The North Shore Trails at Clinton State Park received a much-needed band-aid Tuesday as three trail runners put in a few hours of work repairing damage.
Danny Loental, Wayne Garner and Amy White Schmitz capitalized on a rare sunny day with drier trail conditions and were able to patch foot holes and smooth out the damage on a section of the White Trail east of Lands End.
In total, approximately 20 miles of trail need various amounts of repair after being damaged on April 18 during the Free State Trail Runs. Since then, trail-users have been enthusiastic in their desire to patch the holes and re-bench sections that need it, but a series of thunderstorms have hindered progress. Three official trail repair days have been rained out in the past two weeks alone. That makes Tuesday’s repair effort particularly significant.
Loental has been one of the most active leaders in coordinating repair efforts. In addition to a work day that was rained out last weekend, he coordinated Tuesday’s effort. He also has organized a work day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 23. He has lined up 14 volunteers as of Tuesday, and there are enough tools available to utilize additional volunteers. Rain currently is in the forecast, but the work day is scheduled to proceed as of now. To RSVP for Saturday’s work day, go to this link.