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Ever since the first trail was cut through the Erie Forest on the Sunset West property, I’ve hated the sharp right hand corner as you exit the trees. And I’m not the only one. Well, a few days ago we did something about it.

The "Erie forest" in all its glory

The “Erie forest” in all its glory

With a solid crew of seven volunteers, we started with our safety briefing then went started cutting up the trail.

Getting to work right away

Getting to work right away

This is the dreaded corner as work was beginning.

Starting in on it.

Roughing it in

Making sure the trail drains properly

Making sure the trail drains properly

After many rounds of cutting the corner, riding it, and adjusting the curve we ended up with a sweet berm.

The new berm holds riders on the trail. No speed checking!

The new berm holds riders on the trail. No speed checking!

As the berm was wrapping up, Jeff found a nice┬árock and came up with an idea to put it in the trail so he could “drop” it. I thought that was a great idea so we cut in a foundation and set the stone. This 4″ drop has a nice sloping exit and a ‘go-around’ if you’re not up for it. I’m calling it “Jeff’s Drop”.

Jeffs Drop

Jeff’s Drop

Then, of course, we had to try it out.

Standing a little too close for a photo.

Air time!

And here’s Junior Downhill racer Armen Davis ripping the new features that he helped build.

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