Posted by: DanL
From emails to the DNV, there are no plans to work on that trail as it is on 6 parcels of 'corporate land' so it's not in parks' wheelhouse. That's the reason they gave as to why nothing was ever done at that end, even whilst a lot of money was expended on the other end with new bridges and beautifying it all up after the creek remediation.
Talking to my neighbours who have been here since the 50s, there was originally a plan to connect Coleman up through to Braemar so those parcels were all set aside, but the plans were abandoned due to massive granite outcrops and creeks.
So those loamers behind that house, known as 'Dirt Diggler' etc are on private DNV property, not Parks. Not sure if those are the trails you are referring to, Mudrunner, but they're all 'illegal'.
You'll have to hit up lower skull -> Mill Street connector is you want to avoid some pedalling back up.
On the plus side, the 'new' exit does include a fun rock roll once you can navigate the slick mud section. It really wouldn't be a massive task to have DNV build an exit through that walled section somewhere as they already pushed 3 massive Kubota diggers up into there last summer to dig out the creek section and work on the wildfire brush stuff. But again, it appears to be a game of 'not my jurisdiction'...
Interesting... it seemed odd that Dempsey Connector just ends. This seems pretty silly, though I guess DNV has bigger fish to fry, in the grand scheme. RIP haunted house exit.