MEXICAN MINE TRAIL
20 years ago, our local club pulled the plug on Downieville after developing the first several trails and mtn bike events in the region. Back then spandex and bikes were an unwelcome crowd. The USFS had opened a huge alternate area for us to develop that had zero other user groups on the other side of the river on the Pliocene Ridge... Forest City. Luckily, SBTS picked up the slack and has done such a sweet job in Downieville that even miners are now using mt bikes to access their mines.
65miles of trail now lace the watershed of Oregon Creek just four miles from Downieville (as the bird flys). While significant in scope, we have never promoted these trails and have enjoyed a somewhat quiet existence. After 6 years of politics, exploration and fundraising, we are a couple months from being shovel ready on a killer new trail. The trail will connect Downieville to Forest City, 13 miles / 3000ft vertical. Crazy terrain.
The EVENT Aug 10&11th
Ruby Bluffs overhangs Goodyear's Bar with significant cliffs and views of the Mexican Alignment below. The two day ride features local trails, gear shuttle, meals and a killer night star gazing. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/143482645854363/
The Downieville region depends on folks far and wide who enjoy the area to support these projects. Consider joining the effort to develop this sweet new trail. The new alignment features incredible areas with waterfalls, huge old growth trees, sketchy rock features stunning views and more. No massive grant (yet). Just beer and sweat flowing.
Project team members receive gear and tools free or at cost, specialized training, a rich creative trail play environment and some sweet trail karma. If you like the Scotts Trail in Nevada City, you will love what we are going to develop on the Mex! Contact me for more information at info(at)foresttrailsalliance.org
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