iamkickstand wrote:...but the idea that you'll ever build the perfect maintenance free erosion free trail is ridiculous.
True, but careful planning and scrupulous maintenance can get you close.
Addison Oaks has been laid-out in such a way that there are very few "fall line" sections of trail. There are no steep gullys in the trail for rainwater to sluice through. Gutter-like troughs line many portions of the trail to direct water away, and buried culverts provide drainage for low areas or places where water may pool. A variety of bridges span creeks, ponds, and chronically wet areas.
Plus, Trail-Angel Pauly provides near-maniacal attention to the trail. The results? A highly-rated & enjoyable trail that can be ridden the day after a serious downpour, and rarely suffers debilitating tear-ups.
The sad fact about our sport is that some of the most challenging, adrenaline-pumping sections of trail are almost always maintenance whores.
Trail day, anyone?