Christian Canary of the U.S. Forest Service, Thomas Jenkins of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, Synthia Waymack from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Ethan Jenkins the next generation of trail users! They are all standing at the new and improved switchback on the Wild Oak Trail
Another view of the rehabilitated Switchback. As you can see from pictures below, the switchback was previously unridable for trail users on bikes and experienced chronic shortcutting by trail users on foot.
Looking down the trail with the switchback in the distance. This rehabilitated section of trail was regraded and the precarious stone steps were removed. This area should no longer experience the erosion problems that it once had. This is a result of the large rock armored rolling grade dip that was placed above this section to prevent an especially active underground spring from bypassing an existing culvert, subsequently sending water down the trail bed.
Old Switchback experienced chronic shortcutting and was unridable for cyclists. The new switchback involved the construction of a large rock retaining wall to support a much larger platform for the turn.