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.