Today our first new trail traded in a few flags for a switchback. This required a lot more dirt moving than is typical, because we had to fill in the steep back cut from a pre-existing excavation, lest the trail above collapse. Even so, we will probably have to build a short section of the trail by hand, since the dirt isn’t compacted enough to safely support the excavator.
With this switchback and back-fill in place, we will have a much easier time walking the lower part of the trail, just in time for our first trail work party on May 5 (see calendar event for details). It will also give us the option to practice a bit of hand trail building and switchback tuning if we can fit it in with our other activities. If you love trails, and you enjoy working in the forest even a little bit, please join us!