MBoSC is dedicated to expanding sustainable trail access in the Santa Cruz area. With the construction of the Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip Park completed, our focus turns to these endeavors.
Own the Flow: a 4-mile flow trail at Demo
The last timber harvest in the Soquel Demonstation State Forest (SDSF) a.k.a “Demo” converted the existing Tractor Trail into an access road. With no plans to restore it to a single track trail, land manager CalFire conceded to the construction of a new purposely built mountain bike trail in its vicinity. MBoSC submitted the environmental review (CEQA) for the design of a new 4 mile “Flow Trail” in which will include berms, rollers, tabletops, wooden features and a skills area in August of 2013. The flow trail will have a 6-7 degree average grade, total elevation loss of 1280’ and will be accessible and fun for beginners and experts.
The cost of the flow trail is estimated to be between $120K – $150K. Ibis Cycles and other bike industry partners like FOX, Easton and Shimano donated a complete bike for a raffle that raised $44,100. Through private donations and grants we have raised close to $100K.
MBoSC instituted a trail crew leader training program and has thus far trained 40 trail crew leader. Trail construction is scheduled to start December 2013 and continue for about 24 months depending on fund raising and other incidentals.
Learn more about the 4-mile Flow Trail at Demo.
Coast Dairies is a 6,800 acre property surrounding the town of Davenport. 5,750 acres are expected to be transferred to the (mountain bike friendly) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Dec 2013. MBoSC has been working with the BLM since 2007 and is willing to help build the trail system.
Learn more about the Coast Dairies opportunity.
In Nov 2011, five land trust conservation groups purchased 8,500 acres of privately held land, known as Lonestar Timberlands or CEMEX Redwoods, located above the Coast Dairies. They intend to manage this property for conservation and recreation. MBoSC’s objective is to partner with the land management agency and assist in the stewardship of the property with the support of the mountain bike community.
Learn more about the CEMEX opportunity.
Two pump tracks have been completed with the support of MBoSC: Chanticleer Park (Live Oak) and the Westside of Santa Cruz. There are 3 pump track projects in various stages of development: 2 in Scotts Valley and one other in Capitola. Both the Post Office jump park and Aptos pump track will be shut down within a year; MBoSC is actively seeking to offset this loss to the Santa Cruz cycling community.
Learn more about area bike park projects.
MBoSC is collaborating with California State Parks on a reroute of the Enchanted Loop trail in Wilder Ranch State Park. A realignment of the 20% grade (steep!), exposed fire road climb is planned for Winter 2013. MBoSC is looking for partners and volunteers to work on this project.
MBoSC’s success with the Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip has led to a 3 year project with the City of Santa Cruz to re-construct the trail network in DeLaveaga Park.