Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wrapping Up at the Diggins

BONC and friends will finish building some brand new singletrack at the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park on June 11th. Join them as they wrap up construction of the new section of the Slaughterhouse Trail near where the Rim Trail ends above town.

Note that BONC is very much in need of chainsaw certified volunteers for this effort. More info here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Help Build the Narrow Gauge Trail

Bill Haire of the Nevada County Land Trust has diligently worked on acquiring trail easements for the long-planned Narrow Gauge Trail. This exciting project would connect Grass Valley to Colfax via a trail that would follow the old NCNG railroad route.

If you are interested in helping out, check out this trailwork day:

Saturday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. and will end at 12:00 noon Trail maintenance on the Narrow Gauge Trail. Bring loppers, pruning saws, pole saws, and weed eaters if you have them. Meeting place: Happy Apple Kitchen, park at the left side, next to the fence.

We will be trimming and removing brush, tree limbs, etc. from the railroad grade on those segments of the rail road where the Land Trust holds a trail easement.

We recently acquired an additional easement on the route and are working on securing several others. We will also be meeting with Cal Trans regarding obtaining an encroachment permit for portions of the railroad grade that fall within the highway easement.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Cutting New Local Singletrack

On May 7th, a bunch of us convened at Malakoff Diggins and roughed in a new 1/2 mile section of singletrack that will serve as the new top of the Slaughterhouse Trail. Way cool because BONC asked State Parks for some additional trail access there years ago and now we see the result of our persistence.

Additional pictures: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Ah... Spring on Our Trails!

What could be better than hiking/riding in the Sierra foothills during warm spring weather. The weather is warm, but not roasting yet. The trails are free of snow, but not dusty. Conditions are optimal, except... except for the HATEFUL leaves that are sprouting everywhere.

I have had a lot of luck with Tecnu over the years. I have also used their new Xtreme product, which is xtremely xfective after infxtion (sorry, I just detest that lame-o "X" abbreviation). The trick is to use these treatments ASAP after contact. And ignore those poison oak myths that Uncle Bob recommends.
Fox Racing Shox to Support Local Trailwork

The cool folks at Fox Racing Shox have kindly donated some swag to this weekend's trail work event at Malakoff Diggins Historic State Park.

Fox has been great with trail advocacy and has always shown to be very generous with such donations. So how can you pick up such fabulous swag? Join BONC at this trail event.