january trail crew update
We were beyond excited to start another year of trail work! 2021 was amazing and we can’t wait to see all that 2022 brings. During the first week of the year, Bill spent time on Church Rocks/Prospector in Washington County where he was blocking social trails and “go arounds”. Go arounds are places where there is a particularly difficult move to make on the trail where instead of walking, people ride around it. This widens the trail and defeats the intention of the trail. If you can’t complete a difficult part of the trail, walk over it to prevent go arounds.
Sometimes, boulders and debris fall onto the trails so it’s important to be aware while riding. Suicidal Tendencies, a trail in Washington County, had a massive boulder fall onto it so Bill took some time turning that boulder into a feature. Sometimes boulders are too big to move off the trail so it needs to stay where it is, that’s when Bill comes to clean up the area in a way that makes it so the boulder isn’t too disruptive. To finish up the week, he spent some time on Flying Monkey where he continued to armor the tread surface.
Bill took some time in the second week of the year to scout future projects. We are always looking for new projects so if you have any suggestions, please let us know. Bill then followed up his scouting with returning to Flying monkey and continued to arm the thread surface.
Week three was pack full of trail work as Bill split his time between Jem Trail and the Red Rock Rampage course. The Jem trail is widely popular, and he needed to take some time working on the switchbacks to get them back into peak condition. Red Rock Rampage is a mountain bike race in St George put on by Intermountain Cup. Due to some construction and ongoing development on the race trail, Bill has been spending some time building a new single-track to make up for the portion that is currently lost. The month of January was finished back on the Jem trail where Bill continued his work on the switch-backs.
Monthly advice from Bill: when you see a flag line for what would be a new trail, don’t ride it before it’s ok’d or even started. The line may end up having to be moved and then the builder has to clean up the errant tracks. Overall, it’s not a cool thing to do.
Some Work From January: