Trail Crew Update
Hey! I am Louis, the French Canadian of the trail crew! Dreaming of the West Coast, I grew up riding all sorts of bikes on the North Shore of Montreal and I have always been involved in the local trail building community. I have been riding in Squamish for over two years and I can’t get enough of the forest here! There are so many different types of terrains. I have been working in the bike industry for over a decade now and I am happy to be contributing to develop and maintain the very unique trail network that we have in Squamish. I’ll see you on the trails!
Dave Reid thoughts:
Woodwork has been an iconic feature of trails throughout the Sea to Sky. Unfortunately, it usually has a lifespan of about ten years, before issues start presenting themselves. Common issues are loose slats and the shifting of stringers. These issues tend to be easy to spot and rectify. A more significant issue is stringers failing, and potentially hurting people. I also believe trees have a goal of falling onto bridges.
If you are out building trails, please consider the lifespan of woodwork, and when possible try to only incorporate it when required.
What we have been up to.
- Working with Dream Wizards on Craig’s connector. Brushing route, raking, and using the soil compactor.
- Lower Cliff’s Corners. The corners are a fantastic adaptive trail route. However, the last section of the corners has three bridges that are too narrow for adaptive trikes. We are presently replacing those bridges to make them accommodate trikes. Also please note that the trikes will sometimes use lower 50 shades as a descent route.
- Fred trail. We spent a day working on the trail post-logging.
- Plum smugglers, we cleared some fallen trees and added some stringers to the first bridge.
- Word of mouth cleared trees that were blocking the trail.
- Treasure trail we repaired some bridges and cut some fallen trees.
- Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey – added an additional culvert to address water volume in a drainage section.
- Wonderland, replacing failing bridges. Big thanks to RBC for being our Trail Champ on the trail this year.
- Meadow of the grizzly – spent two days working on the trail.