Five Bucks A Foot is back! With the generous help of our friends at Santa Cruz Bicycles, we are proud to announce another installment of our wildly popular campaign. For those of you not already familiar with the concept, here’s how it works:
- You purchase a nominal “foot” of trail, for the princely sum of $5.
- Every foot purchased enters you a chance to win the Santa Cruz bike of your choice.
- There is NO limit to how many feet of trail you fund.
- ALL the funding generated goes into SBTS trailbuilding efforts.
This is a win/win situation. By entering, you stand a chance to win the bike of your choice, with a value of up to $10,000. With every foot of trail purchased, you help us:
- Build and maintain an expanding network of world class singletrack
- Employ local trailbuilders
- Bolster the economy of our local community
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If you want to know more about the trails that this campaign is funding, keep reading!
Faced with dwindling grant funding for these projects a few years ago, we came up with the notion of Five Bucks a Foot to try and convey what the actual cost of building trail is up here. That number – $5 bucks a foot – is a pretty decent average. Smooth dirt naturally costs less to sculpt, while blasting and hammering through granite costs a whole lot more. For general high country trail building in the Northern Sierra, five bucks a foot is a decent rule of thumb.
To date, we have run 4 of these fundraisers, and you have raised over $150,000. These campaigns have helped build the following trails:
- Mills Peak
- Butcher Ranch extension and Pack Saddle
Much as we would love to say that the federal and state funding outlook has improved, we can’t. Things are still bleak out there. But we’re not going to let that stop us!
This time around, we have 3 concurrent projects, each of which is short on funds.
- Mount Hough/South Park system just outside of Quincy
This is an amazing asset and is *this* close to completion.
- Boca & Loyalton project at the south end of Sierra Valley
This is a 26-mile trail which we have just broken ground on, and are super stoked to see come to life.
- Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe.
This is new ground for us – not only is it in South Lake Tahoe, but it is also going to be done in partnership with TAMBA and the USFS, AND it is a project dedicated to bringing carefully engineered and flow and gravity to the area. Yep, we’re gonna be building some jumps and berms!
Winner is chosen at random on June 3rd at 12:00PM PST and announced soon after.