Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Changes ahead for popular Donner Summit mountain bike trail

Hole in the Ground
One of the favorite destination trails is the 16 mile Hole in the Ground trail on Donner Summit.  People from the valley and bay area come for the day to ride this beautiful trail. 
Hole in the Ground was built several years ago as an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail, that doesn’t allow mountain bikes.  Unfortunately, the trail has seen high usage, but very little maintenance.  The trail did receive some maintenance this summer through volunter efforts through the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Truckee Trails Foundation.

Both of these organizations are working with the U.S. Forest Service to not just maintain, but improve the trail.  The goal is to connect the point to point trail with a connector trail.  Currently, riders have to ride on the road from Soda Springs to Boreal Ski Resort.
The new connector trail will make Hole in the Ground into a lollipop loop with more singletrack. What if they could connect Hole in the Ground with the newly acquired Royal Gorge property?  I hope the various trusts and foundations can continue to expand mountain biking trails on Donner Summit.
Upcoming trail volunteer days through the Truckee Trails Foundation:
Sept. 19, 4:00-7-00pm. Stockrest Springs Trial. 
Sept. 26, 4:00-7:00pm. Negro Canyon.  Free T-shirts to first timers.
Oct. 3, 4:00-7:00pm. Location to be announced.
Oct. 10, 4:00-7:00pm. Location to be announced.
Optional all-evening Happy Hour at the Cottonwood Restaurant each evening when the work is done.  Visit the Truckee Trails Foundation for more details.

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