Isn’t Nice of Them to build Steps here!

check dam

It was not designed and built to provide a step…It (or they) are primarily there to catch silt and back-fill the trail treadway.

Where Is It Used?

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How Is It Designed?

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Leaf Litter?

leaf litter

Yes, again. Always cover new treadway with dead leaves. Even though flowing rain water and silt will ultimately cover the newly exposed treadway, leaf litter helps catch and hold new silt, allowing the check dam to better do its job.