Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers http://www.sbmtv.org 30 years of trail advocacy in Santa Barbara Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:22:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 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 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 are available here! with a lot more information)

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 the 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 handed out golden crew leader SBMTV shirts to the grads. See the group photo of them 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 later 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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Total Tequepis http://www.sbmtv.org/total-tequipis/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 03:08:38 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6655 Some of us had either never heard of this trail or ridden it, which is what made this trail day so exciting. This was our first trail event after our membership party and we had a huge turnout of 35…

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Some of us had either never heard of this trail or ridden it, which is what made this trail day so exciting. This was our first trail event after our membership party and we had a huge turnout of 35 people! This meant we would cover a lot of ground and cover much of the trail. For those who still have never ridden the trail, it is a 4 mile, out and back adventure. The trail recently opened after being closed since the Whittier fire of last year. It was quite a shock for those returnees to the trail. Instead of climbing through brushy trees, we could see all the way to the neighboring mountains. It felt a bit eerie, like we were working our way to Mordor.

Since we had such a large turnout, we split into 2 bike teams and 1 hike team. One of the teams stopped halfway to spread out the work force. We spent most of the day clearing debris, cutting back over grown foliage, and brushing the trail. All the groups stayed out longer than normal since the ride to the top is quite long. After a long morning of getting down and dirty, we all headed back down the trail. One of the best parts about this trail is a classic physics lesson, what goes up must come down. Oh, we flew down!

Photographs by Maxwell Frank

 

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SBMTV Membership Party 2018 http://www.sbmtv.org/sbmtv-membership-party-2018/ Thu, 31 May 2018 01:14:55 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6627 This May, SBMTV celebrated our volunteers who give hours of their time to trail work efforts. Not only was this a celebration for veteran members, but for new members as well. The first activity of the day was riding private…

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This May, SBMTV celebrated our volunteers who give hours of their time to trail work efforts. Not only was this a celebration for veteran members, but for new members as well. The first activity of the day was riding private local flow trails. It was refreshing for all of use to ride these short trails with large berms and pumping sections. Not a single rock on the trail! Many of us rode lap after lap. Riding with different people every time, sharing which of the two trails we preferred. Endless smiles. We were fortunate to have Maxwell Frank, a local professional videographer, photographer, and SBMTV member capture our excitement on the trails.

After hours of riding trails, people started gathering around the house to enjoy beverages and tacos! Everyone was delighted to gorge on build-your-own-tacos served up by ______. While waiting in line, people were catching up with new and old friends. With more than sixty people at the event, there was plenty of conversation to go around.

Soon after the taco party, the music began inside. Brian Titus Trio filled the party with the wonderful sounds of Americana barn-stomping music. There were dancing circles and toe tapping. As a first time listener to Brian Titus, I was already a fan. Not only is the music delightful, but the musicians brought a bright and energetic presence to the crowd. During the half time, SBMTV President Mike Tarpey and Board Member Doug Jacobson, both gave speeches on behalf of the group. Though our trails have experienced hardships this year, this has sparked a new light in SBMTV. There are now many goals to reach and we are excited to get there. During the second session, people started gather around the Silent Auction tables where there was a variety of items donated by local organizations such as Patagonia, Velo Pro Cyclery, Calla Gold jewelry and many more. There were some fun bidding wars and thank you to everyone for helping us raise more money for our group!

Things started winding down during the final songs of Brian Titus. People slowly trickled out with smiles and sunburns. The bidding wars were coming to an end and people would get to take their winnings home. We are so glad that many of our members were able to come out and celebrate. Thank you again and we looking forward to seeing you all at our next event!

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State Trails Day 2018 – Jesusita http://www.sbmtv.org/state-trails-day-2018-jesusita/ Mon, 07 May 2018 23:08:13 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6580 State Trails Day is an annual collaborative event planned by SBMTV, Dave Everett, The Multiuse Trail Coalition and The City of Santa Barbara. For this years State Trails day, we wanted to focus on a trail that would bring both hikers…

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State Trails Day is an annual collaborative event planned by SBMTV, Dave Everett, The Multiuse Trail Coalition and The City of Santa Barbara. For this years State Trails day, we wanted to focus on a trail that would bring both hikers and bikers together. We had trails groups from SBMTV, City Parks, and members from the Multiuse Trail coalition.  Jesusita was an obvious location due to the increased muli-use traffic since the fire and floods in Santa Barbara. The turn out for both the trail builders and weather was wonderful. There was even a UCSB film crew working on a documentary that details post Thomas Fire recovery efforts in which they filmed and interviewed people throughout the day.

We all met at the top of San Roque and started the day with coffee, snacks and fruit provided by City Parks. We split into 3 different teams – 1 Work N Ride on bikes and 2 hiking groups. One of the hiking groups started at the bottom while the other carpooled out to the Ranch. Our main goal of the day was to work on sustainable water drainage and overgrown vegetation and brushing. We were able to cover much of the trail, but there were still areas we did not get to. Hopefully our efforts will last a year or two! Towards the end of the day, the conditions were becoming quite warm so everyone was glad to join again at the top of San Roque to enjoy cold beverages, snacks and burritos! The day was a success – SBMTV ordered 50 burritos from Santa Barbara Chicken Farm to feed all the hungry volunteers! Thank you to everyone who came out and we will see you at the next event!

 

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Snyder Trail Work Showdown http://www.sbmtv.org/snyder-trail-work-showdown/ http://www.sbmtv.org/snyder-trail-work-showdown/#view_comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:44:36 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6556 On a beautiful Saturday morning we all met at First Crossing off Paradise Road in the Santa Barbara backcountry. It is always exciting to see both familiar and new faces for these work days. There had been rain a week…

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On a beautiful Saturday morning we all met at First Crossing off Paradise Road in the Santa Barbara backcountry. It is always exciting to see both familiar and new faces for these work days. There had been rain a week prior and many of us were anticipating good dirt to work with. We had two groups heading out for the day, the hecka-awesome hikers and the blazingly-awesome bike group. The group on bikes shuttled up to work on the top section while the hikers walked in from the bottom. Our main goal for the day was to work on water drainage to set ourselves up for better water flow in case of future rains. Side note, has anyone else realized the word RAIN is found in DRAINAGE? 

There is quite a bit of visualizing when deciding where to create the drainage. This requires reading the land and understanding how water will roll down the slope. Two of our bike crew leaders, Bela and Lauren, would scout the next spot by discussing water flow before we started digging.  We discovered multiple deep ruts which needed proper drainage.  To fix this, not only do we fill in the rut, but also dig a spoon shape to prevent water from continuing to move down the trail and drain off the side instead. By the end of the day, we were are able to shape the trails to reduce ruts and erosion.

One of the best aspects of trail work is riding or hiking back down the trail to see the progress. Since I was apart of the bike group, I also got to see the areas where the hiking group worked. Once we all grouped back together at the picnic tables, we got to share stories with friendly and fun conversation while enjoying a wonderful lunch under the oak trees. If you haven’t been out to Snyder, it is definitely worth a trip! Plan to either hike up from the bottom or convince a friend to shuttle you and your bike to the top!

  

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Post-Rain Trail Etiquette http://www.sbmtv.org/rain-trail-etiquette/ Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:14:55 +0000 http://www.sbmtv.org/?p=6513 The weekend is coming! We see this forecast and think, “Hey, it’s only raining Friday, which means it’s clear all weekend!” With the approaching rain, we as mountain bikers need to make decisions whether the trails are in good enough…

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The weekend is coming! We see this forecast and think, “Hey, it’s only raining Friday, which means it’s clear all weekend!” With the approaching rain, we as mountain bikers need to make decisions whether the trails are in good enough condition to ride. I gathered resources from IMBA, Hilltromper Magazine, and Chris Orr (local trail builder). In IMBA’s section about the landscape, they state ‘ do not ride muddy trails because it causes rutting, widening and maintenance headaches. Ride through standing water, not around it.’

Trails need time to dry after rains and bike action on newly dampened soil is damaging to the trail. Though the trails may be soft and fun to bike on, all of our hard work on those trails quickly turns into ruts, exposed roots and soil erosion. If you are thinking about riding this weekend, we encourage you to wait and let the trails dry.

Drew Perkins, one our trail builders and a major asset to the completion of Camuesa Trail, answers questions about riding on wet trails in this article by Hilltromper. Drew’s advice is “1 day per inch of rain is a good amount to wait after a big storm.” However, Santa Barbara soil is less absorbent so we advise to wait 1 day per 1/4 inch of rain This can be difficult for us to measure so it is a safe bet to wait at least one day for every day rain! Riding in the rain isn’t just for mountain bikers, but for horses as well as they can damage soft trails as well.

Several days after a rain, puddles may still be present on the trail.  We find ourselves in that decision to either bike through it, or bike around. When riders start choosing the “go around” path, this leads to widening the trail, which may involve trampling flora, increased erosion, or entering a more sensitive section of the trail . So what do you? If the puddle is shallow, slowly bike through, otherwise, walk through the puddle with your bike. If you are curious about the amount of rainfall in Santa Barbara, check out the California Nevada River Forecast, which updates around every 24 hours . Check the conditions for rainfall before the ride and make sure it has been update since the last rain. Riding on a muddy, dirty trail can be fun, but consider the impact that your riding has on your safety as well as the trail itself.

For more information about trail etiquette, check out IMBA guidelines.

 

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