Archive for the ‘Mountain Biking Trail’ Category

Project summary: Trail planning, design, construction, training and leading

Project location: Armenia

Client: Transcaucasian Trail Organization

Project Completion Date: Ongoing

Project Details: The Transcaucasian Trail (TCT) is a long distance trail that will start at the Black Sea in Georgia and continue through Armenia and into Iran. In the spring of 2017 Bellfree Contractors was hired to help with the planning and design work of segments of the TCT in Armenia’s Dilijan National Park. In June construction began with volunteer crews trained and led by Bellfree Contractors.

By the end of 2017 approximately 80 km of trail was ready for hikers. This was a combination of  repaired old roads, old trails and newly constructed trails.

In 2018 work continued on the trail with new segments added in the Vayots Dzor region.

All segments in Dilijan can be found on the HikeArmenia web site and app. The new segments in Vayots Dzor will be added soon.

Photos from the project can be viewed here: Project photos

Fillmore Bike Park

Posted: November 13, 2014 by Hans in Bike Parks, Mountain Biking Trail, Uncategorized

Wow it has been a while since I have posted! We have been super busy this year!

On Tuesday 11/11/14 we started construction on the Fillmore Bike Park in the City of Fillmore. Yes, finally a city in So Cal has decided to build a bike park! Thanks to the efforts of the Ride Heritage Valley Group and CORBA for making it happen.

Today we finished the first of two pump tracks and the jump line is starting to take shape.

 

Day one

Day one

Glendale Sports Complex Trails Opening June, 1 2013

Project summary: Construction of two new trail at the Glendale Sports Complex

Project location: Glendale Sports Complex 2200 Fern Lane Glendale, CA

Client: City of Glendale

Project Completion Date: April 2013

Project Details: This project is over five years in the making. I was involved with the City of Glendale’s Trails Master Plan that began over five years ago. It was at that time the idea of these two trails was first discussed. It was very exciting to finally break ground in early December 2012.

The Catalina Verdugo Trail was funded through a grant from Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich 2009 Competitive Trails Grant Program and is administered through the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District.

View of the North Segment of the Catalina Verdugo Trail from the Ridge Motorway.

The Trail loops around the hills just above the Sports Complex. The City of Glendale has many steep difficult trails such as the trails at Brand and Duekmejian Parks for example. City officials wanted the Catalina Verdugo Trail to be an easier trail to provide a enjoyable experience for all levels of trail users.

With the steep sideslopes and difficult geology the Catalina Verdugo Trail proved to be a challenge to build.

There are three rest/view areas with benches along the trail and two of these sites will have interpretive panels in the near future.

The trail is 2 miles in length. The North trailhead is near the maintenance building and the South trailhead is behind the soccer fields.

The trail connects to an Edison dirt service road and from there it is a short steep climb to the Ridge Motorway and less than a mile to Cherry Canyon.

Mountain Do Trail

The Mountain Do Trail runs behind the soccer fields. This is a wheelchair accessible path. It has a stabilized decomposed granite surface. There are tables, benches and outdoor exercise equipment. Interpretive panels will be added in the very near future.

The Mountain Do Trail was funded by a grant from the Federal Recreational Trails Program.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for National Trails Day on June 1st.

Click here to view more photos of this project

Project summary: Construction of the Skyline Trail

Project location: Big Bear, CA

Client: Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation trailsfoundation.org

Project Completion Date: Spring 2013

Project Details: Construction of 7.5 miles of the Skyline Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. Approximately 3 miles of the trail was built in the fall of 2012. We will return in the spring once the snow melts. We are doing the rough cut and volunteers are doing the finish work. Keep an eye on the Trails Foundation web site for volunteer opportunities.

Day one: checking the trail alignment while the snow comes down.

Day one: checking the trail alignment while the snow comes down.

Starting to build

Starting to build

We had a lot of rain while working up there in November. Luckily the soil is almost all decomposed granite so we did not have any mud.

We had a lot of rain while working up there in November. Luckily the soil is almost all decomposed granite (DG) so we did not have any mud. The rain helps for shaping the soil and packing things in. Not to mention keeping the dust down.

We had some vandalism happen to our equipment while on site and our cargo trailer was broken into. When we show up for work one morning and saw this not on the back of our excavator written in the dirt it certainly helped to make up for some of those things!

We had some vandalism to our equipment while on site and our cargo trailer was broken into. When we showed up for work one morning and saw this note on the back of our excavator it certainly helped to make up for some of those things!

Click here to read the article in the Big Bear Grizzly about this project

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