New Mesa Top Trail work is scheduled July-Sept.
WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
MEET: Greenwood/Bull and Brown trailhead 8:30 a.m. both days (July 13-14). No experience necessary! All tools and crew leaders will be provided by COPMOBA. We will be working in rocky areas so wear sturdy shoes, gloves, eye protection, and long pants or shin guards. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat.
PLANNING: Trail work will go until 3 p.m. on Saturday with a barbecue after. On Sunday, trail work will go until 1 p.m. — plenty of time for a ride after so bring your bike! Staff and volunteers will camp at the staging area on Friday and Saturday nights. All are welcome!
DIRECTIONS: From Grand Junction take I-70 east and take Exit #49. Stay on Highway 65 for 30 miles then turn right on the Lands End Road. Drive 1.3 miles and turn left on the unmarked Flowing Park Road. Drive 3.6 miles and take a left onto a dirt two track. Park any low clearance vehicles here if necessary. COPMOBA staging area is within 100 to 500 yards from this intersection. Look for the COPMOBA flag and trailer.
Attention, volunteers! The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) and the Singletrack & Skinny Tire Sisters need help building the new Mesa Top Trail July 13-14, a connection trail to the Flowing Park Trail loop on the Grand Mesa. Other trail-building days at this location include July 20-21, Aug. 10-11 and Sept. 21-22.
“One of our goals is to support our local trail advocacy group, COPMOBA,” said Kristina Kittelson, president of the Singletrack & Skinny Tire Sisters. “We wanted to get more women involved with COPMOBA, so this year we’re sponsoring a trail-building event on the Mesa, It’s too hot to bike in July, so instead we’ll do a trail-work weekend.”
COPMOBA Board Member Dan Antonelli said roughly 3.5 miles of trail need to be built on top of the approximately 3.5 miles already in existence.
“We started construction on it in fall of 2010,” Antonelli said. “They built the big parking lot for snowmobilers, and the forest service thought it would be a good staging area for mountain bikes.”
Both the Mesa Top Trail and the Flowing Park Trail are intermediate bike rides, and connected they ride for about 30 miles.
“What a lot of people don’t know is that the Forest Service is supportive of developing beginners trails up there,” Antonelli said. “They want to develop some easier, smaller loops. We’re still waiting for the logging to get done over there, but there’s going to be a lot more neat stuff right there.”
According to Kittelson, the July 13-14 trail-building weekend can host upwards of 30 volunteers. COPMOBA provides all the tools and the crew leader, and volunteers should bring water, sturdy shoes, gloves, eye protection, and long pants or shin guards. Sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat are also suggested. No experience is necessary.
Every time you ride a trail you’ve helped build, you feel a sense of ownership, Kittelson added.
To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dan Antonelli at 970-270-8575.
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