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”.