Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kincaid Wrap-up, and Winter Biking

Greetings, Singletrack Advocates!

I hope you have all had the opportunity to play around on the Kincaid STA Trails. A huge thank you to all the contributors and volunteers who made this project happen! You can all pat yourselves on the back for making this community project a reality. Volunteers gave a total of 2,170 hours to the project (hand finishing volunteers plus project managers) which is valued at $45,300.

The trails are fantastic to ski and snowshoe. These activities help pack down fresh snow and firm up the trail. The winter bikers would appreciate the added traffic, so tell all your friends!

A note about winter trail etiquette: At trail crossings, please proceed directly across and do not stop or congregate on the ski trails. The ski trails are for skiing only during winter and we will help to reduce trail conflicts by trying not to block the trail for the skiers. It will take awhile for folks to get used to the new traffic patterns in Kincaid Park. Trail signage will be installed in the next few weeks to help inform all trail users. In the meantime, please play nicely. We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage! Without their cooperation, this project wouldn’t have happened. Please consider buying a trail pin or making a donation to ski trail grooming: http://www.anchoragenordicski.co/membership.htm.

A draft of the trail map is available on in the upper-right corner of this page. It isn’t exact, but it will give you an idea of the general layout of the trails. A final map is in the works.

Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook to get up-to-date information on trail conditions and happenings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Woman of Achievement

Queen Bee with one of her works of art.

Congratulations to the Queen Bee of Anchorage Singletrack! Janice Tower will receive the YWCA’s Woman of Achievement Award tonight for her tireless work on behalf of her community.

Mountain bikers know there couldn’t possible be a better recipient than the person who has poured boundless energy and countless hours into making Anchorage a better place, especially for bike riders of all kinds.

Congratulations, Janice. You deserve the recognition. And thank you for everything you have done (so far)!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sweet Sinuous Singletrack!


Quick! Name your biggest accomplishment this year. For us, it's undoubtedly the new singletrack trails in Kincaid Park. Of course we had a little help from you, our dedicated volunteers. Together, we built 9.1 miles of singletrack, some of which connects trails people have been riding and hiking for years; most of it entirely new. Reviews are already coming in, including a few letters to the editor in the Anchorage Daily News (1 & 2). Sounds like people are enjoying the trails.

For you statistics lovers out there, here are some numbers from our lead instigator, Janice:

VOLUNTEER TOTALS
Non-duplicated volunteers for trail work days: 241
Volunteers (duplicated) for trail work: 495
Volunteer Hours: 1,277.50
Trail work hours: 53
Total Value Volunteer Labor: $26,635.88

And these numbers don't include all the volunteer hours of the project managers, including Lee, Joe and Ryan (the guys who brought this idea to us over a year ago) or the STA Steering Committee. It doesn't include the paid trail workers like Jon Underwood or the YEP (Youth Employment in Parks) crew, Brian Vaughn (our crew wrangler) or the SCA (Student Conservation Association) crew that joined us in September.

It takes an entire community to make new trails happen and now that the ground is freezing up, we want to thank you, our contributors and volunteers, for your support and hard work. Because of your dedication, we'll have these trails for years to come. Thank you.

ps: We'll have a map for you soon! Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Snow's comin', so let's finish it!

We are getting close to finishing the Kincaid Singletrack and need your help to finish before snow flies. The next volunteer session is this Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will meet at the Jodhpur parking lot. We'll have some volunteer tools, but please bring your own loppers/rakes in case we need more! Thanks for all of your hard work!

Monday, October 3, 2011

No snow yet, let's keep working!

Help is still needed to finish the Kincaid Singletrack! We'll have a work party from 6 to 8 p.m. this Wednesday, starting from the Jodhpur Trailhead. Please bring extra tools (loppers, McLeods, Pulaskis) because we now have only about 20 volunteer tools available. We'll be working on the section just north of Jodhpur parking lot, so stop by even if you're running late.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunday Trail Work & Ride

We've scheduled another work session:

Sunday, Oct. 2nd from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
Meet at the Jodhpur Trailhead.

Bring your riding gear - we'll have a group ride afterward!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Final chances to work on trails

The new trails are awesome. Help finish them off!

We are getting close to completing the trails! We are racing Mother Nature, so please come out to help us hand-finish the trails before freeze-up.

Monday, September 26th at 6 p.m., Jodhpur Trailhead

Wednesday, September 28th at 6 p.m., Jodhpur Trailhead

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kincaid Update

Greetings Singletrack Advocates!

I hope you have had an opportunity to sample the Kincaid Singletrack. There are now about 5 miles of trail that are open to ride.

We have had over 200 volunteers donate their time to hand finish the trails. Thanks to all of you who have come out for an enjoyable time of hand shaping the trail with your fellow mountain bikers! It’s great fun and I encourage everyone to come out for the remaining work sessions (see below).

The SCA Crew is nearing the end of the time scheduled to work with us. They have been doing a fantastic job! Between the SCA Crew and the volunteer work sessions we hope to have the majority of the system open to ride before the snow falls. We are opening sections gradually as they are completed. Thank you for your patience in riding only the open sections.

One additional note about the SCA Crew—they are professional trail builders and have enjoyed working on our project. You may have noticed that they are camped near the Jodhpur Trail in the vicinity of the old broken down Volkswagon Bug. The SCA Crew is permitted to camp here by the Municipality of Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department, so please do not report them to APD as a homeless camp (although they may appear to look homeless after a hard day of working on the trails). On the contrary, they have been putting in 8-9 hours per day and appreciate gifts of home baked goods. It takes a lot of calories to hand finish a trail!

Thanks, and happy riding!

Janice

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTIES

Saturday, September 24th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kincaid Stadium Parking Lot, East End

Monday, September 26th 6:00 p.m. to Dark Location to be Announced

Wednesday, September 28th 6:00 p.m. to Dark Location to be Announced

Monday, September 19, 2011

More Volunteer Dates!

We've just scheduled a few more trail work parties for the Kincaid Park singletracks. Please join us as often as you can! Bring work gloves, eye protection and a friend or two. We'll provide the tools and know-how.

Mon. Sept. 19 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Jodhpur Trailhead
Wed. Sept. 21 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Jodhpur Trailhead
Sat. Sept. 24 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (National Public Lands Day) Stadium, by the scoreboard

Mon. Sept. 26 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Location To be Announced
Wed. Sept. 28 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Location To be Announced

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Limited Opening

Greetings Singletrack Advocates,

This is a brief update on our progress out at Kincaid. The first 3 miles are open! And they are sweet! Although they were initially wide, the grass is already growing in on the edges and the tread is becoming established. The banked turns are being ridden in very well.

When we are finished we will have an estimated 9 miles of trail for all to enjoy. We will open sections as they are completed—the SCA Trail Crew and volunteers are out there now hand finishing the trails. Thank you for not poaching the unfinished trails.

UPCOMING TRAIL WORK OPPORTUNITIES:

Saturday, September 17th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Meet at Jodhpur Trailhead

Monday, September 19th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Meet at Jodhpur Trailhead

We will schedule more work days and let you know when. In the meantime, be sure to “friend” us on Facebook (Singletrack Advocates) to get the latest news and announcements.

CAUTION: The moose are enjoying the trails as much as we are. This being the rut, the bulls in particular are nuts. And the cows are really cranky. Look ahead! Also, the soil at Kincaid is very slippery when it’s wet. Exercise caution and ride within your limits.

Thanks!

Even More Volunteer Opportunities

We've added another work sessions for the Kincaid Singletracks:

Sat. Sept. 17 10:00 to 1:00pm (new!)
Mon. Sept. 19 6:00 to 8:00 pm - join BP employees

Meet at Jodhpur Trailhead. Bring work gloves and eye protection; we'll provide the tools and instruction.

On Wednesday, we opened another section of trail, giving you over 3 miles of finished trail to ride. The best place to get onto the trails is at the stadium area. Go through the tunnel and turn left to climb a small rise. The entrance is just past the beginning of the Lekisch Trail. Please note that the trail is closed beyond the orange fencing areas. Please respect the closed sections.

For more updates, check back here or go to the Alaska forum of mtbr.com. If you're on facebook, be sure to "like" us there to get updates and see photos.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More Volunteer Opportunities

The Kincaid Singletrack project is moving along thanks to the dozens of volunteers who've come out to hand-finish the trails. We have a couple more opportunities on the schedule for those who can make it:

Today: Join the ConocoPhillips Day of Caring: Meet at the Jodhpur Trailhead at 12:15. We'll work until 4, so bring a snack and water.

Monday, Sept. 19, 6:00 to 8:00:
Join BP Employees for an evening session. Meet at the Jodhpur Trailhead.*

Please bring work gloves and eye protection. We have plenty of tools!

For more updates, check back here or go to the Alaska forum of mtbr.com. If you're on facebook, be sure to "like" us there to get updates and see photos.

*this post edited on 9/15/11 to include the meeting location.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

HELP WANTED!

Volunteers are needed to help hand finish the

KINCAID SINGLETRACK TRAILS.

Wednesday, August 17th

Wednesday, August 31st

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meet at the Kincaid Parking Lot nearest the scoreboard.

ITEMS TO BRING:

· Work Gloves

· Eye Protection

· Loppers if you have them

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kincaid Singletrack Update

Greetings Singletrack Advocates,

We will get started on the Kincaid Singletrack Project on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Here are a few details about the project.

  • Everyone will be curious about our progress on trail construction. Please hold your curiosity until we have trail work days to view the project. Jon and one employee are working with two pieces of heavy equipment and they probably won’t see you if you approach the work area. The Sweco in particular moves VERY quickly.
  • Please do not ride on the rough-cut trail! Doing so establishes a trail tread which might not be where we want it to go. Once the Sweco goes through the excavator fine tunes, and then a hand crew comes in to do the finishing touches. We had a problem with this when we built the Hillside Trails. People were actually ducking under the yellow tape and ignoring the “TRAIL CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION” signs. Again, PLEASE DO NOT RIDE ON THE UNFINISHED TRAIL!!!
  • We will have work parties starting late July to early August. These will be volunteer opportunities on Monday or Wednesday nights depending on the availability of crew leaders.
  • We are still raising money. We are about $13,000 shy of meeting our goal. We will still be able to do the project... just less of it if we don’t get to 100%
  • Be sure to “friend” us on Facebook to get current information on the status of the project and to be informed about work parties.

STA tuned for more updates!

Janice

Friday, June 10, 2011

Being Bear Aware on Bikes

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

7:00 p.m.

BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive

Join the folks at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center to learn how to be safe when riding a bike on the trails this summer. You’ll find out how to tell different bear warning signs apart, discover the trail characteristics that should make you extra wary, learn where and how to carry bear spray, and even get to practice spraying inert bear spray. Bring your bike for a special ride on Campbell Tract as part of the program! (Helmet required for bike ride.) The program begins at 7pm on Wednesday June 15 at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center (5600 Science Center Drive). Please call 267-1247 for more information.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hillside Singletrack Earns National Award

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, is pleased to announce that the Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trails project has won one of the national 2011 Achievement Awards, recognizing outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program.

The achievement award is for the category of "Youth Conservation/Service Corps", for making effective use of the services and skills of qualified youth conservation or service corps to construct and /or maintain trails. The Coalition for Recreational Trails awards will be presented on June 15 in Washington, D.C., during Great Outdoor Week 2011 as part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of this highly successful program, which greatly enhances the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public.

The award recognizes Singletrack Advocates and Alaska Trails for their work in coordinating youth trail crews from the Municipality of Anchorage's Youth Employment in Parks program and the Student Conservation Association. The youth crews successfully completed 7.5 miles of hand-tool finish work, to complete the first sustainably built singletrack trails in Anchorage.

Other partners providing significant contributions on this great project include the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, the Municipality of Anchorage's Parks and Recreation Department, Alaska State Parks, Happy Trails, Alpine Trails, and community trail volunteers.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Activities Update

Here is a brief update on our current activities.

Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project

Jon Underwood and Lee Bolling were laying out trail in Kincaid Park last week, and it's looking awesome! We will break ground on July 15. There will be opportunities for volunteers to help out, so announcements will be made for upcoming work parties.

Fundraising continues to complete the project this summer. To date we are $43,000 shy of reaching our goal. If you haven’t already donated, please give and give generously. Area bike shops are participating in our Round Up for Trails program: chip in a few dollars more at the register when you make your purchases. You will not be disappointed. If you have any individual or business contacts that might be generous with resources, please let us know about them—we will be happy to make presentations.

STA Off Muddy Trails … please!

It was very discouraging last week to see some two dozen sets of tire tracks rutting up the STA Trails. Please encourage folks to refrain from riding them until the ground is good and hard. Most of these people are unaware of the damage they are causing by riding the trails prematurely. Which brings us to …

National Trails Day!

We will have trail work parties on Saturday, June 4 on the STA Trails. There are some blown-out turns and rutted areas that need fixing. We’ll also be installing our new trailhead kiosk map!

Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Round Up for Trails

Note, we're approaching local bike shops with the following letter, and asking them to help raise funds to build new singletrack. If you'd like to see more fun singletrack built in Anchorage, please speak to the managers of your favorite shops and tell them you'd be happy to round up a few dollars on your next purchase!



Round Up for Trails

Singletrack Advocates was founded in the fall of 2004 with the mission to preserve, maintain and create singletrack trails in the Anchorage area. Since then, the group of volunteers has built nearly nine miles of sustainable singletrack in Far North Bicentennial Park.


After the group completed its first trail repair project on Mellen’s Way (Rover’s Run), we decided to build our own trails from scratch. The first trail, Brown Bear, was hand built with the guidance of IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. In 2008 the network of trails known as the STA Trails or the Bee Trails near Hilltop were built. The eight miles of trails connect Hillside to the Chugach State Park and can draw hundreds of users on summer weeknights. They are also rideable in the winter.

We now have approval from the Municipality of Anchorage to build more trails; this time in Kincaid Park. We plan to break ground this summer. We hope that these trails will be as popular as the trails in Far North Bicentennial Park and draw m ore riders back to Kincaid. But we need your help meeting our fundraising goal.

We’ve applied for and received grants from different organizations and agencies. We also have received donations from individual mountain bikers, biking clubs and hikers. Yet, we still need to raise just over $75,000 for the project. We think more mountain bikers would be happy to donate funds if only they knew about the project. This is where your business comes in.

We’d like to propose a Round Up for Trails fundraiser which you can implement at your cash register. Step one is to post the proposed trail map near your point of sale or another easy-to-see location. Step two is to educate your staff about the project (we can help you with this by visiting a staff meeting). Step three is to ask customers, especially those making a mountain bike purchase, if they can round-up their purchase by a few dollars to support the project. At the end of the month, you send a check to Singletrack Advocates.

With all the shops on board, this fundraiser should be a quick way to meet our goal and educate your customers. We anticipate it would run through the end of May. Getting on board will show that you are committed to making sure your mountain biking customers have great trails to ride for years to come. And the more they ride, the more they will come back to you for more gear, upgrades and repairs. It’s a win for everyone.

Please let us know if you would like someone from Singletrack Advocates to visit your shop to tell your staff about this fundraiser. You can learn more about our group by visiting our site: singletrackadvocates.blogspot.com.

We hope we can count on you to Round Up for Trails.

Singletrack Advocates
PO Box 240574
Anchorage, AK 99524
singletrackadvocates.blogspot.com

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Support for Kincaid Trails

Fundraising continues for the Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project slated to begin construction this summer. If you live on the west side of town in the Sand Lake and Turnagain areas, I need your help to encourage your legislators to support a funding request for our project.

Please take a few moments to write an e-mail or call them directly at their offices in Juneau. AND, please forward this to others in your neighborhood who would like to use 9 miles of multiple-use mountain bike trails in Kincaid Park. Please use your words to describe what The Kincaid Singletrack Trails Project can do for “our” neighborhood in “our” side of town. Even if you don’t live on the west side, I doesn’t hurt to add your name to our list of supporters. Numbers count!

Thank you,

Janice Tower

Sen. Lesil McGuire
District N

State Capitol Room 125

Juneau AK, 99801 


Senator_Lesil_McGuire@legis.state.ak.us

Toll-Free: 800-365-2995 

Phone: 907-465-2995

Fax: 907-465-6592

Rep. Mia Costello
District 27

State Capitol Room 412

Juneau AK, 99801 


Representative_Mia_Costello@legis.state.ak.us

Phone: 907-465-4968

Fax: 907-465-2040

2011 Trail Rondy

Alaska Trails would like to announce that the 2011 Biennial Trail Rondy TENTATIVE Agenda and Registration are now available. Trail Rondy is scheduled to take place April 15-17 at the Alaska Job Corps Center in Palmer.

You can download a PDF of the 2011 Trail Rondy registration form and TENTATIVE Agenda right here. You should find most information about the form on the left side of the form itself. Attendees and vendors register by using the same form.

You can also register on-line by clicking here. Please be advised that if you register on-line you will be charged a nominal service fee and those associated costs are clearly shown by each item.

Early registration starts now and continues until April 1. After April 1, registration is at the door only and each item increases $25.

So, register now and we hope to see in Palmer mid-April!

Please forward this information on to other folks who may be interested.