STC News by Bill Boyd

Susquehannock Trail Club

Saturday, June 8, will find some of us from the trail club getting together at the Genesee Community Days. We plan to participate in the parade, and will also have a booth set up in the town park. We tow our tool-trailer, which we refer to as our traveling billboard, in the parade, sometimes accompanied by several “hikers.”

This and the booth we man for these events are our way to bring to the attention of the community the great trail system we have here in Potter County, and especially our 84 mile Susquehannock Trail System, which is maintained by our members.

Genesee hosts a great parade, a park full of vendors of all sorts, and even a nice car show. So it’s a great place to spend an afternoon; you’re sure to find something you like. This event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After this event we’ll be packing up and heading to Lyman Run State Park for our June meeting. You are welcome at this meeting also, and it’s yet another place to learn more about the trails and the trail club. We have a dish-to-pass dinner at 5 p.m., followed by our business meeting around 6.

We’ll be closing out the month of May with well above 600 hours of trail care since early January. Despite all the wet weather we’ve been having, our crews have been out there diligently carrying out various maintenance activities.

So the trail should be mostly in decent shape, although hikers would be well-advised to wear waterproof boots, and even then take along some dry socks. The streams that the trail crosses are bridged in a dozen or so locations, but there are still many smaller streams which have to be crossed in the best way possible. So our bridging is an ongoing project, usually using a log for the crossing, but once in a while putting in one of store-bought lumber.

If you are so inclined to help the KTA with their trail care projects, here is the next one: June 6-9, Black Forest Trail, with camping at the Ruth Will Cabin at Pump Station Fire Tower, along Route 44. Contact the co-leaders, Jenn Ulmer or Donna Thompson at Hawk2373@yahoo.com or 570-854-8316. If you can help for a couple of hours or a day it is always appreciated.

The next KTA work detail will be June 20-23 on the Mid State Trail, Tioga Region. More on that next week.

Bill Boyd is a member of the Susquehannock Trail Club. He can be reached at billboydsts@gmail.com.