Summit County trail damage a possibility with increased rain
Ryan Summerlin August 16, 2014
With increased rain last week and more in the forecast, town of Breckenridge and county officials are asking hikers and bikers to be cautious when out on area trails. Biking or hiking on wet trails can be potentially damaging and lead to a need for added maintenance.
“This kind of rain tests our trails and drainage,” Breckenridge Open Space and Trails planner Scott Reid told the Daily. “Some of them are holding up quite well.”
Reid encouraged trail users to follow the Muddy Meter signs located at a number of local trailheads, to check conditions online at www.breckenridgetrails.org and to otherwise use good judgment.
“If you’re leaving ruts down the middle of the trail, it’s too wet,” Mike Zobbe, vice president of the Summit Fat Tire Society mountain biking group, said.
Both Zobbe and Reid suggested waiting a few hours after any serious storm before going for a ride. Reid also reminded users to go straight through small isolated mud patches. Going around can lead to added trail compaction and trail widening. After a storm, Reid suggested, use south-facing trails first since they tend to dry more quickly.
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