Please people, start talking about this again. This spot is a huge concern for me this spring. we went all last year talking about the problem but no one came up with a plan that could be agreed on. every year it will get worse as the pit grows longer up the trail.
not shooting down ideas, just adding my 2cents
- Install tiles or tubes or concrete blocks (or something) under part of the YBR and channel the water through it.
concrete blocks were installed when it was built, they need to be cleaned about three times a year. Anything we build, trail or feature, should never need that amount of upkeep.
- Put a fairly thick layer of dirt, sand or gravel over the wet area and let the water flow under/through. Stone could be put on top.
more road looking than single track. and likely would turn into a dam again. that area drains acres of land
Anything to avoid the "stupid meadow" would be nice.
CAN you focus on your surroundings when you ride? figured the meadow would just be a blur...ride faster imo.
- Close the YBR area and re-route to one side or the other where it is drier.
not drier on either side and moving the dam will only move the problem.
Ken does have a reroute idea to avoid the area completely (still can be tweaked)
rip the rocks out and build a rock garden trail section or something and then just build a nice bridge over the wet patch?
- Put a bridge of some sort (lumber or sawed logs) over the wet area. Leave the stone on either side. Use the stone removed from under the bridge to expand one or both sides of the YBR.
yukon style would be nice (assuming we cut our own planks), dirt covered is also gaining popularity out west
IMO, this bridge would be too big for store bought 2x4 decking. 2x4s are fine for short bridges but when they get long they start to look boring/dumb/ugly
Once the current dam (ybr) is removed natural drainage will be restored. at that point I am confident that YBR will stop growing longer. and i agree, building a rock garden would be sweet!
I would be one to go over the normal bridge, but my son likes to try the technical stuff.
Not the right area for a technical feature (skinny). falling into mud blows. We will find him other stuff to ride elsewhere. be sure of it.
so as I see it we have a couple viable options (short of closing the trail)
1) Ken's reroute, aka, gtfo of the mud. (his reroute is not set in stone, only an idea to avoid the low spot. feedback is welcomed)
2) bridge, be it dirt covered or milled on site (dirt helps to hide the bridge, does it help enough?)
3) one or two people who is tasked with cleaning the current drains TWICE a year minimum (not sure if this would even work as the dam is 'sinking', cutting a drainage ditch would lead to even worse problems. and the drainage has already shifted so the rock bridge would need to be extended...which is bad. ok, so maybe this boat sailed already)
guess we have two ideas... thoughts, opinions, mullet pics...?