|UMB Race Team Trailwork 2012
||Deer Creek South Fork reroute
large crew of horsemen, motorcycle riders, mountain bikers, boy scouts,
and forest service employees hit the Deer Creek South Fork Trail on June
2, 2012. A new trail will bypass the heinous ditch in the meadow (the
always-washed-out section down to the Cascade Springs road).
team members (at right) Dale Hutchings and Kay Hutchings dig the northern
connector. The old section between here and the road will be closed once
the Forest Service completes signage. This is just the "connection
crew" -- workers were divided into several teams with different roles
in prepping the trail.
|As part of National Trails Day, Utah Rocky Mountain Bikers
(an IMBA-affiliated club in Utah County) worked with the Forest Service to
prep and connect a 0.68 mile segment of new trail. Nine UtahMountainBiking.com
race team members participated, but we were only a small portion of the
Now it's off to the southern end. At
this connection, the trail down to Elk Camp will be preserved as an access
trail. In addition to Dale and Kay, UMB team member Paul Zimmerman is on
the right in the gray shirt.
||The new trail segment was opened as soon as work was
completed. For now, riders have the option of new trail vs old trail. Once
signs are prepared, the short washout section down to the road will be
closed permanently. (The old trail from Elk Camp -- across the road --
will be preserved as an access trailhead.)
Kerry Smith (middle) and Steve Winters
(right) break the ribbon to officially open the trail. Helping to open the
trail: On the left is Bruce representing UMB; then Willard from
Backcountry Horsemen, and between Kerry and Steve is Kris Nosack -- biking
fanatic, and one of AF Canyon's most-frequent trail users.
|The new segment exchanges an ugly, washed out, and
occasionally dangerous plunge for a longer traversing route. The new
section has only 50 feet of overall elevation change as it contours around
And just one minute later, here's our
first rider completing the new section.
The newly-opened traversing route is contained within the "New"
bracket on the map at left. It's longer than the route it replaces, but has less climbing. It
will be easier to maintain, and will route riders away from the primitive
camping at Elk Camp.
The old trail section north of the road (the steep
trench) will be closed soon.
The bypassed section south of the Cascade
Springs road will be maintained as an access trail for those who park at
DCSF trail page (edit
|Rush Trail Bridge
Lower section bridge and approach
With members of other teams, Bruce worked on Rush on a workday in late
fall (which counts for the 2012 season). The group hauled in the lumber
for the big bridge, moved the big beams into position, and dug the
approaching trail into the mountainside.
This photo is in May 2012, as the
bridge is coming together.
Rush Trail Berm Work
UMB Trailwork Day #2
As the 2012 ICup season
approached its end, racers scrambled to get their trailwork hours. For
official workday #2 on July 14, 2012, we worked on problem turns --
switchbacks on Rush where experts riders had to shed speed or struggle to
make the turn clean.
surveys a switchback near completion. We raised the berm 24 inches and
moved the approaching riding line two feet toward the mountain.
|The goal was to improve the flow so riders didn't have to
slow down. The ground was hard and bone dry, making the work more
challenging. Dirt had to be chopped out with palaski trail axes. We then
moved dirt by shovel to the berm. Now we need rain to harden the build.
On this turn, we chopped out brush
that was moving riders out of the efficient riding line, improving the
exit from the uphill turn as well as the approach to this turn. Moving the
trail uphill routed riders into the turn efficiently, and we raised the
berm 12 inches to hold tires at speed. Christian Burrell tries to move out
of the photo...
||And here's a rider carefully testing the still-loose berm at
one of the improved turns.
Pruning and Thistle Control 7/16 (and other dates)
Fire remediation 7/18
The UMB team pruned the High Bench trail and made our yearly attack on
thistle along the Lambert Luge area. Participating racers included Karl,
Sally, Adam, and Bruce.
Bruce made and installed eight new trail signs to replace burned signs
on Ziggy, Zag, White Dog, Brown Dog, and Black Dog.
Unreadable char of a former trail
||In some burned areas, the trail may become hard to see as
rain and snow wash away the ash. In several potential problem areas, the
team lined the trail with large rocks to clearly mark the riding line and
prevent short-cutting between trails. Sally and Adam did the bulk of this
dirty sweaty grunt work.
View up White Dog. Right now, the
trail is easy to see. But as the black ash disappears, so will the riding