Time for some love. Broken and rotted rungs stop the flow of a trail.Â
We spent this JuneÂ NSMBA Trail DayÂ to fix one of many damaged structures
Anyone who regularly rides on the North Shore trails will agree that ladder bridges are an integral part of our trail network. We use them to connect sections of unridable trail, to ride over mud bogs, streams, fallen trees, and across ravines, not to mention to reduce erosion in sensitive environments. In the case of Boogieman there are numerous sections that require a bridge to complete parts of the trail. We selected one bridge in particular that was becoming unsafe due to rot and did not have a ride around as an option. Our focus: to re-build a new bridge that was safe, would sustain at least a decades worth of mountain bike traffic, and use all lumber from the surrounding forest that was dead fall.
Clearly this ladder bridge was in need of replacement. Â Not only missing rungs, the stringers were rotted through and the supports were not secured to anything structural
This before shot shows how the roll out ramp had an interesting twist from rotting logs,Â
destined to take out a rider upon exit at some point.