Hiking: hiking conditions are good. We started summer trail mowing in late June, and 99% of the trails have been mowed at least once. Grasses are short where mowed, often waist high (or higher) if not mowed.
Biking: the West Side trails offer the best biking, that area tends to be the driest (but BE SURE TO READ 'Important Updates' below). The East Side trails are surprisingly dry this summer, and more 'bike-able' than usual. On the East Side, after rainy weather avoid the trails far to the east, they usually are damp and soft.
Bugs: mosquitoes currently are a bit bothersome.
A 50-100 meter segment of West Side trail adjacent to a beaver dam is soggy between intersections H-I; you can walk your bike through this spot - but anticipate wet shoes.
Due to recent logging, on the East Side, avoid Rut Road between intersections 20-21-22. Click here for details
Due to active logging, on the West Side, avoid the loop between intersections D-E-D, and watch for logging traffic from A-B-C-D.
April 24, 2021: snow showers
Summertime mowing began in late June on the East Side trails. East Side mowing was completed on July 25th. The West Side was mowed in the last half of July. Click here for a map showing East Side mowing details.
April 11, 2002
Meeting called to order
by Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:03 p.m. at the Bruce Dairyland Bank
Officers: Lori Mikunda, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Dick Brockbank, Steve Brockman, Chris Buslee, Carolyn Chatterton, Howard Chatterton, Dawn Christman, Darsha Helgerson, Frank Lowry, Tom Mikunda, Mike Mirr, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Doug Spielman, Kevin Westlund, Deb Ziemer, and John Ziemer.
Olsen presented a statement outlining the positive reasons for splitting the organization into two groups; being, (1) the Blue Hills trail system and (2) the Ladysmith Trail system consisting of the High School lighted loop and the Sisters Farm.
Olsen proposed a motion to have the RCTA membership vote by mail ballot on the following question: "Should the RCTA split into two separate and distinct organizations, the Blue Hills Trail and the Ladysmith Trails, each with its own officers. A yes vote also means that the Blue Hills Trail group will retain the rights to the name RCTA, the fall fund raising banquet, and the Blue Hills Ascent."
Motion by Mirr to approve motion as presented. Second by Tom Paulsen. Lengthy discussion held. Buslee called the question. (14) votes Yes; (5) Votes No. Opposed: Pete Olson, Deb Ziemer, John Ziemer, Doug Speilman, Dick Brockbank. Motion carried.
Discussion of the voting process was then held.
Motion to adjourn by Olsen, second by Buslee. Unanimously carried.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.