If you’ve been out to the Santa Clara River Reserve recently, then you know that it did not fair the TrueGrit epic well and is in dire need of a little love. We plan on spending a couple of hours raking out the loose rocks and eliminating the braiding that has occurred.
- Meet at the Cove Wash Trailhead (where Barrel Roll starts) at 9 AM.
- If you have a rake, bring it.
- Plan on being out there for about 2-3 hours.
- Water and light refreshments will be provided.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DMBTA Board Meeting Feb 2016
Objective: Plan next month’s building activities
1. Wire Mesa – Kevin
a. Arch survey still waiting – weather has impeded
b. Should be done any day now
c. Crew scheduled for March 16th
d. About ten miles
e. BLM to flag corridor
f. Bill and Kevin to flag actual alignment
g. Mostly fast singletrack with a few rocky sections in between
2. Kanab – Christina
a. Trail Care Crew Visit – Club Care Presentation
b. How to manage club
c. Trail workshop – 55 people, 5 over cap
d. ACE Crew showed up with tools
e. Built 800-900 feet
f. Intermediate trail, access from city park
g. Trail day every Saturday until can’t build any more
h. Club member donating $1000 to buy tools specifically for Kanab
3. Webb Hill – Lukas
a. 2-3 morning days
b. Trail days
c. Kenny to organize Saturday
4. Race Course – Kenny
a. NICA Course
b. Working on replacing green valley race course
c. A lot of support, Santa Clara, Washington County and BLM working to find solution for this year.
d. Possible reroute of dirt road from Gates Lane
e. A lot of work to make it work, but support is there
f. Jump start that area, SC city looking to build a park at base of the reserve.
g. About 5 miles, 500 feet of climbing
5. Fix trails that are falling out of use
a. Connection Scouting trail for Purgatory/Babylon
b. Categorical exclusions
Objective: Assign trail maintenance coordinator and plan next three month’s activities
a. Possible folks
b. Divide area into regions and have multiple coordinators
a. East and west washington county, Kanab and Cedar
b. Needs paint
c. Trees trimmed
2. Little Creek
3. JEM Area
4. Cedar City
a. Grand View
c. Navajo Lake
Objective: Lay ground work for social activities for next 6 months
a. 2 Rides
b. Gooseberry Trail Day w/ Camp out and ride on Sunday
a. Trail day ever Saturday
b. Looking for Social Coordinator
4. DMBTA Tent at Hurricane MTB Festival
Objective: Quick report on state of chapter
1. Overall Goals and progress
a. Funds raised ? – Goal is $10,000 raised in 2015
b. Membership growth – 68 current members. Year end goal 350
2015 was a big year for Kane County and Kanab for taking steps towards developing mountain bike trails in the area. In May-June Joey Klein from IMBA’s Trail Solutions spent time in Kane county scouting the area for existing trails and for potential new trail sites. From that visit a 50 page trail concept plan was created and delivered to Kane County Commissioner Dirk Clayson and the Kanab BLM field office in November. Also in November the Kanab City Council voted in favor of developing two small areas of land near the city park for youth and family-friendly mountain progression zones; which may include a pump track and a flow trail. Joey Klein returned to Kanab in December and flagged approximately 17 miles of trail on both city and BLM land. The Kanab bicycle committee met and voted unanimously to create a formal bike club now called the Kanab Cycling Club (KCC).
2016 is looking very exciting for the area. The club’s first event will be to host a IMBA Trail Care Crew visit from January 28th-30th where they will be giving a presentation on club care and a workshop on trail building. This event is open to anyone interested in learning how to build trails. Check the DMBTA and KCC Facebook pages for information. Our goals for 2016 are to train and grow our group of trail building volunteers, grow our club membership, get the archeological clearances for the currently flagged trail and start building trail.
The image above is the development plan for the Green Valley Competitive Area or the Green Valley Race Course, as it is commonly referred to. This is a plan that was developed and approved years ago. We’ve known that we would be losing this section of land and some of the trails in the area at some point as it has been privately owned and waiting development. Unfortunately, that time has arrived.
The red patch work areas above are slated for home construction. The corridors in between will be open space. The developers plan calls for 30% open space as dictated by the city. There will be several roads. Most notable will be Plantations Drive which will run the length of the valley and become the main access for the area. The developers are hoping to begin excavation in February starting with the northern plots. The excavation will include the construction of a road to carry material being removed and deposit it in the southern area.
The most immediate effects of the development will be a disruption of the competitive use of the area. The developer has committed to working with race promoters for the first two races of the year that happen in March. True Grit and the Red Rock Rampage will be held as normal this year.
Races held later in the year will not be able to use the Green Valley Competitive Area due to the construction.
Immediate access for casual trail users could be effected but should be maintained throughout the process. The open space designated in the development plan is strategically placed to maintain trail access. The developers are touting the trail system as part of their sales pitch making it in their own best interest to maintain as many trails as possible while still selling plots for homes.
The DMBTA is actively working with the developers to ensure that access is maintained and to work with the BLM to realign any trails that are lost to maintain the integrity of the trail network. While their may be some short term loss of trail, we are confident that the overall trail experience will be improved. The development will limit motorized access and we have verbal commitment that the trails will be signed and have trailheads once construction is complete.
The biggest casualty is the loss of the bottom of the valley. The area has been used as a giant staging area for most of the races in the area and most notably for the NICA State Championships which have been the biggest mountain bike event in Utah. We are currently working with the BLM and Washington County to find a new location that can provide the staging and a race course to replace the Green Valley Competitive Area.
This is an ongoing process and we will keep you updated as things progress.