Over the tree trunks and through the woods

Trailblazing!

In January, I reported that the New Providence section of the Passaic River Park was impassible. I’ve been back to those woods a couple times since, but it’s always been difficult and disappointing.

THIS HAS SINCE CHANGED (!!!).

Some gang sawed through that giant mess of trees… AND BLAZED IT. (I’ve been meaning to blaze it forever!) Neon orange marks now dot the previously unmarked trail, guiding hikers across un-trail-like areas that they’d never think to hike otherwise. Example below: hello random patch of weeds new trail.

You want me to go WHERE?

For several of the larger logs that blocked the path, rather than cut them up… they’re simply part of the trail now. Volunteers have added steps to help hikers hop over logs.

Over the tree trunk and through the woods

It is AWESOME. Excellent work. I don’t know who you are, mysterious team of trail volunteers, but I love you, and if you want a hand with the next go-round, PLEASE let me help. You’ve rocked my world!

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4 Comments to “Over the tree trunks and through the woods”

  1. super sad that happened, but WOW – i’ve never seen the inside of trees look like that, that COLOUR! wow.

    • Ha, don’t worry, it’s totally unnatural! No weird orange fungi in our forest, just some good ol’ spray paint. 🙂

      Traditionally, you place blazes far enough apart that you can only see one at a time, but I am 100% A-OK with the way this turned out.

      • so they spray the inside of the tree like that?? i’m a little confused, i am ignorant on this subject… thanks for explaining 🙂

        • No worries!

          When there are trails through the woods, often (but not always) volunteers will add “blazes” along the trail, to guide hikers through the woods. Trails are not always as obvious as people think they are, and we hikers need help sometimes!

          Here is a Wikipedia article on trail blazes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_blazing

          Now, according to Wikipedia, when you paint blazes (as they did here), “the preferred technique is to use a drawknife to smooth the outer bark of trees.” (It then goes on to say not to penetrate the inner bark ‘cos you’ll hurt the tree, but these trees are already dead, so I don’t think it matters.)

          My guess is that the paint adheres better to the inner wood than the outer bark, but that’s just a guess. Or: maybe the volunteers read that Wikipedia article but didn’t finish reading the sentence.

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