- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department spokesman says city officials don’t know who is putting piles of rocks and small boulders on mountain preserve trails - activity that some mountain bikers say may be intended to keep them from using trails.

“You come off the ledge and you can’t see and there’s a pile of rocks there, unnatural like that, it’s going to hurt you,” said mountain biker Sean Gilbert.

Department spokesman Gregg Bach said Tuesday there haven’t been any reports of injuries from rocks being placed on trails but that the department is looking into the situation.

“We are aware that some of this debris has been put out on the trail,” Bach said. “There’s legitimate concern there with that.”

Bach said patrolling rangers remove items found to be blocking a trail.

Mountain biker Eric Shunk said he’s seen big rocks placed around blind corners in the bottom of trails’ crossing of washes and that a friend crashed after hitting a pile.

Fellow mountain biker Andrew James said he saw a man piling rocks on a trail. The man claimed to be an authorized park volunteer and that he was blocking off an unauthorized trail, James said.

“I watched him do it for about 10, 15 seconds and I just got so angry that I rode down and confronted him about it,” James said.

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