BLM Seeking Input on Oregon Trails plus New Singletrack in Minnesota

A win for e-bikers in California and exciting new trails in Minnesota.

Trail Flow is a roundup of all the mountain bike trail related news of the week including new trail builds, advocacy, and planning. Do you have trail news? Email [email protected] for possible inclusion.

New trail opens at Minnesota elementary school

Crosby, Minnesota

An elementary school in Crosby, Minnesota has opened a half-mile mountain bike trail. The project was led by a student’s parent who is a physical education teacher along with another teacher. The trail is on campus but open to the public.

New trail under construction in Theo Wirth park

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board started construction on an addition to the Back 40 Loop trail, building on to Theodore Wirth Regional Park. The trail is said to be geared toward advanced riders. The MPRB is also working on a skills course at Bryn Mawr Meadows Park, according to Kare11.

Riding around Cline Buttes, Oregon. Photo: Travis Reill

BLM seeking input for trails in Oregon

Bend, Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input for new trails in the Cline Buttes Recreational Area north of Bend, Oregon.

The area is a “heavily used and well-loved recreation area,” said KTVZ and the project would allow construction of a parking lot, route enhancement, and new bike, hike, and equestrian trails. Recently, the Forest Service denied a plan near Bend in Prineville after vocal opposition. A BLM manager told KTVZ the proposal “is special, because it protects the area while also meeting our community’s need for expanded trail access.”

East Bay Regional Park District greenlights class 1 e-bikes

East Bay, California

The East Bay Regional Park District gave the OK to class 1 e-bikes on 850 of the 1,330 miles of system trails last week. The decision followed a pilot program that launched six years ago on three trails.

Volunteers building trails in West Virginia

Huntington, West Virginia

A volunteer group in Huntington, West Virginia is looking for volunteers to build a new trail. The trail will be beginner friendly and is said to be the first in the Huntington area. Currently, the Huntington Trail Alliance is clearing the way for the trail and will soon move on to building features.