Sept 27, 2015

Mid-summer, while doing some trail reconnoissance, Rob Hammerlund found that one of the two bridges that are on the north end of the Wilderness Trail was sitting cockeyed on the creek-bank.  It turns out that a Spring flood had washed the fill out from under one of the support beams on its west end. On July 26th I made a quick trip to the site and assessed the problem and potential fix.  Apparently, the creek takes a hard turn just under that bridge,... Read More

Aug 15, 2015

With the Enduro coming up in two weekends, I got the call from Rob Hammerlund that there was a super deep, ugly rut @ the west end of the Bridge sequence that we have crossing the Little Net River on the Harlis Bypass Trail.  I had an inkling that this spot might become a problem when we re-routed the trail a couple of years ago.  Well, now it was officially a problem! We figured that three 8ft long boardwalks would do the trick.  We decided to... Read More

Aug 8, 2015

I spent the last two weeks trying to work out a fix for the narrow snowmobile track boardwalks that got installed on July 25 – 26.   Luckily, I have Solidworks CAD access at work, so I could draw things up and do “what if” scenarios with various ideas.  I also put together one boardwalk at home so that I could build prototypes and see how things fit together and looked.  After trying out several ideas, I came up with simple,... Read More

July 25, 2015

The previous Fall we had acquired a good number of snowmobile tracks from a connection Rob Hammerlund has at Polaris.  They were prototypes that needed to be discarded after testing.  We didn’t have a specific plan for them, but figured that something might come up.  After some discussion, I decided to figure out a way to use them to fix the >100ft, twisty rut discussed in the July 18th blogpost. I took some measurements and figured out... Read More

July 18, 2015

Steve Long and I had been discussing some problems he saw with the Iron Pipe Trail near the Cowcatcher Bridge.  Something about long, deep, water filled ruts.  This weekend we went up to check out the problem spot and try to figure out what to do next.  Access would be from the Yellow Birch close point.  I knew of a couple of bad spots on the singletrack near the close point, one of which could use 2 or 3 boardwalks to cover a hole that has been... Read More