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Blog since the previous eTerraTimes
CRPD listened to the public’s desires for non-mainstream
recreational facilities, including the Bike Park, Frisbee Golf, Model
Aircraft Launch, and hiking and biking trails. This is also balanced by
habitat preservation and restoration, with only about 18 acres of the
145 acre park being develope...
Condor Peak Trail (2007) On June 23, 2017, Congresswoman
Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced a new bill to expand wilderness areas in the
Angeles National Forest, and protect several rivers as wild and scenic
rivers. Spearheaded by the San Gabriel Mountains Forever group, the bill
is the result of many y...
In 2010, a steep and unsustainable spur of the Grasslands
Trail in Malibu Creek State Park was closed for plant rehabilitation .
The spur was a shortcut from Grasslands to High Road . Fences were
erected at both ends and “Closed” signs were posted. These signs were
torn down by trail users and th...
Recently a sturdy bridge was built across a short gully on
the Sin Nombre Trail in Point Mugu State Park . This bridge bypasses a
sharp corner that has been the location of many serious mountain biking
accidents. Here’s the story of the corner and the bridge. Climbing away
from the corner. You ca...
This month we had a huge group of 32, possibly an all-time
record, to make up for the 3 we had last month! Graham again filled in
taking pictures for Steve who had a prior commitment to help celebrate
National Trails Day. The Basic Skills Clinic is always held the first
Saturday of the month at M...
There was a very small group of only three at this month’s
Skills Clinic, on a very gray day in May. The Basic Skills Clinic is
always held the first Saturday of the month at Malibu Creek State Park .
You can see the photos in our May photo gallery. Bookmark It Hide Sites
The May 2017 edition of CORBA’s bimonthly newsletter, the
eTerraTimes , was published today, March 3rd. If you don’t get it by
email, you can view it online . As always, the eTerraTimes has all the
latest news for mountain bikers in the Santa Monica Mountains and
surrounding areas. Bookmark It Hi...
Sapwi Trails Bike Park Moves Forward
Conejo Rec and Parks District (CRPD)
of Thousand Oaks listened to the public’s desires for non-mainstream recreational
facilities, including the Bike Park, Frisbee Golf, Model Aircraft
Launch, and hiking and biking trails. This is also balanced by habitat
preservation and restoration, with only about 18 acres of the 145 acre
park being developed. Things are moving forward with the park’s master
design almost ready to be put out to bid.
CORBA and the CRPD have entered into
an agreement to help bring a bike skills park to Sapwi Trails Community
Park in Thousand Oaks. The agreement allows us to raise funds, hire
design and construction contractors, put volunteers to work, and work
side-by-side with the CRPD to make this happen.
To help fulfill our responsibilities under the agreement CORBA has
formed the Sapwi Trails Committee, chaired by board member Peter
Sullivan, with local cyclists, coaches, industry and a high school
student-athlete who has already earned his Teen Trail Corps “Speak”
badge for his efforts. The Committee consists of fifteen members, all
local to, and with a direct interest in the park.
The committee is now soliciting input from the public on what types
of amenities people would like to see at Sapwi Trails Bike Park. The
online survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2V7ZKFP.
Let us know what you’d like to see at the Conejo Valley’s first mountain
CRPD has recieved funding from a variety of sources. At the June
meeting of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, CRPD was awarded a
grant of $1.7m. Funding is now in place for the park’s infrastructure
(bathrooms, parking, fencing, playgrounds, etc), with the final touches
being put on the plans before going out to bid.
CORBA will be raising funds for the park, so watch out for fundraiser announcements. Follow the Sapwi Bike Park on Facebook or Instagram.
Monthly CORBA Meeting at REI in Woodland Hills
Come and join us to learn about current issues and let us know what
concerns you! Always open to the public, the CORBA Board of Directors’
meeting is held the 4th Monday of the month in Woodland Hills. REI is
kind enough to let us use their meeting room, for which we thank them
Every month (except December, when we have no meeting), we discuss these topics:
- Issues of trail access for mountain bikers
- Mountain bike advocacy and ambassadorship
- Public involvement
- The latest news from the land managers, including State Parks and National Park Service
- Trail building and restoration
- Furthering woman’s mountain biking
- Bike parks and other dedicated mountain bike facilities or trails
- Education and etiquette
- Anything brought forward by members of the public
The meetings are 6 – 8 pm at the REI in Woodland Hills (Google Map and Directions):
6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 703-5300
We look forward to seeing you there!
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
Rides calendar provides a full
monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike
rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and
knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience
a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.
Trail Restoration and Reports on Past Workdays
For many years, most trail upkeep has been done by volunteers because of budget
cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and
other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn
more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you
on our Trailwork
A number of companies and volunteer organizations have asked
us if they could do trailwork as a team building exercise, or just
to give back to the community. We are happy to work with such groups
- shoot us an enquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information!
For CORBA workdays, we provide lunch for participants after we're
finished. Please register
in advance to help us prepare
by knowing how many volunteers to expect. And... If you come out to two
or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved
CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!
must be over 7-years old to attend, and children under 14 must be constantly
and directly supervised by their parent or guardian who brought them. Children
under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal
Summary of Recent Trailwork
There haven't been any CORBA trailwork days since the last
eTerraTimes was posted at the beginning of May.
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
visit the CORBA
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Grasslands Trail Reroute in Malibu Creek State Park Now Open
Volunteers are finishing the first part on the new trail on Earth Day.
In 2010, a steep and unsustainable spur of the Grasslands Trail in Malibu Creek State Park was closed for plant rehabilitation. The spur was a shortcut from Grasslands to High Road.
Fences were erected at both ends and “Closed” signs were posted.
The plan from the beginning was to rebuild the trail along a much
less steep and much more sustainable route. After years of distractions by fires
and floods in other parks, it is finally open! The new trail starts near the top of the old spur and connects to
High Road a little further west (closer to the MASH site) than the spur.
It was built in two parts; first
by volunteers on Earth Day in April, then finished by State
Kudos to State Parks for building a great new trail! The old spur and
parallel trails are closed so please use the new trail when riding
Grasslands to allow the native
vegetation to recover on the steep hillside! See the full
story on our blog...
What’s up with the new bridge in Point Mugu State Park?
Recently a sturdy bridge was built across a short gully on the Sin Nombre Trail in Point Mugu State Park.
This bridge bypasses a sharp corner that has been the location of many
serious mountain biking accidents. Here’s the story of the corner and
The new bridge on the Sin Nombre Trail in Point Mugu State Park.
The corner in question is about 0.1 miles from the top of the trail at
Ranch Center Road, where a small, usually dry stream crosses it. The corner looks really easy to negotiate and that’s the deception that
has caused so many injuries. The natural tendency is to
brake to slow on the downhill side to negotiate the sharp corner. The
climb out of the corner is unexpectedly steep, so riders who haven’t
downshifted can stall and put their foot down. They always put their left
foot down because they’re already leaning that way after going around
the sharp left corner. Unfortunately the trail is very narrow on the
climb out, so unless the bike is on the very inside edge of the trail,
the foot goes off the edge of the trail, followed by rider and bike,
ending in a pile on the rocks of the stream bed. The seriousness of the
injury is dependent on how lucky the rider is on landing on the rocks
several feet below. Some of the injuries have been very serious,
resulting in broken bones and nerve damage.
CORBA with lots of help from the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council worked to improve this section of the trail
in 2012. Volunteers widened the hazardous section of the trail a few
inches. Unfortunately the
trail can’t be widened further because
of oak trees and their roots on the inside edge of the trail.
This spring an Eagle Scout candidate
embarked on a project
with State Park officials to fix this issue once and
for all. The result is the new bridge, with the old hazardous section closed off.
Probably some people will be upset that the thrill of rounding this
one corner has been removed from the trail, but I hope that when they
understand why, they will be happy to give up one turn to save
less-experienced mountain bikers from falling on the rocks and seriously
injuring themselves. As far as I know, nobody has been killed on this
corner, but it was just a matter of time.
Many thanks to the young Eagle Scout who completed this project and the many scouts and friends who volunteered to help him!
See the complete
story on our blog...
HR3039, the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Act
On June 23, 2017, Congresswoman Judy Chu introduced a
bill to expand wilderness areas in the Angeles National Forest, and
protect several rivers as wild and scenic. Spearheaded by the San
Gabriel Mountains Forever group, the bill is the result of many years
of efforts to protect our local mountains.
A previous success of this group was the
establishment of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. CORBA
President Steve Messer has been representing mountain bikers on the San
Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative, working alongside
representatives of the Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, and other
environmental and social justice organizations.
For the past eighteen months we’ve been working to ensure
that mountain biking gets due consideration in these proposals. CORBA
has opposed previous wilderness efforts that hurt bicyclists’ access to
trails. With support from IMBA and MWBA, we worked out boundary
adjustments that expand the Sheep Mountain and San Gabriel wilderness
areas, but do not impact any trails that are currently open to bicycles.
The bill also establishes two new units of the Wilderness
Preservation System, the Condor Peak Wilderness and the Yerba Buena
Wilderness. These two wilderness areas protect the majestic Condor Peak,
while leaving the Condor Peak trail (see photo) outside the wilderness areas with a
wide buffer. While Condor Peak is not a popular trail for cyclists, it
offers an increasingly-unique wilderness-type backcountry experience
for those seeking to challenge themselves in nature.
The western boundary of the proposed Yerba Buena Wilderness is the
Yerba Buena Ridge trail, which could provide an epic backcountry loop
ride with Condor Peak trail. Both trails, however, are in need of
maintenance and are on our radar for future restoration work.
We truly appreciate being able to be proactive, working with the
Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, CalWild, and the San Gabriel
Mountains Forever group. We also benefited greatly from IMBA’s support
at the national level, and our partnership with the Mount Wilson
Bicycling Association locally. This bill protects the remote backcountry
experiences provided by the Condor Peak trail, the Yerba Buena Ridge
trail, and the lower Trail Canyon Trail, ensuring these trails through
this pristine landscape will be preserved, ready to be experienced by
foot, hoof or bicycle. See the compete
story on our blog...
Free Mountain Biking
1st is the next skills clinic.
The CORBA free skills clinic is held on the first Saturday of
every month at Malibu Creek State Park.
Mountain biking is a lot like tennis or skiing. Just a few minor
adjustments in technique can make a huge difference in your
control and proficiency. If you want to get better faster,
you need to know the fundamentals of mountain biking technique.
Whether you're just getting into mountain biking or have been
riding for years, you'll learn some valuable tips from our Introduction
to Mountain Biking skills class that is offered each month.
Check out our Skills Clinic
web page for all the information. After the clinic, see photos
of your new skills on the CORBA web site that you can share
with your family and friends!
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