Emma McCrary Loved the Dirt You Ride

If you like riding the Rincon Trail, thank the McCrarys. Those who cut their single track teeth on Wilder Ranch trails should also thank the McCrarys. Emma McCrary and her husband Bud built many of the original Wilder single track trails. And for any who enjoyed the gritty victory of finishing a Surf City Cyclocross race at Big Creek Lumber, you guessed it, the McCrarys made that possible too.  They built miles and miles of trails on private land, including their own property, Big Creek Lumber property, and other people’s private property.

Recently, Emma McCrary left us. In life, she shared herself, her time, her land, and her equipment with the Santa Cruz community, including the county’s cyclists.

In this age of conflicting politics about trail usage, increasing tension over renegade trail building, and occasional disputes on the trails between cyclists and other user groups, I can’t help but see Emma McCrary as a kindred spirit and role model for how to live on the trails. She seemed to love trails, people, horses, and Santa Cruz. She wanted to be part of a community that loved trails as much as she did. It’s this same trail love that originally formed MBOSC. MBOSC was founded by people who wanted to be members of a community that loves trails, and strives to share them. Let’s continue to share the love. Just like Emma McCrary. It’s the least we could do after she gave us so much.


Video celebrating Emma’s life



To learn more about her, click here.

To leave a note for the family thanking them for the couple’s enormous contributions, click here.

If you’d like to join in a a celebration of Emma’s life it will be on Saturday, July 30th, at 2:00 PM. at the Big Creek picnic grounds 316 Swanton Road, Davenport, CA but look for “Big Creek Road”.

One of Emma’s favorite charities was St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click on this link if you would like to make a memorial contribution.

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