I'd agree with Bignlow on the trail getting "dumbed down." This trail used to be very challenging, there was a large variety of obstacles, both natural and built and it seems within the past year especially that a lot of the natural obstacles have been either removed or "eased." Roots chopped out or covered, tight squeezes removed, tight switchback climbs broadened because someone got winded or couldn't climb them. I'm all for the bypasses (as I think Bignlow is as well) it opens up that challenge to those who might not be comfortable riding it, that's fine. But when a said challenge is eased or removed, we've lost a part of what was a great trail in it's early years. And I'm sorry, but the comment by another poster about more political clout with the city parks or DNR is a load of BS. They aren't out there doing a *beep* thing, never have, never will, at least at EC! They are benefiting though from the hard work of a few by bringing more people to the area to ride a challenging trail (or at least it used to be.) I think the TC needs to decide what type of trail EC is going to be and leave it at that. A challenge like it was or just another trail, like the majority of them.