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CORBA eTerraTimes for July 2010


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CORBA President Mark Langton fits a helmet on a new rider at Subaru's "Ready for Adventure" event at Malibu Creek State Park. See the full story and more photos.

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

A Message from CORBA's President

By Mark Langton

Recently CORBA officially adopted (re-adopted, actually) the section of the Los Robles trail in the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) between Moorpark Road and Potrero Road in Thousand Oaks. This was made possible through COSCA’s Adopt-A-Trail program, which is administered by the Conejo Open Space Trails Advisory Committee’s (COSTAC) Volunteer Corps. Other programs include a volunteer Trail Watch and Volunteer Trail Patrol, similar to the Mountain Bike Unit. However, COSTAC’s Trail Patrol also consists of hikers and equestrians in addition to mountain bikers. COSTAC also does regularly scheduled trail work days, and produces the COSCA Trails Education Days, which brings all Conejo Unified School District 5th graders out to Wildwood Park for an interpretive field trip. Volunteers for all of these programs are needed, and for more information you can go to the Conejo Open Space Foundation’s website,

The reason for letting you know of our newly adopted trail is because, although officially monitored by a couple of local mountain bikers, anyone can let CORBA know if they see something unusual or if a trail needs maintenance. You don’t even have to be a CORBA member!

To contact CORBA, email to or visit our 'Contact Us' page for other addresses.

Upcoming and Recent Trailwork

July 10: Doc Larson Trail, Sunland Area, Angeles National Forest

CORBA will be assisting Chris Sercel with his Eagle Scout project to restore the Upper Doc Larson trail in the Sunland area of the Angeles National Forest. Doc Larson trail is a multi-use singletrack. We'll be working on the upper section, and a singletrack connector trail that ties it into a loop with the surrounding fire roads. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to and/or to, or on the Google Calendar if you have a google account. See the Calendar entry for more details and directions.

July 17: Rogers Road in Topanga State park

Rogers Road is a very popular six mile single track trail in Topanga State Park. The trail has become so overgrown most trail users are avoiding it. We need a lot of help to get this one cleared! CORBA will provide lunch for the trail crew after the work day is done. See the Calendar entry for more details and directions.

May 29: Report on the New Millennium Trail in Calabasas

Clearing out the weeds that choked the trailOn Saturday 5/29/2010 a dozen CORBA volunteers and a handfull of men from the MRCA fire crew spent the day cutting back brush and doing some tread work. For more, see our blog entry and photo gallery. (See photo to right.)

Why do Trailwork? If you've ever wondered this, take a look at this article in the Summer 2008 issue of Terra Times to learn more about why it's important. Visit the CORBA Trail Crew page for more information and links to photos of past events.

General News

Backbone Trail Maintenance

Over the last couple of weeks some new maintenance has occurred on the Backbone Trail along sections at Solstice and Latigo Canyons. It was very professionally done. Hand-worked tread leveling and minor widening has taken place, with a few sections being filled in with soft dirt. The section of trail most affected is directly to the west of Newton Motorway. See our blog entry for more details and photos.

CORBA Participates in Subaru Ready for Adventure Event

By Mark Langton

Mark Langton demonstrates a "manual" wheelie at the Subaru Ready For Adventure event at Malibu Creek State Park 

Subaru presented its  “Ready for Adventure” event at Malibu Creek State Park on June 19-20. For every test drive taken during the weekend, Subaru donated $10 to State Parks. CORBA was asked to provide skills workshops and lead rides. Several people were taken on fun rides along the trails of Malibu Creek State Park. Cynergy Cycles of Santa Monica provided Specialized bikes on Saturday for demo and fun rides, and on Sunday CORBA’s Youth Adventures fleet of bikes was put into service for guided rides. Many riders had never been mountain biking before and were very excited about CORBA’s programs and services.  Also at the event were rock climbing, pet adoptions, flyfishing demonstrations, horticultural information, and more . There will be another Ready for Adventure July 31-August 1 at Huntington State Beach in Huntington Beach. CORBA will be there with information and skills demonstrations. 

View our photo gallery to see pictures of this event.

Special thanks to Youth Adventures program supporter – Simi Cycling Center

CORBA would like to give special thanks to Simi Cycling Center for their generous donations of bike equipment and discounts on bike parts used by our Youth Adventures program.

Because of thoughtful donations such as these, many inner-city and at-risk youth will be able to enjoy the experience of the natural beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains. See the full story on our blog.

New on the CORBA Website

Recreational Rides

For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA Calendar.

CORBA’s Recreational 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.

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday July 3rd 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!

Follow CORBA on Twitter and Facebook

We have set up an account with Twitter to help keep people informed of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Follow us on Twitter at and Facebook at

Support CORBA

Join or Renew your membership today on our membership web page.

Join Our Team! Do you have any ideas about mountain biking recreation in the L.A. region? Would you like to apply your skills and manage projects that contribute to the sport and lifestyle that you love? Is there an advocate in you? We are recruiting motivated individuals who work well with others. Send an email to or come to a monthly Members Meeting to find out more about what we do and how you can help. Check the calendar for the next meeting.

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