The last few weeks, the FVMBA Summer Trail Crew has been working in Mission, doing some much needed maintenance at Red and Bear. Work by the FVMBA Summer Trail Crew is supported by a Canada Summer Jobs grant which partially funds the wages for the youth trail crew. We’re also grateful to the District of Mission Forestry for their financial support of the work on Valley View. Additional support comes from your membership dollars, allowing us to top up wages, buy tools, and do even more trail work. Many thanks to all of our members! And if you’re not a member yet, join here and help care for the trails we all love.
First up was Valley View, a part of the climbing route to the top of Red. The trail is multi-use, shared with hikers and runners as well as equestrians. The trail got a much needed haircut and rake, and we did a little bit of dirt work clearing drains and resurfacing the trail tread in some eroded areas. You’ll also be greeted with the scent of fresh cedar as two small rotting bridges were replaced.
After a week at Red, the crew headed to Bear to work on Jolly Rancher. Work has focused on the lower section, below the junction with Big Trouble Little Chainring. Much of the trail lacks water management and multiple sections of the trail have become deep eroded ruts with no opportunity for water to drain. Two short realignments have moved the trail to higher ground, enabling more opportunities to divert water from the trail. More drains have been added and several sections have had fresh dirt added to repair the trail tread. Additionally, the two jumps below the junction have been replaced. Be prepared and expect trail changes when you go check out the fresh work! Also, it’s super dry out on all the trail, so despite the fresh dirt, conditions are still pretty loose, keep the rubberside down.