Getting the path a little less hazardous…

The trail I most commonly use to and from the Lair has two steep bits that happen to pass through ground with lots and lots of pebbles. As I go back and forth I work those pebbles loose, which makes things slippery going downhill. So now and then I go out and hoe the path down to bare dirt.

Takes a little while, but I do have gravity on my side.


On the upper steep part I rake the rocks down to where a little wannabe-gully crosses the path, and use them to shore up the downstream side of the path.


And on the lower steep part I rake them over to the powershed. They make better footing there than mud under the dripline.

In a month or two the pebbles will be back, but till then I’ll be able to go downhill with less fear of falling. I often think of somehow building steps into the slopes but I really don’t know how to do that.

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3 Responses to Getting the path a little less hazardous…

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think this is the first post I ever read on this blog where you talk about hoe’in around.

  2. Mike says:

    I’m not sure that building steps into this path is a real option, considering the resources needed. Normally, you would use something like lengths of 4×4 pressure treated wood as a form to hold the dirt steps in place. But, with the termites you have in your area, the wood wouldn’t last long.

    I think the easier way would be if one of your neighbors had an ATV with a harrow that you could drag the path with.

  3. Ben says:

    You could imbed some cinder blocks to make steps, (preferably the solid variety so that you don’t make snake holes) but the re-grading might involve some backbreaking work.

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