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Re: [pct-l] Re: Horses on the PCT

>In a message dated 97-10-22 23:41:30 EDT, you write:
><< They need to be maintained beause they are a trail. That is they consist
> compacted vegetative free soil. Put that surface on a slope, add rain and
> you have erosion, far more erosion than will be cause by horses. >>
>  That's pretty funny. A trail that I helped to build several years ago, in
>Sanborn County Park( Santa Clara Co, CA) is still thriving. This is an area
>that gets 40-60 inches of rain per year.
>   The switchback on the trail looks exactly the same as the day we built
>And It's been through 2 fairly heavy rain years( more than 100% of normal).
>   Because that trail was properly built, it will last for years, even
>decades before any work needs to be done on the trail itself. Now, it will
>need to have brush cleared eventually, especially the poison oak, but
>an easy job for a crew of 2 or 3..
>   I've built and maintained enough trails to at least have some inkling of
>what I'm talking about. But the ability to travel on rough trails will help
>greatly in the Sierra, and even more so in the Apps, from what I hear..

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