The steel tracks and the wooden ties have been removed, so the corridor is already being heavily used even though the final trail surface (crushed limestone grit) is not yet installed and the old railroad ballast is rough and uneven.
|A fallen limb festooned with bracket fungi alongside the corridor|
|View from one of the three railroad bridges spanning the creek within my preserve|
|A rock cut|
There are also several stone quarries alongside the railroad line, including one very impressive quarry with a sheer wall at least 60 feet high with plenty of huge boulders at the foot. Rock climbers have long begged us for permission to climb there (we've always turned them down, reasoning that rock climbing is incompatible with our mission as a natural area). Now that the trail conversion has begun, I'm getting reports that climbers are drilling holes in the rocks in order to set climbing screws, and people are using the large rocks at the bottom of the face for bouldering. This is only the beginning of the types of intrusions that are sure to increase.
|A slow stretch of the creek from the vantage of another railroad bridge|
|Late afternoon sun glinting on the creek|