Finely crushed rock (crusher fines) is a useful alternative to paving trails that accommodates most trail activities.
Crusher fines is a finely-crushed stone mix that is often the byproduct of gravel operations. Crushed stone trails provide a user-friendly, all-season surface for all types and ages of visitors, including strollers, wheelchairs, and road bikes. If built properly crushed stone trails can meet the specification for a "firm and stable" surface as defined in current federal guidelines for accessible trails.
Crushed stone trails provide a user-friendly, all-season surface for all types and ages of visitors, including strollers, wheelchairs, and road bikes.
A crusher fine trail combines the rustic feeling of a natural surface trail with a surface type that's durable (but not concrete or asphalt). The natural gravel-like surface feels more like a trail than a hard surfaced path and fits in well with primitive settings.
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Water running down the slope gathers on the crusher fines trail because of insufficient cross slope of the trail.
Here the edging keeps water from draining so obstacles in the form of drainage bars were placed to try to keep the crushed rock from eroding.
The fabric used under the crusher fines is exposed because of insufficient depth of material; Big Dry Creek Nature Trail, Westminster, CO
The plank edging is supposed to keep the crusher fines in place; Big Dry Creek Nature Trail, Westminster, CO.
The landscape fabric is exposed in this Philadelphia park due to runoff: the trail runs straight down the slope.
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