By Jonathan Mayo
With snow melting and temperatures tolerable I decided to survey the winter damage on the Cape Cod Rail Trail Tuesday, ending my ride at Nickerson State Park as I so often do. Seeing the trailhead at 134, (right), one might be tempted to skip the ride, but the trail is clear after a tenth of a mile and only a few small patches of snow thwart the rest of the ride. I fully expected to find fallen trees along the trail but DCR has already been hard at work clearing the trail. DCR used a small off-road utility vehicle to carry a small crew and equipment. I noticed that the tire tracks were much narrower than a standard vehicle, which allowed them to cross roads without moving barriers and actually fit through the tunnels on the trail. I applaud the DCR's intelligent and apparently economical approach to the trail damage. At over a dozen sites in the first ten miles, trees were cleared from the path.
The Park is partially closed due to storm damage. Access beyond Flax Pond Rd'. is prohibited.
The walking trails at Nickerson saw some damage. Here is the Deer Park Trail.
Here we see Area 4 campgrounds. I was hoping to reserve that yurt, but the whole season is booked already!
Despite the damage, hope springs eternal. DCR has added some brand new picnic tables for our future enjoyment.
If you decide to venture out on the trail, be aware that there is still great deal of small debris, sticks, twigs and such. The current conditions therefore favor mountain bikes and hybrids.
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