The latest issue of Bike Magazine (on newsstands now) features an article called “Uncommon Alliance” which discusses the genesis of the Pogonip multi-use trail.
The premise of the article is that parks and open space for which drug havens had thrived are being transformed into community resources by using the mountain biking community to construct trails and features. The article discusses past projects like the Colonnade in Seattle, Highbridge Park in NYC and features the Pogonip multi-use trail from it’s history as a drug haven to the City Council chambers to the trail building that is currently underway.
This article documents a nice piece of mountain biking history which will be remembered as the turning point for legal mountain biking in Santa Cruz County.
Some follow up since the article: since the last trail work session we have put in over 2,000 volunteer hours, raised over $25K and have constructed well over 13,000 feet of twisty, bermey, rolling single track goodness. A few weeks ago we opened the Fern trail re-route (hiking only). Now that we have had a few rain events Drew has been running the trail machine to complete the switchbacks near the previous Fern Trail.
The next Pogonip trail work day is Sunday Dec 2nd. At the Dec 11th City Council meeting the trail will be officially named The Emma McCrary Trail - as a memorial to one of the most prolific trail builders in the County. We hope the trail will be officially opened in the spring.
Thank you all once again for your support and your participation in making this trail a reality. We couldn’t have done it without you.