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Trailbuilding Basics

Erosion

Chapter 2 - Philosophy

A. Erosion is caused by water and wind, not trail users

  1. Erosion is a natural process that is always happening.

  2. Users loosen soil, but it takes wind and water to remove it.

All types of trail users loosen soil and speed natural erosion. Mountain bikers who skid accelerate this process. Cyclists who ride in control don't skid and have minimal impact.

B. Try to mimic mother nature.

  1. Man-made trails are unnatural creations. When building or maintaining trails, the goal should be to complement natural processes.

  2. Determine what happens naturally in an area and try to imitate it.


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