Thursday, August 6, 2009

Unauthorized trail changes.....

The Pulpit trail is one of the more difficult (black diamond) trails at Smithville lake. We do not have a lot of technical features at SMV so the few we have are very important to maintain the "dignity" of the trails. Someone has been modifying the rock stairs that you cross over on the Pulpit trail (removing the lower step, creating a ride/walk around). Yes, this is a bit of a challenge to ride a bike over, but it is supposed to be! If you can not ride the step, keep practicing, you will get it. If you are too nervous to try, get off and walk, that's okay too. But please do NOT modify the trail and "dumb it down", we like to have a little challenge out there!

I am hopeful that I am just preaching to the choir here and it is actually not a person that frequents these boards. I normally find these type of things are done by people who think they are "helping" us out by "fixing" these places. All of the trails are designed and laid out with specific end goals for the intended user groups. Black Diamond trails are designed to be difficult.Unauthorized modifications to any trail can be considered vandalism so PLEASE don't do it. If you feel something is dangerous (yes, riding a mountain bike,running trails or hiking, on or off road, is an inherently dangerous activity!), PLEASE contact me or any ERTA representative. We take great pride in our trails and have a VERY dedicated group of volunteers that put in hundreds of hours every year to offer you a quality riding, running or hiking experience! Please help us out by not modifying the trails.

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