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This year we’ll be building a new trail, about 0.7 miles long, that leads from the top of the steep ‘Baxter Road’ in Newbury Park around and down to near the south end of the Hawk Canyon Trail in the Western Plateau / Conejo Canyons.
There will be a thank you lunch and prize drawings at noon after the work. This is a great event with lots of like-minded folks to help out. If you use the trails in Thousand Oaks, come out and help build and maintain them! No prior experience is necessary and all volunteers work at their own pace, taking plenty of time to rest and chat with other trail enthusiasts!
This annual Conejo Valley event always helps to put some very sweet trails into good shape. Be sure to stay afterwards for the free lunch and raffle.
Details are available on our 2016 COSCA Annual Trailwork Day event on Meetup.com. While there, register online to show your support!
Things to bring:
• work gloves
• long pants and long sleeved shirt
• water, snack
• sunglasses and sunblock
Tools and instructions on how to use them safely will be provided. There will be a free thank-you lunch and prize give-away afterwards from noon until 2:00 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.