Saturday, May 9, 2015





June 6, 2015 – National Trails Day
Meet @ Shelter 9
Work: 9am-noon
Goal: Prepare the trails for summer.
Tasks: Trash removal, Weed trimming, Vine and trees trimming.
Tools: Buckets for trash, pruners, and loppers handsaws for Vine & tree trimming, Gas Powered string trimmers for weed trimming. (If you have a Gas powered String trimmer please bring it we do not have loaners at this time, all other tools will be provided by the Trail Masons)
Safety gear: safety glasses, ear protection, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!
Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday. We have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present, unattended children will be feed to the raccoon's.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Workday Announcments



May 9, 2015 – Camber repair Race course Oz Climb.
Meet @ Bottom of gravel road close to rowers storage bellow main trail head.
Work: 9am-noon
Goal: Fix camber issue (ruffly 1000 yards) on Oz climb by rebenching it IMBA Standards .
Tasks: Benching.
Tools: Rouge hoes, Blue Hoes, McLeods.
(Trail Masons will provide all necessary tools.) 
Safety gear: safety glasses, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!
Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday. We have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present, unattended children will be feed to the raccoon's.



May 24, 2015 – Whack a Weed Workday.
Meet @ Main Trail Head above Shelter 9
Work: 9am-noon
Goal: Prepare the trails for summer.
Tasks: Weed trimming, Trash removal,  Vine and trees trimming.
Tools: Gas Powered string trimmers for weed trimming, Buckets for trash, pruners, and loppers handsaws for Vine & tree trimming.(If you have a Gas powered String trimmer please bring it we do not have loaners at this time, all other tools will be provided by the Trail Masons)
Safety gear: safety glasses, ear protection, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!
Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday. We have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present, unattended children will be feed to the raccoon's.



June 6, 2015 – National Trails Day
Meet @ Shelter 9
Work: 9am-noon
Goal: Prepare the trails for summer.
Tasks: Trash removal, Weed trimming, Vine and trees trimming.
Tools: Buckets for trash, pruners, and loppers handsaws for Vine & tree trimming, Gas Powered string trimmers for weed trimming. (If you have a Gas powered String trimmer please bring it we do not have loaners at this time, all other tools will be provided by the Trail Masons)
Safety gear: safety glasses, ear protection, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!
Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday. We have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present, unattended children will be feed to the raccoon's.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Welcome to 2015 and a whole new year of trail building and maintenance at Wyandotte county lake.  In 2014 we logged 969 volunteer hours at Wyandotte county lake. If you do the math with 52 weeks in the year that works out to over 18 and a half hours of trail building and maintenance preformed by our volunteers every week.   

In 2015 our commitment to creating and maintain the best most sustainable trail system possible at Wyandotte county lake will continue with small events posted on our Facbook page and on our Trail Masons calendar on the right side of this Blog. In edition we have 2 large workdays and 2 fundraising mountain bike races planned for this year those dates can be found bellow.

See you on the trail soon
Cliff

Our major events for 2015
tJune 6th , shelter 9,  National  Trails day  trail cleanup and maintenance.
tJune 14th , shelter 3, third annual Masons Midsummer Meltdown cross country mountain bike race and fundraiser.
tSeptember 26th , shelter 9, National public lands day trail cleanup and maintenance.

tOctober 3rd , shelter 3, fourth annual Wyco’s revenge endurance mountain bike race and fundraiser. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

With a productive National public lands day and lots of individual hours added in to round it out. Foundation trail is open for use.  I'm sure we will be back for some fine tuning work latter this fall or early next spring but for now ride run and be happy.
We will continue our build out of the West Dam trails this Sunday October 12th with the start of the new Lake View Trail this trail will shadow the northern edge of the lake providing some of the most spectacular views of the lake and its wildlife. This is a trail that promises to have you Strava addicts looking back and wondering why you always go so slow on that one section of trail, its because you just want to slow down and take in the view.

OCTOBER 12, 2014 – LAKE VIEW TRAIL
Meet @ Shelter 14
Work: 9am-noon
Goal: begin first clearing and destobing of the new Lake View trail.
Tasks: Machete work, Destobing, Brush removal, Vine and tree trimming.
Tools: Machete, Cutter mattocks, Pulaskis, Loppers.
Safety gear: safety glasses, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!
Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday. We have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present, unattended children will be feed to the raccoon's.

OCTOBER 26, 2014 – LAKE VIEW TRAIL
Meet @ Shelter 14
Work: 9am-noon
Goal: continue first clearing and destobing of the new Lake View trail.
Tasks: Machete work, Destobing, Brush removal, Vine and tree trimming.
Tools: Machete, Cutter mattocks, Pulaskis, Loppers.
Safety gear: safety glasses, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!

Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday. We have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present, unattended children will be feed to the raccoon's.

Friday, September 19, 2014

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is a week away on September 27th, 9am at shelter 14 of Wyandotte County Lake Park for full details follow this like to our facbook event or jusk look to the sidebar of this blog at our calender.  We have made major strides getting foundation trail off its feet already this season.  We have cleared a ruff corridor.

We have done some benching.

We even Built a bridge.
 With a good turnout on NPLD  we should be able to finish the workday extremely close or possibly even being able to officially open the trail to traffic wouldn't that be nice.
Many people who have yet to participate in a trail workday ask me what a trail workday is like. I think the best way to describe  trail Masons Association Workday is you take a group of wonderful people and go play games in the woods.
On National public lands day we have a game for everyone the following are some of the games you can come help us play.
If you like working alone or in a small group you can have fun playing Whack-A-Stob the object of this game is to pick a stob of your choice and whack it with a Polaski, Cutter Mattock, or Axe until the stob and its root ball is removed.  Then repeat there are very few games that are as therapeutic after a frustrating week of work then Whack-A-Stob.
If you're more of a team player then  Line Benching may be for you think line dancing only with garden tools.  You start with a 4-6 person team and a section of trail that needs benching.  The “Setter” needs a good trail eye and acts as the team leader they will take a Rogue Hoe or Cutter Mattock and set the top line of the bench cut for the rest of the team to follow. They are followed by 1-2 “Diggers” armed with Cutter Mattocks they remove the majority of the dirt creating a rough bench. The “Shaper” follows the Diggers and using a Rogue Hoe cleans up the back slope and shapes the camber of the working thread.  All this is followed by the “Tamper” Last but not least this individual determines if the finished trail looks awesome or sloppy.  By using using a Mcleod and shovel they will smooth out and tamp the tread and will spread the waste dirt or “scree” downslope unless it is needed as fill at different section of trail, where they will shovel it into a wheelbarrow or onto a tarp to be transferred to another location.  
Another game we have at Wyco is Find That bottle. Don't worry this is nothing like Spin the Bottle. At Wyco we have over 80 years of bottle and can history hidden in the woods. Your job is to search and collect all the bottles and cans you can without coming down with a fatal case of poison Ivy. In the end you get to keep the ones you like and recycle the ones you don't.
So come out and play some games with us in the woods on national public lands day. Think of the fun you're missing.  I hope to see you there.
After the games there will be socializing with BYOB and Possibly even some food.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 27th 2014
National Public Lands Day

Let’s build some trail!

Meet @ Shelter 14
Work: 9am-noon
Goal: benching from west dam trail past the foundation.

Tasks: benching , destobing, raking, brush removal, vine and tree trimming, trash pick up.

Tools: Grub hoes, Cutter mattocks, Pulaskies, McClouds, Tampers, Spring Rakes, Bow Rakes, Loppers.

Safety gear: safety glasses, long pants, long sleeves, gloves,  bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!

Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday we have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present unassisted children will be feed to the raccoon's

Check out our event on Facbook click me click me

Sunday, September 7, 2014



Wonderful day on the trail. Our More Powerrrr Workday was a success. I played machete warrior clearing a path for the weed warrior crew (Perry, Jim, Scott) to clear a 4+ foot wide swath through some very dense underbrush. The chain saw avenger (Corey) did a knock up job until an almost petrified old log dulled the chain and brought the chainsaw work to a premature halt. The rest of the crew (Amanda, Bryan, Bob, Shane) mercilessly attacked the stobs with axes and polaskis.Thank you all for joining in today's work without volunteers like you the trails at Wyco lake would not exist.













































Our next big workday will be Saturday September 27th in honor of National Public Lands day.

Meet @ Shelter 14

Work: 9am-noon

Goal: benching from west dam trail past the foundation.

Tasks: benching , destobing, raking, brush removal, vine and tree trimming, trash pick up.

Tools: Grub hoes, Cutter Mattocks, Pulaskies, McClouds, Tampers, Spring Rakes, Bow Rakes, Loppers.

Safety gear: safety glasses, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, bug spray, hard hats (optional), Face shields (optional), Brain Not optional!

Who: Everyone this is family friendly workday we have work for everyone and every skill level. Volunteers under 18 require a responsible adult present unassisted children will be feed to the raccoons.