Rattling Creek Trail Assessment After Lee and Irene
Where a bridge used to be on Rattling Creek Trail
The RCST trails were hammered first with the winds of Irene three weeks ago and now with the rains of Lee. We estimate this area saw somewhere between 12 and 15 inches of rain over a 4-day period and where there's rushing water, there's bound to be some damage. The trees are removable which we've accomplished (the majority of them). The high waters of Lee, however, took its toll on the bridges over Rattling Creek on Rattling Creek trail. They are gone. In 2004, Ivan did the same thing with the smaller of the two bridges and the club retrieved the bridge from downstream, dismantled it, and returned it to its home. This time both are gone including the largest 32-foot span. As of today, there are no plans to retrieve. If you would like to take the lead in this effort to rebuild the bridges, let us know and we'll help you get the word out. As for the remainder of the trails after the heavy rain washing, be prepared for more rocks. Many of the trails acted as streams to carry the rushing water and you can visibly see the washing. All are still rideable, but very rocky at spots.