Loyal Baltimore Velo reader and legend-in-his-own-time, the Bike Blaze Guy is back with an update on the Jones Falls and Gwynns Falls after Sandy’s havoc earlier in the week.
The Jones Falls Trail has a tree down on the section between Baltimore Bike Works and the Streetcar Museum. I cleared enough space that you can walk past it, but you’ll want to use Falls Road until the city clears the tree completely. I was able to clear out another tree further north on Falls. There’s a tree trunk across the path where it exits from the north end of Druid Hill Park onto Parkdale, but it’s easy to step over. Otherwise, the Jones Falls Trail is completely clear.
There is one tree on the Gwynns Falls Trail between Baltimore Street and Leon Day Park that you’ll have to dismount and walk around, but otherwise the trail is clear. Surprisingly, the city had already cleared a couple of big trees that had fallen across the path, and I was able to hack my way through a couple of smaller ones. Watch for loose sand in a couple of places, especially the tunnel under the railroad tracks, and watch for small sticks and wet leaves everywhere.
The Dickeyville Trail is blocked by at least one very large tree, and you’d have to scramble through the woods to get around it. There may be more; I turned around.
I didn’t check the Middle Branch section of the Gwynns Falls; if someone has ridden it since Sandy, post a comment here to let us know about its condition.
If you have further information, please let us know in the comments.
Post Script: Can we nominate the Blaze Guy for Baltimore Cyclist of the Year?