There are several issues that came up during today's ride on the ridge trail. My log pile was partially destroyed. A bypass trail has been cut in above said log pile and the entire downed tree. Roots have been cut out of the climbs in, I believe, a couple of different spots.
Re: Log pile. Should not be an issue for bikers or hikers/runners. The only issue I could see is for equestrians. A few of the logs were thrown to the side and/or moved to make the downed tree impassable again. Not enough was changed to allow horse passage, if indeed horse passage was any kind of problem before. The only effect I can see is to make it harder for bikes to pass. I'm at a loss as to why this was done.
Re: Cut-in trail. I don't personally take issue with this and it may be related to the log pile issue. So long as other trail users don't raise a stink with the DNR- it should be fine.
Re: The cutting of roots. Please, please, please, PLEASE do not cut out roots from the ridge trail. This is one of the ONLY technically difficult trails we have in this entire area, and as such, it is an endangered species. By removing the aforementioned roots, you have decreased the technical difficulty significantly. Now, I realize that Grandma can't get her walker over those nasty roots and ditto with Grandpa's Hoveround. Gram and Gramps got plenty of other trails to hone their skillz on before they earn their stripes and conquer the beast.
I assure you that everything on that trail can in fact be ridden now- and could be before. Do they cut the roots out of Poto? Do they pull the rocks out of Pontiac Lake? Of course not. These are what provide the challenge. These are what set those trails apart. The diversity of our local trails has been damaged and cannot be fixed. I implore the responsible parties to stop this carnage. Please and thank you.
Water level has fallen drastically out there. There is much less water encroaching on the trail at this point.
Last edited by AllMountin'
on May 17th, 2011, 9:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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