you know what, if you're riding trails without consent then you may as well make some new cheeky ones, add in some drop offs, rock gardens, boardwalk, etc and that should keep the hoofed contingent off them!
Am I being ridiculously hypocritical?
MrNutt while i dont disagree in principle, Im all for the fact that trails need to be used and some damage is likely (so dont get your knickers in a twist with me!) I'd suggest that its better if you avoid trail damage like this (not me in photo BTW):
I cant quite work out where you're going with your sarcasm. Major mechanical trail usage hasnt occurred until the last few decades, so the trails that were there were footpaths. Havign seen trails that were used for over a decade by MTBers with no problems and no damage/spread of trails, it only took 1 year for MXers to utterly trash them and make them impassable. Naturally these things occur over time anyway and due to general wear and tear, but mechanised transport over some sensitive areas can do 1000 years damage in months - I just dont think thats right in the scheme of things, it makes routes less fun in general and totally stops access for some people.
Horses have been using the trails in some woods for at least 800 years, and the fact that they remain in use today is pretty much testament the the lack of real damage horses actually do. We've been riding the same places for ohhh 20 years or so. Remember, we don't have a right to use these tracks in anything other than the state we find them in.
Just because your chosen recreational vehicle isn't capable of negotiating the countryside in the state you find it, doesn't make it another users fault...
a little digging and that trail in the photo above could be great!
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