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Community Effort Brings Spice to Alsea Falls Trails

Community Effort Brings Spice to Alsea Falls Trails

By: Chris Bernhardt
Posted: August 7, 2015

One mile of trail.

35 tons of rock.

10 days.

10 Northwest Youth Corps workers.

The stats don’t lie but the riding tells the real tale. When the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and IMBA’s Trail Solutions program started designing a new trail at the Alsea Falls Recreation Area, they consulted with IMBA chapter Team Dirt on what experiences were needed to compliment the growing supply of trails. The answer, not surprisingly, was more rock.

However, while the dirt at Alsea Falls builds fast-rolling, bomber tread it is sorely lacking rock, necessitating the import of quite a bit of the hard, heavy stuff. Team Dirt volunteers, BLM staff, and Northwest Youth Corps crews spent hours hauling in rock along the freshly cut Whistle Punk trail. Once staged, IMBA Trail Specialist Tyson Swasey, himself no stranger to moving big rocks, spent two weeks leading the crews to make rideable art from the basalt stones.

The result is a fast, techy trail that rewards quick thinking and pin-point steering with the solid rock placement providing challenge for years to come.

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Chris Bernhardt leads IMBA's Trail Solutions program as Director of Consulting Services.

Chris Bernhardt leads IMBA's Trail Solutions program as Director of Consulting Services.

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