Can you imagine 32 miles of trail?

Cohesive trail network in El Dorado Hills has 32 miles of built and unbuilt trail

Can you imagine 32 miles of (mostly natural) trail in the central core area of El Dorado Hills? I can. Can you see yourself, family, friends, or neighbors on these trails? This is my 1st public debut of this vision. Read around this blog and you’ll understand why I’m working hard for this cause. As … Continue reading

List of Trail Issues

Example of what is called a class 1 trail.

As I sat last night in the parks and recreation sub-committee meeting and discussed my vision for a comprehensive rugged trail network, I noticed something that I’m still thinking about this morning. Actually there are lots of things about last night that are still bouncing around upstairs, but what has me sitting down right now … Continue reading

Trail – New York Creek Trail

Doubletrack dirt trail winding through our typical grassy oak woodland landscape

CLICK here to view photo tour I love this trail! It was the first trail I discovered in El Dorado Hills and I owe a lot of credit to it for getting me excited about mountain biking again. Having such a nice trail in the neighborhood is a fantastic community asset. This trail is short … Continue reading

TRAC: Trails for Recreation and Community

Consumer spending chart

Trails for Recreation and Community (TRAC) is rebuilding a northern California local economy with recreational trails. TRAC is a local grassroots effort in our region and they have a new website. Operating out of Portola, CA the group says the following about their mission… Our outcome is to ensure that the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship … Continue reading

Whistler Adds Kids Bikes to Rental Fleet

Kids on mountain bikes

Whistler Blackcomb has added downhill mountain bikes designed specifically for kids to its rental fleet. GIANT Bicylces has developed the Yukon, a brand new kids mountain bike specifically designed for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and the little rippers that like to play there. The 24-inch dual suspension bike allows for a smooth ride and … Continue reading

Community Benefits – home buyers want trails

Home buyers want bike trails more than most other things according to this survey.

In April 2002, a survey of recent home buyers was co-sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors. The survey included questions about the “importance of community amenities”. Trails came in second only to highway access. Those surveyed could choose any of the 18 different amenities with 36% choosing … Continue reading

What Makes a good MTB Trail?

What makes a trail good for every-day mountain bikers? I’m talking about “good trails”. That doesn’t mean “okay trails”, “good enough trails”, “acceptable trails”, or “sufficient trails”. This posting is defining good stuff. And I’m intentionally avoiding the use of over-reaching adjectives like “world-class”, “excellent”, “super”, “awesome” etc. Let’s be realistic and think about what … Continue reading

Sacramento ranks 3rd in Nation for Parks

Today Sacramento was recognized for having one of the best park systems in the nation. The Trust for Public Land releases 2013 ParkScoreĀ® Index, Rating Park Systems in 50 Largest U.S. Cities. ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: Park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a … Continue reading

Instagram for MTB trail photos

Beginning to use Instagram now. It has a nice phone app that is easy to use and it makes great color corrections to photos, which seeem to always need some sort of help. This first photo was taken on the Brown’s Ravine trail heading towards the wing dam called “dike 8”. This trail is heavily … Continue reading