8/28/14 Trask's Blue Bus RTP Trail Grant For Bridges

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8/28/14 Trask's Blue Bus RTP Trail Grant For Bridges

Postby Tawmass » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:28 am

The OMRA currently has an RTP Grant Request for two bridges to reopen the classic Blue Bus Trail system, just north of the old fish hatchery in the Trask. Yesterday James Harris and I drove on out and met up with local trail guru Curt Shoenbrod. We met up at the Alder Trail and made our way counter clockwise up to the top of Blue Bus Road and then down to where the old trail went to inspect the ideal locations of two bridges that would allow this classic trail system to reopen. Let's hope that this RTP grant gets approved for something that actually goes on the ground to further OHV recreation!
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After taking some grown-over, single-track trails by a crazy hill climb, we descended our way down to the lower section of Blue Bus. From there we could see the old fish hatchery and walked around to inspect the best locations for the two bridges, as the lower plateau is somewhat of a flood plain in the winter.
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We then rode back out the way we came in (see video below) and made our way over the the Toll Road. And did you know that there is actually an old blue bus, which is how the road and trail got its name? I didn't either, but as you can see in the picture below, it is there in quite the decrepit state! Evidently it's an old logging 'crummy' and somehow it ended up over the edge and on its side. ODF's Dave Hiatt has been on a mission to make quad trails on the original, historic Old Toll Road from Trask River up to Murphy's Camp (signified by blue posts) and one of his new trails literally goes around the original, wrecked Blue Bus - cool!
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The original Blue Bus!
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Afterwards we rode yet more secret, unused trails and made our way back to the rigs. Yet another awesome day of riding with great people!
-Tom

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