Trail Stewardship Summit!!!!

I don’t have all the details as this is being put together as I write this but here’s what we know- We are working with the USFS(Groveland Ranger District, Stanislaus National Forest) and IMBA to have a USFS/IMBA/Groveland Trail Heads- Trail Stewardship Summit! October 17th- 18th, advance trail building school/class, where we’ll do some learning then apply the knowledge working on a section of our 500+ acre project- the mountain bike destination trail system :) There will be a HUGE party! And the bonus of it all is there will be a Sawyer Certification(Chainsaw cert). I’m not sure how long this takes but it will begin Oct.19th as far as I know at this point.

I just wanted to start getting the word out and will keep you all updated as we finalize everything. There will be a huge announcement from IMBA too!

A little catching up to do…

Monday, June 22nd was a great day with a great group of people :)

Seth Connolly from Tuolumne River Trust had a group of volunteers from a Church in Palo Alto that needed a project to do so a plan was devised impromptu. Good timing because trail flagging is difficult to do especially when you are by yourself or with a couple of people.

There were 20 of us!!! And after some quick tutorials on how to use smartphones for the tracking of our trail routes(gps) and adding place marks we headed out to our project area. When everyone arrived we broke up into 4 groups with each group going out to a different trail. Once we arrived at the first trail I demonstrated how to “flag” trail lines. Tying colored flagging tape as high as possible to branches or whatever else that is available. Made sure everyone understood what we were doing and why then set the groups off on their adventures ;)

It was hot so we decided not to spend too much time out there as it is also a long hike, steep in a few sections to get to the trails and back to the vehicles. This is not easy work and I really appreciate having this kind of help from some super awesome volunteers. Groveland Trail Heads are in the process of developing a partnership with Tuolumne River Trust and Seth. Last note, the church group from Palo Alto(sorry I forgot the name) is involved in disaster recovery with World Renew. They truly help others at a time when people have lost everything.

Getting stuff done Groveland Trail Heads style!

We now have 3 trail projects within our community! The Trail Plan and MOU(Memorandum of Understanding) BananaSeat worked on and completed on her own between us(Groveland Trail Heads) and the Pine Mountain Lake Association was approved by the PMLA Board of Directors! A plan for hiking, running and bicycling trails in unit 16, behind the campgrounds off Ferretti Rd in Groveland/ Pine Mountain Lake :) We’ll start with one trail at time…

Add this to our 500 acre Mountain Bike Destination project which we have already started the preliminary flagging of the trails and the Science Camp Trail, work in progress, at Camp Tuolumne Trails. It’s an amazing feeling to be part of all of this and it’s an amazing group getting this done!

Update on our Big Project…

We are finally starting the preliminary flagging of the mountain bike only trail system IMBA’s Trail Solutions designed! This is the stuff DangerBoy really enjoys as there is so much to see and appreciate in our beautiful forest. Bananaseat, Little Ring, Dilbert, Dilbert’s friend Ben and Cocomo(Big Ring’s, Bananaseat’s and Little Ring’s dog)have been out there too. Sorry we don’t have any pics yet and we’ll get some as soon as we have more help. Hands are full of GPS devices and flagging tape!

Once the preliminary flagging is done we’ll work with a Botanist to review our trail lines and make sure we aren’t anywhere near sensitive plant species. The Botanist will then send a report to the Forest Service’s Botanist to approve the report. The Forest Service’s Botanist is tied up with the Rim Fire Reforestation project and that is completely understandable this is why we’ll(GTH)will provide a qualified Botanist. We’re all hoping that we’ll be breaking ground in the Spring of 2016. Cross your fingers…

Update on Camp Tuolumne Trails- Science Camp Trail

After the Rim Fire I contacted Camp Tuolumne Trails to see if there was anything the Groveland Trail Heads could do to help with the aftermath. After talking with Jerry Baker(owner) we went out to an area that got hit pretty bad from the fire. I know I’ve mentioned all of this before but the fire opened up a seasonal creek that was completely overgrown before the fire.

The plan is to build a trail that goes along the creek and crosses at an incredible rock formation. This will be a trail for the science camps they have as well as a really scenic trail for walking and exploring. Now the awesome news… I finally broke ground and built some actual trail today! I’m so stoked and I’m so sore. Here are some pics of the cool rocky part of the creek and of the trail work, enjoy!

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More Trails!!!!

Working on an initial vision and MOU for building multi-use (bike/hike/run) trails in Pine Mountain Lake for approval by the BOD.
How many of you Grovelanders would like hiking/running/biking trails in Unit 16 (behind the campgrounds)?
These trails would be accessible to all ability levels with nice flow and low to medium grade and just a tiny bit wider than true ‘singletrack’.
The existing roads in the Unit 16 ‘hiking’ area are prohibitively steep so we’re working to add mileage, increase accessibility, and move recreation away from vehicle roads.

Groveland- Mountain Bike Destination; Our presentation to the community, Feb. 21 2015

The event was well-attended by local part and full-timers, over 100 people! And the response was positive. Board members presenting: Dwight Follien(DangerBoy), Ariel Galos(Bananaseat), Ryan Byrnes(KickStand), Justin Nash(Heartbreaker), and Kevin Galos(Big Ring). The presentation ran 45 minutes and covered the vision of the non-profit in terms of trail projects and economic development for Groveland and surrounding area. We presented economic statistics that painted a picture of the potential benefits of trail tourism based on case studies of similar rural communities that invested in trail development.  We also addressed the subject of sustainability as a necessary component of trail development and spoke about how partnering with the USFS, Groveland Ranger District and completing the mandatory NEPA process would address any potential conflicts with soil and/or sensitive plant and animal species.

On display at the event we had a draft map of the proposed project area which includes over 20 miles of single-track mountain bike trails with a beginner skills section and the addition of a multi-use loop.

The event included the screening of the documentary, Pedal Driven-a film documenting the development of sustainable mountain bike trails in several areas of the nation.

Thanks to all who attended! And thanks to all the people who helped with set up and clean up, you know who you are ;)

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Exchequer Mountain Bike Park Trail Work Weekend: January 24-25, 2015

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What a great weekend at Lake McClure! The Groveland Trail Heads first “affiliate” the Exchequer Riders Club have an incredible project going on. Here is a quote from Josh Malcolm, fellow TROGS(Trail Riders Of Greater Stanislaus)member and an experienced trail builder- “There are plans on making this accessible for beginners, paracyclists, HS racing and already has some reasonably advanced trails with potential for some nastiness. There are plans for bike repair stations in multiple locations. Want to build a super tight techy trail? Cool. Want to build a trail your mom or daughter could ride? cool. Want to build a teeter totter followed by a bridge and a 30 ft gap jump? cool. Want to build a DH rock decent that may make your friends crap their pants? Cool. Want to build and xc or enduro race course? cool.” Could not have said it better myself…

Keep an eye open for future trail build days and go ride the mountain bike only trails that are already ready to ride.

Here are some pictures from the Trail Work Weekend: Jan.24th- 25th, 2015. There were 20 people on Saturday and 6 people Sunday. In two days we cut 3/4 of a mile of trail!!!

Groveland- A Mountain Bike Destination

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Meet the Groveland Trail Heads and learn how this group of cyclists is working to improve the year- round economic potential of Groveland and surrounding communities by creating a World Class Mountain Bike Destination for ALL skill levels to enjoy. We have a lot of support and incredible partnerships to make this happen. We’ll talk about the potential for community benefits and growth, youth involvement, community volunteerism, Forest Stewardship, sustainable trail building, jobs and increases in off season business. Please join us February 21st from 3pm- 5pm at Camp Tuolumne Trails. Our presentation will be followed by a Q & A then a screening of the documentary film Pedal Driven! We’ll have snacks and drinks… this event is free :)