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Mar 5, 2013

Results Posted:

After poll is taken

Who owns a trail?

What do you think? Do trail builders have the final say? Are they out of line if they tell you what you can and can't do?


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 Where I live, the trails are mostly on BLM land. We have had to build all these trails"by committee" and the process has worked amazingly well. It is a unique situation here (Moab) but we all rely on happy tourists for our lively-hood. Interestingly, while we have some fun techie trails, the only real downhill trail is on private land and technically illegal. In this situation I believe a benevolent monarchy is more appropriate than a committee. There are some good stories about past illegal trails that have been shut down and who has been caught on said trails. Next horizon: fat tire bikes and their rogue tendencies. Talk about riding "somewhere else!"
  • + 1
 We've had the same issues at our local spot. A group of freinds decided a bunch of years back to dig some lines with the help of a local pro. Over the years this local pro has scared off any one who has dared to enter the spot. Dude even went as far ass to turn on the builders for maitenance and changes that trails needed. Few years have went bye and the locals who dig just decided to ignore the wanabee trail boss who had pretty much given up building and riding the place. We now are all Trail Bosses and all put in and most of us dont care if you dig or ride just shut up and dont sweat what im doing.
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 Could not agree more my mate and I have been building a trail for the last year and its great when you see some good riders enjoying the fun flowy lines and jumps .However ,some trail fairy's decided to add on to the top half of the trail before we could finish and every comment I heard from then on was the bottom section is great but the top just doesnt flow its to tight.So the sooner people stop jumping on someone else's trail the better and if your going to do a job dont do it half ARSED!!
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 usually the people who live closeby are the ones who ride and are at the trail the most. By default they are usually the ones who do the most work. The trails will reflect whoever does the most work out there, thats just the way it is, and if people dont like it, they can pick up a shovel and do work. But it's important to note, any alterations to widely used features need to be widely accepted by most, and any brand new features need not adversely affect any existing features or lines.
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 This is probably the most bipartisan perspective, and I would generally agree. Rock climbing has some of the same issues, and in either arena a little respect goes a very long way. If you're relatively new to an area make an effort to feel out the local ethics. Start by helping to maintain what is already existing and don't try to build new or add-on until you have made some effort to connect with the local core group. All of this shows that you care and respect the opinions and perspectives of the other people that contribute to the riding in the area. Much of the time willingness to help build and maintain is met with enthusiastic welcome, as it is a significant sacrifice of time and energy on the part of anyone that does. Consider riders of all types and skill levels when building, respect the opinions of others and be flexible. Good respectful relationships have the most success in these areas bottom line.
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 I am posting this article up to my trail that me and 4 other share responsibility!
  • + 1
 I own all the trails. I'm not a millionaire, I'm a mountainaire.
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 OoooOOoooOOoooOOoooooOooo naiyze....
  • + 0
 The land owner does.

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