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CORBA eTerraTimes for July 2018

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Happy Fourth of July!

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

News from the CORBA Website Blog since the previous eTerraTimes

Report on the COSCA Spring Trailwork Day, June 16, 2018

Last month, we started building a new trail that would lead 1.3 miles from Westlake Village Community Park and YMCA up to the Saddle Pass Trail on the ridge above it. This past Saturday we had a larger work day and hoped to finish the trail, but rough terrain made for slow progress, and with […]

Sapwi Trails Bike Park Fundraiser on Thursday June 14!

The Conejo Valley’s first bike park is nearly a reality. Help us with our fund raising efforts. Get your tickets (link below) to join us for a progress update on the Sapwi Bike Park, our fundraising campaign kick-off, and viewing of movie “The Moment“. The event will be held at Giant Bicycles North American Headquarters […]

Report on the COSCA Bonus Trailwork Day, May 26, 2018

37 volunteers came out to start building the newest trail in the Conejo Valley on May 26th. We completed about 0.4 miles! When finished the trail will extend from the Westlake Village Community Park and YMCA up to the Saddle Pass Trail, a distance of 1.3 miles. Another trail, to be built after this one […]

June Skills Clinic photos posted June 4

We had another large group of 15 riders this month. Graham took over the photography for Steve again this month – Thanks! There were several events going on in addition to the Skills Clinic. The Basic Skills Clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month at Malibu Creek State Park. You can see […]

Caution: SoCalGas Working in Sullivan Canyon through May

Please use caution riding or hiking Sullivan Canyon through the end of May.  Since 1960, Southern California Gas Company (“SoCaIGas”) has owned much of the land that comprises Sullivan Canyon (more than 4 miles in length).  It’s a popular area for mountain bikers, runners and hikers, and we all appreciate being able to use the […]

Kali Protectives Donates Helmets & Gloves for Youth Adventures Program!

At our April public monthly CORBA board meeting at REI last month, we learned that one of our vital programs, CORBA Youth Adventures Program, was in need of helmets and gloves. “Youth Adventures was implemented as a way of reaching out to groups of children that have had limited exposure to public parklands. Mountain bike rides are scheduled with […]

May Skills Clinic photos posted May 5

We had a relatively large group of 14 riders this month. It was a hot day in the park (a little over 90-degrees) and the park was very crowded. There seemed to be several events going on in addition to the Skills Clinic. The Basic Skills Clinic is always held the first Saturday of the […]

The May 2018 eTerraTimes newsletter was posted May 3

CORBA’s eTerraTimes newsletter for May was posted today, May3. If you don’t get it by email, you can the online version on our website.

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Management Plan Released

On April 20, 2018, some five months after the mandated 3 year time frame, the Forest Service released the final San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Management Plan and associated Environmental Analysis to the public for review. The release kicks off a 45-day objection period. Under the Forest Service’s revised 2012 Planning Rule, during an objection […]

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 profusely!

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!

Recreational Rides

    A recent Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?

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

Visit our Events Calendar to see all the rides and other activities!

CORBA’s Club 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 Trail Restoration 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 web page.

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 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.

Parents/guardians are responsible for minors at all times, and they must constantly and directly supervise children under 14. Children must be over 7-years old to attend. Please leave your four-legged friends at home!


Summary of Recent Trailwork

COSCA Bonus Trailwork Day on May 26. Thirty-seven volunteers came out to start building the newest trail in the Conejo Valley on May 26th that links the Westlake Village Community Park and YMCA to the Saddle Pass Trail. We completed about 0.4 miles of the new 1.3 mile-long connector! Another trail, to be built after this one is complete, will return to the other side of the community park and will bring the total to 2.5 miles of new trail. At noon we were treated to submarine sandwiches, soft drinks, chips, fruit, etc. by the COSCA rangers. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help! To see photos, visit our photo gallery of the bonus trailwork day.

COSCA Spring Trailwork Day on June 16. With about 70 volunteers, we continued to work on the trail started last month From the Westlake Village Community Park up to the Saddle Pass Trail. The new trail work areas had a very steep cross-slope. That meant that we had to dig out a lot of dirt to create a trail with the standard 4'-wide tread. On top of that, the dirt was mixed with lots of rocks that made the digging difficult. But the volunteers persevered and we ended up with another 0.4 miles of sweet new trail! Lunch was catered by Billy D’s BBQ in Newbury Park. There was lots for everybody! Thanks to all the volunteers who came out! To see photos, visit our photo gallery of the Spring trail work day.

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

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General News


Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday July 7th is the next skills clinic, followed by August 4th.

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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Have you ever wished you could get our blog articles without having to check the CORBA website every day to see if there’s anything new? Well, you can! Even though our blog software won’t send articles by email, you can still get them delivered to the inbox of most email readers like Microsoft Outlook. You use the “RSS feed” functionality for this. In fact, you can read our articles in any software that receives RSS feeds, such as Internet Explorer and other web browsers. This blog article on RSS feeds shows you how.

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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