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Monday, July 21, 2014

Calico Trail Share the Trails Project

The Dolores Ranger District, in conjunction with the San Juan Mountains Association, will be holding a Share the Trails project on the Calico Trail July 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The project is to replace the planks on a boardwalk through a marshy area near the north end of the trail.  Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, and a sun hat, and bring sunscreen, rain gear, lots of water, and snacks. Tools and a sack lunch will be provided.  Cold drinks and snacks will be provided afterwards. Bring a chair and stay to socialize with everyone.

RSVP with Kathe Hayes at SJMA at kathe@sjma.org or 970-385-1310 so that they have sufficient food.

*Directions to the trailhead:* From Dolores, travel east on Hwy 145 for 43 miles, and take the FR 535 turnoff, which is almost directly across from the Cayton Campground/Barlow Creek turnoff and approximately 6 miles north of Rico. Travel several miles on FR 535 then turn south on FR 471. The trailhead is approximately one mile down this road.  Allow approximately 1 hour to reach the trailhead from Dolores.
There is no camping at the trailhead but there is dispersed camping nearby.
 
The Calico Trail is designated a National Recreation Trail and spectacularly follows the ridge of peaks west of Rico.  The Calico Trail is currently designated for use by hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and motorcyclists.  The Calico Trail is a valued trail by mountain bikers and it would be good to have a good showing of mountain bikers at this project and interact with other user groups.  The Calico Trail is included in the Rico-West Dolores Travel Management Plan that will soon be open for public input.  Stay involved!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Trail Work Sunday on New Bean Connector Trail

Kokopelli Bike Club will be holding a trail work day on the new Bean Connector trail in the Boggy Draw trail system on SUNDAY, July 20th from 9:00 to 3:00 . This new 2-mile trail will connect the House Creek Campground to the existing Bean Canyon trail. The trail is nearly half completed - with a good turnout we can finish it this weekend!
To reach the staging point, continue north past the Rd W turnoff to the Boggy Draw trailhead on Rd 31, which turns into FS 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road).  Continue ~5 miles on FS 526 and turn left on FS 528 (House Creek Road) and continue ~3.5 miles to where Bean Canyon crosses FS 528. The map below shows the approximate location for parking. Park off the road but make sure you don't block private property access on the north side of the road.

Please wear long pants and boots (long sleeve shirts advisable) and bring lots of water, gloves, sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

If you can't make it for the full day, come for as long as you can.

KBC will provide tools, LUNCH, snacks and drinks.  Join us for a FREE PINT afterwards courtesy of Dolores River Brewery.

Please RSVP to kokopellibikeclub@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.
Hope to see you there!

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Boggy Draw Trail Maintenance

Join us for a ride and some oak brush trimming on the Bean Canyon trail Thursday evening, June 26th.  Meet at the Boggy Draw trailhead at 5:30.  We'll ride Bean Canyon CCW past the FS526 crossing and start trimming from there and ride back to the trailhead in time to get a free pint, generously provided by Dolores River Brewery.  We'll provide the loppers for trimming.  Bring a pack to carry them.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Trail Work Saturday on New Bean Connector Trail (Updated with Parking Information) (Updated Again with Lunch Info)

Kokopelli Bike Club will be holding a trail work day on the new Bean Connector trail in the Boggy Draw trail system on Saturday, June 21st from 9:00 to 3:00 . This new 2-mile trail will connect the House Creek Campground to the existing Bean Canyon trail. Come help us build the first of the new trails in the Boggy Draw trail system.

To reach the staging point, continue north past the Rd W turnoff to the Boggy Draw trailhead on Rd 31, which turns into FS 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road).  Continue ~5 miles on FS 526 and turn left on FS 528 (House Creek Road) and continue ~6 miles to the House Creek Campground. Park at the pullout on the right before the cattleguard before entering the campground.  Parking is very limited, so please carpool.  The map below shows the approximate location for parking.
 
Please wear long pants and boots (long sleeve shirts advisable) and bring a lunch, lots of water, gloves, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

If you can't make it for the full day, come for as long as you can.

KBC will provide a FREE LUNCH, tools, snacks and drinks.  Join us for a FREE PINT afterwards courtesy of Dolores River Brewery.

Please RSVP to kokopellibikeclub@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.

Hope to see you there!



Monday, June 9, 2014

Tuesday Night Trail Work at Boggy Draw

KBC will be constructing a new trail segment to replace a section of the Boggy Draw trail currently located on 2-track on Tuesday, June 10th.  We will meet at 5:30 at the work site (see map below).  Tools will be at the work site.  Suggested means of getting to the work site include:
  1. Bike to the work site, approx. 1.2 miles (bring or wear appropriate work clothes).
  2. Hike to the work site, approx. 3/4 miles (park at the pond off of FS Rd 527 on the right).
  3. Drive to the work site (FS Rd 527 then turn right on FS Rd E, high clearance vehicles recommended).
Please wear long pants and boots and bring gloves, water, snacks, and sunglasses/safety glasses.

DRB is generously donating free pints for trail workers, so we'll head to the pub afterwards.  Come join us for fun, hard work, and giving back to the trails we enjoy!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Upcoming Trail Work Events

The following trail work dates have been added to the KBC calendar:

June 10th: Evening trail work at Boggy Draw to construct new trail section off of 2-track

June 21st: Saturday trail work, possibly start construction on the new trail from House Creek to Bean Canyon

June 26th: Evening trail work at Boggy Draw

Stay tuned for more details.  See you on the trail!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sagehen Trail Work Day for National Trails Day


Kokopelli Bike Club will be holding a trail work day at the Sagehen trail on Sunday, June 1st from 9:00 to 3:00 in celebration of National Trails Day (actually June 7th), . The work will consist of constructing reroutes around surveyed archaeological sites that the trail currently passes through. For those unfamiliar with the Sagehen trail, it is located northwest of Dolores near McPhee Reservoir. It has a remote feel and passes through mixed pinion and juniper forest and grassy meadows with beautiful views of the La Plata mountains and the reservoir.
 
Please wear long pants and boots (long sleeve shirts advisable) and bring a lunch (some of the work locations will be several miles from the parking area), lots of water, gloves, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

If you can't make it for the full day, come for as long as you can.

To reach the staging point, head west on Hwy 184 from the intersection of Hwy 184 and 145 south of Dolores.  Travel approximately 4 miles and turn right on CR 25.  Travel approximately 2 miles to the end of CR 25 at a t-intersection.  Turn right on CR X and travel approximately 1.4 miles to the end of the road.  We will walk to the work sites from there.

KBC will provide snacks and beverages after trail work.

Please RSVP to kokopellibikeclub@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.

Hope to see you there!