Demo Flow Trail Update: Segments 3 & 5 to open June 1!

The flow trail goodness is never ending — read on for all our happy news!

Recap: Santa Cruz Bicycles May 3 Dig Day
Saturday’s volunteer workday in Soquel State Demonstration Forest brought almost 40 willing and able bodies out to the flow trail. Crews worked on FOX-adopted segment 3 and left it very near complete. Two bridges assembled from found redwood logs and hand-split decking took form over the day. Crews worked on compacting berms that have been holding their moisture under tarps since the last rain. Other volunteers worked on re-naturalizing finished portions of the trail. After work wrapped up, those who brought their bikes had the privilege of riding the yet to be opened segments of the trail. After enjoying some flow, volunteers adjourned to the parking lot for refreshments and a raffle. Massive thanks to Santa Cruz Bicycles for sponsoring the work event, with much appreciation as well to Summit Store and Verve Coffee for their part in fueling our volunteers. Big ups to our generous network of local bike shops for their donations to the volunteer raffle: Another Bike Shop, Epicenter Cycling, Family Cycling Center, Trail Head Cyclery, Tread Bikes, Scotts Valley Cycle Sport, and Sprockets Bike Shop.

FOX and Epicenter Cycling adopted segments scheduled to open June  1
As reported in our last update, Saturday’s volunteer effort marks the last sponsored work event for the season. Unfortunately, soil moisture is quickly becoming inadequate for trail construction, as California is experiencing the driest year in recorded state history. The good news is that we’ve been given the green light to open both completed segments—FOX-adopted 3 and Epicenter Cycling-adopted 5—on Sunday, June 1 (stay tuned for details to be announced soon)! We’re eager to see how the completed segments hold up to high summer use and winter weather; final design of the remaining four segments will be determined by the success of these first two segments.

No rest for the motivated
Over the break in digging, we’ll be working hard to raise the additional funding needed to complete the project and organizing volunteer forces for when construction resumes. We will also be revitalizing our web presence and adding more information on our unique trail locale, Soquel Demonstration State Forest and its various uses as a “demonstration” forest. We welcome volunteers year-round, so if you’d like to be involved with Demo Flow Trail communications, volunteer coordination and/or fundraising, please email demo@mbosc.org.

Gratitude all ’round
A huge shout of gratitude to our project partner California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and the sponsors, donors and volunteers who have contributed thus far to the Demo Flow Trail project — we couldn’t do it without you! Looking forward to our continued journey ahead!

Top: Santa Cruz Bicycles returns to host a second work day; staff trail builder Matt De Young leads his crew to their work area; local youth earn community service and learn new skills. Middle: Teamwork makes short work of tasks; flow takes shape; hand tamping a berm to perfection. Bottom: Proper bridge construction takes patience, ingenuity and strength; always a good day when you’re out building trail; on the lookout for forest friends. Photos courtesy Bogdan Marian.

Top: Santa Cruz Bicycles returns to host a second work day; staff trail builder Matt De Young leads his crew to their work area; local youth earn community service and learn new skills. Middle: Teamwork makes short work of tasks; flow takes shape; shaping a berm to perfection. Bottom: Proper bridge construction takes patience, ingenuity and strength; always a good day when you’re out building trail; on the lookout for forest friends. Photos courtesy Bogdan Marian.

 

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