Making Unauthorized Trail Changes

The unusually early onset of the trail riding season of 2012, has also brought the nuisance of the self appointed “helpers”. Some people probably mean well by wanting to “tidy up” the trails, but end up doing wrong things, like removing or dumbing down the natural features/obstacles. A typical example is the recent removal of the “tight to squeeze by” rock near the end of the Stinky Girl trail. This rock was adding so much flavour and character to the trail; it should have been obvious that it was left in place on purpose by the trail makers/maintainers. If one doesn’t like a feature, or lacks the skill to ride it, then he/she should dismount the bike and walk over/around the feature, instead of ruining it for everyone else.

Similar “improvements” were made the log piles on the Stinky Girl and Frankenstein. Someone added piles of sticks to the existing log piles. The log piles are supposed to be steep and abrupt – skill building promoters. In addition, the light, loose sticks, move around easily and crate an unstable hazardous footing.

All these types of unauthorized changes will be promptly dismantled and/or reversed by the official trail maintenance crew (the picture above). This is a nuisance for the volunteers and a wasteful use of their time. In order to avoid such misunderstanding, please¬†contact¬†the work coordinators before taking taking on any trail “maintenance”.

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4 Responses to Making Unauthorized Trail Changes

  1. Igor says:

    Someone keeps badly rebuilding the log pile in the picture, but this tim they “used” the rocks from the nearby properly constructed rock pile. They took away rocks from a down-ramp of a big rock that can be ridden over. In addition to an awful arrogance and ignorance in dismantling one feature to (badly) construct another one (guided only by their own personal likes/dislikes) they’ve also crated a hazard in making a surprise missing down-ramp, which was in place for many years and is only visible once the rider is committed in getting over the rock. The most perplexing part is these peoples’ expectation for their “creations” to be left in place; which by the way has not a slightest chance of happening. The only thing they are achieving is tying up the volunteers time; thus delaying the proper trail improvements for everyone else.

  2. Igor says:

    Now they’ve just kicked the rocks apart out of spite. I’ve already rebuild the feature and will keep rebuilding it. If they are persistent they will make me get a whole crew out to replace the rocks with huge boulders.

    It is very interesting though that this person’s meddling with the trails reveals that he/she is riding daily; thus enjoying the trails quite a bit, but with a complete lack of appreciation to the people that made and maintain the trails.

  3. Igor says:

    And now “they” took out the log that was in a right hand swoop near the end of the Stinky Girl. This was a fun log to ride over, but “they” kept trying to make it “easier” by adding sticks and stones to it. Since we dismantled all those shabby builds, I guess “they” took a liberty to take the log out all together.

    Imagine if everyone would take out the parts that they didn’t like; before long the whole place would be turned in to a featureless community trail.

  4. Igor says:

    Last night it had to be tossed apart once again…

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