Colorado Springs Identifies Dozens of ‘Illegal’ Trails, IMBA Selects Summer Dig In Projects [Trail Flow]

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Colorado Springs claims to find 60 miles of illegal trails

Red Rock Canyon, 2019. Photo: Jeff Barber.

Colorado Springs, Colorado officials claim to have cataloged over 60 miles of illegal trails in Red Rock Canyon Open Space, though it’s not clear who created the trails or how the number was calculated. All of the illegal trails are located within a 1.25 square mile area. The head of the Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, Cory Sutela, told Out There Colorado that there is an imbalance in the area’s trail system. “Instead of trying to find a constructive solution, they’re just randomly closing trails outside of a master plan process,” Sutela said.

Mountain bikers in the area point to the problem as a symptom of a lack of mountain bike opportunities. Town officials are working on restoring the land and closing the unofficial trails and are partnering with the Forest Service and El Paso county to raise awareness about illegal trails.

IMBA’s Dig In fundraiser supports seven trail projects

Shimano and IMBA announced the seven projects the two have selected for their Dig In fundraising grants this summer. IMBA partner organizations are using Dig In to fund projects which expand trails and access in communities across the US. The projects this summer include trails and parks in San Rafael and Thousand Oaks, California, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas, and Kentucky. For the full list and to help these projects unlock matching funds, click here.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado approves first MTB guides

Photo: Jeff Barber

Steamboat Springs, Colorado awarded the city’s first permits to provide guided tours around the Emerald Mountain trail network. Ride Workshop and Steamboat Powdercats will offer summer singletrack tours and winter fat bike and backcountry ski tours during the winter. The permits are limited to one tour a day for a four hour max and the guides are required to educate users on trail etiquette.

Parking capacity doubled for MOTR trailhead

File photo from Singletracks member Aran Eversman.

The Bureau of Land Management recently completed a parking lot expansion at the Mountain of the Rogue (MOTR) trailhead in Rogue River, Oregon. According to this article MOTR is one of the most popular trail networks in the BLM system and the $100K expansion provides parking for up to 35 vehicles.

MTB skills area and trail improvements coming to Joppenbergh Mountain in NY

The Fats in the Cats Bicycle club is working with the Wallkill Valley Land Trust to add a mountain bike skills area to the Joppenbergh Mountain trail network. Work began on July 11 and also includes efforts to improve existing trails.

Rudolph Bike Park finishing construction, will hopefully open to the public soon

Photo: Wood County Parks District

A new bike park is set to open soon(ish) in Rudolph, Ohio, though officials want to stress it’s not yet open to the public. Once complete a 1,783-foot-long pump track will serve as the centerpiece of the park. Mountain bikers can sign up for email alerts about the bike park opening on the Wood County Parks District website.

Volunteers work on new Quarry Ridge South trail in Lory State Park, Colorado

Photo: Overland Mountain Bike Association Facebook page.

Volunteers with the Overland Mountain Bike Association have been busy working on the new Quarry Ridge Trail South in Lory State Park located outside Fort Collins, Colorado. Work includes building berms and clearing the flagged corridor.

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