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    Marin & East Bay, Advocacy Mt. Bike Newsletter DEC 2005

    Marin & East Bay BIKE EMAIL NEWSLETTER---DEC 2005

    Supported by:
    Bicycle Trails Council of Marin (BTCM)
    Bicycle Trails Council of East Bay (BTCEB)
    Access 4 Bikes (A4B)
    Northern California Mountain Biking Association (NorCAMBA)

    Editor: Danny Forer ([email protected])


    Table of Contents:
    1. 2006 TAMARANCHO PASSES NOW ON SALE
    2. PROPOSED NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK---DIAS RIDGE/COAST VIEW TRAIL MEETING
    3. TAMARANCHO TRAILWORK SCHEDULE- STARTS SAT DEC 10
    4. REI TRAILWORK AT CHINA CAMP- SAT DEC 10
    5. NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK, NOW OPEN IN MARIN
    ....and for riders in the East Bay
    6. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCIL/EAST BAY GENERAL MEETING- TUES DEC 6
    7. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCIL/EAST BAY: FREE POST HOLIDAY PARTY- SAT JAN 21



    1. 2006 TAMARANCHO PASSES NOW ON SALE
    The new, 2006 Tamarancho (Boy Scout Camp) annual passes, are now on sale.
    The passes, are valid for the remaining month of December 2005, and all of
    2006.

    The prices, for 2006, are unchanged--$40 for an individual, and $55 for a
    household of 2 adults and up to 2 children. If you purchased a pass last
    year, you will shortly get an application in the mail. Or, if you wish, go
    to: http://www.boyscouts-marin.org/camps/fot.htm and you can purchase
    your annual pass online, using a credit card, or print out an 2006
    application, and send it in with a check. Turn around time is less than 1
    week. Support bike legal singletrack in Marin, and don't poach Tamarancho!



    2. PROPOSED NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK---DIAS RIDGE/COAST VIEW TRAIL MEETING
    Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and California State Parks, are
    working together, on a bike legal trail project in the Muir Beach area of
    Marin. They have proposed a trail realignment for Dias Ridge, and a new
    extension of the recently opened, Coast View Trail.

    This has tremendous implications for Bay Area mountain bikers. Currently,
    Dias Ridge, from the Miwok Trail down to Highway 1, although bike legal, is
    extremely rutted and overly steep. The reroute of Dias Ridge will include
    new single track trail construction, and will also descend to Frank's
    Valley Road. This superb bike-legal alternative will become part of
    the Ridge Trail.

    From the new trailhead on Franks Valley Road, another new segment of
    single track trail will be built which will ascend to the new Coastal View
    Trail. It will provide a bike legal alternative to the Heather Cut Off
    trail, and will enable cyclists to avoid the dangers of Highway 1.

    THIS WOULD BE HUGE IMPROVEMENT FOR MTN BIKERS AND ALL TRAIL USERS.

    There will be a public meeting on Thursday Dec 8, at 6:30pm, at the Bay
    Model Meeting Room, 2100 Bridgeway, in Sausalito. This is described as "A
    short presentation...followed by an open forum...."

    In addition, on Sat. December 10, State Parks and the NPS, will lead a walk
    through the proposed site. The walk will last approximately 2 hours,
    and will provide an excellent opportunity to show our interest, and
    provide input. That hike will start at 9:30 AM at the Dias Ridge Fire
    Road gate on Panoramic way.

    Please keep in mind that this is a tremendous opportunity to show
    enthusiastic support for the efforts of these two agencies. Ridge
    Trail advocates, including mountain bikers, have been working for this
    route for over 10 years. Now that it is being proposed, we need to be
    heard. Too often we are accused (along with other trail advocates,)
    of only speaking up with negative comments. Now is a good chance to
    prove that is wrong.

    Off road cyclists are encouraged to attend to show support to both GGNRA and
    State Parks, for this needed improvement. PLEASE MAKE THE EFFORT TO ATTEND
    THIS MEETING.

    If you are unable to come to the meeting, please be sure to write a
    note to the agencies expressing your support. The comment period
    during this scoping process extends until January 6.

    Access 4 Bikes, NorCAMBA, BTCM and BTCEB, all strongly support this
    proposal.

    For more information about this project, and to summit comments, go to:
    http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectH...rojectId=13836


    3. TAMARANCHO TRAILWORK SCHEDULE
    It took volunteer bicyclists over 6 years, to build the 8 mile Tamarancho
    Bike Loop. It has been recognized as one of the best places to ride in the
    country (Bike Magazine, Top 15 Places to Ride). Now you can help maintain
    Tamarancho as a great local singletrack loop.

    Riders who frequent the camp in the winter know there is always some
    maintenance to do when the rains arrive. Last year, the trail work was very
    successful, in making Broken Dam trail almost "winter proof".

    This season, the work will include, the cleaning out of drainage dips, and
    re-armouring soft spots on some of the other trails in the camp.

    Bring boots, and work gloves. We will provide tools, training, snacks and
    drinks. Ride your bike, or drive to the Ranger station in the center of camp
    (top of Iron Springs Road). TRAILWORK STARTS AT 10AM PROMPTLY.

    Trailwork Dates at Tamarancho:
    Sat Dec 10, 2005
    Sat Jan 7, 2006
    Sat Jan 21, 2006
    Sat Feb 4, 2006
    Sat Feb 18, 2006

    Put them on your calendar now.

    For more information contact: Jim Jacobsen, president of BTCM, at
    [email protected] or 415.488.1443



    4. REI TRAILWORK AT CHINA CAMP
    China Camp State Park is the only, free, bike legal singletrack loop, in
    Marin. Show your support by attending the REI Volunteer Service Project on
    Saturday Dec. 10, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

    Please bring work boots, and gloves. All tools will be provided. No
    experience is required.

    The project will be a reconstruction of a section of the Shoreline Trail,
    probably the most heavily used bike legal singletrack in the county.

    Meet at the China Camp Ranger station, 7 miles east of Highway 101, on North
    San Pedro Rd. For more info contact the "outreach specialist" at REI in
    Corte Madera http://www.rei.com/stores/cortemadera/


    5. NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK, NOW OPEN IN MARIN
    Marin County Open Space has opened two new bike legal singletrack trails in
    White's Hill Open Space District. The trails, which are part of the Bay Area
    Ridge Trail, are called White's Hill Trail and Porcupine Trails.

    This new link makes it possible, for the first time, to legally ride trails
    and fireroads, on dirt (!), from Fairfax (via Old Railroad Grade in Loma
    Alta) to Tamarancho and Pine mountain area.

    To access these trails from Tamarancho, go out B-17 extension trail, and
    make a right turn down Whites Hill Fireroad and follow the Bay Area Ridge
    Trail signs. From Fairfax, take Glen Dr, off of Drake, to get to Old
    Railroad to Drake and up White's Hill Trail.

    The new Tamarancho map, which is downloadable, shows this connection. Go to:

    http://www.boyscouts-marin.org/camps...Nov%202005.pdf

    ....and for riders in the East Bay

    6. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCIL EAST BAY (BTCEB) GENERAL MEETING- TUES DEC 6
    The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay, will have its monthly general
    meeting, on the first Tuesday of December (Dec 6) at 7pm, at the Englander
    Pub, 101 Parrott St, San Leandro.

    All riders in the East Bay are encouraged to attend to meet the board, and
    help us in choosing which trails we are asking to be open to bikes in
    regional parks. Also, this is you chance to get to know fellow local riders,
    and hear about local issues.

    Dinner is paid for by the club. For information about the location go to:
    http://www.englanderpub.com/


    7. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCILEAST BAY (BTCEB): FREE POST HOLIDAY PARTY- SAT JAN
    21
    The BTCEB, annual (post) holiday party, will be held at the home of the new
    club president, Eric Muhler, in Oakland, on the night of Saturday January
    21, 2006. The party at Eric's has great food, drink, entertainment, and
    more, all for the price of...Nothing.

    THIS IS THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR FOR EAST BAY MTN BIKE RIDERS!

    For those that wish, the day starts with a singletrack bike ride up Dimond
    Canyon, into Joaquin Miller Park, loops through Redwood, and back down
    singletracks that BTCEB has built, preserved access to and maintained for
    all riders for the past 15 years.

    It is free to current paid members, and significant others. If you live in
    the East Bay, and ride off road, and not a member of BTCEB, NOW IS THE TIME
    TO JOIN!

    Go to www.BTCEastBay.org and join online, or print out an application and
    mail it in with your check before Dec 15, and you will be invited.

    If you are currently a member, you will get an invitation in the mail
    shortly. Please save the date.

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    Wow! you guys have been busy...

    Quote Originally Posted by d4er
    Marin & East Bay BIKE EMAIL NEWSLETTER---DEC 2005

    Supported by:
    Bicycle Trails Council of Marin (BTCM)
    Bicycle Trails Council of East Bay (BTCEB)
    Access 4 Bikes (A4B)
    Northern California Mountain Biking Association (NorCAMBA)

    Editor: Danny Forer ([email protected])


    Table of Contents:
    1. 2006 TAMARANCHO PASSES NOW ON SALE
    2. PROPOSED NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK---DIAS RIDGE/COAST VIEW TRAIL MEETING
    3. TAMARANCHO TRAILWORK SCHEDULE- STARTS SAT DEC 10
    4. REI TRAILWORK AT CHINA CAMP- SAT DEC 10
    5. NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK, NOW OPEN IN MARIN
    ....and for riders in the East Bay
    6. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCIL/EAST BAY GENERAL MEETING- TUES DEC 6
    7. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCIL/EAST BAY: FREE POST HOLIDAY PARTY- SAT JAN 21



    1. 2006 TAMARANCHO PASSES NOW ON SALE
    The new, 2006 Tamarancho (Boy Scout Camp) annual passes, are now on sale.
    The passes, are valid for the remaining month of December 2005, and all of
    2006.

    The prices, for 2006, are unchanged--$40 for an individual, and $55 for a
    household of 2 adults and up to 2 children. If you purchased a pass last
    year, you will shortly get an application in the mail. Or, if you wish, go
    to: http://www.boyscouts-marin.org/camps/fot.htm and you can purchase
    your annual pass online, using a credit card, or print out an 2006
    application, and send it in with a check. Turn around time is less than 1
    week. Support bike legal singletrack in Marin, and don't poach Tamarancho!



    2. PROPOSED NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK---DIAS RIDGE/COAST VIEW TRAIL MEETING
    Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and California State Parks, are
    working together, on a bike legal trail project in the Muir Beach area of
    Marin. They have proposed a trail realignment for Dias Ridge, and a new
    extension of the recently opened, Coast View Trail.

    This has tremendous implications for Bay Area mountain bikers. Currently,
    Dias Ridge, from the Miwok Trail down to Highway 1, although bike legal, is
    extremely rutted and overly steep. The reroute of Dias Ridge will include
    new single track trail construction, and will also descend to Frank's
    Valley Road. This superb bike-legal alternative will become part of
    the Ridge Trail.

    From the new trailhead on Franks Valley Road, another new segment of
    single track trail will be built which will ascend to the new Coastal View
    Trail. It will provide a bike legal alternative to the Heather Cut Off
    trail, and will enable cyclists to avoid the dangers of Highway 1.

    THIS WOULD BE HUGE IMPROVEMENT FOR MTN BIKERS AND ALL TRAIL USERS.

    There will be a public meeting on Thursday Dec 8, at 6:30pm, at the Bay
    Model Meeting Room, 2100 Bridgeway, in Sausalito. This is described as "A
    short presentation...followed by an open forum...."

    In addition, on Sat. December 10, State Parks and the NPS, will lead a walk
    through the proposed site. The walk will last approximately 2 hours,
    and will provide an excellent opportunity to show our interest, and
    provide input. That hike will start at 9:30 AM at the Dias Ridge Fire
    Road gate on Panoramic way.

    Please keep in mind that this is a tremendous opportunity to show
    enthusiastic support for the efforts of these two agencies. Ridge
    Trail advocates, including mountain bikers, have been working for this
    route for over 10 years. Now that it is being proposed, we need to be
    heard. Too often we are accused (along with other trail advocates,)
    of only speaking up with negative comments. Now is a good chance to
    prove that is wrong.

    Off road cyclists are encouraged to attend to show support to both GGNRA and
    State Parks, for this needed improvement. PLEASE MAKE THE EFFORT TO ATTEND
    THIS MEETING.

    If you are unable to come to the meeting, please be sure to write a
    note to the agencies expressing your support. The comment period
    during this scoping process extends until January 6.

    Access 4 Bikes, NorCAMBA, BTCM and BTCEB, all strongly support this
    proposal.

    For more information about this project, and to summit comments, go to:
    http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectH...rojectId=13836


    3. TAMARANCHO TRAILWORK SCHEDULE
    It took volunteer bicyclists over 6 years, to build the 8 mile Tamarancho
    Bike Loop. It has been recognized as one of the best places to ride in the
    country (Bike Magazine, Top 15 Places to Ride). Now you can help maintain
    Tamarancho as a great local singletrack loop.

    Riders who frequent the camp in the winter know there is always some
    maintenance to do when the rains arrive. Last year, the trail work was very
    successful, in making Broken Dam trail almost "winter proof".

    This season, the work will include, the cleaning out of drainage dips, and
    re-armouring soft spots on some of the other trails in the camp.

    Bring boots, and work gloves. We will provide tools, training, snacks and
    drinks. Ride your bike, or drive to the Ranger station in the center of camp
    (top of Iron Springs Road). TRAILWORK STARTS AT 10AM PROMPTLY.

    Trailwork Dates at Tamarancho:
    Sat Dec 10, 2005
    Sat Jan 7, 2006
    Sat Jan 21, 2006
    Sat Feb 4, 2006
    Sat Feb 18, 2006

    Put them on your calendar now.

    For more information contact: Jim Jacobsen, president of BTCM, at
    [email protected] or 415.488.1443



    4. REI TRAILWORK AT CHINA CAMP
    China Camp State Park is the only, free, bike legal singletrack loop, in
    Marin. Show your support by attending the REI Volunteer Service Project on
    Saturday Dec. 10, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

    Please bring work boots, and gloves. All tools will be provided. No
    experience is required.

    The project will be a reconstruction of a section of the Shoreline Trail,
    probably the most heavily used bike legal singletrack in the county.

    Meet at the China Camp Ranger station, 7 miles east of Highway 101, on North
    San Pedro Rd. For more info contact the "outreach specialist" at REI in
    Corte Madera http://www.rei.com/stores/cortemadera/


    5. NEW BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK, NOW OPEN IN MARIN
    Marin County Open Space has opened two new bike legal singletrack trails in
    White's Hill Open Space District. The trails, which are part of the Bay Area
    Ridge Trail, are called White's Hill Trail and Porcupine Trails.

    This new link makes it possible, for the first time, to legally ride trails
    and fireroads, on dirt (!), from Fairfax (via Old Railroad Grade in Loma
    Alta) to Tamarancho and Pine mountain area.

    To access these trails from Tamarancho, go out B-17 extension trail, and
    make a right turn down Whites Hill Fireroad and follow the Bay Area Ridge
    Trail signs. From Fairfax, take Glen Dr, off of Drake, to get to Old
    Railroad to Drake and up White's Hill Trail.

    The new Tamarancho map, which is downloadable, shows this connection. Go to:

    http://www.boyscouts-marin.org/camps...Nov%202005.pdf

    ....and for riders in the East Bay

    6. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCIL EAST BAY (BTCEB) GENERAL MEETING- TUES DEC 6
    The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay, will have its monthly general
    meeting, on the first Tuesday of December (Dec 6) at 7pm, at the Englander
    Pub, 101 Parrott St, San Leandro.

    All riders in the East Bay are encouraged to attend to meet the board, and
    help us in choosing which trails we are asking to be open to bikes in
    regional parks. Also, this is you chance to get to know fellow local riders,
    and hear about local issues.

    Dinner is paid for by the club. For information about the location go to:
    http://www.englanderpub.com/


    7. BICYCLE TRAILS COUNCILEAST BAY (BTCEB): FREE POST HOLIDAY PARTY- SAT JAN
    21
    The BTCEB, annual (post) holiday party, will be held at the home of the new
    club president, Eric Muhler, in Oakland, on the night of Saturday January
    21, 2006. The party at Eric's has great food, drink, entertainment, and
    more, all for the price of...Nothing.

    THIS IS THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR FOR EAST BAY MTN BIKE RIDERS!

    For those that wish, the day starts with a singletrack bike ride up Dimond
    Canyon, into Joaquin Miller Park, loops through Redwood, and back down
    singletracks that BTCEB has built, preserved access to and maintained for
    all riders for the past 15 years.

    It is free to current paid members, and significant others. If you live in
    the East Bay, and ride off road, and not a member of BTCEB, NOW IS THE TIME
    TO JOIN!

    Go to www.BTCEastBay.org and join online, or print out an application and
    mail it in with your check before Dec 15, and you will be invited.

    If you are currently a member, you will get an invitation in the mail
    shortly. Please save the date.

    Dan,

    Just want to say the new Bay Ridge Trail connector from White Hill School to Tamarancho is superb. This is now my favorite loop from my home in Fairfax! Is there any mention this year of the Gold pass?

    You all are doing a great job as usual. Is any of this improvement money coming from the Federal Grant ($25 mil) that passed awhile ago to make Marin Co. a model for cycling? I think the money was for commuters and awareness.

    And it is GREAT news about Dias Ridge, I would ride that at least twice a year and find that last western part of the trail not really fun to do.

    By the way the map link for the Bay Ridge connector is bad. I talked to you in person on Tamarancho awhile ago to make a map of the whole area of Tamarancho and Loma Alta. I'm still working on that but I still need a better representation of the old trail bits to finish it. Do you have that pdf that was on the Open Space website? Its gone now and could you forward it to me at: jblanchard at sfchronicle dot com

    I'll send you my map as soon as I finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4er
    4. REI TRAILWORK AT CHINA CAMP

    The project will be a reconstruction of a section of the Shoreline Trail,
    probably the most heavily used bike legal singletrack in the county.
    Does anyone know where the trail is being re-constructed? I rode this trail this morning, there doesn't seem to be anything that needs reconstruction, unless someone wants to add a few more roots and rocks...

    -slide

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