Trail Building FAQ

by corbasecretarytreasurer on May 8, 2011

We’ve been out riding and recently saw that there was work done on a trail at Lowes Creek.  The last thing we need is for  rogue trail builders to head out on their own and create a situation where we lose the rights to build MORE trails.

Did you know that CORBA has agreements with Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties plus the Cities of Eau Claire and Altoona to maintain and build trails?  So what exactly does this mean you ask?  This means that CORBA has the right to develop and maintain the trails that all of us use for mountain biking (and trail hikes, etc.)  We also maintain the liability insurance that covers all trail builders.

Sometimes you may be riding along and have a great idea for a trail or think that there could be some work done on a trail.  Great!  Please get involved with CORBA to work on the trails.  All of the work done on the trails needs to be coordinated and approved (we also track our volunteer hours).  We are excited to welcome someone with the motivation to do the trail work that we saw being done at Lowes Creek so again, please get involved!


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shughes May 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

Could we get the information regarding trail building/maintenance guidelines posted up here? Specifically, what would jeopardize the rights granted by the City to build additional trails? Do all new trails need to be approved by a process involving CORBA board members, is it a City process?
thanks for the info!

corbasecretarytreasurer May 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Hi Sam,
Great question, thanks for asking! The trail work which CORBA does must follow IMBA guidelines in order to create sustainable trails. Any new trails or changes to trails needs to be run through CORBA (Board/Trail Marshall). For example, CORBA will flag a proposed trail and then meet with the land manager to obtain approval or apply for any needed permits. CORBA holds the agreement and the liability insurance on anything we create so the first step is to join CORBA! Things that might jeopardize our rights would include anything that is unsafe for the community in general or that is not approved/authorized by the land manager.

Don May 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Hey, i have seen a younger kid who appeared to be clearing a trail in the valley that is littered with tires at lowes creek. I have always thought this area could make for a really fun trail. Has there been any consideration in building trails in this area? It is littered with old tires and tin buckets and is an area that is environmentally damaging. I would highly encourage a group clean up of this area…and a trail thru it!

corbasecretarytreasurer May 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Thanks for the heads up that someone has been in the “tire area” brushing things out… we will keep an eye out for them. As unbelievable as it may seem, those tires are placed along the hillside to stop erosion and should not be disturbed. This was done years ago by Eau Claire County as a remediation to erosion that was happening. We recently met with the Land folks from Eau Claire County when getting permits for ThrillVille and did a walk through of the area you are talking about. Those tires have provided a solid solution to erosion for many many years and are there to stay! Another point to consider is that the County has shared that with 10 miles of singletrack in the park it is not always necessary to cover each and every inch of the park with trails. Plus, we have PLENTY to build at NWP, Hickory and Altoona!

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