Keeping Backcountry trails in good shape |

Keeping Backcountry trails in good shape

Brad Odekirk

Backcountry trails are NOT bombproof. If a trail is damaged by irresponsible mountain bikers, it quickly loses its charm as a pristine single track. And often, the damage is permanent. Please help keep our trails in good shape by following these simple suggestions. Avoid locking your brakes and skidding which creates obnoxious bumps in the trail and causes needless erosion. Never create new trails or widen existing ones in an attempt to avoid wet conditions or obstacles. Ride through small puddles and carry your bike through extremely muddy areas. Ride over, not around, waterbars and other obstacles. Keep our trails narrow! And finally, for the thousandth time, STAY OFF muddy trails. Tires leave ruts in mud. Ruts move water down, instead of off, the trail. Water causes erosion. Erosion destroys trails. Ride on existing trails only. Riding off-trail and creating new routes may have extremely negative impacts to wildlife and vegetation. Help preserve our trails by riding correctly. Your contribution to the health of Summit County’s world class trail system by following these suggestions will guarantee these trails will be around to ride forever.

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