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    How to mark the trail on slick rock

    Dear friends

    I have a 1 km section of my newly built mountain bike network in Northern Iceland that is passing over slick rock. There are no trees and no soil to stick a pin into. Just sweet slick rock (like moab?). I canīt figure out how to mark the general trail line. I consider cairns or painted rocks to line the trail, but small rocks and cairns seems to getting pushed around by snow and ice during winter time (from november till may). Any suggestions? How is it done in Moab?

    Thanks for your help!

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    I've seen people use paint on rock.

    It can be pretty irritating, though, depending on which color and how much you use.

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    A lot of hiking trails in my area use paint markings on exposed rock when the trail gets above tree line.

    I would suggest doing something similar.

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    Glue down some road reflectors so you can midnight ride!
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    You can make cairns of piled rock inside a iron mesh cage...I've seen them last a long time that way.

    Paint is good too...easy to do...but some purist don't like the way it looks.
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    Fried Eggs

    One traditional method of marking rock is to use dots of paint. If different trails need to be differentiated, a smaller dot of a different color is placed in the middle of the larger dot. These dots within dots are called fried eggs. The trick is to use colors that are distinct enough to be see from just past the previous dot but not so bright as to be seen from several dots away. Medium blues/greens are common colors for the background dots and muted reds/oranges/yellows for the center dots.

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    Moab uses paint. It looks like the painted dashes on a highway.
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    An example of Moab's slickrock trail marking (paint dashes)...

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    'Nuther vote fur carins over paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by sick4surf
    You can make cairns of piled rock inside a iron mesh cage...I've seen them last a long time that way.

    Paint is good too...easy to do...but some purist don't like the way it looks.

    Arguments for Carins:

    Not permanent.

    Natural in appearance, not like riding down a highway.

    Easier to sight in on from afar, allowing for sparse placement so as not to take away from the natural beauty

    Promotes freedom of manuver upon the slick rock.

    A harumph for the caged carin and another for reflectors.

    That pretty much covers it.

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    Take an aerosol paint can with you next time you go and be done with it.

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    trail marking

    I am not too thrilled by the idea of using paint. It really sticks out like a sore toe. We lined the trail with rocks, and it looks okay. I just doubt it lasts the winter

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    In DuPont State Forest in NC we have some slick rock and the trail is marked with cairns. Our winters are mild but the cairns work fine. There is one spot where 2 trails meet on the rock that has a wooden sign. The sign has a wood base that is held down with rocks. It's at the top of some hard climbs and a super popular spot where people take pictures in front of the sign. Most tourists who ride DSF have a picture of themselves in front of this sign.

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