State of Our Trails: May 9-May 28

The biggest news this week is that the Eagle Bike Park opened Friday May 31st! It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset unless it’s muddy.

We are so grateful for our community partnerships. A special thanks to Town of Eagle, Great Outdoors Colorado and Mountain Recreation for their commitment to funding this project. Our local business partners understand the importance of this gathering place to our community. Thank you RA Nelson, American Gypsum, Athletic Brewing, Current Architects & Associates, Shop & Hop, OCG Design. Construct. Manage., El Segundo, ANB Bank, The Groff Company, The Cycle Effect, Nurture Skin & Body, Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, Partners, Elegant Cabinetry, Sendy Sauce, Holy Cross Energy, Alpine Collision, Zehren & Associates, Coleman Custom Homes, Beyond Lawn, Old Growth Tree Services, Moontime Cyclery, Baseline Engineering and everyone in our community that contributed.

In the mean time, our Trail Conservation Crew, Ladies Trail Crew, Wednesday Night Trail Crew and Hardscrabble Trails Coalition Trail Crews have been busy making some significant improvements to trails in the Eagle Area. Next week, work starts up-valley with the snow drying out.

Before: Haymaker - Tread Work
After: Haymaker - Treadwork
Before: Haymaker Pipe
After: Haymaker Pipe

The Trail Conservation Crew spent the day improving the first and second loop Haymaker. The dirt can erode quickly so spring is the perfect time to get out and do some serious tread work. A low v-shape was developing on one of the main climbs and was repaired. After years of riding over this old irrigation pipe, the TCC removed it repaired the tread.

Before: Haymaker 3rd Loop
Before: Haymaker Erosion
Before: Haymaker Tread Improvement
After: Haymaker 3rd Loop
After: Haymaker Erosion
After: Haymaker Tread Improvement

Work continued on the Third and Forth Loop of Haymaker with significant improvements to the tread. Underneath all that dirt is a lot of rock work to try and keep the trail from eroding due to our dirt and heavy use. Drainage improvements help the trail dry quickly for early-late season riding.

Before: Mayer Sight-Lines
After: Mayer Sight-Lines
Wall: Trash Removed
Wall: Drainage Added

Heading over to Mayer Gulch, Riddle and Wall, work continued to clear trash, add drainage and close social trails. On Mayer Gulch, significant brush was cleared to improve sight-lines. Mayer Gulch is a popular multi-use, multi-directional trail and keeping sight-lines open helps keep the trail safe for all users. 

Work is wrapping up at the Eagle Bike Park including the xeriscaping. This landscaping is critical for making the park a community gathering spot and mitigating the dust. It’s an eco-friendly way to enhance this bike park. Join us for the Grand Opening Friday, May 31st from 4:00-7:00pm. Our Trail Conservation Crew has been responsible for building the features at the Skills Zone and we can’t thanks all our volunteers enough for all the heavy lifting to help get this bike park open!!

Thanks to all of our volunteers that came out to help get the Minturn Bike Park open for the season. Our Trail Conservation Crew helped them prepare all of the jumps for the season with a lot of dirt, water and shovel work. Minturn Bike Park is officially open for the season.

New Reynolds Alignment
Brush Cleared on Reynolds
New Cow Camp Trail Hub
Boneyard Connector - New!

There is a lot of exciting work yet to be done in Eagle. We are building a new trail hub and Cow Camp and World’s Greatest to improve connectivity, navigation and user experience. We also have a new downhill trail coming in mid-June between Pool & Ice and Redneck Ridge to replace Dirt Surfer. This week we are starting work on the new Boneyard connector which will join the Bluffs parking lot with singletrack all the way up to the Boneyard singletrack. Sign up today to help build these new trails.

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