Volunteers from the Backcountry Horsemen and Pacific Crest Trail Association removed a large tree was that was causing problems for equestrian and recreation use along the Kern Flat Trail (33E20) or, more commonly known as, The Forks of the Kern Trail. Additionally 11 other small trees were removed during the two-day, one over night, venture into the Golden Trout Wilderness. Thank you volunteers for your help maintaining our wilderness trails!
Maintaining trails are important for natural resources and wilderness aesthetics. User created reroutes are not created with the idea of erosion in mind. Thus, if they are used regularly to go around a fallen tree or washed out area, they can channel water down and back on the system trail causing further damage. Depending on how many reroutes there are could slow a users pace down, add additional distance for arriving at ones destination, and can take away from the wilderness aesthetics.
If you would like to volunteer and make a difference, check out one of the volunteer groups on the right side of the website. I am sure they would be happy to have your help. Your work would benefit others for years to come.