Volunteers needed to work on new bike trail

Section of Three Sisters project to be built near Tabeguache trail

If you at times find yourself enjoying the many mountain biking trails the Grand Valley has to offer, Saturday may be your day to give back — by volunteering to join a trail crew working on the new Three Sisters section near the Tabeguache trail head.

Coordinators with the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association are asking volunteers to meet at the Lunch Loop trail head, along Monument Road, at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Crews plan to work until about 3 p.m., but organizers will take volunteers for as long as they can.

The plan is to finish the second loop in the new Three Sisters area, called Yes-N-DeeDee, which connects to the popular and well-traveled Kurt’s Lane within the Tabeguache trail system. Plans are to also complete the upper loop, which wraps around the “third sister” — or, the third of three large hills that provide the impetus for the area’s name.

“I think it’s going to go pretty quick,” said Kris Cox, chairman of COPMOBA’s Grand Valley Canyons chapter. “There’s actually a trail that goes around that third sister — it just needs to be defined, and there are a couple of areas that need to be rerouted a little bit.”

The connector to Kurt’s Lane involves making an existing social trail or two into a well-defined, sustainable section of trail, Cox said.

The Three Sisters section east of the Lunch Loop trail area and Tabeguache trail head was recently deeded to the city of Grand Junction, after preservation group Mesa Land Trust was able to purchase the property.

“It just opens up a whole new area, and views of the valley that are pretty amazing,” Cox said of the new trail area.

Volunteers are asked to show up at 8:45 a.m., ready to begin work at 9 a.m. People should wear gloves and workboots — no flip-flops — and bring water and lunch, along with sunscreen and a hat. COPMOBA will provide a meal with beverages after the work ends.


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