We’ve decided to cancel the moonlight ride, given the shortened trail, high lake level, and muddy conditions.

The trails are just too wet and muddy to use, so we’re cancelling this ride.

New Pipeline Project on Sycamore Loop

North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has started a new pipeline renovation project along their easement road where our Sycamore Loop branches. Normally, when going north on the trail from Highland Park, the trail forks where it crosses the NTMWD easement road. You can go straight across the road and continue on the west side of the Sycamore Loop, or you can travel east on the road until you reach the entrance to the east side of the Sycamore Loop. For the past many months, we’ve had the west side of the Loop blocked off while a pipeline renovation project was underway. That project has ended and the cleanup is underway. However, a new pipeline renovation project has just started and we’ll need to detour around it for the next several months.

The following picture shows the trail (in yellow) north from Highland Park, and where the trail forks to make the Sycamore Loop. The light blue box shows the area detailed in the second picture. Click once on the picture for a larger image. Click again to remove the larger image.
Highland Park north trail v2

The following picture shows in more detail where the construction will take place and the detour options that will be used. Click once on the picture for a larger image. Click again to remove the larger image.
NTMWD pipeline site v2

Starting immediately, the west side of the Loop will remain blocked, and a new path (shown in red in the second picture) along the shoulder of the easement road will be marked out with t-posts and CAUTION tape. Because of construction right at the trail entrance/exit onto the easement road, you must follow a new path through the meadows next to the trail to reach the easement road. The new path is marked with orange surveyor tape and will bring you safely from the trail to the easement road. Once on the easement road, please stay to the right of the tape as you travel to the east entrance (i.e. stay off the road). When you reach the end of the tape, you may turn left, cross the road, and enter the east entrance. Leaving the Giant Sycamore and heading back to Highland Park, you would re-trace your steps on the east side of the Loop, cross the road, and keep to the left of the tape as you travel back to the main path (i.e. stay off the road) and follow the orange survey tape markers back to the trail.

When the west side of the loop has been cleared of construction, and the trail has been inspected, we will re-open the west side of the loop and close the east entrance of the loop. You will then go straight across the easement road into the west side entrance, and use the west side of the Loop to reach the Giant Sycamore. To return to Highland Park, you would return along the west side of the Loop. You will be able to travel along the east side of the Loop, but the entrance will closed and you will not be able to cross the road. Instead, you’ll have to backtrack on the east side to the Giant Sycamore and return to Highland Park via the west side of the Loop.

There may be several days when the bypass black pipes are being laid across the west and east side entrances (the pipe will be buried directly in front of the two entrances). During those several days, the entire Sycamore Loop will be closed and there will be no access to the Giant Sycamore. We will announce these dates on the TTPA website main page, so please check it before you head out.

During the construction work, which may take two or more months, there will likely be construction activity and large vehicles moving up and down the easement road on weekdays and Saturdays. Please be aware and proceed with caution. DO NOT use the roadway, but stay behind the CAUTION tape and on the shoulder and only cross the roadway directly at the two trail entrances.

Help Guide the Development of Lake Lavon

(Deadline for Comments is April 10,2015)

The US Army Corps of Engineers, who control the land around Lake Lavon and the lake itself, is in the process of updating their Master Plan for Lavon Lake. The Master Plan is a long-term guidance document which will help to guide the development and conservation efforts for the lake and the surrounding property for the next 25 years.

The Corps is soliciting input from the community about their concerns and desires for the Lake to help steer the development of the Master Plan. You can help the Corps and the TTPA by filling in the Comment form and getting the information back to the Corps during the Public Comment period which ends before April 10th.

These comments will become part of the Public Record, and the Corps takes this input very seriously. Help have your voice heard about the development of the lake, the lands, and the trails around Lake Lavon.

How Can You Help?

First and foremost, fill out a comment form and send it in before the deadline. Let the Corps know about your love for the Trinity Trail and Lake Lavon, how you use it for horseback riding and hiking, and how you would like to insure that the Trinity Trail is protected.

Provide feedback via their Comments Form. This form can be emailed or mailed to the address on the form.

In addition, use FaceBook, email, phone, word of mouth, etc. to encourage others who love the Trinity Trail to also provide their feedback.

How Can You Help Get the Word Out?

Too much rain today and expected overnight into the weekend. See you in April.

We will rideout at 10am, with a short member meeting before the rideout.

When – 10am, Saturday March 21, 2015
Where – Brockdale
What to bring – Bring your coggins!

This ride has been cancelled, for inclement weather (soil too muddy and slippery).

We’ll be gathering at Highland Park and riding north to the Giant Sycamore tree.

Where – Highland Park trailhead
When – 2pm, February 21, 2015

Don’t forget the your horse’s Coggins, and be prepared to dress warmly!

TTPA Halloween Fun Day and Parade- Sat 25 Oct 2014

Kids and Costumes are great fun!

Dig out your costumes for you and your horse, it’s time for some Halloween fun!

Saddle up and attend the City of Lucas events with the TTPA on Saturday October 25, 2014.

TTPA will celebrate a Halloween Fun Day in conjunction with the City of Lucas Founders Day Fall Fest.

Join fellow horse riders for some Halloween Fun. TTPA will ride in the Lucas Founders Day Parade (in costumes) and enjoy the day’s festivities.

TTPA will hold a horse and rider costume contest starting at 10 AM in the parking area behind Lucas City Hall. Create your best horse & rider costume and have a chance at winning prizes from both TTPA and the City.


TTPA Costume Contest Divisions are: Youth, Adult and we will have special awards at the judges discretion for other divisions (could be things like most authentic, most original, most comic, etc).

Here are the details:

A note on parking: Lucas has expanded the park next to City Hall since last year. This has reduced the area available for parking. As a result, we will need to try to park:
  • in a more orderly fashion
  • closer together

We will be coordinating parking to have longer trailers (3+ horse trailers and/or those with large living quarters) to the right as you pull through the gate and smaller 2-horse trailers on the left.

Pull straight down the gravel drive then loop back to the right (or left, as appropriate) and double back to park facing out with truck nose facing the center drive.

Park close enough to maximize parking, but far enough apart so riders can hitch and tack their horses between trailers.

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Meet at Lucas City Hall and Pavilion, 665 Country Club Road, Lucas TX – This is the NEW Lucas city hall building. Park in the back (driving to the south side of building). South entrance to City Hall is easiest for trailers.
Time:
8-9 AM Arrive and setup. Trailers parked no later than 9:15, please.
10 AM TTPA Costume Judging-Young, Adult, Judges Special Awards
11 AM Parade Lineup
12 Noon Founders Day Parade
1-4 PM Complimentary burgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks
Stick Horse Rodeo
Bounce Houses and Local Community Booths
Pony Riders & Petting Zoo

4-5 PM Trunk or Treat Halloween Tailgate Event
Treats for all and Prizes for Best Costumes
Bring your spooked out vehicle

This should be a fun day for everyone.

We’ll be having our second Moonlight ride of 2014! This time with a fish-fry and potluck dinner beforehand.

DATE: Saturday, July 12, 2014
TIME: Dining at 7pm, Rideout after sunset (8pm-ish?)
LOCATION: Brockdale Park Trailhead

We’ll supply the fish, you bring the salads and desserts!

Remember to bring your current Coggins test results for each horse! And flashlights? and Bug Spray!!! It may be warm, but we’ll see you there!

We’ll rideout at 10am, and enjoy meeting friends at the Giant Sycamore tree. (Brown bag lunch optional)

DATE: Saturday, May 17, 2014
TIME: Rideout starting at 10am
LOCATION: Highland Park Park Trailhead

Bring a brown bag for lunch at the Sycamore.

Remember to bring your current Coggins test results for each horse!

DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: Fine post-Easter dining starts sometime between 12noon and 1pm (when the ham is ready), official rideout afterwards!
LOCATION: Brockdale Park Trailhead

We’ll have a serving of ham and side dishes and dessert for lunch and then those who are able to can rideout afterwards. Of course if you’d like a morning ride, you’re welcome to arrive early and head out – just get back in time for lunch! During the lunch hour, we’ll hold a Member’s meeting to get current updates on activities on and off the trail. We’re also planning a GPS-training event for the ride, so bring along your favorite GPS device!

Please fill out the RSVP form for this ride so we can get a head count on food.

Remember to bring your current Coggins test results for each horse and a chair to sit on!