Over the weekend of 6/25/2021, the Silverton Singletrack Society completed a multi-day trail building school where we learned stonework and basic trail-building concepts. The school, hosted by IMBA Trail Solutions and Joey Klein (world renowned for building mtb trails!) involved classroom time and field work to practice concepts. The class was especially useful and we’re hugely appreciative of all instructors and participants.
Thank you Coffee Bear for providing the great coffee to start each day, and Town of Silverton for letting us use Town Hall. And last but certainly not least, thanks to the Bureau of Land Management for the grant that helped make it possible!
Armed with this info, we will tackle trail maintenance and building projects in the near future. Stay tuned for future announcements for volunteer opportunities!
Today we got word that the Bureau of Land Management finished their Travel Management Plan and our Baker’s Park Trail System is in the mix! We hope to break ground in spring of 2021 and look forward to creating some sweet singletrack for you to ride! BLM press release here. Nitty gritty details here.
Join us to work on the Boulder Gulch trail on Saturday, July 18th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you MUST RSVP by 5 pm Thursday July 16th to participate. Masks will be required, and we will be taking your temperature with a touch less thermometer. If you have any COVID related symptoms (fever, cough, chills, loss of sense of smell, etc.), please stay home. We’ll meet at Pedal The Peaks, 906 Greene Street, at 9 am. Tools will be provided. Bring work gloves, hiking boots, lunch (we will be taking a lunch break on the trail), water, layers of clothing (maybe rain gear?), hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a backpack. We will be walking up from Velocity Basin and down the Boulder Gulch trail. Cold refreshments and physically distanced pizza party to follow at Pedal the Peaks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and join the discussion on our new Facebook Group if you have questions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/silvertonsingletrack
Join us to work on the Boulder Gulch trail on Saturday, August 3rd. We’ll meet at Pedal The Peaks, 906 Greene Street, at 9 am. Tools will be provided. Bring work gloves, hiking boots, lunch (we will be taking a lunch break on the trail), water, layers of clothing (maybe rain gear?), hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a backpack. Cold refreshments and pizza party to follow at Pedal the Peaks. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Summer Meet Up At Eureka On Friday
Join us for a Summer Meet Up this Friday June 28th from 6 – 8 pm at Eureka Station. Come mingle with other bikers, learn more about the Baker’s Park concept plan, sign up for a membership, buy some swag, learn about upcoming workdays, and enjoy a cold beverage or two. We hope to see you there!
Rainbow Trailwork Next Wednesday
We got a good amount of trees cut last time, but there is still plenty of work to do on the Rainbow Trail. Come join us next Wednesday July 3rd from 4-7 pm. Dress for the weather, wear hiking boots/shoes, bring gloves and water. We’ll meet at Pedal The Peaks.
This past winter took a hefty toll on the Rainbow Trail and it needs some work. Yes, it’s still snowing, but we’re ready to get to work. Come join us on Wednesday May 29th from 4-7 pm. We obviously have a few aspens to cut, so if you have a good saw for that feel free to bring it, but we’ll have plenty of tools. Dress for the weather, wear hiking boots/shoes, bring gloves and water. We’ll meet at Pedal The Peaks. If you are late just swing by the Anvil subdivision to grab a tool and come meet us on the trail.
Questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nice article about Baker’s Park in today’s Silverton Standard.
By Jonathan Romeo
“In the hopes of making Silverton a mountain biking destination, a new plan has been released that proposes nearly 30 miles of trails, mostly geared toward mountain biking, just outside the small town in the San Juan Mountains.
‘As trails are developed and mileage increases, visitation from residents and regional trail users will increase,’ the conceptual plan says.
Called ‘Baker’s Park,’ the trails plan is a creation of the Silverton Singletrack Society and the International Mountain Biking Association, an advocacy group for mountain biking. The Silverton Singletrack Society is a regional chapter of the IMBA.
Of the roughly 30 miles of trail, the plan proposes about 24 miles for shared use between mountain bikers and hikers. About 6 miles would be one-way trails specifically for mountain biking. Trails would cover beginner to advanced terrain.”
Read the whole article here.
Almost exactly 5 years ago we founded Silverton Singletrack Society based on a dream that what is commonly known as Boulder Mountain would be a great place for mountain bike trails. It has been an interesting and challenging journey for sure. Too many meetings, emails, and phone calls. Not enough time doing actual trail work, which was what we really wanted to do to begin with. But we have learned a lot and built some great relationships along the way. Today is another milestone on our quest to turn this dream into reality. This morning we presented the plan that IMBA put together for us to the San Juan County Commissioners. They helped pay for it, so we thought they should see it first. And now you can too. It may seem big and bold at first glance, but we think it’s realistic and are committed to turning it into reality. If you want to help, please sign up for a membership, buy some swag, and/or consider donating to the cause.
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The 2019 Silverton Area Trails Plan was approved with unanimous support from Town and County in front of a full house. Thanks to everyone who participated in the process during the past year. There were a lot of meetings along the way and it was great to see such strong community participation and support for trails.
Time to look at some maps. Joey was getting pretty fired up about all the potential around here.
Fortunately snow melts fast in October. This seems like a nice spot for a trail head. The view is entirely acceptable.
Snow wasn’t exactly part of the plan for our visit with IMBA Trail Solutions, but it came in handy on occasion. Here Joey Klein is using it to enlighten us on hubs and clusters trail systems.
Today was a big day for the future of mountain biking in Silverton. We have long been dreaming of a trail network on Boulder Mountain and recently reached out to IMBA to see what it would cost to get their Trail Solutions crew here to do a feasibility study. Yesterday we had almost a third of the money we needed. This morning SSS Board members Cliff Pinto, Calvin Davenport and Klemens Branner went in front of the San Juan County Commissioners to ask for their help with the rest. We are stoked to report that they unanimously approved our request! Thank you, Pete McKay, Scott Fetchenhier, and Ernie Kuhlman. Also thanks to Jim Lovelace and Elijah Waters at the BLM for their support.
We had a great time working on the Boulder Gulch trail yesterday. Here Jim from the BLM is giving us some training on how to get water off the tread surface to halt trail erosion. Thanks to everyone that came out to lend a hand. If you didn’t make it this time, we hope to see you at our next trail workday.
Thanks to everyone that came out to help us clean up the Bear Creek Trail! Volunteers included: John Shocklee, Douglas Wall, Thomas Lucier, Cliff Pinto, Jared Boyd, Wesley Berg, Lori Nixon, Dustin Bender, Evan Skwara, Jason Bushey, Austin Lashley, Klemens Branner
Great turn out for the Trails Visioning Session yesterday. This community wants trails.