That’s a little bit how it felt at the start of the Cornish Trail at the base of Mount Taurus in Hudson Highlands State Park last Saturday. Though maintainers pass through the corridor regularly, the greenery—much of it invasive and prickly multifloral rose—very quickly surges back and seems to dare hikers to pass by.
An ad hoc trail crew comprising trail maintainers from all over, out to learn some Advanced Trail Maintenance techniques while hiking and working in the park, helped tame the path, yet again. In these photos: Step 1, Clear thick foliage to uncover a blowdown obstructing the trail. Step 2, Cut the blowdown. Step 3, Remove the blowdown. Result: A cleared trail.