Another update to the Seymour network includes the recently completed reroute on Dale’s Connector to improve trail connections with Upper Dale’s on Seymour.
Upper Dale’s with its machine built berms is a classic flow trail. While many love the fast smooth corners, others prefer their trails rough and rocky. Crave more of Upper Dale’s and want a climb back to the top? Or perhaps berms aren’t your jam and you want to ride straight to Dale’s? The bi-directional Dale’s Connector has always been an option to either climb up for another lap of flow or skip the berms and head directly for the tech of Dale’s. An old logging skid road, it’s wide, steep, and a muddy mess in the rain. Most might say it’s not much fun. The new reroute offers a gentler grade of twisty single track that makes the climb less punishing. As a descent, more corners means more fun. Built to modern best practices in sustainable trail building, the new line won’t turn to mud in the rains. Many thanks to TAP sponsors Comor Sports and NSRide and the NSMBA Arc’teryx Trail Academy and Race Face Shore Corps for their hard work building this new connection.
How do you ride Dale’s Connector?
Building the Reroute
The new upper entrance. The original line (right) is closed and renaturalized.
In addition to it’s steep grade, the original line lacked water management and became a muddy mess during the winter rains.
The first step: clearing debris from the line.
Removing organic soil to create the trail bed.
Laying foundation rocks for a retaining wall.
How many more barrows of rock?
The hard working crew from the Trail Academy Rock Work practical.
Building the lower entrance with NSRide.
The lower entrance. The original line (left) was closed and renaturalized.
Looking down the trail while under construction. More corners, more fun.
At the top of the reroute.
Many thanks to this hard working crew from NSRide!