I want to do a better job of documenting our work and wonderful Trail Care Crew visits this year. I figured a brief description of each visit would be a good travelogue, and would allow me to share any insight gained from the weekend. Here goes…
When: February 3 – 6, 2011
Where: Boyce and Alexandria, Louisiana
Who: U.S. Forest Service, Kisatchie National Forest, Calcasieu Ranger District; Kisatchie Bicycle Club (KBC)
What: We led two projects on the Forest. One involved reinforcing trail tread that was seasonally muddy and wet, causing the trail to widen and the stream to become muddy. We built a ford under the stream, so the stream channel could remain tight, and the trail tread could be a hard riding surface for riders to simply roll over. There are also opportunities down the line for the Forest Service to reroute sections of the trail that are much too muddy for any maintenance or tread work (any maintenance would be a temporary solution), so we led a group of five to rough flag a potential reroute for the trail, using the contour lines and keeping the new tread out of the lower, muddier sections. The Forest Service will use this as the basis for their Environmental Analysis (required NEPA process).
Color Commentary: This was a perfect example of stellar riding opportunities in a region that often times get overlooked. The Kincaid Lake trail system rides like a charm, with vistas of the lake (and alligators) all around. You can weave together over 60 miles of riding from the same trailhead. We also got to experience our first real ice storm, which prevented us from doing any work (inside or out) on Friday because frozen limbs snapped and took the power out as they fell. The charming little cabin we stayed in got cold real quick, but it just added to the adventure of working in the Louisiana woods.
Check out our IMBA.com blog post from the weekend, and pictures from the weekend below.