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    Frost Heave

    Does your area benefit from frost heave? In Sedona our off trail landscape benefits each winter due to Mother Nature's great healer known as frost heave. Before winter time the Sedona landscape experiences off trail foot prints, hoof prints and bike tire prints. Fortunately for the Sedona landscape the freezing and thawing that goes on each winter brings the landscape back to a pristine condition.

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    Growing up in northern Canada it made for some big bumps on the roads. There was one huge frost heave that came back every year; we'd go to the back of the school bus for it, that big flexy overhang (behind the wheels of the bus) would launch us out of our seats!

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    the frost heave is very nice but we really need to give it up for erosion and it's fantastic forces that have created the awe inspiring landscape that surrounds the town of Sedona.

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    Sounds good to me. Erosion like frost heave are positive forces in Sedona. Some people are horrified when they see human off trail activity, so far in Sedona those concerns are over blown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switchblade2 View Post
    Sounds good to me. Erosion like frost heave are positive forces in Sedona. Some people are horrified when they see human off trail activity, so far in Sedona those concerns are over blown.
    It's not always a good thing and can turn the trails into mush. But bikers mainly stay on trails. Not sure what the point of your thread is?

    Now here's some human off-trail activity to get worked up about. Those pesky hikers vandalizing arch sites.

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    The point is that perceived damage of the Sedona landscape is healed during wet periods where there is a freezing/thawing cycle each day. This process is going on right now, so it seemed appropriate to bring it to mountain bikers attention. Many Sedona citizens have no understanding of this amazing annual process and the local newspaper feels no need to bring it the public attention.

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    Make sure the wildlife gets the memo about staying on the trail, too! You'll have a while to sit inside and write that, since it's fvcking freeing out! Hohehohoho.....
    Nice KOM, sorry about your penis.

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    Me thinks your bored today and should be out on the trails making sure folks don't get lost in the Dry Creek area.

    Does the amazing freeze-thaw process anneal cryptogamic soil or biological crusts that get trampled by all those off-trail Sedona citizens out on dog walks?

    It's certainly the bane of civil engineers and road stability but you're right it's an important part of ecosystem productivity and nutrient recycling. Still makes for mushy trails.

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    The cryptogamic soil issue in Sedona is somewhat a mystery. As you remember we had open grazing in Sedona for over 50(?) years. The cows trampled the whole landscape during all those years. Now we have flourishing cryptogamic soil in those grazing areas.

    As far as mushy Sedona trails go when that condition occurs we have several options to keep riding during rainy periods. Carroll Canyon trails are bullet proof and wash rides don't have any clay to muck up the drive trains.

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    Rode mezcal, canyon of fools, anaconda,etc that area rediculous right now. No freeze thaw to be found. Got Snowed on a little. Rad day

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    I drank too much Frost in high school and heaved all night long.

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