BEOLW - The Upper Chimney Trail converges with the bottom of Roller Coaster here to share the same creek crossing. The place where I am standing is an old creek bank, and it makes a great berm to rim off of and into the creek crossing at very high speeds. This crossing has changed COMPLETELY, both physically and visually, and will take some serious getting used to before the previous high speed blasts are possible.
THE 11-06 FLOOD RESURECTION
BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES OF THE DAMAGED CROSSINGS AND TRAILS PROXIMATE TO THE CREEK TRAIL.
BEFORE - The crossing tread was scoured about 12" deep, the bank was undercut , and the face was vertical.
BEFORE - This was an old dormant stream bed. It was scoured about 12" deep by the creek escaping its current banks upstream.
BEFORE - This is the old deep crossing. It could be cleaned up for use, but it will take some time. In the name of getting the trail rideable again...
AFTER - The new crossing is built on the back-filled area just above the plunge pool pictured above. This was pure expediency, saving time and energy for the big work upstream.
BEFORE - the 3rd crossing was not terrible. Most of the work will be needed above it where the banks were significantly undermined, taking trees, and a large part of the trail tread, into the creek. There are big holes to be filled!
AFTER - The crossing has been graded a bit, and the large rocks removed. It is much as it was before, save for the large ridge of bank run gravel in the middle. You can see one tree undermined and down on the other side. There are 2 more, and they took the trail tread with them.
My nephew Michael tries out the pedestrian bridge I built for the 2nd crossing. Psychology at work. You need to build structures for the walkers to use. They tend to dam the creek solid if left to their own devices. By offering them a structure they can use, and that is better for bikers (doesn't create deep pools!)...
... we both win.
BEFORE - The 4th crossing got this huge spit of sand, gravel, and rock deposited where two creeks merged to flow into the main creek. It's 4' high and 25' long.
AFTER - All the big rocks removed. The verges have been filled and graded smooth. This section is going to be much different than it was before with the huge gravel bank in the middle of the crossing. It should be fun!
BEFORE - The exit of the 4th crossing raged when the creek jumped its banks up stream and reclaimed the old bed to the left. It scoured it out pretty wide here, but did not lower or otherwise destroy it.
AFTER - All the big rocks removed and the lower tread area filled in a bit. This climb is still fairly close to what it was. However, water flowed over virtually all of the ground between this old creek bed and the main creek to the right. A lot of dirt was scoured away, leaving the roots and rocks that were already tricky MUCH more exposed. In other words, it didn't get easier!
BEFORE - The Upper Chimney Trail tread disappears into that flood torn tree trunk (center) and other flood junk lying just to the right of the large vine.
AFTER - Looking from the other direction. The arrow points to a blaze on the other side of the same tree you see blazed at left. The driftwood tree has been spun 90 degrees and is now a visual trail edge guide. This area was scoured clean by flood water that escaped the creek. The trail tread is visible only by raking the rocks and flood junk off. Note the little visual stone pillar markers in the foreground.
BEFORE - Like building a trail on the Moon. The creek filled in and overflowed its banks, spreading rocks and debris over about a 1/2 acre of open ground. The trail went from the blaze at right to the left side of the larger tree ahead at the far left.
AFTER - Looking the other way, that "larger tree" mentioned in the before pic now frames the left side of this pic. The only way to make the trail visible is by raking the tread and leaving the stones piled on the edge. You can still see the driftwood trunk and the little stone pillars.
AFTER - That same "larger tree" is now in the center of this pic, and the trail bends around its right side. The creek is about 50-60' from this large tree, and tons of bankrun were deposited this far away. You can see the rocks get larger as the creek draws nearer to the left of this view.
AFTER - The arrow points to the blaze on the tree on the other bank. That bank used to be a fun little jump of about 2.5' It's now virtually at ground level. I shoveled out about 12" of sand and soil deposit on the near side.
BEFORE - As with the Upper Chimney Trail, the pink blazes are about all that tells you where the trail goes. You can see all the bankrun that filled the creek bed, and all the sand and soil sediment that was deposited in the backflows and eddys.
BEFORE - The trail exits the creek just to the left of the skinny tree with the pink blaze on it. This is the 1st crossing on Roller Coaster. Unfortunately, it is located at a particularly unsustainable undercut area. It gets scoured out regularly, and if there were a better spot to cross....
AFTER - A pretty simple rebuild. Lots of bankrun to work with here to refill the trail tread. This crossing is right on the exit of a tight bend in the creek, and the water velocity is pretty high here. I'd like to build a water control structure just above this, but that takes BIG rocks and lots of help/muscle.
Well, that's about the end of this saga. There is still the crossing at Washout Rd. to fix. Main Street will need heavy equipment, and may never get fixed if the Town does not take an interest, which would be a shame. It is an old road with a lot of history behind it. The two bridges took a beating, and need some structural work.
As a post script, the Town did indeed do a moderate fix on the road, and did great work to rebuild the bridges on Main St. They also replaced the bridge over to the old shooting range adjacent to the parking lot in the Fall of '07. Great work, guys!
I would also love to build some serious water control structures in various places that are vulnerable, but that would probably take some heavy equipment to source & move the size rocks that would be necessary. Maybe some day.
This has been a lot of work that Tiina and I have done.
It's a labor of love. Thanks Sweetie.
Sadly, it could all be undone tomorrow by the next big storm.
AFTER - Now, the water is about 4" deep, and the bank has a nice smooth transition. Hit it as hard and fast as you like!
AFTER - Now, the water is about 1" deep, and the banks have a nice smooth transition. Ready to challenge you again!