Bike group gears up for trail work
Riders invited to help restore popular Three Sisters network of paths
The long-term development and restoration of the popular Three Sisters bike trail complex along Monument Road continues this weekend and you’re invited to help.
Mesa Land Trust, in partnership with the city of Grand Junction, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, is hosting two volunteer work days from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This is Phase 2 of the multi-year planned restoration and will focus on building sustainable trails, closing some old roads and restoring native vegetation.
“Volunteers are essential for the success of these projects and for caring for our trails, paths, and public lands,” according to Amy Agapito, coordinator of COPMOBA.
For riders familiar with the Three Sisters area, this latest work event includes building trails from the lower Hop, Skip, and a Jump up to the saddle between the Big and Middle Sisters.
It also takes advantage of an existing trail to loop around the Big Sister.
The Mesa Land Trust also is working with VOC in establishing a restoration plan on the Three Sisters, including revegetating and closing unsustainable roads and trails and installing signs, Mesa Land Trust Executive Director Rob Bleiberg said.
“These types of partnerships are so effective in generating greater community support for preserving our public lands and engaging people of all ages and abilities in outdoor healthy activity,” Bleiberg said.
Project funding came from the Mike O’Brien Memorial Trail Fund, established in 2010 under VOC.
O’Brien was a longtime VOC volunteer who left a portion of his estate to help fund future trail projects in the state. Both Mesa Land Trust and VOC received funding from O’Brien’s estate for projects improving access to public open spaces.
Mesa Land Trust and COPMOBA will lead a team of volunteers to build the Phase 2 trails.
Also, VOC will train crew leaders in trail building and restoration on the Three Sisters.
No experience is necessary, there is no age limit, and you can work as long as you wish. COPMOBA will host a barbecue at 3 p.m. both days for all volunteers.
To register for crew leader training, go to the VOC website, http://www.voc.org.