Chantry Flat Shuttle Service Pilot Program

September 12th, 2016
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As part of President Obama’s proclamation declaring the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, the Forest Service was tasked with creating a management plan within three years. Meetings about the plan are being held this week.

For the first time in Forest Service history, the agency was also tasked with the development of a Transportation Plan that would achieve a number of goals: provide access for those without vehicles or other means to get to the Monument, mitigate parking and over-use problems, and address environmental justice.

Over the summer, the city of Duarte did a trial run of shuttles from the newly opened Gold Line light rail station to Fish Canyon falls trailhead, giving Forest visitors a vehicle-free way to access the forest.

Over the next few weeks, a second pilot program will be running shuttles from the Arcadia Gold Line station to Chantry Flat, where there is a historic mule pack station, numerous multi-use trails, picnic facilities, historic cabins and at least two waterfalls. The free shuttle is being operated in partnership with Car-less California and the Forest Service.

For this pilot program, unfortunately the smaller buses aren’t equipped to carry bicycles, but for those who want to ride a bicycle to the rail line, there are bike lockup facilities at the Gold Line station. The Forest Service is already aware of our desire to have bike racks available when and if a permanent shuttle service is provided.

The shuttle will operate for three weekends with the first shuttle leaving Arcadia at 7 am and the last shuttle leaving Chantry Flat at 4pm. The shuttle will run continuously, approximately every 30 – 45 minutes. Dates:

September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and 25, then October 1 and 2, and October 8 and 9. The shuttle is free, no reservations are required.

 

Canyon Trail Sand Fire Trailwork

September 12th, 2016

Last Saturday, September 10, about 30 mountain bikers joined 50 or so HandsOn Santa Clarita volunteers to help with Sand Fire cleanup at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

The HandsOn crew focused on the west end of the trail and the parkland surrounding the Nature Center.  Meanwhile the SCV Trail Users headed up to the more heavily burned area at Walker Ranch campground.

We split up and built eight debris check dams in drainages that lead into the streambed of Placerita Creek. After a fire, soil and ash denuded of vegetation, can become major debris flows with a relatively small amount of rain. These debris flows do more damage to trails than anything else. We saw it in many areas of the Station Fire. I did an interview for Mountain Bike Action magazine, discussing the impacts of fire to trails.

The eight debris check dams will help capture sediment and slow down flows before they cross the trail and enter the canyon. They were constructed of native rock and sand bags filled from the dry streambed, upstream of the check dams.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help, LA County for allowing us to help protect the trail we lobbied for access to, and to the SCV Trail Users for coordinating the effort.

We’re fulfilling our promise of being both responsible trail users, and stewards of our trails and public lands.

 

September Skills Clinic photos posted September 8

September 8th, 2016

Graham took over the photographer duties again for Steve, who was out of town, in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic.  There was a smallish group with nine participants this Labor Day Weekend. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our September photo gallery.

Canyon Trail Preventive Maintenance, Sep 10

August 30th, 2016

In 2011, The Canyon Trail in Placerita Canyon State Park was closed to mountain bikes without warning. It had been mistakenly posted as open, with many mountain bikers using the trail for years. Local mountain bikers united with CORBA to successfully lobby the County to open the trail bikes. From that effort the SCV Trail Users were formed and together we continue to confront local trail issues.

Canyon Trail post Sand Fire

Canyon Trail post Sand Fire

Recently the Sand Fire scorched this area, and the County has asked for help to protect the Canyon Trail and the Placerita Canyon State Park from mud and debris flow when the winter rains come.

Please save the date, Saturday September 10, 8 am, at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Give up one day of riding, and come help build debris check dams to reduce the flow of mud and debris from the Sand Fire onto the Canyon Trail and into the Park area.

We’ll be working alongside other volunteer groups including HandsOn Santa Clarita. Bring gloves, lots of water and snacks. The County will provide the materials and supplies for the check dams.

RSVP on the Facebook Event page.

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Management Plan Released

August 30th, 2016

San Gabriel Mountains National MonumentOn August 17, the Forest Service released the remaining chapters of the draft Environmental Analysis (EA) and draft Management Plan. The plan will guide the management of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (Monument) by the Forest Service.

The biggest changes are those mandated by the Presidential Proclamation, including the development of a Transportation Plan, to address parking and overcrowding. Nothing in the draft plan changes mountain bike access to trails within the Monument or the National Forest. It does however, update the current Management Plan to include the Pleasant View Ridge and Magic Mountain Wilderness areas which were designated after the current Forest Management Plan plan was last updated in 2005.

Some sources have described the draft plan as “toothless.”  It is short on specifics and lacks details of how many of the objectives and desired conditions will be achieved. However, it isn’t meant to cover specifics. Those are on-the-ground project-level decisions, that must be in compliance with the Plan. The draft Plan takes much of the current Forest Management Plan’s existing language and direction, which provides management guidance that was deemed to be in compliance with the mandates of the Presidential Proclamation. Therefore many of those sections weren’t considered to be in need of change. The Plan appears as Appendix C of the draft EA.

That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement and more specific direction. The San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative (Collaborative) is undertaking a deep analysis of the plan. CORBA will be submitting comments, and will also submit comments as a member organization of the Collaborative. We encourage all to attend a meeting or the online webinar and submit comments, expressing your support for continued and improved mountain biking recreation.

Meeting dates and locations:

September 10, 1 – 3 pm, Online Webinar. Register at http://bit.ly/monumentwebinar

September 14, 3 – 8 pm, Pico House, 430 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

September 15, 4 – 8 pm, The Centre, 20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

September 17, 10 am – 2 pm, ANF Headquarters, 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006

October 4, 3:30 – 7:30 pm, Big Pines Lodge, Angeles Crest Highway, Wrightwood, CA 92397

The Collaborative have requested that at least one of the public meeting presentations be recorded and made available online for those whose schedules don’t allow them to attend one of the public meetings.

Public comments are due by October 17. Comments can be submitted through the project website at http://bit.ly/monumentpublicmeeting

The Forest Service aims to have the final plan, addressing any comments received, next spring, followed by a formal objection period for anyone who submitted comments and believes they were not addressed. The proclamation mandates the plan be completed by October 10, 2017.

 

August Skills Clinic photos posted August 7

August 7th, 2016

We had an even baker’s dozen at the Skills Clinic in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic.  The weather was perfect! The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our August photo gallery.

GGR Preps for Upcoming Annual Events!

August 2nd, 2016

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GGR: Girlz Gone Riding is very excited about our 2 upcoming annual events.

August 20th-21st: Womens Weekend in Big Bear! This event is SOLD OUT except for a couple of spots! This is our annual women’s only weekend celebrating women on the mountain. The weekend starts with a very select few receiving a down hill clinic Friday the 19th from Cranks and Crafts pro down hill winner Sarah Viggers! The DH clinic sold out in seconds!

Saturday’s line up includes guided cross country rides, guided down hill runs and a super fun group dinner at Nottingham’s. GGR takes up the entire 2nd floor!

Sunday we offer 2 special events!
1) Intro to enduro at Rim Nordic Bike park: Rim Nordic Bike Park
2) Guided cross country rides at Fawnskin including the famous Gray’s Peak climb!

Rocktober Festival October 30th!

Sunday October 30th! Rocktober Festival Event Schedule

  • This is a one day festival celebrating women’s mountain biking!
  • Over 100 demo bikes
  • Guided cross country rides
  • Exhibitors
  • Skills clinics featuring Hall of Famer Leigh Donovan from I choose Bikes
  • Goodie Bags
  • Guest Speakers and much more!
  • This event is a CORBA/IMBA membership drive! If you renew or purchase a membership from August 31st-October 30th, your name will be entered in a special raffle at the Rocktober festival following the main raffle.
    Renew or purchase your membership here: www.corbamtb.com/join
  • Registration goes LIVE AUGUST 31st on Eventbrite. This event sells out very quickly, so please mark your calendars! (The event will not be posted until a day or two before registration opens.)

Packet pick up is at REI Woodland Hills: REI Woodland Hills October 29, 2pm-7pm

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July Skills Clinic photos posted July 16

July 16th, 2016

Graham took over the photographer duties again for Steve, who was out of town, in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic.  This month there was a large group with 26 participants. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our July photo gallery.

June Skills Clinic photos posted June 10

June 10th, 2016

Graham took over the photographer duties again for Steve, who was out of town, in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic.  This month there were 11 participants. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our June photo gallery.

May Skills Clinic photos posted May 7

May 7th, 2016

We had an uncommonly small class of only 7 on a partly sunny day in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic.  The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our May photo gallery.