Michigan Mountain Biking Association
lawn dart wrote:Trail Day at Bald Mountain North was hot, but there was still a great turnout.
The repair amounted to working out drainage for about a quarter acre of mucky bog. The soil was acting like a huge sponge and retaining moisture. The trail ran right through the middle of it and seemed to always be a gooey mess.
Years of old trail repairs and patches were first torn up and hauled away, revealing the extent of the goo and muck under the trail.
As the crew cut drainage ditches and placed drain tiles (Thanks, Paul!), free-flowing water appeared and began it's trek downhill, away from the trail; an obvious & positive sign that all the hard work was paying off.
A fresh trailbed of crushed limestone was hauled in and spread around to stabilize the soil; a BIG improvement over the slimy, slippery and decaying boards that had served as the trail before.
It will be very interesting to see how effective the drainage is. We're fairly confident that the soil will finally have a chance to firm up, and the trail will be safer, funner and faster for a long time.
Many thanks to c0nsumer and all who made today's big job go smoothly. It was a pleasure working with you.
It was hot, and there was serious labor involved, but everyone was a trooper!
lawn dart wrote:Water was still slowly migrating through the drain tiles and down the hill to the creek. It may be too much to expect the whole hillside bog to dry out, but the fact that at least SOME moisture has been released will go a long way towards keeping the trail drier and more stable.
c0nsumer wrote:I think the recent rains and presence of those boards holding the water in made it worse than it'll end up as...
would be nice if a way could be figured out how to dry them up.
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