Over 50 people help ready trails for winter at Higley Flow State Park in Colton
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 5:58 am

COLTON -- Over 50 people turned out recently at the Trail Day hosted at Higley Flow State Park by the Friends of Higley Flow State Park to prepare the trails for the winter season.

All ski trails, over 10 miles, were inspected, small debris removed, and any larger issues reported to the staff of the park.

Participants included students from the St. Lawrence and Clarkson University ski teams.

The Clarkson team also hosted a practice once the work was done and volunteers in the Trail Day were able to witness the students practicing with their Roller Skis.

One highlight of the day was the marking and final clearing for a new quarter-mile trail behind the Higley Flow Lodge. This new flat loop will now be the easiest trail at the park especially designed with kids and beginners in mind.

The Beaver Dam Ski Trail, an ungroomed expert trail, has two major enhancements – a new, wider, rustic bridge that was installed by park staff over the summer, and improvements in the dam itself that should allow for easier transit for skiers and snowshoers.

Volunteers spread woodchips and fill over rutted parts of the trail improve the overall condition of the trail.

New lighting at the enlarged parking lot is one of the final items connected with the new Higley Trails Lodge. This will improve accessibility for evening events at the Park.

The Friends of Higley Flow will be again be hosting evening skiing at the park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning in December, conditions permitting. More information will be forthcoming.