Trail expansion underway in La Ronge

By Derek Cornet
June 4, 2018 - 5:00pm

The further development of a trail system in La Ronge is this year’s goal for the Boreal Outdoor Recreation Association.

With permission from Town Council, Executive Member Mike Maggrah said the group plans to build a new trail spanning one kilometer in the same vicinity as existing trails. Some of the work won’t be done in 2018, however, as members want to spend time fixing what’s already there and doing preliminary ground work.

“We have to go in with a few trail specific tools and remove the top layers before getting it ready to bring in fill,” Maggrah said. “We’ve been doing trail work once per week with volunteers from the community.”

The benefit of bringing in fill to build the trails is to ensure the paths have solid surfaces. In rainy and wet conditions, Maggrah noted some trails become muddy and covered in ruts. He said a properly built surface should eliminate those issues, so they can be used for hiking and biking in all weather conditions. In the winter, the trails are used for hiking, snow shoeing and fat biking.

This year’s plan for the club also includes the creation and placement of signs along the trail system, as well as a kiosk with maps in the Quarry Park. The group is still gathering funds for the enhancement, but signs should be installed this summer.

“That’s one of the big barriers keeping people from exploring trails by themselves is just not know which trail to take, or which one is an easier or harder trail,” Maggrah said.

 

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