Development News – Pending Improvements
The Climax Tunnel is closed temporarily until mid-November 2017 while guniting work in the center is done to add support to the original brick arched ceiling. The floor surface is not improved. We recommend walking your bike through after it is opened. A metal tunnel liner was added in from each portal beginning in February 2017 which concluded in June. This followed the removal of a large overhanging rock on 5-22-16 and the addition of a buttress wall in June 2016 on the SW portal to stabilize the portal. The tunnel bypass detour is open and does not add much length although it does require going up and down a hill on a road and forest path. Please watch for falling rocks outside either portal. After the guniting is done we hope to add additional protection from large falling rocks.
Climax Tunnel Bypass signage west side
Climax Tunnel Bypass West side
Climax Tunnel Signage at top of hill
Climax Tunnel Bypass East Side
Please use caution and respect private property. USE OF THE TUNNEL OR THE BYPASS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
For the Bypass, from downstream, proceed up steep narrow Bridge Road about a tenth of a mile, cross Climax Road, proceed to your right about 70 feet, lift bike over chain at gate, go down steep forest path, follow grass path back to trail.
From New Bethlehem and upstream, at orange fence go to left of trail and follow grass path to your right, proceed up steep forest path, lift bike over chain at gate, go right about 70 feet, cross Climax Road and proceed about a tenth of a mile down steep narrow Bridge Road. Trail will be on your right.
Alternatively, for a longer road detour, from the western/downstream portal of the Climax Tunnel, ride or walk up steep Bridge Road, make a left onto Climax Road, make a right onto Heasley Road, make a right onto Lumber Road and then ride down past the Penn Dot highway shed before the pallet plant and back onto the trail to your left just upstream from Mile Post 19 right outside of New Bethlehem. This bypass is a little over 3 miles on winding, hilly country roads.
As a treat after climbing the detours, from a left off of Bridge Road, if you proceed up Climax Road to the guardrail mark, you might see the resident Bald Eagle family on your right near the vertical mark on the guardrail. Please do not disturb the eagles.
Work has begun on the Sligo Spur. The first mile from Lawsonham has been improved. Volunteers are needed to help clear brush and for other work.
BROOKVILLE DEPOT ST. SPUR TRAILHEAD
Trailhead improvements are nearly complete. New signage, a kiosk with trail and area information, a picnic table, gazebo and portojohn have been added. Paving has been done and the trailhead is open while additional improvements are being planned for the parking area. Congratulations Brookville on a wonderful trailhead!
Redbank Valley Trails Association was awarded a grant in December 2014 by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to install a canoe/kayak launch at the very scenic Moore Road parking area under the Rev. Dr. Joseph Mateer bridge in Corsica. The location is near a loop in the Redbank Creek near the “notch.” Work was completed by the end of 2015 thanks to our great volunteers.
The beautiful scenic area downstream of the Climax Tunnel at MP 17 to Leatherwood Station Road near MP 11 was improved in late 2015 with crushed limestone. Areas downstream of Lawsonham from mile 6 to mile 0 were also improved in 2015 after a great deal of work to clear downed trees and landslides that occurred with the heavy rains in June and July 2015.
2016 PROJECTS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Crushed limestone was applied between mile 11.4 and 6 in July through September 2016, including through the open naturally carved Long Point Tunnel at mile 8.42, to complete surfacing of almost the entire main trail except for about a quarter mile stretch in Fairmount City near mile 21.39. Crushed limestone has not yet been applied pending drainage work and DEP AMD work scheduled for 2017-18 and additional work to lessen the slope on the ramps at Middle Run.
Creek stabilization work was completed in September 2016 near the Rt. 28 crossing near Fishbasket at mile 21.97 between Town Run and Middle Run and in October at St. Charles at mile 14.69.
The major washout was repaired and the first mile of the Sligo Spur was improved in July 2016. Additional work on the Sligo Spur is underway pending volunteer and contractor availability with many drainage issues to be dealt with.
Trail maintenance and knotweed eradication are ongoing. Help is always appreciated.
Watch for our fundraising events as we try to raise enough money to make additional improvements and open the trail and the area to greater recreational and economic opportunities. Thanks to all who participated in past Days of Giving and for your support throughout the year. The Day of Giving in 2018 will be held in May with the date to be announced as part of the 2nd annual Redbank Valley Day of Giving.