- Dwight Follien on Hello Groveland California!
Camp Tuolumne Trails- clearing out a cool creek bed exposed from the rim fire… Beauty from Destruction. Ironic…
When is ridung a dirt road more fun than riding singletrack? Answer: When dirt road is covered with snow and ice!
Didn’t intend to ignore our website but things got a little busy. We are now a Chapter of IMBA!!!! IMBA will be a lot of help in so many ways as we move forward with our membership and with the Forest Service on our trail network project. The restoration of the damaged areas of the Stanislaus National Forest is a priority obviously.
There’s a project I’m working on with Jerry Baker who owns Camp Tuolumne Trails and I’m pretty excited about it. The fire aftermath exposed an old creek bed on their property and I’m clearing it out as we will eventually put in some trails, wheelchair accessible, along the side of the creek. This is a volunteer project and it’s what the Groveland Trail Heads are all about…helping our community. I’ve been using two handy hand tools I bought from Yosemite Adventure Supplies here in Groveland, thanks Kristy!
Camp Tuolumne Trails is a very special place and getting to know Jerry and John, the grounds keeper, has been a pleasure. They are all about giving back. They have “camps” for handicapped/disabled kids as well as other events. Check out their FB page and/or google them. Jerry has said that bikes are allowed on his already established trails and dirt roads! Just be aware that they may have people who are renting the facility and on those days please don’t ride their trails. Week days are good and as winter comes weekends should be open to ride there. Some new trails, multi use- hiking and biking, will also be built. If anyone wants to help call me(Dwight), here’s my mobile # 831-239-5963.
I’m also going to start riding more regularly so please join me, see mobile # above or send me an email email@example.com… don’t care how slow you are because I’m the slowest on climbs, don’t care how fast you are because eventually you’ll need me to find your way out. Come ride because all the rides I do are full of fun and laughter. If your not smiling after the ride I didn’t do my job!
This is a first for me… didn’t even know there was a piece missing from the bash guard until after the ride and loading my bike in Mark’s van. I had a feeling I knew where this happened and sure enough the next day on the same ride I found the broken piece! Big downed tree vs. polycarbonate bash guard… Big downed tree wins. Dwight bash bash guard good!!!!
Our website has been getting some attention… we had a message from someone from Colorado who was asking about renting bikes in Groveland. Family trip to Yosemite I assumed. I replied to let him know that one of our local businesses, Grubs, has rental mtn bikes. They’re new but not high end though good enough for stuff around here. Bikes were rented and fun was had on the trails behind the Ranger Station. It was nice to see a “thank you” reply from our visitor from Colorado. He even spoke with Dusty at the Ranger Station about our project. I was told Dusty was quite enthusiastic Nice to see one of our goals starting to be met- generating income for our local Businesses!
We have completed and submitted our application to become a Chapter of IMBA… Through their process we will be officially a Chapter in September 2013! I want to say thanks again to my fellow Board members for the work in completing the application You all are awesome…
Update: June 2nd, 2013
I kind of “jumped the gun” when I received the news about the Forest Service and our project. I am sorry for that and I will always admit my mistakes. Though this is not a bad thing but there is a NEPA(National Environmental Policy Act) process to go through before we’ll know exactly how much land we’ll have. This is still a huge accomplishment to have the US Forest Service acknowledging “Mountain Bicycling Trails” and mountain bikers as a key user group so I reworded the paragraph below: Please contact me(Dwight) through our contact page if you have any questions.
That’s right folks! Providing the NEPA surveying goes through without a hitch, The Forest Service has approved an area of roughly 500 acres for designing and building an organized network of mountain bike only trails…woooooooohoooooooo! I started some initial flagging to locate boundaries and the area is so amazing… views, shade and good ground for sustainable trail building. This NEPA survey is crucial for our project to move forward and is a standard procedure for trail building. The area was once a plantation and that is a real good sign
Wanted to say a big thanks to the US Forest Service, Groveland Ranger District for making this happen on their end. Land is the most difficult thing to obtain in a project like this. Without land there are no trails. To have 500 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest is something I’ve only dreamed of.
The NEPA studies should be completed by Oct. 1, 2013 and we’re hoping to be breaking ground Spring 2014, good time to work with dirt! Stay tuned for Sustainable Trail Building educational events and fun
Any ride is a good ride,
Been riding my ‘cross bike out in the dirt and I’m liking it! Skinny, knobby tires and drop bars… I am surprised how comfortable I feel going down steep stuff. Don’t knock it until you try it!
If you go to the Groveland Ranger Station District Office location off of Hwy. 120 you will find some single track that is legal for bikes! It’s not a lot but it is fun to ride. If you haven’t been there it is worth checking out…