Heads up yall! I ran into our Flag trail saboteur on Ginger yesterday while riding with two friends. He was hiking up as we were coming down and we all stopped without any issue. Since I have been keeping an eye out trying to figure out who I started a friendly conversation with the guy. I politely asked how his hike was and even though I had a feeling this was him I decided to use a non confrontational approach to get my point across. I told him my name and involvment with FGR/FBO and the local FS and that we needed help finding out who was placing the logs, rocks, and booby traps on the trails. I informed him that several people have been hurt from the debris and that if "he" were to run into "this" person that he should let them know that what they were doing was illegal and that we as bikers have just the same right to be there using the established social trail as he did as a hiker. I finished my speach up with that it was obvious that the person placing the debris on the trails was doing it intentionally on the trail to hurt mountain bikers and this could result in prison time for that person.
During our conversation I could see him becoming nervous and as he held onto his shitzu with his right arm his left hand brushed up against his shirt exposing and showing his pocket knife to us, his body language was really starting to give him away. He then came back with saying that he was concerned for us because of all of the blow down on the trail. He said just below the next drop there were logs. I told him that this was very interesting since we actually rode the trail yesterday and yes there was a blowdown there we were able to roll the huge log off to the side of the trail, we removed all of the other debris and there hadn't been any wind in the last 24 hours. He then continued to nervously babble on about blowdown. It seemed curious though that if he was concerned then why didn't he remove it?
At this point I felt like he understood that I knew it was him and I told him what I needed to say without accusing him or threatning him so I said enjoy your hike and we left. Sure enough just 75 feet down the trail where he told us there was blowdown was a large log placed directly across the trail under a blind drop/roll feature right where we moved the big blow down the day before. It could have really hurt someone.
We just moved the log and discussed that he was our guy, I know he heard us talking about this since he was only a hundred or so feet uphill from us. We moved on and as we rode down the rest of the trail there were many sticks, logs, and sharp rocks placed into the trail. I decided I wasn't going to let this guy go without getting some kind of ID so I waited at the bottom of the Lookout Road to see him drive by and get his license plate # and vehicle make. I made this very obvious that I was doing this when he did drive by.
Around 50 years old
Other- shaven head, had a shitzu dog with him
Vehicle- Mercedes GL 550 4-Matic white (suv like car?)
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