More work closes Frost trail
A SECOND PHASE of trail work on the Robert Frost Interpretative Trail off Route 125 in Ripton will begin Monday, Aug. 3, and continue through September, according to Christopher Mattrick, U.S. Forest Service District Ranger in Rochester. Phase one work, which replaced the boardwalk around the quarter-mile loop closest to the parking area with a durable composite board, was completed this past winter. Phase two will start on the other side of the river, to create a universally accessible trail — mostly with a packed gravel base — on the remaining three-quarter-mile trail.
Initially, the Forest Service work will improve the parking area, including around the restroom, which will necessitate closing the parking lot and the boardwalk loop for the first few weeks. Once that work is completed, that section of the trail will reopen, while the trail on the other side of the bridge will then be closed. Mattrick said he was hopeful the work would be completed and the full trail reopened by foliage season. The work is being done in conjunction with funding through the Moosalamoo Association and, once completed, will be the second- longest universally accessible trail in Vermont suitable for wheelchair users.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn