News from the CORBA Website
Blog since the previous eTerraTimes
We recently posted a report on the completion of scheduled
work on the Ken Burton Trail . On May 1st the Mount Wilson Bicycling
Association, who partnered with CORBA to restore the trail, held their
annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Gould Mesa Campground in the
Angeles National Forest. It wa...
National Trails day is fast-approaching: June 4, 2016. It’s a
day to recognize the important role trails play in many of our lives,
and to spread the word about how trails benefit communities, and to
encourage more people to venture out onto trails. LA County 2016 Trails
Day Flyer Each year there...
IMBA is conducting a nationwide member survey. If your
membership was current on April 30th, you should have received an email
invitation to complete the IMBA Member Survey during the first week of
April. Invitations are unique to each member, and the survey can only be
taken once. You have the o...
The largest trailwork event in the Santa Monica Mountains is
held every year at the end of April in Pt. Mugu State Park . This past
weekend, volunteers from CORBA, the Santa Monica Mountains Trails
Council (who organize the event every year), the Sierra Club and others
converged on the Danielson ...
On Sunday, April 17, 2016, 32 volunteers converged on the
Windsor/Ventura parking area, the Gabrielino trailhead, in Altadena. The
day, hosted by our partners at the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association ,
was a complete success by all measures. It was our last scheduled group
trailwork day on this ...
The Historic Mission Inn, Riverside, was the official
conference hotel. The 2016 California Trails and Greenways conference
was held in historic downtown Riverside from April 7 – 10, 2016. The
conference theme was “loving our trails to death,” something many
long-time trail users are realizing is...
Ezra did double duty today as photographer as well as Mark’s
assistant because Steve was helping to restore the Backbone Trail near
Kanan Road. The weather was perfect for 17 attendees in Malibu Creek
State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic. The clinic is always
held the first Saturday o...
We had an unusually poor turnout for our trail restoration
project along the Backbone Trail between Kanan and Latigo Canyon Roads .
Even so, our small group of five (4 mountain bikers and one trail
runner) got a lot done, and along with the dozen or so volunteers from
our partners with the Santa ...
Saturday, March 19, 2016, was a perfect day to do trailwork.
There was moisture in the ground from the week’s rain, temperatures
were cool, and the crew were able to ride to and from the work site via
the Gabrielino trail. A half-dozen or so volunteers were already on
their way to the work site w...
Although we didn’t have to repair humongous El Nino rain
damage that we were expecting, we still had ruts to fix that had been
growing for years. Filling in the big rut in the middle of the trail and
re-establishing the gentle slope so water will run off the trail,
rather than down it and making ...
Day 12, March 3, 2016 On Thursday, March 3, CORBA and MWBA
Volunteer Sawyers and some additional dedicated volunteers continued
work on the Ken Burton trail. This time they started at the bottom of
the trail, from its junction with the Gabrielino National Recreation
Trail, working up the lower sw...
We had another unusually large class of 24 on a cool, cloudy
day in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic.
The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see
the photos in our March photo gallery . Bookmark It Hide Sites
The March 2016 edition of CORBA’s monthly newsletter, the
eTerraTimes , was published today, March 3. If you don’t get it by
email, you can view it online . As always, the eTerraTimes has all the
latest news for mountain bikers in the Santa Monica Mountains and
surrounding areas. Bookmark It Hide...
President’s Message: IMBA's
Member Survey is now Live
IMBA is conducting a nationwide member survey. If your membership was
current on April 30th, you should have received an email invitation to
complete the IMBA Member Survey during the first week of
April. Invitations are unique to each member, and the survey can only be
taken once. You have the opportunity to save your survey and come back
to it. Surveys must be completed by May 17.
Since IMBA reorganized to unite all of California into the same
region, we have had the good fortune of working with Laurel Harkness as
IMBA’s California/Hawaii Regional Director. However, we face a unique
challenge here in Los Angeles. We have the largest population base of
any IMBA Chapter, yet one of the smallest Board of Directors, and an
disproportionately small membership base. We have a City of Los Angeles
blanket ban on bicycles on trails, new and existing Wilderness
proposals, and other issues threatening or preventing our access to new
trails. We have several opportunities for new trails and bike parks, but
are stretched thin on maintaining what we have.
By participating in IMBA’s Survey, you can help inform IMBA of our
local needs. Los Angeles is one of the largest and most complex mountain
bike advocacy mosaics in the country, and we can use all the help we
can get, from our members and supporters, from the local bike industry,
and from IMBA.
Meanwhile IMBA’s Spring Membership Drive
continues into May, with all those renewing their memberships being
eligible for some great prizes. It’s a great time to renew your
membership to CORBA/IMBA and help us grow mountain biking opportunities
in the area.
Monthly CORBA Meeting Moves to REI in Woodland Hills
Come and join us to learn about current issues and let us know what
concerns you! Always open to the public, the CORBA Board of Directors’
meeting is held the 4th Monday of the month in Woodland Hills. REI is
kind enough to let us use their meeting room, for which we thank them
Every month (except December, when we have no meeting), we discuss these topics:
- Issues of trail access for mountain bikers
- Mountain bike advocacy and ambassadorship
- Public involvement
- The latest news from the land managers, including State Parks and National Park Service
- Trail building and restoration
- Furthering woman’s mountain biking
- Bike parks and other dedicated mountain bike facilities or trails
- Education and etiquette
- Anything brought forward by members of the public
The meetings are 6 – 8 pm at the REI in Woodland Hills (Google Map and Directions):
6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 703-5300
We look forward to seeing you there!
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
Rides calendar provides a full
monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike
rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and
knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience
a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.
Trail Restoration and Reports on Past Workdays
For many years, most trail upkeep has been done by volunteers because of budget
cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and
other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn
more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you
on our Trailwork
A number of companies and volunteer organizations have asked
us if they could do trailwork as a team building exercise, or just
to give back to the community. We are happy to work with such groups
- shoot us an enquiry at email@example.com
for more information!
For CORBA workdays, we provide lunch for participants after we're
finished. Please register
in advance to help us prepare
by knowing how many volunteers to expect. And... If you come out to two
or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved
CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!
must be over 7-years old to attend, and children under 14 must be constantly
and directly supervised by their parent or guardian who brought them. Children
under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal
The past two months were busy for trailwork, but currently nothing
Summary of Recent Trailwork
Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days in Pt Mugu State Park, April
23-24. On Saturday morning, 140 volunteers split up into crews of about 10 and
dispersed to various trails. The crew that included most of CORBA’s
volunteers shuttled to the top of the Sin Nombre Trail
and started by cutting back mustard that was crowding the
first 200'. Next, we worked our way south, fixing deep ruts. The north end of the Sin Nombre trail is very rocky in sections, so
it took a considerable amount of work to restore the trail to it’s
original condition. While the CORBA crew was working southward, two other crews were
working up from the bottom of the trail, fixing ruts.
A crew consisting of mostly MBU members and led by Steve Messer, CORBA’s president,
worked their way up the Wood Canyon Vista Trail. They started by
rebuilding the first very tight switchback which had become rocky and
difficult to navigate. Next, they headed
up the hill to generally clean out old drains and build new ones where
Other crews worked on Sage Trail, rebuilding walls and drainages, Old Boney Trail
near Sorreno Valley in the Boney Mountain Wilderness Area, and a group
of youngsters and their parents cleared brush from the side of the Blue Canyon Trail. A Sierra Club group
worked on Coyote Trail.
You can see the full report, including a photo gallery, on the
Days Report blog.
Completion of the Ken Burton Trail, April 17. Thirty-two volunteers converged for the last
trailwork day on this restoration project, which began in earnest last
Fall. In October, Steve Messer declared that all the tools hauled up to the top of Brown Mountain would not come back down
the same way. They’d be going out the bottom of the trail and the
Gabrielino, once the trail was finished. On this Sunday, the tools were
brought out of the bottom, as pledged.
While we’ve been working on the Ken Burton for just six months, more
than two years of planning and pre-requisite projects have taken place. On Sunday we had a long list of tasks to finish Ken Burton trail. With
so many volunteers to help, we completed: the complete rebuilding of
three switchacks; widened and cleaned up three additional switchbacks;
re-cut bench on a quarter mile of trail; rock-armored two switchbacks;
installed a half-dozen drains; rock-armored and rebuilt two major washed
out drainages; cleared brush from the upper trail that had grown in
since we worked on it six months ago; and cleared additional brush and
poison oak near the bottom.
The defining moment of the day was when we removed the “trail closed” sign from the upper Ken Burton
trailhead at the end of Brown Mountain Road. A Forest Service ranger
had inspected the trail two weeks ago, and recommended the trail be opened
to the public once we completed this work. The ranger’s only comment
was that the Ken Burton trail “is in way better shape now than many
Forest Service trails that are already open to the public.”
You can see the full report and photos on the Ken
Burton Restoration Project blog.
Trail from Kanan Road, April 2. We had planned to work on the
Grasslands Trail in Malibu Creek State Park, but State Parks wasn't
ready for us yet, so we moved the workday to the Backbone
Trail. Our small group of five (4 mountain bikers and one trail
runner) got a lot done, and along with the dozen or so volunteers from
our partners with the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council,
we worked about a mile of trail, starting on the top of the tunnel just
past the first steep hill out of the parking area. The poor turnout of
mountain bikers was a real disappointment, especially because this is
such a popular trail for mountain biking.
There were three major problems that we needed to address – lack of
drains, poorly constructed drains and overgrowing brush that included a
lot of poison oak. The CORBA crew hiked about 1.4 miles to the end of the work area to
tackle a corner where there have been mountain bike spills. The brush had overgrown the inside of the turn so that the trail
had become very narrow and people were riding beyond the outside edge
where the dirt was soft. Mixed in with the overgrowing brush were some
very vigorous poison oak bushes. We carefully chopped, hacked, chopped and hacked
the brush so that we would avoid contacting the poison oak. Then
we raked the dead leaves and branches off the trail and finally, worked the dirt to give the tread a bit of an outslope (to
shed water) and to make it even with the old trail.
That effort took the five of us about an hour and a half. After that,
we worked our way back to the beginning, rebuilding blocked drains,
filling a few very nasty but short ruts, and building new drains.
You can see the full report on the Kanan
Backbone Report blog.
Open Space Spring Trailwork Day, May 19. Although we didn’t have to repair humongous El Nino rain damage that we
were expecting, we still had ruts to fix that had been growing for
years. About 40 people volunteered to help work on trails. We split into two groups, about 15 working on the bottom of ‘Space Mountain‘ (the singletrack section of the Los Robles Trail West) while the rest went to the ‘Lily Tomlin Trail’ which connects the East and West
halves of the Los Robles Trail. Space Mountain is CORBA’s adopted trail and we’ve worked it a number of
times in the past, but then we started higher up and
worked our way down. The work consisted of
filling in ruts, restoring the trail outslope so water would run off it
rather than down it, and building drainage nicks. On Space Mountain, we
restored most of the first 1500' of trail. The soil was perfect –
moist and easy to dig and pack, and there was a low cloud cover to keep
the temperatures cool.
You can see the full report on the Spring
Trailwork Day Report blog.
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
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National Trails Day, Saturday June 4
National Trails Day is fast-approaching: June 4, 2016. It’s a day to
recognize the important role trails play in many of our lives, and to
spread the word about how trails benefit communities, and to encourage
more people to venture out onto trails.
Each year there are a number of events planned by land managers
around National Trails day. Los Angeles County is promoting an event to
bring together all trail users in a Multi-Use Trails Day event.
Equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers will converge on Pathfinder
Park in Rowland Heights to learn about trails, trail etiquette, and to
enjoy the Schabarum/Skyline Trail. While the main route is about 4
miles, there are several options for longer rides or hikes. The free
event will include vendors, lunch, and a raffle including a new mountain
On the other end of CORBA’s territory, the National Park Service will
be holding its Centennial celebration. The Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area is currently working on the last two segments
of the Backbone trail, a continuous 65 mile route traversing the Santa
Monica Mountains. Much of the Backbone is open to bikes. They are
working hard to complete the last two segments before the June 4th
event, and to submit the Backbone Trail for inclusion in the National
Recreation Trail system.
CORBA will be at both events. Watch our Meetup group calendar for more details, and join us at either event to help celebrate the trails that bring us all together.
Free Mountain Biking
7th is the next skills clinic.
The CORBA free skills clinic is held on the first Saturday of
every month at Malibu Creek State Park.
Mountain biking is a lot like tennis or skiing. Just a few minor
adjustments in technique can make a huge difference in your
control and proficiency. If you want to get better faster,
you need to know the fundamentals of mountain biking technique.
Whether you're just getting into mountain biking or have been
riding for years, you'll learn some valuable tips from our Introduction
to Mountain Biking skills class that is offered each month.
Check out our Skills Clinic
web page for all the information. After the clinic, see photos
of your new skills on the CORBA web site that you can share
with your family and friends!
CORBA on Meetup, Twitter and Facebook
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of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Join
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