Postcards from the President

Postcards from the President

April 2011

April 4, 2011
Spring is starting at a sprint this year, with a hundred things happening at once.  Outside of my own personal to-do list, I keep bumping into trail work.  But that’s a good thing.


Monday night trail work events are up and running.  So far, we’ve been rained out on the first one, and the second was aimed at the finishing steps of the re-route of Troy-Built trail in the Kokopelli loop area.  That trail’s named for Troy Schnurr, by the way, of our local BLM office.  He spearheaded that trail project many years ago – thanks Troy.  The re-route pulls off of the route at the base of the climb up to the double track of Lions Loop..  Instead of climbing up that old and rutted double track, the route takes a mellower grade generally towards the river, contouring up the hillside to connect with the Lions route lower on its climb.  The new singletrack is a nice addition and gets the trail off of a line that was pretty poor from a drainage point of view, but it also presents a less challenging climb.  Improving the sustainability of any trail is a good thing, but I think it’s a fair to talk about trail changes that alter at least a portion of the ‘feel’ of a trail.  Before the work was even done, we’d received a bit of feedback saying ‘I hope you don’t take out that big climb, I’ve worked hard to be Quick read more or view full article able to clean that thing’ – my paraphrasing there.  There also has been much discussion in various forums about the general topic as it pertains to people making their own ‘improvements’ to trails.  The reason that I raise this possibly controversial topic is simply to encourage everyone to add their perspective to the process.  If you have thoughts about trails, how you like them, where they should go, and what they should be like – please get involved.  COPMOBA needs action and passion – not that we don’t have it, but we’re happy to have more!


Along the lines of other trail work – there is some new trail coming to the North Fruita Desert soon (18 Rd, for those who’ve ridden there for a long time).  After a few community meetings in Fruita where a number of new faces showed up to take part, we have a couple new routes in the planning phase, and things are looking good.  This is going to be a nice mix of classic 18 Rd feel, plus some new twists.  We’ll keep you posted as we get geared up for work days.


The Palisade Rim Trail is also moving ahead.  Work slated for this summer and Fall will implement many changes to the existing trail on the rim above and East of Palisade.  There will be a new route at the beginning of the climb (Sustainable!), some safety fencing, plus several brand new miles of trail.  The existing route is already great, but this new addition is going to be a favorite.


And south of the Grand Valley, keep your eye on the work going on in Ridgway near the state park.  The local group there, COPMOBA and associates, have been working long and hard to get this trails system in place.  It looks like the flower is about to blossom.


Enough trail rambling, let’s enjoy the season.  And remember this coming Sat to attend the M.O.G. Outdoor Fest (Manufacturers Outdoor Gear) and COPMOBA Bike Swap for great deals on bikes and gear in the early season.  This is a fundraiser for COPMOBA, and also just a great place to find the gear you need at a great price.  Drop by and take a look.


Get on your bike, enjoy a trail.


See you out there.


Scott
 
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