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Archive for 2014

Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew: San Diego, CA

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, on the road since 1997, is IMBA’s grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices. Two teams of professional trail experts travel year-round throughout the United States and beyond, leading trail work sessions, meeting with land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs and the communities they serve to improve mountain biking opportunities. The Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trail work across the U.S. and abroad – a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

Dates: December 4-7, 2014

Hosted by: San Diego Mountain Biking Association

Contact: Gardner Grady

Friday, Dec. 5

Saturday, Dec. 6

IMBA Trail Building School

  • Classroom 9 a.m. – noon @ location TBD
  • Lunch provided
  • Trail work 1 p.m. – 4/5 p.m. @ location TBD

More information to come – please check back as the event planning progresses. 

All events are free of charge thanks to generous support from Subaru of America.

* You MUST attend the morning classroom session to participate in the field project. Wear pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, gloves and bring water for the trail project.

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is proud to be sponsored by:




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In the press


Gross, B (2014) San Diego Mountain Biking Association REI Awards. East County Californian, 17 July. Available at

Ruzich, K (2014) Mountain bike skills park coming to VC. Valley Road Runner, 2 July, 11:49 p. 10. Available at

Editor(s) (2014) San Diego Mountain Biking Association stands strong. IMBA Trail News, 27, 1, p. 12. Available at

Courlee, D (2014) Angry mountain bikers protest at Mission Trails Regional Park Mountain bikers claim they’re being shut out of trails, decisions. Mission Times Courier, 31 January. Available at

Emery, C (2014) Mountain bikers plan ride to protest Mission Trails closures. Outdoor SoCal, n.d.
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What to Expect

What to Expect on a Trail Work Day?

Trail Building & Maintenance Committee

Responsible for promoting and running trail work events, working with the liaison for park approval. Maintaining tools.
To volunteer contact Trail Work Day Organizer Gardner Grady at: TrailBoss [at]

These events are FUN and SATISFYING! Do your part for the trails and feel great about working for a worthy cause. Each event is sponsored and great swag will be given away to some lucky participants.

In addition, as a SDMBA member, very time you participate your hours are recorded. The member with the most volunteer hours in a given year will be awarded a Turner Frame of their choice It could be yours.

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Environmental Alert and Trail Advisory

Environmental Alert and Trail Advisory

San Diego is experiencing severe drought conditions and this affects our trails. Vegetation is fragile and vulnerable during this kind of drought. Please tread lightly! Tree branches may hang lower due to lack of water and not because of overgrowth. Do not take it upon yourself to trim low hanging branches. If you find a trail impassable due to low or downed branches please report it to the land manager.

It is imperative that low branches in distress are NOT cut to ensure that we continue to have the support of biologists and land managers who are aligned with responsible trail use.

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SDMBA Complete Reroute in Noble Canyon

SDMBA, in partnership with the Cleveland National Forest, has recently completed a reroute on the upper portion of the Noble Canyon Trail. The reroute, which is approximately 1/3 of a mile long, eliminates two unnecessary and dangerous road crossings while reducing erosion by laying the trail out in a more sustainable location than the previously fall-line section of trail. SDMBA volunteers have put in numerous days since February building this new section of trail, which was officially completed and opened to the public June 14. Due to the current drought and lack of soil moisture the new trail’s tread is currently loose, dry, and dusty is some sections – this will improve over time as the trail gets ridden in and we start to receive rains. In the coming weeks SDMBA will assist the Forest Service in closing down and rehabbing the old and deteriorated trail section that has been rerouted. Thanks for all the hard work by those that volunteered to get this project accomplished!

Will Brennan
Wilderness/Trails Manager
Descanso Ranger District
Cleveland National Forest

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Del Mar Mesa Update

While the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Del Mar Mesa (DMM) continues to move forward, it is far from the speed we were hoping for. Here is an update on the status of the DMM RMP.

Mitigated Negative Declaration for Del Mar Mesa
On March 20 2014, the Development Services Department released a draft of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND). It contained information on the biology, archaeological history, and projected impacts of the City proposed trails plan. Nearly all conditions were considered minimal impact and the draft was opened to comment for 30 days. In that time, the public, state, and several federal agencies supplied comments. All of these comments need to be addressed and commented on by the city prior to the plan moving forward. In the beginning of July the City responded to inquiries on the status of those comments with the following statement:

We anticipate having a final MND for distribution sometime at the end of July or early August. No firm date yet, but the document will need to be final for 14-days prior to the first public hearing which we hope can be sometime in the early Fall.

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Camping and Riding Weekend

Saturday June 21st – Sunday June 22nd.
Campsite check-in is 2pm, Ride starts at 3:30pm.
Location: Kumeyaay Campground Mission Trails Regional Park, sites 26-29.

Come out and play this weekend with SDMBA. There are lots of things to celebrate!

  • SDMBA turns 20 years old this year!
  • Summer if finally here!
  • The campground at MTRP has re-opened.

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