$5 to support building trail

Together, we raised a record $106,038!!!

We are pleased to announce this year’s 5 Bucks A Foot winner of the customized Santa Cruz Hightower is Mike McCabe from California.

Upon hearing the news, Mike shared the following, “Absolutely unbelievable and amazing! Many thanks to Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and all of the manufacturers who donated to make this spectacular bike! I am excited by the work of this amazing group of folks and particularly the Connected Communities program. These programs not only work to provide great recreational opportunities but also help these local communities thrive. As a novice mountain biker I’ve ridden and enjoyed the trails of Downieville and benefited directly from the work of Sierra Buttes. For me donating is the least I can do and winning the bike is just the icing on the cake!”

Thank you Mike for your donation and support! We look forward to seeing you soon in Downieville to pick-up your new bike and enjoy your stay at The Lure.

And a HUGE thank you to our #5bucksafoot sponsors who made this campaign possible: @santacruzbicycles @wildernesstrailbikes @shimanomtb @fox @paulcomponent @paulcomponent @whiteind @lureresort @bikeflights

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship’s 5 Bucks a Foot fundraiser is back with a customized, Santa Cruz Hightower up for grabs! Sure, there’s a bike shortage, and yes, it’s nearly impossible just to get some bike parts these days. Yet, we got lucky enough to assemble this bling’ed masterpiece: a one-of-a-kind Hightower (size Large) decked out with parts you can’t even get your hands on these days. And if you want to come pick it up in-person*, you can receive complimentary lodging at The Lure Resort in Downieville, CA for the weekend. Come out and ride the Downieville Downhill on your brand-new bike!

We are building a legacy trail – the 300+ mile Lost Sierra Route – through our Connected Communities Project. The building and maintenance of “A Trail for Everyone” will employ local residents and help our small businesses thrive. For every $5 you donate to 5 Bucks a Foot between Tuesday, June 8 to midnight Friday, July 9, 2021, you can directly contribute to this project and possibly win this sweet ride.

Bike recipient, Mike McCabe and his girls
Bike recipient, Mike McCabe and his girls
Santa Cruz Hightower parts

The Santa Cruz Hightower, built Downieville tough, dripping with the finest bits from the best manufacturers and Lost Sierra Route partners including Shimano, Fox Shox, WTB, White Industries and Paul Component Engineering. Click to view larger.

Santa Cruz Hightower parts

How $5 a Foot Helps Us Build Trail

While available grant funding for motorized trails is ample thanks to the California OHV program, funding for the planning and construction of new non-motorized trails is much harder to find. That’s where the 5 Bucks a Foot program comes in. Thanks in part to 5 Bucks a Foot funds, SBTS is working on and has completed numerous milestone projects, including:

  • Mills Peak Trail in Graeagle
  • The new Cal-Ida trail, a 20-mile singletrack connecting Halls Ranch to Chimney Rock trail
  • A new 1.5 mile connector trail between Haskell Peak and Chapman Creek trails
  • Planning for a new 20-mile singletrack around Beckwourth Peak in Portola
  • Construction for 38 miles of new, interconnected trails on Mount Hough in Quincy
  • Ongoing trails maintenance in the Lakes Basin, Quincy and Downieville
  • The reopening of North Yuba Trail from Goodyears Bar to Rocky Rest Campground

There are many partners involved in making the Connected Communities Project happen, including land management agencies like the Tahoe, Plumas and Lassen National Forests, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the Sierra County Land Trust and the Feather River Land Trust. Then there are industry partners like Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Santa Cruz, Shimano, Fox Shox, WTB, White Industries and Paul Component Engineering, who all pitch in to outfit one lucky 5 Bucks a Foot winner with a custom 2021 Santa Cruz Hightower CC (size Large). And good news for our international supporters: 5 Bucks a Foot is open to everyone around the world, with shipping provided courtesy of our friends at BikeFlights. Then there’s the most important element, you – those who donate – and contribute dollars to help fund grant matches, seeing these projects to completion.

Want to get your shot at a decked out custom Santa Cruz Hightower while helping fulfill the Connected Communities vision? Donate today and help play a critical role in creating Dirt Magic for all the public to enjoy.

The Customized Hightower Build Specs

Santa Cruz Hightower on First Divide
Ever been here before? This bike really, really likes this trail, a lot.

Santa Cruz Bicycles
HighTower Large Carbon CC Frame
Carbon 800mm Trailbar handlebar
Carbon 30 Reserve Rims

Shimano 12 speed XTR 9100 Group
XTR 11-51 Cassette
XTR Chain
XTR 4 Piston Brakes
XTR Rotors
XTR Shifter

Paul Component
Boxcar 50mm Stem
Dropper Trigger
Set n’ Forget Thruaxles

White Industries
White Industries Headset
White Industries Headset spacers
CLD+ Hubset
170mm M30 Cranks
M30 BB
30t TSR Ring

Other Bits
MRP XCG Bashgaurd
DT Swiss spokes, nipples and valve cores
Orange Seal Sealant

Fine Print

Please note that due to unprecedented supply and demand challenges, this year’s 5 Bucks a Foot fundraiser will feature a specific bike – one Santa Cruz Hightower (size Large) – as opposed to one’s choice of any Santa Cruz bike in any size. Given the historic demand for bikes, we’re just thankful that Santa Cruz and our other industry bike partners could come together to make a new, customized bike for 5 Bucks a Foot!

And good news for our international supporters: 5 Bucks a Foot is open to everyone around the world, with shipping provided courtesy of our friends at BikeFlights.

*If you pick up the Hightower, a weekend stay at the Lure Resort is also included. We will coordinate your stay with the lodging staff at The Lure to verify dates and availability. The winner must pay all of their other traveling expenses (except The Lure lodging) to get to and from and while staying in Downieville.

The Lure Resort Cabins in Downieville
The Lure Resort Cabins in Downieville
Santa Cruz Hightower in Taylorsville Market
This cash register at Young’s Market in Taylorsville is over 100 years old. This bike is 0 days old and tastier than fresh produce.

No purchase necessary to enter to win the Santa Cruz Hightower. To enter without purchase, mail a handwritten postcard to Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship at: 550 Crescent Street, Quincy, CA 95971.  Make sure to include (1) full name; (2) mailing address, including street address, city, state/district, and zip code (P.O. boxes not accepted); (3) telephone number; (4) email address; (5) date of birth.  All write-in entries must be postmarked by July 2nd, 2021 and received by July 9th, 2021. There is a limit of one (1) write-in entry per person.