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National Public Lands Day projects help Fraser Valley bike trails

Keith Sanders
Mountain Biking With Keith
Keith Sanders
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Mark your calendars: The annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is coming up on Sept. 26! This is one of the key trail work days of the year, and there are some exciting projects that will directly benefit the mountain bike community. (There are other projects as well.)

NPLD has been in existence for many years. Over the past few years the focus of the projects has shifted here in the Winter Park/Grand County area. This is a good thing as projects that have high value and priority for users are being addressed, which results in accomplishments that may not have happened without NPLD. A great example is last year a bridge was installed on the South Fork Loop in Idlewild. This bridge will help protect critical fish habitat while allowing users to cross the creek during spring runoff or when high water makes the crossing dangerous. This bridge most likely would not have been constructed without the efforts of NPLD.

There are two projects that will greatly enhance the mountain bike experience. The first is a new connector trail that will connect the new reroute and trail addition of Leap Frog to Blue Sky. This will allow users to have a more seamless connection from the trails in the Leap Frog area to Blue Sky. Creating a trail such as this is a great example of how the Master Trails Plan has already influenced on-the-ground changes for the better. Look for more trail changes similar to this in the future that will allow better trail connections, which will help in finding trails and eliminating quite a bit of riding on roads thus improving the overall experience.

The second project is a new bridge on the South Fork Loop. This bridge will allow users to ride over a wetland and protect the area. On the upside is you can avoid a traditional muddy section of trail that oftentimes is very difficult to use. This is another great example of identifying projects that have high value not only to the user but protect the environment, reducing the impact we have as users.

“This is another great example of identifying projects that have high value not only to the user but protect the environment, reducing the impact we have as users.”

Completing both of these projects will take a substantial effort. It would be great to see a strong showing of locals and mountain bikers to help on these projects. If you can take some time to assist, completion of these projects is possible in just one day. Building trail or bridge is typically not difficult but does take time and effort.

To volunteer you can find more information at: https://headwaterstrails.org/projects/national-public-lands-day-is-saturday-september-26th/ call HTA at 970-726-1013, or email mmichel@co.grand.co.us

A few details: September 26th, 7:00 am. Meet at the Inn at Silvercreek in Granby. You will get lunch, dinner and some live music at the end!

Group ride

Beavers Sports Shop next the Best Western Hotel does a group ride Friday at 6 p.m. This ride is for the intermediate and above rider. We will explore the local trail system as a group. For more info call the shop at 726-5988.

Looking for a ladies only ride? Meet up with some of the local gals every Wednesday. For more info check out their Facebook page Grand County Womens’ Bikers. https://www.facebook.com/GCWomensMtnBikers?fref=nf&pnref=story

Looking for more information or want to get involved as a mountain biker. Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com. Great site by the Winter Park Chamber!

Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, 3x US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach him at keith@winterparkskirental.com .


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