utabintarbo wrote:Roy wrote:Unfortunately a large percentage of Bald Mountain is old school fall line (straight down hill) trail. Fall line erosion can only be fixed by rerouting the trail to new IMBA standards. Changing 75% of the trail is just not going to happen. I think there have only been 2 reroutes to fix erosion in the last ten years. One of the reroutes was a step sand hill that could not be climbed when dry. Rerouting to fix erosion is more then double work because the old trail should restored. This restoration usually means installing water dams and reforestation. It can take 4 to 6 man hours to build one water dam.
Fortunately Bald Mountain remains one the last fall line trails in Michigan.
A little sand is a small price to pay.
All this, and previous "administrations" have been less than fully on-board with the MMBA doing anything out there. We (CRAMBA) are trying to cultivate ties with the current LM, and have hope for the future. Any change will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
OTOH, there is hardly any trail in the area I'd rather ride in the Fall than Bald Mtn. North, even the way it is.
I'm just surprised that 75% of the trail is fall line.. it never seemed THAT hilly to me.