Trail Braiding and what to do about it
Just read an article pointing out the damage trail braiding (going around a trail obstacle) does to most of our off road trails. The writer ended by saying "if you can't go through an obstacle stay home".
OK I think thats a bit harsh, over time and use some obstacles become impassable. Mud holes turn into great places to make an FJ disappear, small rock gardens turn into rock hell holes only passable by insanely modified 4x4's.
But the fact remains they damage trails and make us look bad to hikers etc... so what to do? The most obvious answer is to try your best to go through the obstacle, drive slowly into water on the trail, going fast is fun but just digs that hole deeper and use an spotter. when ever needed.
I know that here in the east the State Forest service will once a year maintain the trails, but with misuse a trail can get trashed surprisingly fast. Would be interested in what people/clubs have done to address this problem.
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