SDSF Flow Trail Update: MLK Jr. Day volunteer work day recap; next work day this coming Sunday 1/25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery

Family teamwork. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Family teamwork. Photo by Bruce Dorman.


High school mountain biking teams finesse the flow on MLK Jr. Day
Crew leaders, parents and others joined local high school mountain biking teams out at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) for a day of advocacy and work on the flow trail this past this past Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 30+ volunteers finished up the top leg of Specialized-sponsored segment 2 out to Tractor, tackling finishing work, back sloping, compaction and renaturalization. Smiles were abundant on this beautiful day as volunteers got to reap the benefits of their hard work by testing the flow. The high school teams included Aptos High Mountain Bike Club, Kirby Mountain Bike Team and Santa Cruz Composite Racing Team.

Next volunteer work day this coming Sunday 1/25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for this coming Sunday January 25, with Trail Head Cyclery generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing. Who’s in for another amazing day of trail building and camaraderie out in the redwoods?

**Registration for volunteer trail work days is REQUIRED. Sign up for the Trail Head Cyclery Sunday January 25 event HERE.**

Volunteer involvement is crucial to completing the flow trail. Work days are scheduled twice a month (see Volunteer Trail Work Day Schedule), and include breakfast, lunch, and post-work day refreshments and volunteer raffle provided by generous project supporters. All are welcome — no trail work experience required! Our supportive, experienced crew leaders and trail builders will teach you techniques and make a confident trail builder out of you in no time flat. Keep in mind that trail work days may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and/or hazardous conditions.

Volunteers gather around Flow Trail Construction Manager Drew Perkins for their safety talk and work assignments. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Volunteers gather around Flow Trail Construction Manager Drew Perkins for their safety talk and work assignments. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Students teamed up to tackle tasks along segment 2. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Trail building offers an excellent opportunity for youth to build confidence and learn valuable life skills. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Trail building offers an excellent opportunity for youth to build confidence and learn valuable life skills. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Building trail with friends on a gorgeous day is a beautiful thing. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Building trail with friends on a gorgeous day is a beautiful thing. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Staff trail builder Matt De Young brings years of experience to the flow trail project. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Staff trail builder Matt De Young brings years of experience to the flow trail project. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

The finished flow trail at SDSF will be 4 miles and include six segments. Two segments (FOX-sponsored #3 and Epicenter Cycling-sponsored #5) are complete and open to the public. Segment 2 (sponsored by Specialized Bicycles) is currently under construction. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

The finished flow trail at SDSF will be 4 miles and include six segments. Two segments (FOX-sponsored #3 and Epicenter Cycling-sponsored #5) are complete and open to the public. Segment 2 (sponsored by Specialized Bicycles) is currently under construction. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

The sun sets on another perfect day out at Soquel Demonstration State Forest. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

The sun sets on another perfect day out at Soquel Demonstration State Forest. Photo by Bruce Dorman.


You Dig, You Ride! And All Are Welcome!
Volunteer involvement is crucial to completing the flow trail. Work days are scheduled twice a month (see Volunteer Trail Work Day Schedule), and include breakfast, lunch, and post-work day gathering featuring refreshments and a volunteer raffle provided by generous project supporters.

Everyone welcome — no trail work experience required! Our supportive, experienced crew leaders and trail builders will teach you techniques and make a confident trail builder out of you in no time flat. Plus, volunteer trail workers get to test ride and dial in new sections of the flow trail—how cool is that?!

Keep in mind that trail work days may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and/or hazardous conditions.

Test riding the features is an important part of trail construction. Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Test riding the features is an important part of trail construction. Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Other ways you can help with the flow trail project:

  • ASSIST WITH OTHER TASKS: If you want to help out, but aren’t keen on digging, there are still lots of ways you can help out without breaking a sweat; check out our Help Wanted page for ways you can get involved.
  • SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY: Promote your business while supporting a community driven project by pitching in to help MBoSC put on an A+ Volunteer Trail Work Day. Your sponsorship donation will provide hospitality for volunteers as well as cover MBoSC’s costs to plan and organize the event. Learn more here.
  • DONATE EQUIPMENT/RAFFLE ITEMS/CASH:. We need to raise another $140,000 in order to complete the flow trail. We also could use raffle items to reward our volunteers with, and certain equipment useful for trail building. Details here.
  • TAKE OUR SURVEY: Have you ridden the flow  yet? We want to know what you think. Your feedback will help us evaluate our work so far and plan the remaining segments. Chime in here.

 

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