Here’s the official update on Skyline Trail, as of 11/17/2013:
The Trails Foundation rented a mini-excavator for a week and rough cut 8/10 of a mile of fresh trail. Similar to the process on Upper Skyline, this machine rough cut still needs a good amount of hand work and compaction to be ready for use. Halfway through this section is a tough little piece that needs to be built by hand. Stay tuned for a, weather permitting, final trail build day of 2013 to work on this machine-proof section.
We also used the machine to rework some corners on upper Skyline; increased radius and a more defined berm for turns. Right now these turns are still a little loose, but give them a bit and they should pack down nicely and make for smoother trail use.