The northwest section of the East Loop Trail has serious gullied tread trail damage. Trail users have gone around these deep gullies, resulting in trail widening. Trail reconstruction that incorporates knicks and rolling grade dips to direct water off the trail tread will help prevent further erosion. The deeper gullied tread section will need to be filled, requiring significant labor.
The East Loop Trail has been in commission for at least 50 years. The trail damage from water erosion on the NW corner of the East Loop Trail is fairly recent, resulting from reduced trail maintenance. In earlier times local trail users kept on top of minimal water-bars and blocked runoff channels with dead vegetation.
It will require significant labor to reconstruct the NW section of this trail, however, regular trail maintenance should prevent future water erosion scars.
Please see the map to the right for the locations and photos of the resource damage on the East Loop Trail.