First I would like to say that everything the has been added to North Creek has made an already great trail a phenomenal trail!!! Huge thanks to all who contributed, and to Art who (obviously) spearheaded it!
I do; however, have a concern that I would like to discuss as well. Frequently, especially during the summer rains, we fill in dirt where it has been washed out and made features more treacherous than the character and rating of the rest of the trail. However, recently someone (and I have a hard time believing it was Art, or with Art's blessing) has taken it upon thenselves to fill in and completely cover a large majority of the obstacles on the main loop of Rollercoaster. These are not features that have come into existence from rain erosion, but rather roots and small ledges that have given the trail much of its technical challenge for years, and have been there for years (at least as long as I have been riding there).
Now I know mother nature will eventually claim the dirt back after many months, but why was this done in the first place? Why take away the technical challenges from a black diamond trail - technical challenges that had not become more treacherous from erosion, and were not out of character with the black diamond rating or the rest of the trail?
I hope that this wasn't done by people just trying to make the trail easier for them because they can't do it the way it has been for a long time, and would rather make it easier than put forth the effort, or simply ride something more suited to their riding interests and style (we have plenty of intermediate trails in the area). But, I can't see it being something other than this. Again, this just really doesn't seem like work that Art does, especially since in some places piles of dirt were just thrown on, and loosely packed - not the mark of Art at all!
Well enough time on the soap box - just really put a damper on what should have been a good ride the other day. I hope I'm not the only one who finds this concerning.....