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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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Gary Pritchard-Peterson, David LeFevre, Errin Odell, Tyce Fraser, Ansel Walter, Justin Graves, Jim Robbins, Vicky Sama, Chris Clutton, (kneeling): Phil Lezcano, Tim Kohberger, Tim Daniels and Zia (shutterman: Pat Grace)

Thirteen volunteers worked five hours on Saturday building the new extension trail to the Paradise Royale in the King Range National Conservation Area. The new trail will eventually be about nine miles, and volunteers helped built a small but essential part of that trail that included a delicate stream crossing. The hard part was removing the Laurel tree stumps that are prolific on the hillside. After pulling out the stumps, we  built retaining walls using large rocks and filled in big holes. There was a lot of heavy lifting and chopping out thick roots to make sure the trees don’t grow back in the center of the trail. The dirt is lush and dark and makes the finished trail feel oh-so-comfy underfoot. It’ll take about 90 more work days to finish the trail– and we can’t wait to ride it! For now, you can ride the completed Paradise Royale 14-mile loop. It’s in incredible shape– no dust following several weeks of rain.

After trail building, Gary Pritchard-Peterson and David LeFevre from the BLM treated volunteers to BBQ and beer. Thanks to all our Bigfoot Bicycle Club volunteers and the BLM for treating us right!

Trail work will continue through summer. If you would like to help build the trail, contact the Bureau of Land Management King Range office in Shelter Cove at (707) 986-5400.

Trail builder Judd DeVail and his crew will be working this week (starting June 7) on the new pump track at the Tolkan Campground just past the Paradise Royale trailhead. Again, if you’d like to volunteer, contact the BLM’s King Range office.

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Trail Work Volunteers:

Trail Day at the Paradise Royale trail in King Range is on! Gary Pritchard-Peterson at the BLM office in the King Range says the rain is past and the ground is wet, but the work will proceed this weekend. Bring good boots and gloves. Pack a lunch, snacks and water. We’ll be working in a section of the trail called the Rabbit Hole. Vicky Sama did a story on this area of trail last year that you can watch here: http://singletrack.competitor.com/2009/10/features/trail-travails-getting-sweet-singletrack-on-the-ground_4016

See previous blog post for more directions.

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Update: Due to weather, trailwork is postponed to Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27.

Bigfoot Bicycle Club and the City of Arcata will start building a new singletrack trail in the Arcata Community Forest for the next several Wednesdays and Thursdays, and we need volunteers to help. If you are up for some trail building and mountain bike riding, meet at 14th and Union Streets on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

These after-work sessions are new this year. Rocky Brashear will be leading the group -on bikes- to the trail head, where we will put in about an hours worth of trail work on a new trail in the forest. And don’t forget, new volunteers can earn free club membership. For more info on trail building contact Rocky at rocanwave@yahoo.com.

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Bigfoot Bicycle Club invites hikers, cyclists, equestrians and all trail users to a fun day of trail building in the Arcata Community Forest.

Trailwork-4-24-06When: 9:00 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

Where: Redwood Lodge in Arcata Community Forest’s Redwood Park

Who: The world-renowned International Mountain Bike Association Trail Care Crew will provide instruction and guide you, the volunteers, as you help repair and build trails. Thanks for your support.

For more information, contact Tim at Bigfoot at (707) 840-9032.

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