How To Groom An ATV Trail
ATV trail riding is a very popular activity especially up in the mountains. There are many trails dedicated just for ATVs. These trails however need to be groomed regularly or they can become a hazard to the riders. Whether you are creating your own trail or grooming one that already exists, you will need to know the proper way to do it.
If you want to make your own trail there are a few things to remember. First, make sure you have all the rights needed in order to make a trail. Once you’ve cleared your trail make sure and test drive it with proper ATV shocks.
ATV trails are meant to be bumpy and fun. That is why the ATV shocks are made so well. Keep the ATV shocks in mind as you are creating a trail. You want to allow enough bumps to provide a good ride, but you also don’t want it to cause injury. Level out any areas that may be too difficult for an ATV to handle.
When grooming an already existent trail, you will want to use caution. There may be riders on the trail not expecting you. Use precautions by setting up signs and tape if necessary. You want the other riders to know that the trail is under construction.
Most of the trail grooming will be cutting down overgrown plants and branches. The best time to groom an ATV trail is during the spring time as that is when most of the growth takes place. You will probably need a chain saw to cut away the really tough parts.
As you’re grooming, keep in mind the width of an ATV. You may want to bring one up with you to be sure you’re keeping a good width. You want your allow extra room on both sides of the ATV to provide a little wiggle room.
Another problem you may want to take action on is the bugs up around the trails. Most of the time, you should let nature take its course but there are times when you will want to spray down the trail. Usually this will be needed when there are large infestations near the ATV trails.
Grooming an ATV trail or building your own will take a lot of work. Make sure you have the proper equipment with you to make things go quicker and easier. The work you put into grooming will provide invaluable memories to the riders who follow.