Scotty wrote:there are locals that occasionally ride their horses there. Why they'd want to navigate the single track AND potential run ins with mtbrs I have no idea.
I've always thought it would be a good idea to build the occasional obstacle into the trail that would discourage equestrians from trail poaching. Like some kind of impossible to ride around narrow point, or downing trees that are high enough to walk or ride a bike under but a pain to ride a horse under. Nothing dangerous, just inconvenient if you're using the wrong type of transportation.
I've seen it all on that trail over the years. Horses, motorcycles, 4 wheelers, people digging up trees near the trail (stealing), poachers (out of season hunting), people attempting to dump garbage. One time at the end of section 2 i came round a corner to see a guy pointing a shotgun at my head. He was getting ready to fire down the trail at a tree! Once I chased several guys on motorcycles out of section two. They were from a home adjacent to the property and tried to hide from me in their garage.
Scotty, a gate/fence in spots were only mtn bikers can get through would work. I've seen it done out here in Colorado to keep horses out, but the trail being at a state game area might be difficult to get approved. I'm really not sure, just thought I would throw that idea out there. I hope you guys are enjoying the trails this summer, I miss them:(