Trail ready for riders

Range Riders ATC Club of Nashwauk announce completion of a significant water control project on their grant-in-aid trail, the Alborn/Pengilly RR Trail. This motorized recreational trail is shared by ATV's and snowmobiles, and stretches about 40 miles northwest to southeast from Pengilly to Alborn, following the old Duluth Missabe and Iron Range railroad grade. For many years, including those while red ore trains passed from the central Range to Duluth, the grade was troubled by water damage where it passed through the Sax-Zim Bog west of Meadowlands. In recent years, beaver activity has submerged part of the grade periodically. In 2018, Range Riders undertook a grade raise and drainage project using an area contractor, funded in part by DNR grant-in-aid, Itasca County Trails Task Force, and grants from the motorized recreation Industry. Three large highway grade culverts with beaver guards were installed in the trail right-of-way, and the low areas previously eroded by flowing water were brought back to grade using railroad ballast rock. This fix will permit overflow of the trail should the culverts become frozen or plugged, while resisting traffic displacement and the effects of flowing water. ATV riders are urged to enjoy the trail from April 1 to October 31, and are asked stay on the trail and ride responsibly.

Range Riders ATC Club of Nashwauk announce completion of a significant water control project on their grant-in-aid trail, the Alborn/Pengilly RR Trail. This motorized recreational trail is shared by ATV’s and snowmobiles, and stretches about 40 miles northwest to southeast from Pengilly to Alborn, following the old Duluth Missabe and Iron Range railroad grade. For many years, including those while red ore trains passed from the central Range to Duluth, the grade was troubled by water damage where it passed through the Sax-Zim Bog west of Meadowlands. In recent years, beaver activity has submerged part of the grade periodically. In 2018, Range Riders undertook a grade raise and drainage project using an area contractor, funded in part by DNR grant-in-aid, Itasca County Trails Task Force, and grants from the motorized recreation Industry. Three large highway grade culverts with beaver guards were installed in the trail right-of-way, and the low areas previously eroded by flowing water were brought back to grade using railroad ballast rock. This fix will permit overflow of the trail should the culverts become frozen or plugged, while resisting traffic displacement and the effects of flowing water. ATV riders are urged to enjoy the trail from April 1 to October 31, and are asked stay on the trail and ride responsibly.

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