Not too many people will debate that the SFTS’s adopt-a-trail section of the Colorado trail gets a lot of use. It is undoubtedly one of the most heavily used sections of the entire 450+ mile trail.
Some parts of our little slice of single track heaven have been getting pretty hammered. Most of that is due to long, fast, straight sections of trail with tight switchback turns at their ends. This leads to one of the less endearing impacts of heavy MTB use – braking bumps.
When a trail is designed from the start with MTBs in mind, you can minimize or almost eliminate that with grade reversals, and wider radius turns, but that doesn’t help much if the trail was laid out well before that criteria was around.
So the SFTS, in cooperation with TylermKirkpatrick of the Forest Service Dillon Ranger District, came up with a plan to realign one small section of the trail that had become badly rutted from bikes locking their brakes and hopping their rear wheels as they went from haulin’ ass fast to tip toe slow into a switchback.
The idea is to slow folks down more gradually with a grade reversal and increase the radius of the switchback. After a couple days of riding out to the site with Tyler and Steve (wearing their Forest Service greens on their bikes) we laid out a trail alignment and hauled in tools using BOB trailers.
The photos here are from the work days. There were a total of 13 volunteers with two working both days for approximately 85 man hours of work. We built about 350’ of new trail and rehabbed the old trail so it will eventually grow back in.
Thanks to all who helped out!