I learned that trails should have a maximum slope of 15 percent. That means for 100 feet of trail, the rise or descent should not be more than 15 feet. I think we all can agree this is not the case for many of our local trails, raising the need for constant trail work. So I thank you in advance for all your help keeping the trails sustainable.\
I also learned that if we want new trails, we need to join forces with other user groups like runners, hikers and equestrians. If we can all get behind building something new, we will have a better chance of achieving it.
I like the idea of adding trails to the old dump site best, and the idea of having camping at Irvine Lake. If we can win the support of high school running and cycling teams, I believe officials will be more likely to listen.
On the U.S. National Forest and California State Parks levels, SHARE is looking to join forces with other advocacy groups to form a statewide trails collation. With IMBA operating at the national level, by the time the rules get to California we just change them. It’s time to join forces and let Sacramento know we need more trails.
We also learned some great trail work techniques at the Trails and Greenways Conference. Water bars are a thing of the past; we will be building knicks, swells and dips from now on.
My other goal for SHARE is to become a better communicator in the mountain bike community, using email to push information out and keeping the website up to date with upcoming activities.
In an effort to help others get involved with us, I recommend that we create an email for each SHARE park Trail Boss. We could use generic park names that forward to each Trail Boss or Info@sharemtb.com. Example: Santiagoaoks@SHAREMTB.com would forward to me. This would go inline with adding park rangers’ emails to the website.
Trail Boss, Santiago Oaks Regional Park
SHARE Mountain Bike Club
At the SHARE Poker Ride you will enjoy the fantastic Santiago Oaks Regional Park trails, make new friends, sip tasty beverages, and win prizes on Saturday May 18th at 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Remember, all SHARE members get the $10 lunch and beverages for FREE! Join now
Pedal Industries has donated a SHARE logo’ed race-day bag for the raffle, buy one HERE as well!
House and Senate Passed the Public Lands Package
We did it! YOU did it! The House has passed the public lands package by a margin of 363-62, following the Senate’s vote of 92-8 and will now be sent on to the POTUS for a final signature of approval.
This win is an important victory for mountain bikers and everyone who loves getting outside. While much of the bill does not directly impact Orange County’s mountain bike trails, the bill has great protections and enhanced opportunities for mountain bike trails in areas throughout the US and creates more than 1.3 million acres of new wilderness in the western US and California.. Bottom line, the bill funds programs directly and indirectly supporting mountain biking. This historic package includes permanent re-authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support recreation, including mountain bike projects across the country, and the Every Kid Outdoors Act to get all fourth graders outside. Your SHARE membership helped make it happen by reaching out to your lawmakers time and again over the past several months. Thanks for getting the public lands package across the finish line.
More about the public lands package and how to contact your representatives is here
Trail Work Day
A fantastic group consisting of Shimano Bicycle Corporation employees, California State Park Employees, and SHARE volunteer trail bosses assembled on Friday and completed trail maintenance in Crystal Cove State Park on the lower BFI Trail and the entrance trail from the ranger station. Significant rain over the last month has damaged several trails throughout the park. The group successfully repaired trail surfaces and added trail drain dips to divert any addition water off the trails.
Special thanks to Megan at Shimano Bicycle Corporation for bringing an energetic and dedicated team of volunteers. Thanks to Lana, Winter, Hunter and Dylan from the California State Park Service for coordinating and working this event. Thanks to Jon, Keith, Steve, and Brad from SHARE Mountain Bike Club for leading the trail work activities.
Respect the Trails You Love to Ride | Don’t Ride Trail Closed Due to Rain
Some trails in Orange County are closed due to the rain and muddy conditions. Please join SHARE in being respectful of park closures after rains.
Current Closure Information
http://www.ocparks.com/parks Trail status is posted on the home page of each park.
http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org Trail status is on home page.
Save Our Trails
The State Park Service and Orange County Parks are carefully evaluating trails during rainy conditions. Any use too soon on wet trails can cause long-lasting damage. Rule of thumb is trails are closed three to four days after significant rain. These closures help keep trails and visitors safe. Once trails re-open, visitors can further help avoid damage by steering clear of remaining muddy spots. In addition, SHARE will be having trail work days to maintain the trails.
Please help SHARE and the trails we love to ride by respecting all closures.
A Huge “Thank You” to everyone who showed up for our latest Trail Work day in Crystal Cove. With enough volunteers, we were able to split into three groups to work on “No Name Ridge”, “Fenceline” & “Missing Link” and “Ticketron”. With the recent rain we had primo conditions for trail maintenance including safety issues which included rut filling, sight line issues which were fixed with brushing along with other trail enhancements. Thanks again and keep an eye out for more upcoming trail work days!
SHARE Mountain Bike Club of Orange County had 40 volunteers on Sunday December 2nd maintaining trails at Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Huge shout out to Non Dot Adventures, OC Parks, Shimano, Warriors Society, NICA, Foothill Ranch High School mtb team, and all the other volunteers. This was a special day for us with perfect trail work conditions and maintaining over 1.5 miles of trail in SORP.
Thanks so much to every volunteer today, we greatly appreciate you! Special thanks to Jon and Missy for organizing this great event.
Temporary trail closures – Whiting Ranch
Two trails will be worked on and closed over the next couple of weeks in Whiting Ranch.
The trails are Sleepy Hollow and Sage Scrub.
Adam Martinez (Park Ranger) said that they will be working on 1 trail at a time (i.e., either Sage Scrub or Sleepy Hollow) so that people who ride/hike down Cactus are able to exit the park using the other trail that is not being worked on. There will be signs and staff at the entrance to the trail they are working on that day to prevent people from using that trail.
I pretty sure they are going to start on Monday and continue working the next two weeks. The plan is they are going to work on the trails Mon-Friday which means the closure of those two trails during the week. Both trails will be open up Saturday and Sunday, but I expect they will be rough and loose . Expect a couple of very small reroutes that will help out with water removal.
Since only 1 trail is being worked on at a time, it should not be that big of an impact to trail users.
See this link for information: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/whiting