This cedar bridging was built to cross a flat wet area which has continiounsly moist ground to mountain run offs. An abundence of Cedar in the area made the choice easy to bridge aproximatly 50 feet of terrain.
Reroutes and New Trail.
Sections of new Trail were build to conform to modern and more sustainable building techniques.
Grade reversals, lower grade than before and opening up and widening corners.
With the adopting of these trails by WhistlerBlackcomb, their concern was the maintenance cost. For this reason the second half of Hey Bud had to be rerouted. The old unmanagable line is steep, on a ridge next to the watershed boundary with no room to maintain the trail and no readaly available materials. So the sensitive choice was to build a new second half and give it a mordern touch. These two trails are old school fast and technical, they were build by mountainbikers with primitive bikes riding through the woods. Now a days our bikes shred and distroy this type of Trail, also with the traffic a resort such as WhistlerBlackomb generates. A good standard needs to be implemented to maintain the longevety of the Trail and manage costs. In an attempt to keep this trails charactor and it difficult, it was designed to be able to keep a high speed at most times, while flying though the forst.
Hey Bud and Crazy Train on Blackcomb Mountain
2014 Trail Maintenance and Re-routing on WhistlerBlackcomb CRA.
Hey Bud and Crazy Train are two of Whistler’s trails, which have existed for decades. Located on the lower part of Blackcomb Mountain above the Benchlands development, the two trails were built by recreationalists early in the development of mountain biking in the area. As it happens in many areas within the Whistler Valley, the trails have gained popularity with growing interest in mountain biking. The result, however, is a negative impact on these old trails, which were not built to any standard.
Heavy erosion has taken place including in extended sections of fall line riding. WhistlerBlackcomb invested a significant amount of funds last year to manage the erosion and to re-route trails away from the Watershed.
On Hey Bud’s first trail half, we added long sections of rock armoring, rounded corners and built berms to create a solid line for braking. Root clean up and drainage work was done throughout. The extreme fall line of the second half will be decommissioned and riders will be guided into a new 1.2 km lower section built to current trail building standards. For the next bike season, riders will be diverted into the new lower Hey Bud, hiding the old steep second half section. The intention is to reduce traffic in the old section by creating a new, more sustainable trail, which, due to its good condition, will gain in popularity.
Crazy Train needed two shorter sections re-routed that became increasingly steep and dangerous as erosion progressed. A number of difficult sections have been improved and cleaned up to create a flow for this trail.
The tactic, which was employed for this particular maintenance project, was armoring of and adding more drainage to all manageable trail sections. Some sections, unfortunately, needed decommissioning and re-routing as they were just too steep to meet any trail and safety standard. The new sections were designed and built to keep a high speed original character and increase the level of difficulty.
A number of trail sections on Hey Bud and and Crazy Train were so eroded, the best approach was Rock Armor. This practice is a prefered one when there is a need to manage an old eroded trail and you want to keep the same alignment. It may change the charactor of a previously loamy or dirt trail, but in the log run i makes those section of trail last for ever.