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Caliente Trail Planning and Design

Caliente Trail Planning and Design

Caliente, Nevada
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Photo courtesy of: Leslie Kehmeier

After five years of planning, partnerships, and many, many meetings to build the next big mountain bike destination; trail building around Caliente in Lincoln County, Nevada began this summer and several projects are well under way. With 43 miles of singletrack and park riding designed by IMBA Trail Solutions so far, dozens more miles in the works, and a community of land agencies and locals behind the effort, Caliente will be on your bucket list in no time.

There is significant progress to report in 2017, and many plans in the works for 2018. Here are the highlights:

Just under two miles of flow trail has been built on city land at Super Park, a couple of blocks of Main Street. These trails were designed by IMBA Trail Solutions and are being built by FlowRide and Pathfinder Trail Building.

The bike park is currently under construction at Super Park, and is scheduled to be finished by mid-December 2017.

Around five miles of singletrack is complete in Barnes Canyon on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, with a total of seven miles scheduled be completed there by mid-December 2017. Designs for a trailhead parking area are currently being finalized.

Trail work will continue in Barnes Canyon next year, and there should be 14 miles of singletrack completed in Barnes Canyon by late 2018.

Plans are in the works for another 20 to 25 miles of trails at Ella Mountain, a backcountry area south of Caliente at around 7,000’ of elevation. The BLM will finalize this trail corridor during Winter/Spring of 2018.

Kershaw Ryan State Park has secured funding for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the trails there, and plan to break ground in 2018. This park is located in a side-canyon within pedaling distance of Main Street and will undoubtedly be a popular camping spot and trailhead for riders coming to the area.

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About the project lead
Image Joey Klein

Joey is IMBA's longest-tenured employee and its ambassador to the world, having planned and built trails and taught trailbuilding across the U.S. and around the globe. He was instrumental in jumpstarting IMBA’s Trail Solutions program in 2002 after a three-year stint with the Subaru-IMBA Trail…

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