Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers http://www.sbmtv.org 30 years of trail advocacy in Santa Barbara Mon, 06 May 2019 20:26:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Elings Park Trail Work Wednesday – April 10th, 2019 http://www.sbmtv.org/elings-park-trail-work-wednesday-april-10th-2019/ http://www.sbmtv.org/elings-park-trail-work-wednesday-april-10th-2019/#comments_reply Wed, 10 Apr 2019 23:28:20 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=7280 Elings Park Trail Work Wednesday April 10th, 2019 — 5:00pm – 7:00pm We had a fantastic Wednesday work session at Elings today! Ben was the event leader and Cody, Marc and Donn were crew leaders. We worked on the ‘XC…

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Elings Park Trail Work Wednesday

April 10th, 2019 — 5:00pm – 7:00pm

We had a fantastic Wednesday work session at Elings today! Ben was the event leader and Cody, Marc and Donn were crew leaders. We worked on the ‘XC Downhill/Uphill’ Trail—The trail on the Cliff Dr. side of the park closest to the Mesa.

We had a great turnout of 15 volunteers today!

Together we focused on the top part of the trail where we built rolling grade dips and knicks, and debermed and filled in ruts. We also worked on clearing some of the mustard that is blocking the line of sight, and sometimes catching handlebars!

At the end of the day about half of the crew gave the trail a go.

Then we finished off with some snacks. Chips and Guac was a hit!… oh yeah, but the Cookies did win the disappearing contest first.

Thanks everyone! Check back on our website and Facebook to find out where our next work day is. We will probably be doing Elings work days once a month moving forward.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Also if you have any photos to share from trail work feel free to send them to photos@sbmtv.org.

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State Trails Day – Saturday, April 6th 2019 http://www.sbmtv.org/state-trails-day-saturday-april-6th-2019/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 18:07:07 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=7235 State Trails Day – Saturday, April 6th 2019 Today was a collaborate trail work day where we partnered with The City of Santa Barbara, The County of Santa Barbara, Montecito Trail Foundation, Los Padres Forest Association, The Santa Barbara Bucket…

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State Trails Day – Saturday, April 6th 2019

Today was a collaborate trail work day where we partnered with The City of Santa Barbara, The County of Santa Barbara, Montecito Trail Foundation, Los Padres Forest Association, The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, Trails Council, Montecito Union School and were supported by Chicken Ranch and REI.

The day started with a bit of mingling complemented by coffee and donuts brought in by the Bucket Brigade–Thank you!! After that Steve Biddle from Santa Barbara Parks and Rec. presented the days plan, gave a safety talk and split us up to work on Hot Spring Canyon Trail and Romero Canyon Trail.

About ⅔ of us (~60 people) worked on Hot Springs Canyon Trail, and ⅓ (~30 people) worked on Romero Canyon Trail. We had a great turn out of crew leaders and were able to have about 5-8 volunteers per leader.

Hot Springs Canyon Trail received a bit of a brush trim. The brush was really encroaching on the trail, in many places you’d look down and no feet could be seen. The visibility forward and rearward was also quite limited. On top of brushing, crews worked on defining the trail across the creek in a couple spots–they moved a lot of rock!–really transformed a confusing crossing into a well defined trail.  Also, many key drainage features were built, and a lot of trail benching and deberming was done.

Over at Romero the crews worked on creek crossings and drainage features too. The first creek crossing (down from the 4-way Jeep Rd. singletrack intersection) on the lower singletrack trail was transformed from another confusing crossing to a well defined trail. From that crossing down crews worked on deberming, building drainage features such as knicks and rolling grade dips and also worked on clearing some trail encroaching brush.

After working on the trails we headed back to Montecito Union School and enjoyed a tasty Chicken Ranch Lunch :), And, some lucky people received some prizes from REI presented by Steve.

It was a great great day! The trails are looking very good. Hope you can get out there, check out the work and enjoy the wildflowers!

Thank you so much to all the volunteers and organizers!

The City of Santa Barbara. The County of Santa Barbara. Los Padres Forest Association. Montecito Trail Foundation. The Bucket Brigade. Trails Council. REI. Chicken Ranch. Montecito Union School for the meet up, lunch and parking base.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Reach out to us at info@sbmtv.org.

And, be sure to follow us on instagram @sb_mtv on facebook and/or subscribe to our email list to hear about we have going on!

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CPR + AED Training http://www.sbmtv.org/cpr-training/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 23:51:23 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=7201 CPR Training Adult, Child and Infant Thursday March 14th CPR Training went very well! We had 10 students. The instructor was Dave Romero.

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CPR Training
Adult, Child and Infant

Thursday March 14th

CPR Training went very well! We had 10 students. The instructor was Dave Romero.

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Cachuma Lake Trail Day http://www.sbmtv.org/cachuma-lake-trail-day/ Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:25:47 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=7173 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…

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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!

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments at info@sbmtv.org

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook group and page and Email Announcements for upcoming events!

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Jesusita Trail Day http://www.sbmtv.org/jesusita-trail-day/ Sun, 24 Feb 2019 18:24:09 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=7116 February 24th, 2019 Jesusita Trail Day We had 27 volunteers for this hike-in trail day! The majority of the work we did was on the section of trail in green on the map below–Starting right after the Drinking Fountain/Bell Box…

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February 24th, 2019

Jesusita Trail Day

We had 27 volunteers for this hike-in trail day!

The majority of the work we did was on the section of trail in green on the map below–Starting right after the Drinking Fountain/Bell Box and going all the way up to the Steep Switchback (That gnarly steep rocky one). 

Berms were improved, a part of the trail that had eroded was rebuilt with rock work! Rolling grade dips were added and existing drainage was improved. 

The trail is so very improved, thank you so much volunteers!

Go check it out if you haven’t yet.

 

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Trail Academy 2019 – January 12th and 13th http://www.sbmtv.org/trailacademy/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:54:41 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=7032 What a great success! We are floored with how the Trail Academy turned out! We had 34 students, 4 returning crew leaders and 30 brand new! Trail Academy was instructed by professional trail builder, Drew Perkins, and assisted by professional…

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What a great success! We are floored with how the Trail Academy turned out!

We had 34 students, 4 returning crew leaders and 30 brand new!

Trail Academy was instructed by professional trail builder, Drew Perkins, and assisted by professional trail builder, Chris Orr.

The weekend began with a 2.5 hour classroom session presented by Drew. This part of the academy was open to everyone as so we had over 40 people learning some things like this:

The trail needs to capture all users Equestrians, Hikers, Runners, Bikers, be in harmony with the environment, help show users the easiest way down and much more. (The presentation slides will be available soon for a lot more infomation)

We learned a lot about different soil types, how they react to water in different ways, and where these different soils are found in Santa Barbara.

And we focused on water drainage techniques during the second half of the presentation. We learned to think about the four main forces that act on the trail: compaction, displacement, erosion and gravity. We learned a lot about how fall line trails are unsustainable and break the ½ rule. How to pick the best spots for drainage features.  How to build Knick features and Rolling Grade dips.

The list goes on and on, so much great material was passed to us! You can get into more detail when you check out the presentation slides.

After the presentation we moved up to the top of Cold Spring West Fork and enjoyed an amazing picnic lunch spread of goodies and mingling.

Next, Drew taught us a bit more about the tools used to work on the trail–this time with the assistance of the physical thing in hand and a megaphone 🙂

After that we broke into two groups of ~17 one led by Drew and one by Chris. We walked down the trail stopping many times and discussed things like, watershed, drainage features used, features that could be added, methods to determine if slope of feature is ample for grade of trail, and much more.

Day one wrapped up with an optional BBQ at SBMTV’s past presidents house, Jack Greenbaum.

For day two we met at Skofield park. Today our plan was to do some more educational walking and discussing but to also have everyone dig into the dirt and really build a lot of these features we had learned about.

And that is just what we did.  We worked on Rattlesnake trail with city permission, the government shutdown prevented us from working on Forest Service land trails. Rattlesnake was a great option for us, yes it’s not open for biking, but is a trail that needed drainage features built and improved. We also saw a very good example of what happens to a trail when it is built on a fall line–It turns into ‘a brand new stream’.

At the end of the day we regrouped at Skofield Park and golden crew leader SBMTV shirts we handed out to the grads. Group photo of them all below!


Thank you so much to all the students who participated! Everyone did amazingly well! We are soo excited to have you all come to events and lead crews!

Also, sending a huge thank you to REI for their support, SBBike for the presentation space, Drew Perkins for coming down from Santa Cruz to instruct, Chris Orr for assisting in instruction, the City of SB for opening Rattlesnake trail for us to work on, and all the SBMTV volunteers that helped put the event together!!

 We will likely be putting on another Academy this year as well! Keep your eyes on our Instagram, Facebook group and page and Email Announcements for upcoming events!

 

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Lower Santa Cruz Trail Day – December 9th, 2018 http://www.sbmtv.org/lower-santa-cruz-trail-day-december-9th-2018/ Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:13:44 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6981 We had a great turnout at today’s Lower Santa Cruz Trail Work day, 28 Volunteers! We broke out into three initial work crews. Two bike in groups with Doug and Jason went all the way up to the first slide…

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We had a great turnout at today’s Lower Santa Cruz Trail Work day, 28 Volunteers! We broke out into three initial work crews. Two bike in groups with Doug and Jason went all the way up to the first slide — about 2.2 miles up the trail, and a hike in crew with Peter worked from the start of the trailhead to just beyond the 19 Oaks trail intersection.  Lauren also lead small groups of people as Dough and Jasons crews finished up projects and started sending people down the trail bit by bit to continue work. They pulled on a number of threatening yucca plants from the trail — bye bye punctures, whew.

The dirt was in perfect workable condition as it had just rained a few days before. So, we were able to really shape our work. We built a lot of water drainage features, nicks, rolling grade dips and worked on benching with outslope in many locations. There were some berms put in right after the meadow, you might have caught them in action on our instagram feed :).

After the solid day of work we rode down (hiked out) the hero dirt and enjoyed lunch and beverages together at the picnic tables next to the Upper Oso parking area.  

Thank you so much to all the Volunteers!! You did an amazing job!

So excited to get out and ride this trail!! Hope you have a chance to check it out soon! It is currently a great out and back ride at about 4.6 miles roundtrip from the parking — and if you have some extra energy add in a Camuesa lap!

And a little reminder, if you are interested in being a SBMTV Crew Leader we are offering Trail Academy in January, the weekend of the 12th and 13th. It is a two day intensive school that will teach you the basics of sustainable trail design and other skills needed for leading a small work crew on the trail. Check it out here: www.sbmtv.org/event/trailschool

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Lower Santa Cruz and Camuesa Trail Work http://www.sbmtv.org/lower-santa-cruz-and-camuesa-trail-work/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:22:24 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6850 November 11th, 2018 Camuesa and Lower Santa Cruz Trail Work Today we had a great turn out, 25 volunteers! We were able to split into two groups and tackle Lower Santa Cruz trail and Camuesa. Chris, Donn and Jack, lead…

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November 11th, 2018

Camuesa and Lower Santa Cruz Trail Work

Today we had a great turn out, 25 volunteers! We were able to split into two groups and tackle Lower Santa Cruz trail and Camuesa.

Chris, Donn and Jack, lead a crew of 9 volunteers on Lower Santa Cruz — They cut out an Oak tree that was blocking part of the trail, benched a couple sections of trail that had nearly been covered over by slough, lopped a lot of branches, and created two much needed rolling grade dips to direct water off the trail.

Lauren, Doug and Baird lead a crew of 16 volunteers on Camuesa — They fixed a long section of rutted trail, built up berms in a couple blown out turns, and worked on trail benching.


Overall a lot of great work was done on both trails! Santa Cruz trail may open soon after our next trail work event there next month, December 9th! Check for event details on Facebook or the event page.

Thank you to all the volunteers! This trail work day was a blast!

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West Fork Cold Spring Trail Work http://www.sbmtv.org/west-fork-cold-spring-trail-work/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:18:38 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6737 Sunday 10-14-18 West Fork Cold Spring We collaborated with Montecito Trails Foundation for today’s work. MTF hired a trail builder to rebuild the trail, Doug Hulett.  He has done a ton of great work and has rebuilt the trail from the top of…

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Sunday 10-14-18

West Fork Cold Spring

We collaborated with Montecito Trails Foundation for today’s work. MTF hired a trail builder to rebuild the trail, Doug Hulett.  He has done a ton of great work and has rebuilt the trail from the top of West Fork to the East Fork intersection with a mini excavator and many other tools.  He prepared the crew leaders with a few projects and then we took it from there with leadership from Lauren.

We had a great turn out of 21 volunteers! So we broke up into four groups. Two groups to focus on building inside edge retaining walls and two to focus on doing finish trail work.

We hiked in 0.2 miles and began (where the red line on the map is).  The majority of the work was done over the next 0.8 miles–from the start of the switchbacks to the old concrete water tunnel.

The excavator had moved a lot of earth, which created a great and wide benched trail from the top to the bottom. So, in that process, a lot of debris had made its way to the trail bench.  We were able to clear off a lot of loose debris from the trail, open up drainages, put in new grade reversals and create outslope in many key spots.

Rebuilt Switchback

Inside edge wall crew + Marc taking the photo!

Near the end of the workday a team of 3 hiked in to the rock-nose right bend on a T-post shortening mission (area shown on map, it’s the second red line). There were many T-posts on the outside edge retaining wall extending up about 6 inches to a foot, now they are either hammered down or ground off. Whew!–Exposed T-post ends are scary!

After a solid morning+ of work, we hiked out and enjoyed a great picnic lunch with some tasty beverages. And oh yes, there were cookies, until they were gone.

Huge thank you to everyone!! So much great work done!!

If anyone has any questions regarding upcoming events we always post on Facebook and our Events page on the website. And if you haven’t found the Facebook group yet be sure to join, that’s where a lot of mountain bike related conversations happen.

And… one last thing for now, is your IMBA membership current? If not be sure to update it here. If you enter this month you get entered into a pretty sweet raffle.

 

So much great work done today!!

Some of the crew!

Teamwork!

Working on a grade dip.

 

 

 

Lunchtime!

 

        

SBMTV

We drew some rubber-necking, from drivers by and bikers by :), we are SBMTV! SBMTV.org

 

 

 

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Upper Cold Spring Trail http://www.sbmtv.org/upper-cold-spring-trail/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 22:34:43 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6708 September 22, 2018 National Public Lands Day This work was done as part of a larger National Public Lands Day trail effort.  San Ysidro, Buena Vista and Cold Spring trail were worked on by many volunteers. SBMTV focused on the…

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September 22, 2018

National Public Lands Day

This work was done as part of a larger National Public Lands Day trail effort.  San Ysidro, Buena Vista and Cold Spring trail were worked on by many volunteers. SBMTV focused on the upper section of Cold Spring trail. Our crew of 8 tackled a section of trail starting about 0.6 miles down from the saddle and extending 0.6 miles (the section shown in red on the map below). We used hedgers to trim the sides of the trail improving riding sight lines a lot.

The majority of the work we did was benching, fixing a handful of quite tight spots. The trail is now in good shape from the saddle to the where it becomes rocky. I’ve heard the rocky section is a bit more gnarly than it was before, so be careful and wear protective gear if you ride it. The lower creek section of the trail has yet to be restored so you need to ride down either the switchback ridge (route shown in yellow on map) or other trail options to the east.

After the work we hiked back out and enjoyed a tasty snack lunch, and some great drinks. The most tasty Gatorade today!

Thank you to the crew! We had a blast and did a lot of great work!

Our next trail work day is coming right up this Sunday. We will be doing finish trail work on Cold Spring West Fork. Hope to see you there!! Check for event details on Facebook or the event page. 

**A lot more photos coming soon**

 

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