I Did Some Trail Work Today

Discussion in 'Trail Maintenance' started by Daddy Dirtbag, Jan 19, 2017.



  1. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Such a good post that your "double Post" allows me to "LIKE" it twice!! :thumbsup:
     
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  2. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Spent quite a bit of time digging last month now that we are getting some rain almost weekly.

    First few days out were cleaning drains and digging new ones where the trail was getting cupped out. Then moved onto a couple more projects.


    Favorite time of day:

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    Riders were widening this section by going around the rocks on the left. Why are riders so scared of rocks?? I planted some new ones to keep them in the middle and narrow down the trail.

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    Cleaning up a rut that had formed where the drain crosses the trail. Last work here was 3 years ago.

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    This section was had a rut forming. Re-contoured it and installed a drain. It's more subtle than it looks here

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    Draining an infinity puddle

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    Next I took on a section on another trail that was turned into an eroded mess where people created their own ride around. This is how you're meant to hit the line:

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    From above. But people ride around it to the left which became rutted out.

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    Eroded mess from below. The jump is only about 2ft.

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    I decided to re-route the b-line with a couple berms and then fill in/cover up the eroded part

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    In progress:

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    Took about an hour past dark to finish connecting it and tamp the dirt. Haven't been back to ride it yet but hopefully people like it...

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    Last year we came across a spot where someone chopped out a cholla cactus on Palm Canyon. There used to be one on either side of the trail which formed a chicane you had to navigate or you'd get tagged. Everyone knows this spot and everyone I talked to was bummed that this was gone. Most people get tagged there once, but then you remember it. Some douche felt it necessary to chop one of them out to straightline the trail. Not an easy chore as the thing would have required a handsaw to cut...it was beefy.

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    So on our most recent ride we moved some rocks into its former place and added some cholla branches to put a bit of the chicane back. Not as much as an obstacle but I'm sure someone will still remove them. And we'll put them back.

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  3. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

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    CA
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    Chicken Nugget
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    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    Thank you @evdog.
     
  4. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    @evdog that's terrific. Your work looks excellent - high quality. Well thought out. On behalf of riders of the region, thank you.

    Around here, we have to have official approval to do trail work, which only about 5 people have. Otherwise, we risk tickets for vandalism. That actually makes sense as you do not want every idiot out there building features or sanitizing trails and doing whatever they want to the trails with no training and no regard for the competing interests of safety, fun, erosion, maintainability and multiple user groups.
     
  5. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

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    Rancho Santa Margarita
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    Stef
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    3 SC is now 2 SC.
  6. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

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    Castaic
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    Tom Kokkinakis
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    Mango one, blue one, black one
  7. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

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    Redlands
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    David
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    Tallboy Upgrade
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  8. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    More from this weekend. Went out and re-worked some turns that were starting to get rutted. Also moved a seasonal stream off another section of trail and raised the tread up to keep it dry. Really fun digging when the dirt is perfect like this! Also dug some drains on another part of the trail that is nasty clay. That part was not fun....

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  9. alexfore

    alexfore Member

    Location:
    Altadena
    Name:
    Alex F
    Fixed a drain and joey line on El P. Before rock armour did not extend width of trail and users going to downhill side widening trail and destroying drain.52591403_10102145379414299_8343899537932288000_o.jpg
    After: rock armoured whole left rut, built small grade dip, trimmed oak for sightlines. It might be send-able and sustainable :thumbsup:
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  10. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Spent an hour and a half down at Herngt 'Aki' Preserve helping to remove some of the devil's weed. Others have already put in about 10 hours of work, but I was able to put some time. The Conservancy is going to try some weevils that eat the plant and lay eggs in the fruit/berries/thorns/caltrops. But until then stoop-work to clear them out!

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  11. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Kudos! How’s the back after all that stooping?!
     
  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Doing good, luckily!
     
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  13. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

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    So Cal
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    Sara Ford
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    Santa Cruz 5010
    Awesome!
     
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  14. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

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    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    I walked the Catalina Verdugo trail yesterday evening with the wife to clear the trail of overgrowth. Got through about 25% of it which was the section most in need. The bugs were driving us crazy so we called quits at that point.
     
  15. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    Weeding machine
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  16. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Nice, I've got one of those as well.
     
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  17. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    How long does the blade last? Looks like it would make quick work on tall grass at least
     
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  18. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Haven’t got much time on mine yet, but for $20 it should last a couple seasons. You can remove the blade too to sharpen it. I find it works best on things like thistle and mustard and not so well on grass, especially thick grass.
     
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