signs will be installed next spring. Hikers can use the new trail as a loop trail to the falls and back to the covered bridge or to the Pleasant Hill Dam.
A big thanks goes out to all of the volunteers that helped with this project and to the Park Service for funding the project and providing Park personnel to assist the club with materials transport.
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