a new trail reroute has been finished around the washed out creek line.The diagonal log drop near the start of the trail has also been cut open with a easy ride through now.
4 Apr, 2012
trail has seen some water damage over winter it seems. Near bottom creek has flown through the trail and ladder bridge is down. Some of the rooty sections are deeper now due to water flow, which is fine for advanced riders, but it makes the trail more ofa "black" than a blue.
Also, just prior to the critical trail assessment and classification work (2006), the District had given permission for the mountain bikers to open up another little used trail "going back to nature", Natural High Trail, in the upland area, exiting onto the Lower Griffen Switchback Trail. How does one deal with such issues? We complained, to no avail. What is this kind of thing doing inside a wetland, anyhow. The following is typical of mountain biking trail building "master plans" http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=73020
After the ecological and trail assessment was completed, instead of closing more trails, the District allowed the NSMBA to open up another unused trail that was also going nicely back to nature: Immonator Trail (which has been turned into a roller-coaster amusement trail for mountain bikers, only, crossing many vernal streams, and also "exits" into the Mountain View Park area.)
How can we best begin to address this kind of anti-environmental decision-making by our public land managers and politicians? It is clear that mountain biking comes first in their plans, before conservation needs, which is whywe need your supportfor conservation, restoration, and education about this much beleaguered wetland and upland area, being run over by off road recreational over-use, and abuse.
New mountain bike trails (called multi-use trails) have been opened and eroded even more --- on the Lower Griffen Trail(s), just north and south of the Baden Powell Trail. There is nothing redeeming about braided and eroded trails, sliced and diced like pizza cutters from mountain bike tires. Is Mountain View Park wetland and upland area an "abusement park for wreckreational activities", or is it an ecological jewel which should have protection from such activities?
The public will have to decide,once again, for better or worse: "Is Mountain View Park wetland and upland area to remain a mountain bike amusement park, or become a wetland conservation area, to be protected for its high ecological value assessments." (to be turned into a Limited Mountain Recreation Zone, effectively banning mountain bikes from it, altogether.)
“We don’t have that many wetlands. That’s for sure, we just don’t have them.”