Pamo Valley/Orosco Ridge – Mountain Bike Trails Plan
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The San Diego Mountain Biking Association is excited to announce that the first planning steps are being taken to create a mountain bike specific trail system in San Diego County! SDMBA has received a Letter of Intent signed by Will Metz, Cleveland National Forest Supervisor, to work in partnership with the Cleveland National Forest to develop a conceptual plan for a mountain biking specific trail network in Pamo Valley! Pamo Valley located north of Ramona is surrounded by approximately 23,000 acres of non-wilderness contiguous Forest Service ownership.
SDMBA has already started preliminary discussions with a professional trail design contractor on a conceptual plan for the area. Progressive Trail Designs is experienced in conceptual plans across the country including Forest Service designs and extensive implementation experience in the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process. We hope to produce a quality plan that will include all skill levels from beginner to expert and downhill. We are operating within Forest Service trails standards so we will be limited to natural features only, but with great topography and extensive rock formations this area is prime mountain biking territory.
We have great partners to work with at the Forest Service and specifically at the Palomar District Office where this project will originate. We have some significant hurdles to cross before we get to an implementation phase, but we have identified mechanisms to assist in fast-tracking unbudgeted projects in the NEPA process. We will also be signing on to assist in the building, and ongoing maintenance of these trails. Further as the Forest Service does not have the budget for these types of projects we plan to fund the initial part of this project through a mixture of grants, corporate and industry support, and crowd funding.
We know everyone will have a lot of questions about this project, but let’s be clear this has been a project San Diego County has needed for some time. We have always envisioned a legal network of mountain biking specific trails in our own backyard. Although not located central San Diego, this is a massive area with nearly unlimited potential for recreation and will offer a year around destination for mountain bikers! We foresee this project being implemented in a phased approach, there are several roads that bisect the property and potentially offer a good guide for how the project could be phased.
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