Building 20+ Miles of MTB Trails – STEP 1

Recently, I had the sincere honor to join Drew Perkins from Drew Perkins Trail Consulting to scout out the terrain and features available for new trails approved by the USFS on their Orosco Ridge site. Drew came down from Santa Cruz to plan out the trails after the San Diego Mountain Biking Association selected him to design the Orosco Ridge Trails Plan.

 

THE PLAN:

Located on the southwestern side of Pamo Valley within the Palomar Ranger District of the USFS Cleveland National Forest, just north of Ramona, south of Lake Henshaw. This plan will include 20 Miles of purpose built singletrack with five directional intermediate and advanced trails!

THE TRAIL DESIGNER:

Drew is best known for his work with the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz at the Soquel Demonstration Forest. He led the planning, design and construction of these world renowned flow trails. His portfolio also includes work and design of the Pismo Beach Preserve and the Emma McCrary Trail in Santa Cruz.

 

THE VISION:

Less than an hour from central San Diego, Pamo Valley boasts over 20,000 acres of contiguous Forest Service land that currently has little to no trails. The vision for the Pamo Valley area, north of Ramona, is to create a system wide concept plan for a sustainable and connected trail system that will become a valuable asset to the region and a place for people to experience and connect to their public lands.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

-SDMBA will continue to engage any interested groups and the local and regional community regarding this plan and its implementation. SDMBA has raised an additional $15,000 so far in 2018. These funds will further the design process and further fine tune our proposal to the Forest Service. SDMBA will continue to raise funds through 2018 for the building phase through a mixture of grants, community, corporate and industry support, as the Forest Service does not have the budget for these types of proposals. -NEPA process scheduled fiscal year 2018 has already been started by Forest Service Staff. Based on NEPA findings Palomar Ranger District will be able to make a decision on moving forward with proposed trails in mid 2018. US Forest Service staff specialists have already started the NEPA process (environmental review) for this project. Although studies will be ongoing, and SDMBA hopes to have approval to move forward with construction of these trails by late 2018.

MORE INFO:

More information on the Pamo Valley Trails Plan HERE: http://sdmba.com/pamo_valley_trails_plan.php

We are thrilled with the progress of this project and especially from the support we have gotten from the US Forest Service and the community. We can’t do this unless we all pull together! -Questions about the project can be directed to Ben Stone: bens@sdmba.com -Questions regarding off-line donations can be directed to Susie Murphy: executivedirector@sdmba.com

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