Trail Inventory Finished
The inventory of the existing trails is finished. A map of the existing roads and trails is now available on line. You can down load this map from the trails page as a PDF document. Please download your copy, get out on the trails, and explore!
Thanks to Julie Stotler at the BLM for her help with the inventory and creating the maps. Additional thanks to Denise Smith and Shauna Tewksbury for assisting me with the GPS-ing.
Click here to go to the map!
Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Rides Begin
If you are interested in riding with a group for the last few weeks we have been meeting at Rich Durnan’s house (264 N. Laura St.), in Ridgway at 5:30 on Tuesday evenings to ride the trails.
Your Help is Critical for the Next Phase
We are ready to move into step 2 of the BLM Lands project outline. The next phase of this project is to design and layout a suggested multi-use trail system. We need to develop three trail plans illustrating proposed trails in three different densities (highly developed, our goal development, and minimally developed). This is the time to start thinking about singletrack!
How can you help? By getting out into the area, taking a look, and meeting with Rich to help him to draw in where you think it would be good to have new trails. Go to the trails page and download the two page PDF map document and see what is already there. Then think about what you would like to see developed.
Things to think about…
- Trail connectivity
- Difficulty of terrain, (gradient, trails on contours, challenges)
- Trail use (hiking, biking, trail running, horseback riding)
- Trail aesthetics
Please contact Rich and let him know your ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-4138
IMBA Interested in Project
This Winter Julie Stotler, the recreation planner for the BLM, included the Ridgway Trail Project in a list of possible projects for support in the area to the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). IMBA replied with the Ridgway Trails Project as one of the projects it is interested in supporting.
COTI Trail Crew Leader Training Offered in Montrose
Become a better trail steward by learning how to effectively lead volunteers in the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. The Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI) has developed a standardized curriculum for training trail crew leaders in Colorado. On June 10th & 11th this two day training is offered in Montrose. It will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails.
This training is very worthwhile. Attending this training and learning how to properly build trails would be a great help to our project.
For more information and to register contact: Jack Placchi
Or visit the V Outdoors web site.
Trail Work Days
We will be scheduling trail maintenance days in the near future to do maintenance and clean up some of the roads in the area making them more suitable for riding and hiking. Please take the COTI Trail Crew Leader training course so you will be a more effective volunteer to this project. Stay tuned for date announcements.
New Photo Gallery
Click here to see photos from the area.
A Call to Join COPMOBA
Please have a look at the COPMOBA web site and consider joining the organization. By increasing the membership we will strengthen the organization and therefore benefit our effort. COPMOBA is a group of mountain bikers dedicated to the development and maintenance of a regional mountain bike trail system on the Colorado Plateau. They build and maintain mountain bike trails, work to preserve single track, and promote responsible riding.