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:
Please, talk to somebody at HAFTA before making additions or “improvements” to the trails.
This stuff looks like litter and doesn’t do much for anybody’s skills. We suggest practice at Joyride or on a curb in the parking lot, learn the skill and come back when you can ride it as is. Remember you don’t NEED to ride it, but you do need to ride in control out of respect for yourself and those around you.
When individuals don’t consult the trail community before making modifications they look selfish. This shingling increases attention, liability and eventually would ensure the removal of the entire log by the land owner. If you think that’s an exaggeration, think again, just look 5 metres to the right and up the hill that is behind the log.
There is a difference between something that is just a tree that’s fallen in the woods and something that’s obviously been built into a feature – Respect the community’s wishes, keep the AF natural and technical by just riding the lines available and please don’t jeopardise what’s left in the forest with unneeded modifications.
Ride it as it lies, ride it in total control or leave well enough alone – Don’t risk its existence!