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We meet every third Wednesday of the month @  7 pm  at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center.

Check the Event Calendar for the next meeting.

SDMBA Events Calendar

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Par 4 Area Trail Rerouting with the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, San Diego National Wildli PDF Print E-mail


Par 4 Area Trail Rerouting with the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, January 20, 2013, 8am-1pm (+BBQ!)

SDMBA has been working with refuge staff to create a more sustainable and habitat-friendly route for the trail in the Par 4 area of the SD National Wildlife Refuge. Equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers all make heavy use of these trails. The current route features chronic erosion and uncomfortable slopes. Join us to create a new, multi-user-friendly rout...e with SDMBA’s expert trail crews. This event will end with a barbeque and a swag give-away. Good work and good fun!

Park at the end of Par 4 Drive, southwest of the intersection with Steele Canyon Road. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217298070720318756712.0004d36b1afa9d091f050&msa=0

Tools will be provided as well as instructions for safe use. Bring water, food, gloves, sturdy shoes and sunscreen.

Please park politely for the local neighbors. RSVPs are much appreciated. Contact: jay(at)sdmba(dot)com

SDMBA Continues Trail Restoration Work at Cowles Mt. PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday morning February 25th, 2012, in partnership with the Mission Trails Rangers, twelve SDMBA (San Diego Mountain Biking Association) members and volunteers participated in trail restoration at Big Rock Trail on Cowles Mt. The vegetation at Big Rock Trail has not been trimmed back for several years and was beginning to overtake the trail. SDMBA worked on approximately .6 of a mile of Big Rock Trail for four hours.


In coordination with the rangers, the trail was cleared roughly six feet wide and up at an angle away from the centerline where feasible to restore the trail corridor, thus improving function and visibility.

Nov 19 - Crestridge Trail Work, Ride, and BBQ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, November 19th, 8AM-12Noon
Location: end of Horsemill Road

Were kicking off the trailwork season at Crestridge with a bang this year. Join us Saturday November 19th - 8am at Horsemill Road. Direction LINK
Our goals for the day include:
* Touching up the Visitors Center Loop
* Light Brushing of Red Tailed trail
* Tamping & brushing of the Den trail
* Installing a reinforcement wall on a section of troubled bench cut.

Trailwork Begins at 8am and will go until noon, then we’ll fire up the BBQ. Those that want to get in a quick ride can do so while we cook up some hamburgers.

Beer will be provided by Alexander Keiths Nova Scotia Style Lager. Swag will be provided by Seki Cycles in Santee

Bring your Hats, Water, Boots, Sunscreen, Gloves and Smiles. Tools and Bad Jokes will be provided by SDMBA.

We’ll have maps of our future trail reroutes available for everyone to check out as well.
The more the merrier.

RSVP to kevin

Miner's Ridge Loop Trail Work, Black Mountain Open Space Park PDF Print E-mail

Photos courtesy of Alejandro R. Santos and Rod Simmons. Click on images to see large size.

Photo courtesy of Alejandro R. Santos

Black Mountain Open Space Park was the site for SDMBA's February 5, 2011 Trails Work day. Site of a defunct arsenic mine that went belly-up in the 20's, the Miner's Ridge Loop trail itself is in fine health these days thanks to the 33 volunteers who forfeited part of their Super Bowl weekend to give a little back to the most popular trail on the mountain. 

SDMBA liaison to the park, Rod Simmons was joined by fellow skilled trail bosses, SDMBA president Gardner Grady, Mike MacGregor, Andy Darragh, Bryan Furbee, Brian Nixon, Rich Julien  and Sr Park Ranger Ed Christensen in mentoring the days volunteer work force. 

Black MountainTrail Work Wrap Up PDF Print E-mail
Read about what happened at black mountain. Trail Work Wrap up
Daley Ranch PDF Print E-mail


A map of Daley Ranch

As of June 21, 2012 the repaving of the road to the Ranch House has been completed. All trails and access points are open.

2009 Trail Work Reports PDF Print E-mail

SDMBA Trail WorkersThe turn out in 2009 has been terrific. Thanks to all the volunteers who took the time to give something back to the sport we love. Most trail work events have had at least 20 people and as many as 120. The rangers and land managers are taking notice that SDMBA volunteers work hard and make a difference. Thanks to all who traded their bike for a shovel and our sponsors who generously donate goodies for all the volunteers.

For a report of each trail work event and photos click on the links below.

4/18/2009 Del Mar Mesa Trash Clean Up

4/4/09 Mission Trails Regional Park Big Rock Trail Work

3/21/09 IMBA Trail Care School and Elfin Forest Trail Work

2/28/09 Calaveras Trail Work

2/21/09 Black Mountain Park Trail Work

2/14/09 Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Trail Work

1/24/09 Noble Canyon Trail Work

1/10/09 La Costa Trail Work

2008's Trail Work Reports

2007's Trail Work Reports

SDMBA helps Rancho La Costa Preserve PDF Print E-mail

Dear SDMBA Volunteers,

I want to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for volunteering your time, energy, enthusiasm and expertise on the Rancho La Costa Switchback trail on Saturday, January 10th. I am increasingly impressed by SDMBA leadership and volunteers and by the organized trail events.  I see your group being instrumental in keeping trails open for mountain bikers and for helping to increase knowledge and awareness about mountain biking among the various land management agencies, groups, and private organizations

What to Expect? PDF Print E-mail

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.

The Trail Gang (aka, San Diego Mountain Biking Association) PDF Print E-mail
(SDMBA trail building volunteers, Everett and Gardner)

For the last year, EDI has been forging a remarkable partnership with the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA). With the leadership of EDI Board Member Kevin Mortensen, an avid rider and SDMBA member, we have received a joint grant with REI to involve students and the community in trail improvements. SDMBA President Gardner Grady, and stalwart member, Everett Neuman have volunteered at the reserve every day that 5th and 6th grade students have visited. That’s about 20 days! Along with Kevin, they have also coordinated work on several SDMBA and other volunteer trail work days. They have been eager to learn the habitat issues related to trails and have taught all of us important sustainable trail planning and building skills. It’s been a great year of SDMBA volunteer participation and everyone who uses the trails in Crestridge is benefitting.
Trail Builder Resources PDF Print E-mail

Trails are what we’re all about. To help make sure existing trails stay narrow and technically challenging, SDMBA frequently teams with land managers to work on trail maintenance and reroute projects. Land managers generally contract out for the actual construction of new routes, but SDMBA members have a well-earned reputation for trail design expertise and we’re frequently asked to consult on design and layout. One of the most fulfilling elements of volunteering is being able to design new trails, followed by the satisfaction of actually riding them. Become an expert. Join us for trail work and read up!

To learn more about trail planning and design, consult the following list of trail building books and articles compiled by IMBA as the best available. 

Trail Building 


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