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    MBOSC Engelsmans Reroute

    MBOSC AND STATE PARKS TO BEGIN WEST ENGELSMANS REROUTE PROJECT

    by Amanda Schaper
    If you’ve ridden in Wilder Ranch State Park, you’re likely all too familiar with the rutted, eroded, brutally steep fireroad climb on West Engelsmans Loop Trail. You know the climb, right? Once you make it to the top of that fire road, it connects to beautiful singletrack that flowingly takes you up to the top of the trail. When you’re climbing that fire road, have you ever found yourself thinking, “it would be so much better if I could just climb nice singletrack the whole way!” Well listen up for good news! On October 29, MBOSC and State Parks is starting construction of the West Engelsmans Reroute Project, and that unpleasant fire road will be replaced with low grade, multi-use, enjoyable singletrack that will be made to modern trail building standards.

    MBOSC is partnering with the Santa Cruz District State Parks Trails Crew on the construction of the West Englesmans Reroute Project. MBOSC has been working with State Parks on the design and environmental review for this project over the last two years. The new singletrack being built through this project will start just over the bridge past the corral, and it will connect directly to the singletrack, which was another reroute project in 2011. This will provide you with a mellow 100% singletrack ride into the park. In total, we’ll be building 5,500-feet of new trail for you to enjoy! We will also be decommissioning the existing road and restoring it to sensitive coastal prairie habitat. Here’s a look at what you have to look forward to:


    The West Engelsmans Reroute Project is expected to cost approximately $30,000 to $40,000, and the majority of project costs will be covered through MBOSC’s fundraising efforts. We’re even covering most of the costs of State Parks staff time and materials! Proceeds from the 2016-2018 Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic have gone into a fund earmarked for trail projects in Wilder Ranch State Park, and those funds will be used for this project. We’ve also hosted two Trap a Rock Lobster campaigns, where a lucky winner received a custom Rock Lobster Cycles frame built by the legendary Paul Sadoff in return for donating towards trail construction/maintenance in Wilder Ranch. Finally, we were fortunate to receive a $15,000 grant from REI, which will be dedicated to completing the West Engelsmans Reroute Project.

    Excavation of the trail will start when it has rained enough for ample soil moisture, tentatively planned for mid November. The trail will be completed by the end of the year, but it will remain closed through the winter for seasoning. We expect it to open late spring once the tread dries and hardens enough for heavy use–just in time for the 2019 Old Cabin Classic! Once the new reroute is open, the old fire road will be decommissioned and returned to nature.

    You will have multiple opportunities to get involved if you’d like to help build this new reroute. There will be midweek volunteer opportunities starting in late October/early November involving clearing and rock armoring projects. If you’re involved with the Trail Academy, Class 104 will focus on the West Engelsmans Reroute Project in November. We will also host a Dig Day on December 8 sponsored by Current eBikes that will work on this reroute. Be sure to sign-up for our newsletter to be the first to know about volunteer opportunities!

    We are always looking at ways to improve trail access in the Santa Cruz area, and we are already working with State Parks to explore options for replacing other fire road portions of the Wilder Ranch trail network with modern sustainable trails. We are grateful of everybody who helps make these projects possible. We are extremely fortunate to have developed this working partnership with State Parks and want to recognize their staff for going the extra mile to improve trail access! Thank you to the participants of Old Cabin Classic, Rock Lobster Cycles, and REI for helping us raise money for this project! And thank YOU for joining us on volunteer days to help complete this project. We can’t wait to ride the new singletrack with you!


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    I'm thinking that "climbing turn" means switchback not bermed. If drewp wanted to confirm... Switchback with drains pre/post turn? Outsloped?

    Can we build a ramp off the top climbing turn that let's you huck over the meadow onto the old road? What size tires should my ebike have to climb this trail? /jk
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