March Southwest IMBA News
Trail Planning and Design in Nevada Could Lead to 150+ Miles of Trails
Our work continues in Caliente, NV, when I recently met with the various partners (BLM, City, State Parks, County Commission) and discussed the conceptual trail plan as developed by IMBA Trail Specialist Joey Klein. The conceptual plan proposes about 150 miles of purpose-built trail, including shuttle trails, traditional cross-county singletrack and pumptracks closer to town.
At our recent meeting, the partners were very impressed with the report and now wish to have 40 miles of trail designed in detail, which we can then move through the permitting process. The BLM has generously committed funds to this next stage, with other partners committed to sourcing funds over the coming months. We expect to move into this detailed design phase in summer 2014.
+ The project was recently covered in Bike Magazine, too.
Similarly, we are working with partners in Beatty, NV, including the BLM and STORM-OV, and have recently fielded an IMBA Trail Specialist there to develop another conceptual plan. We expect to have that plan within the next month or so, and will regroup with those partners to move the project along to the next stage.
Bike Park Project Moving Forward with Mayoral Support in Tucson, AZ
Our chapter in southern Arizona, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB), continues to work steadily on its bike park project at a site near Davis Monthan Air Force Base on the southeast side of Tucson.
The recent work includes meeting with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild to discuss the project with the him and several staff expressing their support of the project. SDMB will continue to work with the leadership in several key city and county departments to ensure solid buy-in and permission to implement the project.
The next step with this project is to secure funding to bring in bike park designers from IMBA Trail Solutions to develop the report and plans that are necessary to move forward. We hope to complete this next step within the next six months.
Advocacy and Trail Development in New Mexico
I recently had a series of meetings all around New Mexico, including meeting with chapters, community groups, and land managers in Santa Fe, Alamogordo, Truth or Consequences, and Las Cruces. I will be back in Santa Fe later this month meeting with the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society regarding the Grand Unified Trails System (GUTS) project, its IMBA Ride Center application and a pending Wilderness proposal.
Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival (UT)
Will you be in the southwestern corner of Utah at the end of March? If so, check out the Fourth Annual Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival presented by Over the Edge Sports in Hurricane, UT, March 28-30. This will be a great opportunity to ride iconic trails such as Gooseberry Mesa and Little Creek, check out new bikes, hang out with a bunch of great people and also learn more about the local IMBA chapter, Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association. Come to the IMBA booth at the festival for information and a free beer koozie!
IMBA is also working on a trail design project with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) nearby in Cedar City, UT, which will include a public meeting on Monday, March 31. Read about the project here.
Help Expand Mountain Bike Trail on the Rim of the Grand Canyon
Just down the road from Hurricane (well just down the road in southwestern U.S. terms…) is the Rainbow Rim Trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. IMBA will be working there with the U.S. Forest Service Kaibab Ranger District on extending the trail from Timp Point, May 24-25.
+ More details are available here.
This will be a great opportunity to give back a little trail love and check out this amazing trail, which is literally along the edge of the canyon. Along with trail work, folks will be riding, camping and hanging out, and if it’s anything like our previous volunteer session there, it’s sure to be a great time!
Come along for a weekend in a remote location, and bring your camping and trail-work gear, food and water, and your bike and riding gear too. We’ll update the Facebook page with more details in the coming weeks.
50-Mile Prescott Circle Trail Nearing Completion
We are tantalizingly close to having all of the permits in place to begin construction on a new, 7-mile section of the Prescott Circle Trail in Prescott, AZ. There are only 10 miles to go to complete the 50-mile singletrack loop around the city. This section will be funded by a Recreational Trails Program grant and is being completed in partnership with the City of Prescott and our local chapter, the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA).
If you are in Prescott for the Whiskey 50, April 25-27, and are looking for more information about the Prescott Circle Trail or other area trails, then go to the PMBA booth, which will be set up on Whiskey Row.
IMBA Presenting at California Trails and Greenways Conference
I will be at a couple of other events in April, including the California Trails and Greenways Conference in Palm Springs, April 8-10, where I will be presenting a workshop on incorporating diverse user group experiences into a trail network.
This is an important conference for IMBA to be present at, as it is historically an event with a large hiking and equestrian presence. Mountain bike advocacy is a newer addition to the conference.
IMBA is also currently lobbying the California State Parks Department to change their “closed to bikes unless signed as open” policy. This event is a great opportunity to present on contemporary trail planning, accounting for mountain bike access, and to liaise with many of the key players in the California outdoor recreation community.
Say Hi to IMBA at the Sea Otter Classic
IMBA will be at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA, April 10-13, an event at which we sign up literally hundreds of members for chapters throughout California and all around the country. Join or renew your IMBA membership on site and be entered to win a Specialized women's Rumor Comp or a men's Camber Comp 29er. You'll also get the event membership special: CST tires, an IMBA calendar, IMBA socks, a copy of Dirt Rag and a chance to win a bike vacation from Trek Travel. Just $30 can buy you a lifetime of epic trails and a voice for mountain biking. The winner will be presented by Specialized pro rider Rebecca Rusch on Saturday at the Clif Bar IMBA Party.