Trailbuilding Workshop – Save the Date: April 6-8, 2018 The Forest Service, in partnership with CORBA, the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association, IMBA, and the National Forest Foundation will hold a three-day trail workshop. The agenda is still being finalized, and official invitations and announcements will go out in the coming week, but you can save the dates of April 6, 7 and 8, April 2018. Details will be included with the Forest Service official announcement.
Gabrielino Trail Restoration Update CORBA has been working behind the scenes on restoring the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail. The Gabrielino is the last trail still closed because of damage due to the Station Fire. It’s been an ongoing effort since 2011 to open up sections of the trail and then keep them clear of downed trees.
Sapwi Bike Park Updates Building the pump track at Sawpi Trails in late February, 2018. The Conejo Recreation and Park District is in the final stages of preparing the park for CORBA to build out the features within the park. The grading and clearing is completed. The staging for the amenities and fencing start in about...
Help with Backbone Trail Restoration on April 14! On Saturday April 14th, CORBA and the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council will be working together to restore the Backbone Trail from Latigo Canyon Road. It’s been several years since we worked in this area so we’ll be doing general work on the tr...
February Skills Clinic photos posted February 3 This month we had nine riders, over half of whom were in, or training for, the Mountain Bike Unit (MBU). Way to go! The weather was clear and warm but the stream had some slimy water in it, so we skipped the creek crossing and rode down to the Rock Pool instead. The park was really crowded becaus...
Bright Night Riding Lights Blind Other Trail Users By Tony Hoffman, Resident of Thousand Oaks and frequent trail user Fellow Trail Users, mountain bicyclists who are out for exercise and to enjoy nature are riding at night in greater numbers than ever before, likely due to improved lighting technology. The newer LED lighting systems are brighter ...
Summary of Backbone Trail Restoration Done January 13, 2018 Nineteen volunteers from CORBA and the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council met where the Backbone Trail crosses Kanan Road, just north of Tunnel #1, to spend the next few hours restoring the trail towards Latigo Canyon Road. The trail was last worked in April 2016 and since then most of the dra...
January 2018 Skills Clinic photos posted January 8 This month we had a larger turnout of 14 riders, including three youngsters. Way to go! The weather was clear and cool. Again we rode through the creek, which is completely dry, and most riders went down the steps on the way to the hill-climbing exercise. The Basic Skills Clinic is always held th...
The January 2018 eTerraTimes newsletter was posted Jan 3 CORBA’s first eTerraTimes newsletter of the year was posted today, January 3. If you don’t get it by email, you can the online version on our website.
The Conejo Recreation and Park District is in the final stages of preparing the park for CORBA to build out the features within the park. The grading and clearing is completed. The staging for the amenities and fencing start in about 2-3 weeks.
Monthly CORBA Meeting at 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 profusely!
Every month (except December, when we have no meeting), we discuss these topics:
The meetings are 6 – 8 pm at the REI in Woodland Hills (Google Map and Directions):
6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd
We look forward to seeing you there!
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA Calendar.
CORBA’s Club 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.
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 web page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Parents/guardians are responsible for minors at all times, and they must constantly and directly supervise children under 14. Children must be over 7-years old to attend. Please leave your four-legged friends at home!
Saturday April 14: Backbone Trail Restoration from Latigo Canyon Road. CORBA and the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council will be joining forces again to fix ruts and clear brush on this popular section of the Backbone Trail. Please register online so we'll know how many people to expect. Full details are available on the registration page.
Summary of Recent Trailwork
Kanan Backbone Trail work on January 13. Nineteen volunteers from CORBA and the Santa Monica Mountain Trails council fixed or installed a total of 60 drains heading up the hill (east) over 1.4 miles from the trailhead on Kanan Road. We also cut back the brush over some of that section. See the complete summary in our trailwork blog article.
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups, visit the CORBA calendar.
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The Forest Service, in partnership with CORBA, the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association, IMBA, and the National Forest Foundation will hold a three-day trail workshop.
The agenda is still being finalized, and official invitations and announcements will go out in the coming week, but you can save the dates of April 6, 7 and 8, April 2018. Details will be included with the Forest Service official announcement.
Friday, April 6, will be an all-day classroom session at the Altadena Community Center. This day will cover the assessment, management and planning of trails, and will be of most use to those advocating for trails, planning to build trails or land and trail managers.
Saturday April 7 will see a morning classroom session, followed by Saturday afternoon in the field, then a full day of hands-on on Sunday April 8.
There is no charge for the workshop and lunch will be provided. If you’d like to attend contact us and we’ll let you know when registration opens.
Saturday March 3rd is the next skills clinic, followed by April 7th.
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!
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