Trail Flow is a roundup of all the mountain bike trail related news of the week including new trail builds, advocacy, and planning. Do you have trail news? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion.
New trail under construction in Morganton, NC
A 4.5-mile mountain trail is being built at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, NC. The Foothills Conservancy has raised about $120,000 toward their $200,000 goal, and hopes to complete the trail this September. Black Diamond trail designs is assisting with the project. Click here to learn more and to help support the new trail build.
Tree removal around Idlewild in Colorado to prevent wildfires
The USFS Araphaho and Roosevelt Forest division is working with a contractor to cut and remove lodgepole pine trees in order to minimize the risk of future forest fires around the popular Idlewild Trail System near Winter Park, Colorado. According to the Forest Service, “The project will cause some impacts to roads and trails over the upcoming week. Depending on the contractor’s timing, temporary trail closures are expected on Homestead #109, Ditch Trail #104, Crosstrails #107, and Meadow #111” over the next week or so.
Millions more in funding for West Virginia trails
The federal Economic Development Authority approved an application from West Virginia’s natural resource department for $2.8 million to build 35 miles of new trails at Cacapon State Park. The trails are in addition to the existing 17 miles of mountain bike trail currently at Cacapon. This funding comes in addition to funds announced back in March, and an IMBA Accelerator grant awarded in 2020.
Pipe Dream DH trail opens in Eugene, OR
Eugene Mountain Bike Stewards and Disciples of Dirt worked with the Eugene Parks & Open Space department to open Pipe Dream, a 0.6 mile intermediate trail located in Amazon Headwaters Park. The blue-rated trail is downhill only, and is closed to pedestrians.
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) getting campus dirt trails
The University of Arkansas is getting in on residents’ favorite pastime, mountain biking, with trails planned and under construction to link the campus with nearby trail systems including Centennial Park and Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Sounds like a good way to avoid the Freshman 15.
Santa Cruz is helping Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship raise trail funds
Five bucks a foot. That’s about what it takes to build a new trail, and Santa Cruz is helping the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) raise funds by raffling off a styled-out Megatower. Not only that, Santa Cruz will match funds raised up to $75,000. For ever foot of trail sponsored, contributors will receive one entry in the drawing.
The SBTS says, “The money raised in this year’s 5 Bucks a Foot campaign will help many more exciting projects on the horizon, including a new singletrack connection from Taylorsville up to the existing Mount Hough trail that’s breaking ground this summer. The 19-mile Beckwourth Peak trail in Portola is being built currently, thanks to funding support from previous 5 Bucks a Foot campaigns.”
Brown’s Ravine trail in Folsom Lake State Park now open to bikers
Brown’s Ravine trail in California, previously open to hikers and equestrians only, is now open to bikes too, following 20 years of lobbying by area riders. The 11-mile trail segment runs along the shore of Lake Folsom. Hikers and equestrians cited safety concerns in their decades-long opposition.
Truckee Trails Foundation building new 6.7-mile trail
Volunteers with the Truckee Trails Foundation (TTF) are building a new 6.7-mile trail called the Waddle Ranch trail. Learn more about the project and find out how you can get involved on the TTF website.
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