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CORBA eTerraTimes for April 2013

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Riding the Wood Canyon Vista Trail in Pt Mugu State Park. We'll be sprucing up the trail during the 2013 Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days, April 19-21. See story...

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

New on the CORBA Website


Recreational Rides

    September's Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you or a new rider you know like to join us too?

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

See our Rides Calendar for details and for other beginner-level rides. Many thanks to North Ranch Mountain Biker Michelle for leading these rides!

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.

Upcoming and Recent Trailwork

For many years, most trailwork 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 web page. Keep in mind that CORBA now provides prizes and lunch after the event for volunteers who register in advance! And by registering in advance, you'll help us prepare by knowing how many volunteers to expect. 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!

Children 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.

Conejo Spring Trailwork Day Report from March 23. About 60 volunteers helped with the annual Spring Trailwork Day, including nine with CORBA.

The work consisted mostly of knocking down a low berm at the side of the road so rainwater can run off, and building drainages to help channel the water off. The CORBA crew was also assigned the task of blocking off the top of a very steep and loose road that had been chewed into the hillside by illegal 4×4 vehicle use.

After the work was finished, COSCA (Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency) rangers barbecued up a lunch of hot dogs, beef- and vegie-burgers, with all the typical condiments, chips, fruit and ice-cold drinks. A real bonus was something you rarely see these days – ripe tomatoes!

After lunch, the CORBA workers picked up their bike tire, supplied by IMBA and CST to show appreciation for our volunteer work. See our blog article for the full story and photo gallery on this trailwork...

April 19-21: 2013 Santa Monica Mtns Trail Days at Sycamore Canyon. Once a year we have an opportunity to work on the trails and then BBQ and camp at Danielson Ranch in Pt Mugu State Park. It is opened annually for the Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days! This is a unique opportunity to work on the trails that we enjoy so much in Sycamore Canyon, and the event is followed by a BBQ and prize giveaway, with an option for free camping on Friday and/or Saturday night. This is hands down the best day to get in some trail maintenance work! The main workday will be Saturday and there is a smaller one on Sunday. Registration by April 17th will be appreciated so we have enough time to prepare!

May 11: Guadalasca Trail, Point Mugu State Park. Details will be forthcoming.

June 8: Backbone Trail - Mesa Peak Trail, Malibu Creek State Park. Details will be forthcoming.

To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups, visit the CORBA trailwork calendar.

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General News

Temporary Trail Closures In Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons in April and May

The Cheeseboro Reservoir, capable of holding four million gallons of water, can be seen in the distance. Along with a pump station at Palo Comado Canyon, the reservoir will be demolished and removed during April and May. Courtesy of National Park Service

The Cheeseboro Reservoir, capable of holding four million gallons of water, can be seen in the distance. Along with a pump station at Palo Comado Canyon, the reservoir will be demolished and removed during April and May.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The National Park Service (NPS) is advising visitors that trails at Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons will be intermittently closed during April and May due to the demolition and removal of surplus water conveyance infrastructure.

Several days of trail closures are expected, though limited to weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Visitors can find up-to-date information on trailhead signs, by calling 818-889-8996 or by visiting

Triunfo Sanitation District (TSD) will be removing the Palo Comado Pump Station and the Cheeseboro Reservoir. These facilities, owned by TSD, were built in 1959 at the behest of comedian Bob Hope, who had hoped to build thousands of homes in the surrounding area as part of a master-planned community. TSD is decommissioning the facilities as part of an agreement with the NPS and other agencies.

Large trucks will be hauling salvaged materials along both the Palo Comado and Cheeseboro Canyon trails to recycling centers. For their safety, visitors are asked to refrain from using these trails when posted as closed.

Entrance to trails from Cheeseboro Canyon, Doubletree and Smoketree trailheads will be periodically closed. The China Flat trailhead and trailheads for Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve will remain open.

The NPS and TSD appreciate the public’s cooperation with this effort. Additional information is available by calling 818-889-8996.

GirlzGoneRiding News

On Wednesday night, March 27th, GGR and SOCAL Endurance Ladies Team were treated to a video chat with the Queen of Pain herself, Rebecca Rusch! For details, please go to the blog entry...

April 27th: GGR OPEN RIDE! Sycamore Canyon, Newbury Park. All levels welcome and beginners encouraged to join! Sign up is required. Please sign up on the Face Book page for details...

October 20th: SAVE THE DATE! This is the main, annual GGR event at Malibu Creek State Park! Back by VERY popular demand is the beginner skills clinic! The GGR event is a FREE event! We will also be having a CORBA/IMBA membership drive, raffles, silent auctions, 4 levels of XC rides, and of course the famous swap meet! Cycle World Chatsworth:, will be back for their 3rd GGR event for ride support and offer light bike repairs before and after the rides.

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday April 6 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 Meetup, Twitter and Facebook

We have set up accounts with Twitter and Facebook to help keep people informed of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Join our events on Meetup and follow us on Twitter at and Facebook at

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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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