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    Pogonip EMUT Bulletin Board



    Here's a new thread for posting stuff about Pogonip's new East Multi-Use Trial; go to Pogonip | Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) for updates about volunteering for trailwork.

    Here are some photos from today:
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    Sometimes roots need to be cut out by hand; that's mrtoadsc in the black shirt.

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    The trail was being nicely hand-finished right behind the trail machine.

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    Whenever I pointed the camera in these guy's direction they stopped working.

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    OK; here's everybody swinging a tool!

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    Drew completes this leg of the trail by rolling out onto the old skid road south of Redwood Creek. (iPhone photo sorry)

    Here's a spherical panorama from last week using a GoPro:

    Pogonip EMUT stump removal in The Bay Area
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    Thanks Paul,

    Next trailwork is Sunday July 8th at 9 AM. Meet at the bottom of U-Con. Bring long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, and water. Poison oak threat level will generally be low and we will have wipes and other stuff for cleaning up. Come check out the new trail!

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    Thank you Paul for posting the pictures and starting a new thread!

    Building this trail has been a really satisfying experience. This trail construction is giving us an opportunity to put into practice a lot of trail design and construction expertise that has been accumulating in the mountain biking community for decades. Thank you to all of you who have volunteered and donated to get it to this point.

    Everyone who enjoys riding in Santa Cruz should consider being part of the construction of this trail. If you cannot come out to work then consider making a donation: https://www.wepay.com/donations/147116 Once it's built you can ride it for the rest of your life.

    It's time to give back some love to Santa Cruz trails. There are many, many, many opportunities opening up for more legal riding in Santa Cruz County and MBOSC will be the vehicle for working with the land managers for design and construction.

    Thank you all for making this trail a reality!

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    Wanted: Pizza and coffee sponsor

    Quote Originally Posted by drew p View Post
    Next trailwork is Sunday July 8th at 9 AM. Meet at the bottom of U-Con. Bring long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, and water. Poison oak threat level will generally be low and we will have wipes and other stuff for cleaning up. Come check out the new trail!
    Our weekend work day tradition is to provide the volunteers with coffee and pasties before the ride and pizza and beverages afterwards. We usually use Woodstocks Pizza and Firefly Coffee

    We are looking for a pizza and coffee sponsor this weekend. It is usually around $100 for pizza and $50 for coffee. Please contact Drew at trails@mbosc.org if you are interested.

    Thanks!

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    Awesome looking work guys! Very well done.

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    Next weekend trailwork is Saturday July 14th. Meet at bottom of U-Con at 9:00 AM. Bring water, gloves, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Poison oak exposure will be low and we will have stuff to clean up with. Come check out the new trail!

    We also have evening workdays on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 5:30 PM at the bottom of U-Con.

    Emails trails@mbosc.org for more info.

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    Trailwork July 22nd - Meet at Pogonip Ranger Station

    More info at Pogonip | Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC)


    On Sunday July 22nd, we will begin working on the southern portion of the trail and will be meeting at the Pogonip Ranger Station at 9:00 am. The ranger station is a few hundred feet past the clubhouse on Golf Club Drive. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from the gate on Golf Club Drive and remember no bicycles are allowed past the gate. Please sign up at trailworkers.com. Bring long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves and water. Tools will be provided. Email trails@mbosc.org if you have any questions.

    We are also looking for breakfast and lunch sponsors for this workday. Please email me if you are interested in being a sponsor, our volunteers greatly appreciate it.


    See you out on the trail!

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    New video from the Santa Cruz Sentinel


    Mrtoadsc and drew p get some face time!
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    Pogonip EMUT trail construction summary in Sentinel

    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post

    Mrtoadsc and drew p get some face time!
    Thank you for posting that link!

    Here is an article in this weekends Santa Cruz Sentinel on the progress of the Pogonip multi-use trail construction.

    Volunteers cut new trail in Pogonip: 1.5-mile stretch to open in spring after rain solidifies trail - Santa Cruz Sentinel

    This is a summary of the project so far. Thank you all for your time and donations. We hope to be building more legal mtb friendly trails in Santa Cruz County in the coming years.

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    Trailwork Saturday November 10th, 9 am. Meet at bottom of U-Con singletrack. Pizza lunch provided by Micks Automotive followed by MBOSC membership mixer at Santa Cruz Mtns Brewing 2-5pm. Bring long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, and water. Sign up at www.trailworkers.com. Dirt is perfect with the recent rain.


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    Bell Sports...

    ...of Scotts Valley sponsored a TWD for their employees today on The Emma McCrary Trail in Santa Cruz's Pogonip Open Space. Great group of volunteers; here's a time lapse of some of the day's action:



    They even had a pro film crew recording the action:


    Just some out-takes from the time lapse:












    Part of the task involved obliterating the old Fern Trail:


    Yeah it got kinda' muddy out there:


    Well documented:


    Much of the day's work involved raking the duff back over the excavated soils to give the trail a narrower appearance:


    Everybody from Bell seemed to be working with a smile:


    We also drug some fallen trees to serve as dis-incentives to short-cutting the switchback turns:
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    Thanks Paul! Sweet time lapse, I'm such a fan. Going to nominate your for an Oscar.

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    Thanks for posting this

    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg View Post
    ...of Scotts Valley sponsored a TWD for their employees today on The Emma McCrary Trail in Santa Cruz's Pogonip Open Space. Great group of volunteers; here's a time lapse of some of the day's action:
    Excellent pictures and time lapse. Thanks for sharing Paul and thank you Easton Bell Sports for volunteering today.

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    Nice work out there, guys. Thanks for putting the tools to dirt!

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    Pro Video Version

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    Next workday Saturday January 5th. Post work pizza and beer sponsored by Epicenter Cycling. Sign up at Trailworkers


    Next Pogonip workday on the Emma McCrary Trail will be Saturday January 5th.

    This trail will connect U-Con to Golf Club Drive and is designed to be a sustainable, beginner friendly, and fun way to get from downtown Santa Cruz to Henry Cowell, the upper UCSC Campus, and Wilder Ranch State Park.

    We will be meeting at the Pogonip Ranger Station at 9am and working until 1pm. Park your car or bike at the gate at the end of Golf Club Drive and walk up the paved road for about 10 minutes. The ranger station is a few hundred feet past the old clubhouse. Looks like the weather will be nice this weekend.

    We will have a pizza lunch after we work sponsored by Epicenter Cycling. We will have very tasty coffee to get us started provided by Verve Coffee Roasters. Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and water. Tools and instruction will be provided.

    Please sign up at Trailworkers - we will have several smaller projects going and signing up will really help us with planning.

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    Next workday is January 20th

    Next workday on the Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip will be Sunday, January 20th.

    This trail will connect U-Con to Golf Club Drive and is designed to be a sustainable, beginner friendly, and fun way to get from downtown Santa Cruz to Henry Cowell, the upper UCSC Campus, and Wilder Ranch State Park.

    We will be meeting at the Pogonip Ranger Station at 9am and working until 1pm. Park your car or bike at the gate at the end of Golf Club Drive and walk up the paved road for about 10 minutes. The ranger station is a few hundred feet past the old clubhouse. Looks like the weather will be nice again this weekend. We will have a pizza lunch after we work sponsored by Mick's Automotive. We will have very tasty coffee to get us started provided by Verve Coffee Roasters. Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and water. Tools and instruction will be provided. We will be working on building the southern end of the trail connecting to Golf Club Drive.

    Please sign up at Trailworkers

    Next scheduled workday after this weekend is February 9th, and we are also meeting regularly at 8:45 AM on Thursdays at the Ranger Station to do trailwork as well. Hope to see some of you out there.
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    Pogonip EMUT Bulletin Board

    Next trailwork days March 9th and March 16th. Visit www.trailworkers.com and www.mbosc.org for more info.

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    I am so looking forward to riding this trail! I heard it will be donw by the end of this month. Correct?

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    Next workday April 6th

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    I am so looking forward to riding this trail! I heard it will be donw by the end of this month. Correct?
    Hopefully before Sea Otter? We received the beams for the big bridges last week and will be placing them this Saturday. Please come volunteer. Visit Trailworkers and Pogonip | Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) for more info.

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    Can't wait for it to be done too. Saw a couple guys riding out of it the other day though...
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    Pogonip EMUT Bulletin Board

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    Can't wait for it to be done too. Saw a couple guys riding out of it the other day though...
    Unfortunately it is getting used. Please refrain from riding it because the stream banks are getting pretty hammered from people climbing up and down because the bridges are not in yet.


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    Decking for the bridges...

    ...arrived yesterday. Drew put out the call for a team to help get the 3" x 8" redwood planks down to the bridges for installation tomorrow. A perfectly sized group coalesced at the ranger station to load up a dolly to transport the planks:


    The road was slightly downhill but still require some pushing in spots:


    I didn't even have to say "cheese":


    Some PO was encountered:


    Over she goes:


    There were two 200' pitches; here the cart is blocked while the ropes are changed:


    Here's the brake rigging; graciously provided by Pierre whose face keeps being hidden:


    At the bottom...


    ...to unload; this shot gives a good view of the steepness of the slope the load was rolled down:


    The final destination for the planking; the span over Redwood Creek:

    There was an amazing amount of bike traffic for a weekday morning considering the trail is still "closed during construction"; apparently in the dialect of Santa Cruz "Closed" means "Strava"!

    It took us a couple of hours and two trips to move the planks for the upper bridge; here's the last trip condensed into about 4 minutes:
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    Thanks for helping today Paul and putting up the video!

    Grand opening is June 1st, 10:00 AM. Join us for the ribbon cutting and "first" ride.

    City of Santa Cruz : City Calendar : Emma McCrary Trail Opening

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    Thank you Paul for the pictures and video. I regret that I can't make these day time work sessions but I love living them through the way you document these events.

    As Drew mentioned, the City of Santa Cruz is going to do a little celebration for the official trail opening June 1st, 10 am.

    We at MBoSC are so proud of our trail building/construction volunteers. A few hundred of you have donated over 3,500 hours and many of your hard earned $$ to build this 2 mile trail in less than a year. I'm so proud of the mountain biking community and the next 10 years of trail access in Santa Cruz county for mountain bikes is going to be a positive change compared with the past 20 years.

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