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Top row left to right: Shane Brinton, Sean Tetrault, Joey Klein, Kirk Cohune, Steve and Morgan Lommele. Bottom row: Tom Phillips, Kevin Wright, Chris Johnston, Rocky Brashear, Vicky Sama.

By Vicky Sama

What do you think about a bike park in the Arcata Community Forest? That’s the dream that inspired Thursday’s meeting at Arcata City Hall and a field trip to Redwood Park.

Joey Klein, master trail designer for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, delivered a presentation about bike trails and parks to Arcata City Council members Alex Stillman, Mark Wheetley and Shane Brinton and to Environmental Services Director Mark Andre at city hall. Eureka politicians were there too. Several members of the cycling community, including members of Bigfoot Bicycle Club, Green Wheels, Revolution Bicycle Repair and Adventure’s Edge bike shop, among others, also attended the presentation and later walked around the forest looking for a potential bike park location.

Klein talked about the different types of trails and economic benefits that trails can bring to the community. He said that mountain biking generates $26 billion to the U.S. economy, and that one in five Americans 16-years and older ride a mountain bike.

IMBA’s Trail Care Crew Steve and Morgan Lommele, who were at the presentation and field trip, said they were impressed with the forest and excited to see strong support for a bike park in town. The Lommeles are heading a free trail building workshop in the King Range National Conservation Area at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Trail lovers are invited to to participate and get a sneak peak at Phase 3 of the Paradise Royale mountain bike trail– Humboldt County’s gem trail.

Klein has been working for the past two months on Phase 3 with land managers, volunteers, trail crews and dozens of other community members. Phase 3 has some of the best, rare ocean views of any trails in the country, according to Klein. He says the Paradise Royale is one of his favorite mountain bike trails anywhere. And he should know; He travels the world designing and building mountain bike trails. After his valuable and much appreciated work in Humboldt County, Klein departs soon for his next gig in South Dakota. We can’t wait to have him back next year!


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Look for the powerline and you won't be far from the newest trail in the Arcata Community Forest.

Access point at the top of the new trail (left). Trail 8 is seen on the right.

The new Powerline trail starts and ends on Trail 8. If you want to ride it downhill, take Trail 9 to Trail 8 intersection (make a right) and about 1/4 mile up, you’ll see the above Powerline trail entrance on your left. To ride the new Powerline trail uphill, take Trail 14 past the old reservoir. Turn left at the first jeep road, which is the bottom entrance of the new trail.

Horses are already enjoying the Powerline.

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New Arcata Community Forest Trail Ready for Ridin’

By Vicky Sama

Trail 6 extension, a/k/a The Powerline

The Powerline Trail is done! City employee Darius Damonte pulled the Trail Closed sign on Wednesday. He made the final cut on the tread connecting it to Road 8, and by mid-afternoon, there were already a couple of fresh tracks.

Bigfoot Bicycle Club has been working several days on the trail, thanks to all of our club volunteers.

A special thanks goes to Rocky Brashear for his diligence and continuing work with the city. Thanks also to the city crew who so enthusiastically embraces our participation and work in the Arcata Community Forest. There is more to come.
Now, go ride and love it!

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By Vicky Sama

Thanks to our trail day volunteers– Rocky Brashear, Jake Thorpe, Kevin Wright, my hubby Paul Tolme, and of course, Moose– the newest trail in the Arcata Community Forest will be ready to ride in just a few weeks! Yes!

Trail’s almost done!

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Thanks to our volunteers, we’re making progress on the new singletrack at the Arcata Community Forest. The next trail work¬† day is scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. To get to the site, go up Trail Eight past the reservoir dam and look for the “trail work” signs leading you up the service road.¬† And don’t forget, volunteers get free membership this year with Bigfoot Bicycle Club!

If you plan to show up, please contact Bigfoot Bicycle Club trail day coordinator Rocky Brashear at rocanwave at yahoo.com.

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Trail work is ON! We’re working with the City of Arcata crew on the new trail in Arcata Community Forest on Wednesday, 6/16 and Thursday, 6/17, 2010. Meet at the intersection of 14th and Union Streets at 5:30 p.m., or meet us up in the forest. The trail project is an extension of the service road that starts a bit uphill from the dam on Road 8. Turn up the service road, you’ll find us. We’ll start digging around 6:00 p.m. or so and work until we’ve had enough fun.

See you out there!

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Wow, what a great turnout with only twenty four hours notice! Nine volunteers showed up this afternoon. What is even more amazing is that a few of our volunteers are basketball fans (NBA finals are going on).

The new trail is looking great. The city crew has cut a lot, but our efforts are still needed. Rocky will be setting up some more trail days for next week and likely beyond. I did not take the time to break out my camera, shame on me. There were some photos taken tonight though. I’ll try to get some copies to post here. I’ll keep my camera more handy next week.

Many thanks to all of you who were there this evening. Let’s keep up the great work.

Photo by Ellis Kahn

Trail workers grub out roots and cut new trail in Arcata Community Forest.

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