The old trail was underneath all this tree canopy and was a large dip into the creek (to the left) straight from this point to Daniel (in the orange).
The new alignment is higher up along the contour of the bank, instead of down in the creek.
The heavy clay soil formed up pretty well as we benched the new trail. Conditions were still a little wet, and the clay sticky, but the trail quickly took shape.
The new alignment keeps people out of the creek and helps slow riders down on the blind turns on each side of the reroute.
We then piled up bay tree branches along the edge of the trail (which we hacked off the bay that come down with the pine) to discourage people from venturing into the creek.