Why are rock faces being decommissioned? Makes no sense. I understand closing down eroded lines, mitigating environmental disasters,etc but taking out rock faces seems silly. Building a ride-around trail makes sense but shutting down natural, non-eroding features is silly.
I've been firmly in the new-school trail building camp all along because I recognize the positive impact of rejuvenating the long eroded Shore trails and bring them up to a safe and enjoyable level for more riders. I also get that built features pose serious liability issues. Features that are part of the natural terrain, rock faces predominately, should be kept whenever possible.
If Dales isn't the right trail to lead into Forever After, then a new line that matches FA, and somehow leads from the Mushroom lot area should be built.
Finally, the environmental concerns cited because of the mature Fir tree sounds fishy. Meanwhile, the Old Buck climb is getting widened and leveled (which I appreciate). I don't see Metro worrying too much about the trees around there.
At the end of the day, I think shutting down the face on Dales will prove to be difficult. Lots of riders in the background, and I don't mean me, are going to ride it and keep it open.