The life of wood features is not infinite and the time has run out for the top ladder bridge on Corkscrew. Both the stringers and supports show significant signs of rot: the wood is easily pierced by a knife and fungus is growing along the surface. The slats also show signs of wear and lift easily from the stringers, another indication of decay. The feature will be dismantled this summer in accordance with the trail work plan submitted to and approved by Metro Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver has given approval for a new structure to replace the ladder bridge. The new ladder bridge will be designed by NSMBA builder Pat Podolski and will conform to standards established by Metro Vancouver for technical trail features on black diamond trails. Our goal is to have construction complete by the end of August.


The log ride on Corkscrew will also be removed on July 14th. The braid next to the log will be decommissioned as well. Removal of the log was a decision by MVRD for the following reasons:

  • The log is nearing its lifespan and is beginning to show signs of advanced decay near the bottom
  • This section is heavily braided with 5 lines in only 25m of trail. It is MVRD’s priority to create two lines in this area to minimize erosion preventing environmental impacts.
  • The log ride has contributed to the development of a wide braid on the left side which will be closed and restored.

A solution for the riding area was made in collaboration with the NSMBA for the following lines to remain:

  • easier route to the right
  • the new ladder bridge
  • a bail out option for the new ladder bridge