3rd Annual Grouse Ridge Work and Ride
Mark your calendar, clear your schedule, cash in some PTO, it's time for BONC's 3rd annual Grouse Ridge Trail work weekend and campout.
First, a little background......
Grouse Ridge Non Motorized Recreation Area is part of the Tahoe National Forest and is our closest access point to the back-country. The area is covered with lakes, trails, giant slabs of granite, sweeping vistas.......essentially it's a backcountry mountain biker's dream. When I first came to town, I was taken there to bike and was enamored. Later, I assumed a leadership role with BONC and had a sit down meeting with the Forest Service. They were specifically asking for help to maintain this little slice of heaven. Thus, last year, BONC had finished up the first Grouse Project, which was re-routing the Lindsay Lake Trail. It was a weekend of trail work, followed by a few days of backcountry biking. Due to the success of last year's event and the ongoing need to maintain the trail system, BONC will be hosting our 3rd event.
Now, the nuts and bolts.....
When- Sept 12th-16th 2014
Where - BONC has the USFS Lindsay Lake Campground off on Bowman Lake Road reserved for that weekend. There is no camping fee for volunteers.
Goal - to dig the re-route of Crooked Lakes Trail which was flagged earlier this summer.
Essentially, this is geared as an all-inclusive, family friendly weekend of trail work and camping. Everyone is invited!!! The vibe is very laid back. People can come and simply hang out at a really nice group campground, or can work themselves crazy with pulaskis and mcleods. The campground is 40 miles from Nevada City and people can come and go as needed. We understand that our BONC members are busy, so the event easily allows folks to give as much or little time as they have.
Friday the 12th we will take over the USFS's Lindsay Lake Campground around 4 pm. It will be pretty laid back. We will have a night ride as well as a large campfire.
Saturday the 13th will be our big work day. This is the one day where people actually need to be there on time and be organized. We will have a breakfast briefing at 8:30 and will mobilize as a group to leave the Lindsay Lake Campground at 9 am sharp. We will caravan into the back country via 4x4's and hope to be at the work site at 9:30 am. Again, YOU HAVE TO BE AT LINDSAY LAKE CAMPGROUND AT 9 AM! IF YOU MISS THE CARAVAN YOU WILL MISS THE TRAIL WORK DAY. WE CROSS PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH LOCKED GATES. IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE CARAVAN YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVERSE THE GATES except by bike or on foot out to the Crooked Lakes Trail.
We will work all day then return to the group camp in late afternoon. If you want to work but need to leave early on Saturday we can provide you with an escort back across the locked gates.
Sunday the 14th will be camper's choice......last year most folks wanted to go back up and keep working in the backcountry, while other elected to go on a group ride.
Monday and Tuesday will be ride days. I strongly encourage people to take a few days off work if possible and bask in the first days of fall. Cool nights, sunny days, oak leaves turning yellow, granite trails......need I say more???
Food was semi-communal last year and it worked well. We all brought enough food for ourselves and cooked in a group, sharing food. YBONC will provide donated lunches on Saturday.
Saturday night will be a potluck so bring an entree/dish to share. Also, Jet's famous cobbler will make another appearance. Yum!
Please REGISTER for free at the upper right of this page so we can get the count for lunches for Saturday. If you don't register you might not get a lunch!
Bring your own food, water and beverages for camping and/or workdays. TOOLS WILL BE PROVIDED.
From HWY 20, take Bowman Lake Rd about 15 miles, you will go pass Grouse Ridge Rd and past Carr/Feeley Rd.
When Bowman Lake Rd turns to dirt, that's your clue that the Lindsay Lake Rd junction will be the next right. After 3/4 mile on Lindsay Lake Rd, you should take the bend to the right and head up canyon. After another 3/4 mile-ish, stay straight on the road and keep heading up canyon. all the way to the campground.
See ya there,
Jon Pritchett, President BONC
- Lindsay Lake Campground
- Tahoe National Forest
- latitude: 39.412487
- longitude: -120.644428