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Cachuma Lake Trail Day

Cachuma Lake Trail Day

Lake Cachuma Trail Work
March 10th, 2019

Today we worked on developing new bike trails at Lake Cachuma Recreation Area! Yes, New Bike Trails!

With a lot of rallying help from Mike Hecker we were joined with many NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) student-athletes, parents, and coaches–The total number of volunteers for the day was 123!! NICA hopes to have a XC race course set at Cachuma Lake in 2020.

The work day began with a tool safety talk from our president and one of the days event leaders, Doug Jacobson. After this we broke up into two area groups and hiked in. Lauren and Doug led crews in the Upper Mesa area and Chris and Sophia led in the Lower Mesa area.

With the help of 15 crew leaders, 11 who had recently competed SBMTV’s Trail Academy this January!, Leaders were able to work with small crews of 5-10 volunteers and provide sustainable trail building education and guidance.

What are they like? What did we build? We built 1.5 miles of trail. We did a lot of trail defining: built berms in turns, scraped the ground to show where the trail tread goes, helped block of directions to not go in. We built drainage features.  We lopped/sawed/and axed back brush that was encroaching on the trail corridor, greatly improving line of sight and taking away edge of trail hazards. A small reroute was built across a creek, I wish we had some before and after photos–solid rock moving and now buried work was done to make it hold up for years to come.

These trails are twisty and turny, they have some rock gardens, they have berms, they have some amazing views of the lake–Come check them out! Riding the two loops is about 3 miles and adding in laps or the Sweetwater trail you can easily get over 10 miles of riding in.

So, after all this work, we got back had pizza delivered straight from the Rangers! Plus this was supplemented with an amazing TJs spread from Kurt. Thank you!

Thank you SB County for the food and tools, Trails Council for tools and volunteers, The LP Hotshots for more tools. NICA students, coaches, and parents, SBMTV Trail Academy Crew Leaders and all other volunteers, Thank you for coming out and volunteering at this event!

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