Jarrett.morgan wrote:I was thinking about raking some sections of a local trail, but hadn't thought aboout the reason why not too. I guess it makes sense that it can be used ffor bettter traction or prevent erosion.
dgaddis wrote:Why bother raking leaves???
Leaves are part of the ride man!
They're natural, part of the change in the seasons, they make old trails feel new, AND they make you a better rider!
Besides, generally speaking, there's probably a much better use of your time if you want to work on a trail. Armoring spots that stay wet, de-berming low spots so they drain, etc.
CFM wrote:Since the leaf issue is being covered now in another thread, I'd like to make a comment about the original title of this post. Maintenance & meeting people reminded me of experiences I have had this fall and winter. Since I am retired I can visit our trails at all hours of the day to work on maintenance projects. I am amazed at the people I meet while working. I see many more runners, hikers, and true beginning mountain bikers than I ever thought were out there. Almost all of them will stop and chat briefly about how they enjoy the trail.
Sometimes we get tunnel vision about who uses a trail based on our association with a certain group of people. This experience has given me a new perspective on the scope of users in our trail system. It will definitely help when we have to make decisions about maintenance and new trail projects.
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