A somewhat heated discussion started on the MTBR forums regarding trail work, 'improvements', and the overall master plan of what our vision is for the trails of Michaux. The discussion centers around a few people modifying trails that other people were perfectly happy to ride as-is.
I'm not sure of our exact current roster numbers, but MBM represents at least 60 area riders who are passionate about the Michaux State Forest trail network and who have committed to its upkeep.
I think the time has come to make our trail network a bit more formal. I propose we organize a working group to include DCNR, club members from MBM and other area riding groups (YBR?) to sit down and establish a long term vision for the Michaux trail network. I would like to see this group tasked with mapping the trails, grading the difficulty of trails, and marking trail heads. I would like to see these maps available at the popular trail heads around the forest and made available to emergency personnel.
I also see the need to mark certain trails as appropriate for beginner riders; a place where we can introduce friends to the sport without destroying them on log crossings and rock gardens. In concert with this, many trails can be marked as expert level to discourage 'dumbing-down' obstacles that we have come to expect when riding Michaux.
Let's make this happen.