Same Trails. Better. Trail Improvement Campaign
The last few years have seen a tremendous expansion in the number and miles of trails that the Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) manage. This is undeniably great for area mountain bikers, as the trails host youth programs, several high school racing (NICA) teams, and a variety of group rides, while providing fitness and a connection to nature to innumerable individuals. Unfortunately, CORP is at a point where maintaining all the trails we manage has become a real challenge. While the storms of August 2018 and previous years have done some devastating localized damage and caused several years worth erosion in places, almost all area trails are showing their age and detracting from the riding experience.
To address this, CORP is kicking off our Same Trails Better
campaign. The objective is to restore and upgrade several of our current trail systems: more sustainable, more accessible, and more fun! Our goal is to raise $80,000 to bring in professional builders who can accomplish things in weeks that would take our volunteers years to achieve.Why?
- Repair damaged trails and features: You may have noticed reroutes, reshaped tread, filled holes, capped jumps and berms, deberming, and rebuilt bridges, filters, rock and wood features. With the proper funding CORP can accelerate these results manyfold.
- Improve sustainability: Trail building techniques have evolved, and much has been learned about drainage and traffic at our trails. This combination of knowledge will be used to make trails that last longer with less maintenance.
- Get Green, Blue and Black trails back to their intended skill level.
- Reduce the need for volunteers, and all that goes with it. CORP has a variety of opportunities for new trail systems, and expansions of existing systems. We want our precious volunteer hours making these a reality.
In October 2018 CORP contracted with Backyard Trails to rebuild storm damaged and eroded sections at Pleasant View. This system was hit the hardest by recent storms, and while volunteer repairs have made the trail rideable, they are mostly incomplete and unsustainable. Additionally, they will be working throughout the system to rework and repair eroded areas. Riding the trails in November will be an eye-opening experience, showing how much different top shape trail is to ride.
In 2019, weâ€™ll continue to do similar work at our other trails systems. Details are still being worked out and will depend on the success of this campaign, but likely work includes:
- Blackhawk: Redesigning and rebuilding the lower section of Howling Wolff.
- Cam Rock: Resurfacing and reshaping on Mayors playground, Rip and Ride and Beer Run, and general system wide erosion repair.
- Quarry Ridge: Major rock armoring work on Sandy Climb, capping and shaping of flow trails.
- Seminole: Re-routing and re-working of cupped fall-line trails, improving creek crossings.
If you ride or appreciate the opportunity to ride off road in the Madison area, CORP needs your support. How can you help?
- Donate to the campaign: Go to madcitydirt.com or the CORP Facebook page and click the donate now button. Consider the value of quality trails close to home; what is that worth to you?
- Become a member: There is power in numbers when negotiating and pitching plans to land managers or larger donors.
- Talk with your employer about donating: Our trails are valuable community assets for more than hard-core riders; families, youth programs, scholastic racing and more.
- Think about the trails: If you have noticed a section of trail that has degraded, let us know.
CORP is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that depends on our community. Ask us how you can help out, and know that your support is appreciated!