Thursday, June 28, 2007

Diamond Arrow Trail Flagged

In case you missed it, we have flagged a preliminary route of the Diamond Arrow Trail. From the BONC list:

"An update to the Diamond Arrow Trail project: yesterday, Bill Haire, John Rapphahn of the BLM and myself finished flagging a preliminary route for the entire trail. This was the result of five scouting expeditions by Bill, others and myself over the past few years as we sought out an optimal route for this new trail. I think the preliminary route is very good and will provide an excellent multi-use trail experience for everyone, including the kids at the Diamond Arrow camp.

Next, the BLM will file environmental docs and have a biologist/archeologist/experts survey the route and sign off. We also will work with the Diamond Arrows Conference Center to secure an easement across their property; they have already indicated their willingness to do this. It is my hope that we can begin turning dirt on this trail this winter!

You can see the preliminary route here:

Google Earth:

Same data in Google Maps:"

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Help Improve Auburn Trails!

As we know, Auburn State Recreation Area offers superb trails. NorCal IMBA rep Jim Haagen-Smit asks that you help make them even better:

"Do you appreciate the trails you ride in the Auburn State Recreation Area? Participate in a planning process now underway!

The Auburn State Recreation Area Management Plan is being updated by State Parks. Thanks to those of you who've attended stakeholders' meetings and the May 30 public workshop. State Parks is gathering comments until June 30, but the sooner the better. For background you may visit the webbsite:

Email comments to:

Or mail:

Jim Micheaels
California State Parks
Gold Fields District
7806 Auburn-Folsom Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Please make personal comments and thank State Parks for volunteer opportunities, access, race venue at Olmstead, support of Endurance Capitol theme, and bike businesses, etc. Possible asks:

The plan should include equal miles of trails between the user groups (currently mtbs are allowed on 60 of the 115 miles - 12 of those at Mammoth Bar. Equestrians get 90 miles).

Add a multiple use loop in the upper middle fork zone - none currently exist now.

Support the North Fork Trail plan by the County. (need another trail to disperse users from popular Clementine/Connector Trails.)

Request safe access to river at Oregon Bar (State Parks have mtbs on the road with cars, instead of the near-by trail.)

Request safe and more enjoyable Auburn to Cool trail.

Support multiple use trails (single use trails are difficult to enforce, promote polarity, have high impacts on limited natural resources.)"

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Beginning Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride

Darwin invites you to the following"

"Beginner / intermediate mountain bike ride. Most Saturdays, Empire Mine State Park. Meet at Chiropractic + 605 South Auburn Street, Ste: D Corner of Empire & South Auburn Streets /Front parking lot Empire Professional Building. Rain Cancells. Call 530-273-8082 (press 6 to leave message) day prior, or early morning of to see if ride is on for that day. Need H20, proper clothing for temps, bike, replacement tube, helmet, good attitude. ( : Hope to see you there... Darwin S. Leek, D.C."