Hello flow trail enthusiasts!
After a long dry season hiatus, we are gearing up for another season of trail building on the Flow Trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Please join us for our first volunteer trail work day of the season on Saturday December 6, sponsored by the Stewards of Soquel Forest (details below).
After completing FOX sponsored segment 3 and Epicenter Cycling sponsored segment 5, and opening them to the public last June, we hung up our tools and halted construction for the season. Building this kind of trail requires good soil moisture; shaped features can’t be formed out of dust. Our build season was rather short last year as we didn’t receive our first significant rain until February, and by early April it was too dry to continue cutting new trail. By May, we found ourselves tarping berms and hauling in buckets of water to keep the last few berms we built moist enough for compaction. Because it was so dry we weren’t able to make all of the changes to segment 3 that we had hoped, we are planning to revisit it to address a few spots that are perhaps, “restricting the flow.”
The two segments held up well to the summer traffic. Our intention was to build a trail with features that are enjoyable for a wide range of riders, but also to build a trail that would require minimal maintenance and hold up to heavy use year round. There are a few spots showing some braking wear, and a couple holes that need to be filled in various berms. But by and large, the trail has proven to be rather bombproof, holding up well to a dry summer of riding and an enduro race.
With one mile of trail built and three more to complete, we hope to get the most out of this build season. We have been working closely with land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) preparing for this season so we’re ready to go when soil conditions are looking good. We have prepared a detailed trail plan for segment 2, and submitted it to CAL FIRE for review so that we will be shovel ready. Segments 3 and 5 will be assessed by CAL FIRE after the next significant storms to evaluate drainage and wear. After this, we will be given the green light to begin construction.
Volunteer involvement is a critical part of completing this trail. We encourage you to join us on volunteer trail work days, which will take place on weekends twice a month. Check out the schedule and mark your calendar! All are welcome at our workdays—no trail work experience required. Bear in mind that work days are weather dependent. Windy and wet weather may produce hazardous conditions, or limit workday productivity.
Our first volunteer trail work day of the season will be Saturday December 6, sponsored by the Stewards of Soquel Forest. We will work on maintenance of the existing trails including Segments 3 and 5 of the flow trail. We would love a big turn out to get our favorite trails taken care of so we can focus primarily on the flow trail the rest of the season. Register here. Continue reading