To say that REI understands what the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is about is an understatement. For several years now, the outdoor company has been a solid supporter of SBTS and our goal of trail and restoration and enhancement for all users. REI understands the value of the great outdoors as a recreational resource, realizes the importance of access for all use groups, and believes in conscientious stewardship of that resource so that future generations can continue to enjoy the natural world.
REI has graciously awarded the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship a $10,000 grant for 2014. With this funding, SBTS will be able to feed and motivate our crew of several hundred volunteers. Those volunteers have put in tens of thousands of hours of work over the years, and will be digging trail at 12 workdays this year, from Auburn to South Lake Tahoe to Quincy. They will also be keeping things running smoothly at our banner events; The Downieville Classic, The Lost Sierra Trail Run, and The Lost And Found Bike Ride. Our volunteers are our backbone – because of them, we have been able to rejuvenate the Downieville and Lakes Basin trail systems, and because of them we are able to put on the world class events that showcase this gem of an area we are privileged to call our home. 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.
The Pack Saddle Loop trail came about after the privately held property at the top of Packer Saddle was acquired by the Sierra County Land Trust who had a desire for more trails on the property. SBTS was eager to help make this a reality and began exploring options for routes. Our initial motives were for multi-use trails that would allow hikers to explore the top of the saddle and it's amazing views, and give mountain bikers the option to ride loops.
Routes were flagged from the PCT trailhead along the southern side of Packer Saddle and around to Sunrise trail before it begins to drop off the top of Packer Saddle. Also chosen was a route across the road from the PCT trailhead and dropping down through the canyon to the Four Corners area before again connecting to Sunrise trail. Finally, a line for a "flow style" mountain bike trail was chosen that would roughly parallel Sunrise trail down to the Four Corners area which would allow for the completion of the loop trail concept from either the flow trail, or Sunrise trail, and back up via the canyon section of the Pack Saddle Loop trail.
The actual construction was funded by REI with their generous grant to SBTS for 2013. Much additional assistance was given by Patagonia when they sent intern Nick Ogden to work with SBTS for six weeks. Along with SBTS crew member Erik Johnson and numerous volunteers, Nick worked on the Pack Saddle Loop trail and was essential to it's timely completion in October of 2013.
The Pack Saddle Flow Trail was constructed in the early summer of 2014 by the SBTS Pro Trail Crew. Read More »
The SBTS crew has been working on a three-log stringer bridge on the Smith Creek Trail. We have been following the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service standard plans for log stringer trail-bridge. The plans we are going off of are generic for the type of bridge we are building, so we have been plugging in numbers to accommodate for our location and desired use. The gap over the creek where we are placing the bridge is 18 feet long. We are using three 38-foot logs as the main stringers so we have ten feet of overlap on both sides. The stringers are from a Douglas fir tree, 14 inches in diameter on the large end and 10 inches on the small end. We are also milling Douglas fir decking on site that is going to be five feet long. The railings are also being milled on site out of cedar, the railing post were purchased and are pressure treated 4x6. The posts are going to be mounted to the decking and stringers with 1/4 inch galvanized plate steel. We designed the bridge so that no water-bearing abutments will be needed, however we will finish it with a riprap wall to protect the banks from further erosion. The bridge is being tied into the ground with 12”x12” cedar dead-man anchors with five feet of galvanized all-thread that will also go through a 12”x 12” cedar mud sill and the stringers.
We had a great turnout Saturday June 14th, for the grand reopening of Corral Trail in S Lake Tahoe with the fine folks of Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Associationand over 70 trail loving volunteers. Special thanks to Garrett Villanueva and Jacob Quinn from the Forest Service for your dedication and vision and for allowing our two groups to join forces and make dirt magic happen.
National Trails Day was celebrated in style! On Friday we were joined by some Quincy locals and trail loving folks from all over California and Nevada. Kids enjoyed the bouncy castle, giant trike races, face painting, Smokey the bear, and lots of other activities! The day also included food from famous Cosmos BBQ, including ribs and gourmet sausages, beer from The Brewing Lair, and an educational trail etiquette demo with horse rides for the kids afterwards.
A special thanks to Stone Soup for playing some awesome music and also Joy and Madness for bringing the house down with a special birthday song for our friend Metal Mike.
On Saturday, we hosted over 40 volunteers including staff from the Plumas National Forest Service. Several crews worked on the Cascade Trail with work focused on brushing, trail maintenance and getting the trail completed.
The Lost and Found Bike Ride, a 100-mile gravel road bicycle race starting and ending at Lake Davis, took place last Saturday, May 31st. 222 intrepid souls lined up to ride a route that looped around Lake Davis, headed north through Red Clover Valley, then dropped into Genessee Valley before climbing back and returning to Lake Davis. Shorter 60- and 30- mile options were available. Riders competing in the full 100-miler were faced with over 7000’ of climbing on a route that was 80% gravel. There were many flat tires.
This inaugural event is a fundraiser for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, and was won by Jared Kessler with a scorching time of 5 hours, 31 minutes, 15 seconds. That sets a worthy target for athletes to aim for next year.
For its first year, the Lost and Found went off smoothly and without drama, thanks to the support of so many committed partners. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship would like to thank the following local partners for making this possible:Plumas County Public Works, US Forest Service, Eastern Plumas Fire, Graeagle Fire District, PSREC, Sierra Promotions, Sierra Pacific Coffee, Longboards grill, The Brewing Lair, Chalet View Lodge, BlackBird Inn, Quincy Natural Foods & Feather River Co-op, Feather River Bulletin, Coldstream Creative, Joe Winters, Plumas Sanitation, Intermountain Disposal and Plumas Amateur Radio Club. Read More »
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship’s $5 a Foot campaign ended Sunday at 8pm, and when the tallying was done, you helped raise $48,500 that will be fed directly into trail building efforts, and Damian H. of San Carlos California, won himself a brand new Santa Cruz bike of his choosing.
This was a huge effort, and we thank everyone who contributed to this success. The money you raised will go directly toward the following three currently operating trail projects: Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe, Boca & Loyalton Trail in Loyalton, and the Mount Hough/South Park Trail system in Quincy. These trails are all very different from each other, but they each represent groundbreaking recreational opportunities in their respective communities, and even if you didn’t win a new Santa Cruz, we hope to see you out on these trails some day, enjoying what you have helped create. Read More »