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    Default Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    I've been out the past couple evenings working on a new project so I thought I'd post some pics of my progress. We have about 150ac of woods on this farm and most of it was logged about 40-50yrs ago, so there are quite a few abandoned logging roads. I've been working on clearing them out over the past few years and keep finding more. This road was about halfway up a decent size mountain and there was no access to it, aside from a small ATV trail that I blazed years ago.

    This first pic shows the ATV trail (I've already pushed out some trees) and a few of the trees at the start that need to go (the three on the left and one on the right).
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    Default Re: Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    This is my technique for pushing out trees.

    Start pushing up high on the trunk, watch the ground around the base to see where the roots start to move. Take the bucket and tear out some of the roots on the front and sides of the tree. Then push a little more up high, pry some from below. Once the tree goes over I take the bucket teeth and pull all the dirt off the root ball to fill the hole. Then I engage the teeth in the root ball and lift/push it out. These trees are about the biggest I would tackle with this tractor, the conditions are good right now (soil not too dry/hard) so they came out easily. If a tree doesn't at least move a little and a few roots don't pop up with the initial push I go get the chainsaw. Not worth tearing up the tractor fighting them.
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    Here's a couple more pics. First is of the tree out and pushed to the side, second is the area now cleaned up looking down hill from the ATV trail. More to come in a bit...
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    The next pics are from the start of the actual logging road, this is about halfway up the mountain, roughly 3000' elevation. First pic is of a locust tree I pushed out, this is about the biggest I've ever done with this tractor, 8" DBH and about 50' tall, I don't make it a habit to take out trees this size but this one came out pretty easily. Next pic is on the old road bed. The area right in front of my tractor had been washed out so I cut out a little fill dirt and rebuilt that section. I'd also already been through and push out most of the sapplings.
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    Default Re: Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    Looks like a nice fun project

    thanks for sharing the photos and story

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    Default Re: Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    Nice action photos. Love clearing old trails!
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    Default Re: Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    Thanks for the replies. I don't generally have time to post up stuff like this but I thought it was interesting and may be helpful to some.

    So I was going along pretty good and had gotten a few hundred yards cleaned up when I got to this mess. A pretty good size poplar right in the middle of the trail, time to get out the saw. I made the cut on the small tree but it wasn't leaning the right way and too small to wedge over. Luckily I was able to drop the big one on it and knock the whole mess down the hill. I started to flush cut the stump but my chain was marginal, so I decided to leave it. I'll bring one of my larger saws out and cut it flush in the next day or two.
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    Default Re: Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    Nice work, becareful! Root holes and slopes can toss ya upside down so wear a seatbelt.

    I have 5 acres and there's a few old trails and I've worked on a couple to get passable, some are just a bit too steep to tractor across, so I kinda bump dirt or rocks on them as I travel across and hope one of these days it'll be passable. One trail goes to a small bottom at the foot of our place that's full of deer and I've got that pretty cleaned up, still a lot to go, but I can take my bushhog there now when it's dry.... Got a lot of shooting room there now!
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    Default Re: Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    Quote Originally Posted by theboman View Post
    Nice work, becareful! Root holes and slopes can toss ya upside down so wear a seatbelt.

    I have 5 acres and there's a few old trails and I've worked on a couple to get passable, some are just a bit too steep to tractor across, so I kinda bump dirt or rocks on them as I travel across and hope one of these days it'll be passable. One trail goes to a small bottom at the foot of our place that's full of deer and I've got that pretty cleaned up, still a lot to go, but I can take my bushhog there now when it's dry.... Got a lot of shooting room there now!
    I hear ya on seatbelt usage, I try to work slowly and carefully on these mountainside trails. Some of them if you went off you would tumble a good ways down the mountain, not something I want to try. This trail is mostly for hauling out firewood, riding ATVs and taking our off-road toys through, but the next trail I'm going to start on sounds like the one on your property. Heads down along a creek to a bottom in the woods, lots of dear down there. I'd like to get it opened up before dear season which is quickly approaching.



    I've got more pics from the upper part of the trail where I had to start building my own trail. I'll try to get those posted tonight.
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    Default Re: Reclaiming/rebuilding old logging trail

    The next few photos are from the top part of the trail. This is where the logging trail basically ended and I'm starting to make my own trail. First pic is the area for the new trail (up and to the left) and second pic is after a little grading and cut/fill work. It's hard to see in the first pic but about 20' ahead of the tractor is a pretty good gully, about 4' wide 2' deep. I'm debating about what to do here since it's dry 95% of the time, but during heavy rains water comes through here in torrents. I think a culvert would plug up pretty quickly, leaning towards maybe just building it up with large rock (1-2' flat slab) and filling in between them with dirt. Not sure if that would hold or not, also don't want to create a 'waterfall' effect below the road that would carve out the hill. Better ideas? Thoughts?
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