PTAG wrote:Trail erosion is based on science. Riding muddy and soggy trails damages them.
If you look at the old horse trails around North Park you see some pretty ugly trails. They are bermmed, entrenched, eroded and generally built in areas that drain poorly. When it rains they are a mess and it's generally an ugly situation. I'm sure they probably didn't start out this way but they didn't need any help from horses, hikers or mountain bikers to reach their current state. Mother nature does this sort of thing with or without our help. What we see is the result of a poorly designed and unmaintained trail. So why blame and beat up on our fellow mountain bikers. It causes derision and that works against our greater goal of building better and better maintained trails.
Here's what I have to say, (and I know this is not your opinion DB). If you think the trails would be perfect only if people stayed off them when they were wet I would tell you, you are out of your tree and that's not opinion.
I'm not saying moutain biking doesn't have an impact and riding when it's wet doesn't have a greater impact but I think we are misdirecting our energies when we try and call people out on this. I would say this, instead of hatin, let's direct our energies at building trails that drain better, dry faster and are more fun to ride and this is exacly what PTAG has set out to do. There is some good stuff that's going to be happening at North Park. It's pretty exciting.