I posted in the generic pump track plan thread not too long ago about a pump track/BMX track concept for a project I'm working on. Just to catch any new people up:
I'm the primary builder. I have a lot of XC MTB trail building experience, and when it comes to building MTB trail, I can pretty much build whatever. This is the first pump track/jump track I've built.
This project is fully supported by the city, to the extent that I have access to equipment (mini ex, probably a bobcat if I ask for it), they will bring in dirt, rock, or sort out how to get wood if I need it, etc.
It should be pretty easy to have a hydrant put in on the property.
The other group working with this project is the COGS cycling club, mostly MTBers, a couple of old BMXers, some roadies, and a bunch of guys that just like to have fun on 2 wheels. I know my limitations and will be consulting and working with the freeriders and BMXers in the group to dial things in.
What I'm looking for is this:
You'll note from the picture(s) further down, the property is wooded. I will only be clearing PATHS through the woods for the track or tracks. I'm looking for people with some experience who can recommend good paths to clear to allow for creative runs, cross overs, best use of topography, etc. I understand the jumps themselves will take some (a lot?) fine tuning, but I don't want to just bulldoze the woods to leave options open for creative lines. I'd like to clear as little as possible.
My goal is tracks everyone can ride, without dumbing anything down too much (meaning everything should be rollable - I saw a few REALLY good examples of this in the other thread) that will require minimal maintaining or additional materials once built - I know the jumps will always need work, I'm thinking here particularly about wood structures that might be vandalized, or just rot eventually.
About the pictures: One is clean, with nothing drawn on it to give people a chance to draw on something without having to worry about the lines I've put on my picture to try to get points across about location and topography.
The other picture has two "zones" on it. One zone is outlined in RED. This is where the actual BMX track was proposed on the project plans. The area is about 300x300 ft. The GREEN box is "extra space" that I've been given a tentative "ok" for a second track. The parks director is so behind this project, it's amazing.... The black lines are topo lines. They aren't exact, but they're designed to give you some idea what's there. The green section is smooth and roughly half bowl shaped, the red section is more half pipe like (although it does fall west to east) with a gully on the top (west) side that opens up and flattens out on the east side.
The two zones are split by a road that will be part of the entrance to the parking area, which will be on the hill in the open area at the north end of the two zones. The exit will loop out over (north of) the green zone, and connect back to a road. Everything North of the two zones (~90 acres) is dedicated to MTB trails.
I've been super impressed by what I've seen from the users on this forum so far, and look forward to seeing what y'all put out there on this. I'll answer any questions you might have as best I can, and apologize in advance for anything obvious I've left out - I know there's something. There always is.
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