The SBTS crew went back to work on the Spanish Traverse trail where conditions remained very rocky digging with excavator and lots of thick brushy areas that had to be logged out to clear the way for the excavator. Some of the heavy wooded areas had more then a foot of duff that needed to be raked out to keep the excavator moving. The Spanish Traverse trail has been very rocky and slow moving with the excavator. So any advantage to keep excavator moving as quickly as possible is being taken. Also super volunteer days are scheduled to do some finish work on the Spanish Traverse trail taking advantage of the nice weather.
The crew has had great successes in these past weeks, with more than a mile of trail being built. With a strong showing of super volunteers, more than 1,300 feet of trail is 100 % finished. The crew is now dropping down to Spanish Creek at Oakland camp and switchbacks are being installed. These are very time consuming with the very rocky terrain, but turning out nicely. The weather has been very warm on the south-facing mountain in the afternoon. We have received some much-needed rain that was nice to keep the dust down. It’s been very dusty and dry! Every day we’ve seen hikers or mountain bikers come by and they are very excited about the work being done.
With the lower traverse connecting to both ends of the Spanish Ridge trail, users now have a full loop to do and loving it.
**Workday has been rescheduled to this Saturday, March 8th!
It appears that the snow isn't happening, at least for now, so we figured we should get together to work on the South Park Trail System. Currently our pro crew is working on the Spanish Traverse and Spanish Ridge Trails and they need some help with the finish work.
breakfast (bagels and coffee)
close toed shoes
rain coat (weather permitting)
Meeting place: Swimming hole near Oakland Camp, past Spanish Creek Bridge
On February 8th, the SBTS crew went down to the Granite Bay Trails at Folsom Lake Recreation Area to work with 24 local volunteers. The trail work was focused on decommissioning user made fall line trails. We worked in some heavy rain and afterwards had an informal multi user group party/meeting at Mountain Mikes Pizza. The beer and pizza seemed to produce some positive relationships and we got the ball rolling, with mutiple user groups working together to be part of the solution to maintaining and enhancing the trails in Folsom.
There will be more workdays at Folsom Lake Recreation Area this winter and early spring. We hope to maintain and enhance some of the Park's System Trails in the future.
Thank You to Mark Pecotich (our SBTS South Ambassador) for investing the time and energy to arrange these partnerships and the work day, and to Henry O'Donnell (our SBTS crew leader) for driving over Donner Summit (in a snowstorm both ways) to help lead the volunteers and to share your trail knowledge with the group.
SBTS held it's annual Trailfest event at the Nakoma Golf Resort on January 18th. We had over 150 trail loving supporters come out to our event in celebration of the trails! We hired an awesome casino company out of Carmichael, CA and each entry into Trailfest included a voucher for $500 of play money to use in our casino! With each $100 left, players could trade that in for a raffle ticket and a chance to win some really cool prizes! Our top prize for the casino winners, was a 5 liter, one of a kind bottle of wine from Dunn Vineyards, valued at $950!
This year marks the 11th year for SBTS with a continued focus on building and maintaing trails around Plumas and Sierra Counties and a continued effort to creating local employment.
When we founded this stewardship, there were plenty of companies that didn’t quite know what to make of us. We were at the outset a bunch of mountain bikers who were getting our heads around a much bigger picture that would ultimately embrace all forms of recreation, but at the time were still viewed by some strictly as “those mountain bikers.” From those early days, one company chose to see past that, and believe in the journey we were setting out upon.
Today, Patagonia has many core members in the SBTS, and Patagonia matches their employee donations 100%. Patagonia employees are encouraged by the company to come out and work on trails with us, to the extent that we can host dedicated Patagonia trail work-days on a quarterly basis. Patagonia has offered its employees paid internships with the stewardship, and those interns logged over 160 hours of trail work last year. Patagonia has adopted the Long Lake Connector Trail. Patagonia contributes frequently and generously to our raffles and auctions, which in turn greatly helps our fundraising efforts. And Patagonia donated 500 shirts to our program last year, allowing us to outfit new members, volunteers and staff. Read More »
Formed in 2003, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) is a volunteer driven 501c3 non-profit whose primary goal is the maintenance and enhancement of trails throughout the Sierra. SBTS employs as many as 15 full-time employees, most of which are Plumas and Sierra County residents, with an annual payroll of right around $425,000. In addition to a paid trail crew, SBTS has donated over 40,000 hours of volunteer labor to National Forests and State Parks, maintaining over 150 miles of shared use trails, including the creation of 50+ miles of new trails. While these trails see over 200,000 users per year, they continue to maintain a level “A” standing, due in large part to all the hard work of SBTS staff and volunteers. This organization is not only a shining example of what a small group of dedicated, passionate people can do for an area, it is a demonstration of economic efficiency when no alternatives exist.
Join us for our world-class endurance run through the Lakes Basin Recreation Area on September 6th, 2014! The Lost Sierra Endurance Run is a 50- kilometer (32- mile) long foot race, highlighting some of the most incredible terrain and scenic beauty the northern Sierra has to offer. And it includes our favorite network of trails in the spectacular Lakes Basin Recreation Area. The racecourse starts in downtown Graeagle, climbs to the crest of the Sierra, skirts the edges of a half-dozen alpine lakes, summits two rugged peaks, and then descends 4,000’ back into Graeagle for the finish.
2014 marks the 19th running of The Downieville Classic. The longevity of this weekend-long mountain bike race/party is testament to its popularity, and this year’s event – slated for July 31st- August 3rd - promises to serve up enough excitement and suffering to keep that reputation going strong.
Founded in 1995 by promoter Greg Williams, the Classic started as a 28-mile, point-to-point cross-country race, featuring a character building 8-mile climb to start, and a diversity of technical rocks and high-speed singletrack unlike anywhere else. By 1998, a 16-mile downhill time trial had been added, also a completely unique beast in terms of competition venue, and the Classic settled into a two-day template that continues to this day. Initially envisioned as a way to showcase the riding opportunities available near Downieville, a tiny town nestled at the confluence of several rivers in Northern California’s Sierra foothills, the race featured such a bounty of technical terrain and relentless singletrack that it became an institution unto itself. Long lap or point-to-point races are not easy to organize given the current land use climate, and marathon downhill races featuring 5000’ of descending are virtually impossible to find anywhere. These aspects in of themselves made the Downieville Classic a priority on many racers calendars. Its popularity grew as word of the spectacular terrain spread, along with reports of a less than buttoned down party scene happening each year. Read More »
Lost Sierra Trail Daze- National Trails Day Celebration with Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
QUINCY, CALIFORNIA –Join the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) in Partnership with the Plumas National Forest and in conjunction with the Plumas County Picnic, for a super trail daze weekend event to not only celebrate National Trails Day, but to celebrate the work with our partners in the ongoing mission to maintain the trails in and around the Sierra Buttes. Help us raise money, meet our volunteer match and celebrate the trails that you love. We can’t do it without you!
The event starts on Friday June 6th at 4:00pm when the doors will open to the Quincy Fairgrounds for a special evening event with live music from Joy and Madness a soul and funk band from Nevada City, tasty libations from the Brewing Lair, special appearances from Smokey Bear, the USFS fire engine and Chipper the Quincy Fairgrounds mascot. A bouncy castle, games and activies provided by Sierra Nevada Journeys, and face painting for the kids, a community expo, on-site camping (either dry or RV camping) and so much more and that’s just for Friday night!