A few more of our popular front-country trails got some needed maintenance recently. The Wood River High School Mountain Bike Team brought 40 volunteers out for a three hour trail work session on the BLM Croy Trail Network on August 24. On Sept. 13 Sturtevants of Sun Valley had 13 volunteers working in Adams Gulch on the Ketchum Ranger District’s Shadyside Trail.
The mountain bike team worked to help clear away heavy weed growth on the Croy trails. Tumble mustard and other weeds have established themselves in areas along Two Dog and other trails in the system. In some places the weeds were thick enough to make it hard to see the trail ahead. This was a safety issue, and the weeds were really annoying to everyone trying to ply the trails. The trails are running and riding much better now, thanks to the work of these awesome volunteers!
Afterwards the team retired to Powerhouse in Hailey for a team meeting in advance of their first race of the season.
Sturtevants of Sun Valley has been the long time adopter of the Shadyside Trail in Adams Gulch. They were out on Sept. 13 with thirteen volunteers brushing back the trail to improve lines of sight. Another big task taken on by the crew – raking off tons of rock from the trail. The crew also cleared a downed tree that was on the approach to the trail, and removed a hazard tree that appeared ready to drop onto the trail with the next storm. Hard work mixed with stories made for a fun night. Olin was voted Best Volunteer, only partially because he treated everyone to a post-work bite and beverage at Grumpy’s.
Thank you Wood River High School Mountain Bike Team and Sturtevants of Sun Valley for all your hard, productive work on the trails!