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By Tim Daniels

Yesterday, three of us went to King Range to ride, check out the progress on the skills park, to pick up tee shirts for our 6/5 trail crew, and unbeknownst to us, do a little trail work (we cleared a couple trees down on the trail).

Significant progress has been made toward creating the skills park. The park is being built by professionals. They first focused on a bypass trail that will be bi-directional and primarily for those riding through on the cross country trail and to return to the top of the skills park. In the skills park, there will be a beginner trail, an intermediate trail, and an expert trail, all of which will be one way traffic for obvious reasons. The bypass is almost complete and the trail builders told us it should be open for riding in a week or so. I walked it; it’s so nice. This addition is going to be the icing on the cake, and the cake’s not even out of the oven yet. I have a feeling Tolkan campground is going to seem awfully small in the coming years.

Workers are sculpting a series of berms on the skills park bypass trail.

Oh yeah, the ride was a hoot too. Trail conditions are prime right now. I highly recommend getting out there as soon as you get a chance.

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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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SUNDAY, FEB. 21 EVENT
Bigfoot’s Tom Phillips is looking for volunteers to help improve the Tish Tang mountain bike trail in Willow Creek on Sunday. The plan is to build a new trail and clear an old one. Bring your work gloves and bike. Tom will bring the tools. Meet at Wildberries in Arcata at 7:30 a.m. or the Tish Tang parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Ride afterward.

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