WEST END TRAIL WORK GETS ROCKY!
With over two-and-a-half miles of new singletrack trail constructed this fall, some of the more challenging and rocky sections were bypassed in order for crews to get the most trail put down until the "rock crew" could get in and address those areas needing the most attention. With a small crew of three, a major switchback was completed in about six hours using rock bars and a handyman jack. It was impressive - to say the least - what three people can accomplish by working smart and with the right tools! A steep cross-slope also helped when it came time to roll three large stones into their final positions. These were no small rocks either, but once the 2-3 ton stones were in place, we were able to get the proper grade and length needed to make the switchback ride nicely. A large amount of fill was needed behind the stones, which was readily available close by and just above the switchback creating an ideal situation for the trail crew. See pictures below.
Our thanks for a successful and safe day of trail building in the West End goes out to Samantha Andrews (Boss Lady) and her two underling volunteers, John B Stewart and Paul Koski.
The Paradox Trail Reroute project has less than a mile-and-a-half of new singletrack trail to construct before completion plus the trailhead parking area off the Delta-Nucla Road. Crews will continue to work until weather conditions close the project until early spring. The entire 17-mile reroute should be completed by the summer of 2017 with a dedication planned sometime next year.