Check out the Flickr photos here It's Sunday and I just got back from a beautiful weekend in Downieville. 27 folks showed up for the trail day, including 6 youth, to knock out 1000 feet of new trail. The North Yuba has seen a lot of work on it in the last few years and we're really close to finishing this 7 mile section of trail, which when complete will link a new 15 mile trail straight out of town that will be open almost all year round. This is a big deal and we're so close. But how close are we really? I've had ideas of how close we were but had never ridden the whole thing to see for myself how much was really left to do until today. Tod (1D), Todd (DoubleD, Toe-Clip Todd), and I rode it today to see for ourselves . We spent a little less than 30 minutes hike a biking a half mile of unfinished trail til we hooked up with the finished half on the other side. Once we got to the other side, we were greeted with sweet flowing single track (minus a couple down trees and debris) that descended 3 miles into Goodyears Bar. The hike a bike was way easier than I thought, but still hard enough to be questionable for the Epic. The new trail looked so sweet that Todd came up with an idea to finish it that I quickly jumped on board with. The two of us are donating some last minute funds to pay a crew for a week of work to punch the trail through. Read More »
Who is Palatar? Unless you were one of the chosen few to hear the memorable and remarkable campfire story by Max, you'll have to wait until the next Epic... or go camp out with the Quincy boys at the Smith Lake base camp. Epic Recap: Trails were ridden, bikes were carried, paths were hiked, meat was grilled, new friends were made, laughs exploded, and rumor has it that somebody threw up... although I didn't see it nor was there any photo documentation, so we can only speculate at this point. To view pictures of the event, click here(if you have any pics from the event, upload them on Flickr and send them to the SBTS Group Pool por favor). The Trail Daze event on Sunday was a huge success, producing about 2,000 feet of completed trail, making that re-rout about 75% finished. This is great news since we're approaching the fall where snow fall will halt production in the high country in the next couple months. We had a total of 52 volunteers who contributed over 400 hours to this trail. Thank you to all who came out. Read More »
Did you know that if you turn off all the lights and type by the light of your laptop that your screen will attract flies, beetles, and all forms of insects? It's true... and is happening right now... and since it's the mountains, the bugs are seriously gigantic. Trail Update: The Smith Lake trail is done and our crew has moved on to the next project which is the creation of multiple switch backs coming off the back side of Elwell. The old(current) trail there is steep, unsustainable, and turns into a river when wet, so these switch backs will be a nice improvement once completed. We've finished brushing on the new section and 3 of the switch backs have been constructed. Our crew will continue work on this section until the snow falls and we'll be working here the Sunday of the Epic weekend with as many volunteers as we can muster. On the team note, Carroll has temporarily left us to go off to school for the fall(we miss you Carroll!). However, Cosmo, the SBTS Spiritual Leader has stepped up to take a larger role to fill Carroll's place. In addition to giving sage guidance, Cosmo practices his spirituality by levitating boulders into place. I joined Cosmo, Little Brad, and Max this week for 4 days of trail work and a proper camp out. Reality check: trail work is a lot harder when you do it more than one day. I would like to give a personal salute to our guys for doing such a great job day in and day out, because it isn't easy. You guys are strong and awesome. I would also like to give a shout out to the Gray Eagle lodge for their continued support throughout the summer. Read More »
Email received from Willie this morning: The new trail, Smith / Jamison Connector, aka Cheez It, will be opened today. We will do the last of the blasting and open the entrance up to the Smith Lake Trail. It is incredible and is receiving rave reviews by visitors and the Forest Service.
Beer Pine anyone? It's the new game invented by our summer trail crew while occupying themselves late into the night at the Smith Lake Base Camp. "It's like beer pong, but with lodge pole pine cones," said Carroll as he ate his lunch of sandwich and Cheez-Its, covered in sweat and dirt, sitting next to his trail crew cohorts. Carroll leads our summer trail crew which consists of himself, Max and Little Brad. On occasion they are joined by Cosmo, Tyler, Evan, Greg, Ron, Brett, myself, and many others who either make the trek to volunteer with them for the day or simply pick up a Pulaski after a chance encounter on the trail. The boys are out there five days a week working on the rocky re-rout on Smith Lake which is replacing the old degraded trail. The work they've done is incredible and the views from the ridge are fantastic. Smith Lake can be seen on one side while the entire Mohawk valley can be seen on the other. I've biked up to the work site several times to get the scoop on how the trail is going, deliver cookies, and get any good tid bits on the exciting night-life at basecamp. Spirits are high at Camp Quincy and all is going well there other than the occasional visit from a local bear, which the guys have named Bronco. The skinny on the trail is as follows. Trail is 100% brushed and about 60% complete overall. What does that mean? Well, you can walk the whole thing now, but only about 60% is really ready for prime time. Read More »
Bikes Belong Awards $5,000 to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship for the North Yuba Trail Boulder Colorado—May 5, 2008 Bikes Belong Coalition is pleased to award a $5,000 grant to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship in Downieville, CA. This grant will help the group complete the final four miles of the North Yuba Trail—referred to as the Golden Spoke—which will connect to 14 miles of mountain bike trails. This non-motorized trail will enable cross-country mountain bikers to ride to the renowned Downieville trails from town instead of drive. “We love to support trail projects that help mountain bikers ‘ride to recreation’ rather than drive to a trailhead,” said Elizabeth Train, Grants & Research Director at Bikes Belong. “This project is a great example of the important work Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is doing for mountain bikers in Downieville.” Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has established itself as a strong partner with the National Forest Service and promotes stewardship and community support for trails through their Trail Adoption program. They’ve also garnered state funding for this project. Bikes Belong Coalition is the U.S. bicycle industry organization dedicated to putting more people on bicycles more often. Bikes Belong lobbies to increase federal bike funding, awards grants to support innovative bike projects, promotes bicycling and its benefits, and backs crucial national efforts such as Safe Routes to School, Bicycle Friendly Communities, and the National Bike Summit. The affiliated Bikes Belong Foundation focuses on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children’s bike programs. Read More »
This was the second scheduled Trail Daze on Gray Eagle Creek trail. Most of the twenty eight folks that showed up had attended the first work day on May 15. Most everyone knew the hard work they were in for ahead of time. Judy Schaber, from the Plumas Forest had a load of gravel, lumber and rebar delivered to the trail head, so we were ready to continue turnpiking the 250' section of damaged trail bed. The crew worked efficiently, breaking off into groups of four and five. Group detail included: culvert digging, rock excavation, rock crushing, peeler pole installation, pole drilling, rebar pounding, felt paper lining, rock placement, gravel shoveler, and gravel hauler. Lucky for us we had three motorized wheel-barrels on hand, one of which was Jim Jacobsen's personal machine. This was an incredible effort on everyone's part. Thank you, and we hope people can enjoy riding this trail for generations to come. In all, 300 hours of volunteer trail work went into operation "Turnpike". We thank all the volunteers for their support and hard work. Also, a special thanks to Sac Brew for providing the refreshments and to Downieville Grocery for supplying all the sandwich materials. Click here for more photos.