Total Proposed Mileage: 12-15
In Progress: 0% Built
X-C, Flow, DH
Lat: 37.841285 | Long: -120.128825
The Ferretti Non- Motorized Trail System is a Mountain Bike Destination Trail System and our pilot project in partnership with the USFS, Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District. It’s located off Ferretti Road in Groveland on 500+ acres within the Groveland Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest. This project is currently undergoing environmental studies though we have a conceptual trails plan as well as a map(see map)of the proposed trail system. There are already multi-use trails and Forest Service dirt roads in use now that will be added to the trail system.
After development is complete these trails will benefit the Groveland community, local youth, local businesses and surrounding communities as well as our County’s surrounding businesses . We’ll host events, races and group rides and this trail system will also be FREE! This will provide year round riding opportunities to the hundreds of thousands of cycling enthusiasts that live less than an hour to 4 hours away.
All of the new trails in the system will be designated by ability level. There will be trails for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. All new trails will be ‘MTB only’ while all existing roads and trails will remain ‘Multi Use’.
SHORT TERM GOALS
USFS NEPA & FUNDING
Complete the environmental process and plan for funding. Once the NEPA(National Environmental Policy Act) is completed and California Department of Fish and Wildlife study is complete we get the trails built! Then we will be able to host events, races and have a fun and safe place for our youth, community members, mountain bikers of all abilities, families who bike together and visitors on their way to Yosemite to have some fun on bikes in a National Forest!
WORKING WITH TRAIL CONTRACTORS
The majority of this Mountain Bike Destination trail system will be built by experienced, professional trail builders and built specifically for mountain bikes, according to the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s(IMBA) trail sustainability standards. We will also utilize youth groups, organized volunteer groups, and county programs to aid in the construction of these trails.
LONG TERM GOALS
One of our biggest areas of focus is the creation of a safe place for youth and families to recreate, train for cycling events and have cycling events. This project will be an ideal venue for certified youth who are pursuing training in trail construction, construction leadership, and volunteer leadership.
We collaborate with local land managers, local volunteers, user groups, and trail professionals to design and build sustainable trails in order to minimize ecological impacts. Sustainability, forest stewardship and collaboration are our focus and finding ways to involve youths and community members in our projects ensures that there is local investment in our projects which increases the success and longevity of the trails we build. Promoting stewardship of our local public lands also strengthens our connection to our natural surroundings for the health of our forest.