We started out closing a heavily eroded trail going below the power lines, right near the West picnic area. We decided to reroute the trail, sidehilling into the hill creating a nice grade that should help keep down future erosion. You can see the before and after shots below.
(BEFORE) Here is our subject. This erosion needs to be filled, and a new trail will be cut into the hill on the left.
Taking the first few shots into the side of the hill
This went faster then we all expected. The new trail is taking shape, The eroded area is being filled in.
Starting to look like a trail
Here you see 4 of about 30 deer running by.
Our first customers. They loved it
This was a washed out trail just a few moments ago
Another shot of the top of the old eroded area
Once we finished the main trail reroute, we needed to move the trail coming from the road towards our new trail.
X marks.. the closed trail
Some people are staying for more.. some people are done for the day
Once we finished the reroute, we headed deeper into the woods towards the BMX pit. The trail went into an area that dips down about 4 feet. One side of the dip is properly angled and does not wash out. But the side we worked on was pretty bad. It had washed out an area about 6 feet wide, and 2 feet deep, all within about a year. We added some water bars/steps. This should help slow the water enough to help stop additional erosion.
Onto the next trail in need of some TLC
Sizing up our next challenge
(BEFORE) Give us twenty minutes, this will look a lot better
You two.. go find some wood
First you add the water bar, then back fill
These two look like they were working, but they only started digging because I aimed the camera at them
(AFTER) Now that looks a lot better
Time to call it a day
We had a good group today and did a great job in our attempts to save some trails and keep the park rangers happy. See you next month!
Signs of Spring