The good news is that thanks to those who volunteered the AF is already clear of major debris caused by the two severe storms that swept through this April. And now for the bad news: Look at these photos and you can understand that many trails in our network will be taking approx two weeks to thaw/dry out (depending on temperatures and additional rain).
If you’re leaving a visible depression in the dirt on any trail (also known as a rut) with your heels or wheels then you’re contributing to the destruction of that trail. The more a trail erodes the more it starts to sink down, which only causes water/mud to hang around longer which causes further erosion. Perhaps worse is that people dodging muddy puddles cause beauty low-impact single-track to widen into trail that resembles sidewalk.
If we leave the trails be for two weeks then they’ll dry and still be awesome. So, please give them some time to dry. Thank you and we’ll update you May 1st on the condition of the trail network. When the trails reopen and you spot a problem, but are unable to resolve it, drop a trail report or send an email with the location. http://hafta.ca/how-to-report-problems-on-the-trail/
With an ice-storm forecast and the windstorm last week we’re expecting and getting reports that “Hey there is a big tree down” and it’s great people are reaching out. Amazingly, somebody at HAFTA is typically up for taking care of that tree for everybody.
Weird, but true.
Anyways, if you want to help that person deal with these problems efficiently, then when you find a problem on the trails please use Trailforks.com app to make a report that includes a photo & GPS data. Much of the time spent taking care of these problems is wasted by hiking from the wrong side of trail with the wrong tools. You can always e-mail us, but you need to know the name of the trail you were on and the condition of that tree or problem – basically everything Trailforks will do for you automatically.
Filing TrailForks reports with photos and GPS co-ordinates helps volunteers get to the different problems faster, track which have been solved and do it all with less fuss. Thank you! Check the video below for instructions:
Our community’s trails have been having a string of minor issues lately at, what seems like, the hand of one or two self-important trail users.
I know 99.99% of people reading this are on board with keeping the Agreement Forest’s beautiful limestone rocky trails as natural, raw and frankly speaking – Challenging.
Although we have no idea who is doing this, the point of this post isn’t to stir up paranoia. Nor are we interested in speculation, a bunch of stereotyping and subsequent internet finger-pointing (Not a productive use of your time!)
Thus far the board has been able to repair the various incidents of damage ourselves (no big deal). But this crap is not a productive use of our time or theirs. What we are asking is if anybody out there in our community has actually seen the people doing this and can shine the light down on these bad actors.
If so get in touch with us via the contact section!
UPDATE – We have restored most of the damage, but it will never be the same
Further images of attempted restoration and damage below