It’s been quiet but that’s about to change… Ever since our mountain bike club started we have had a goal of making Groveland a Mountain Bike Destination. There are so many who will benefit from this endeavor… local businesses, the community as a whole and our youths. Becoming a Chapter of IMBA was one of the first steps. Now we have contracted IMBA’s world renown Trail Solutions to get this party started Here is Trail Solutions concept and the first phase of this project to make Groveland a true Mountain Bike Destination…
“Trail Solutions will explore and document the opportunities to develop a destination-quality trail system on the approximately 500 acre parcel identified near Groveland, CA. We are excited about this exceptional opportunity and the positive impact it will have both for residents of Groveland and for visitors to the Yosemite Valley region. Trail Solutions anticipates scheduling this work while the conditions are conducive to field work in Winter/Spring 2014.
Groveland California is the gateway to Yosemite Valley. Located approximately 120 miles east of the San Francisco Bay area and minutes from the west gate to Yosemite Valley National Park, tourism dominates the local economy. While the surroundings contain ideal terrain and landscapes to host natural surface trails, existing opportunities are scant; a network of old roads and a few user built trails form a modest trail system. Developing a destination trails concept plan for the Groveland will provide a strategy for creating new trails and other support infrastructure such as trailheads. Just as important, the planning process will serve to gain stakeholder buy-in from citizens and public land management agencies, resulting in a vision that has the necessary support to advance. Trail plans are also typically necessary to advance grant requests to fund the implementation phase. The plan will consider a wide range of mountain bicycling experiences in order to appeal to a broad user base. Family-friendly rides, classic singletrack, and flow trails; all centered on the identified area of interest near Groveland, will provide innovative riding opportunities to ensure the town’s relevance to current and future riders. The value of this process goes beyond the creation of new trails: the plan, if realized, will serve to stimulate the tourism economy of Groveland by encouraging riders to use the town as the hub for their single- and multi-day excursions. Hotels, restaurants, bike shops, and guide services will all benefit from the increased visitation. It is for these reasons that we propose the creation of a destination trails concept plan for the 500 acre parcel. Starting from scratch also provides the opportunity to create a more diverse trail system that features paths appealing to novice enthusiasts and the most skilled fit experienced trail users.”
Wow, this is exciting! But there is more…
We have also been discussing developing Biking/Hiking/Running trails in 3 areas totaling 736 acres with Pine Mountain Lake. The Pine Mountain Lake Association will be discussing their trails plan with IMBA’s Trail Solutions as well. We’re going to have an outdoor recreation mecca when this is all completed!
All of this has been a lot of work but the Groveland Trail Heads know how to roll up our sleeves and get it done We are working on proposal letters for fund raising and grant applications currently. We just completed and submitted an application for the “Bell Built Grant”, you’ll be hearing more about this. Any ideas or donations would be helpful at this point, also contact us if you have any questions. If you live here or are coming to visit let us know and we could show you some fun stuff to ride that is already here, guaranteed amazing views
All about mtn bike trails,
Dwight “DangerBoy” Follien
Groveland Trail Heads- Chairman