2017 was a breakthrough year with the approval of Copper City Trails. In 2018, the success has continued to snowball as we have our hands in multiple projects and our funding grows exponentially. Here at SWMMBA there’s a lot of other successes that don’t get as much publicity and we’re using this blog as a running list of our recent accomplishments. We’ll do our best to keep it concise.
Finished the High Ore trail up to the first ridge, gaining us access to Phase 2 terrain.
Finished Neversweat, the first downhill only advanced trail.
Flagged Phase 2. Digging begins this week.
Building trail signs that will also be installed soon.
Designed a larger parking lot area that includes a vault toilet and kiosk.
We had a successful GiveBig campaign this May, raising $14k, which has been anonymously matched.
We hosted the second annual Ales for Trails fundraiser at MAP Brewing raising $7k
SWMMBA was awarded a Yellowstone Community Foundation grant of $2500 that will go to pay for tool storage at the pump track in Bozeman
Pump Track/Dirt Jumps
Reconstruction of the west side of the pump track is halfway done with expected completion in mid-July. It is designed to host dual pump track challenges. The new design also includes taller berms, taller rollers, with more spacing for speed and use with full suspension bikes.
The dirt jumps will be getting a facelift this summer. The gap line will be reduced to three jumps instead of four. Those three jumps ill be larger, further spaced out, and more ‘case-friendly’!
General Trail Maintenance
We hosted a successful trail work day on upper South Cottonwood, clearing deadfall from the top down through Wheeler Gulch.
We did a bunch of cleanup on Leverich in June and other local trails including some of GVLT’s Highland Glen trails.
Shootout park is clear of deadfall. We also spent a lot of time trimming back the brush that was encroaching into the trail. The team helped get Larry the Cable Bike back in order and had lunch with a view at the top of the meadow. We recommend riding up Sourdough then clockwise through Shootout so you get to go down a beautiful meadow instead of trying to navigate while huffing and puffing. Although the trail is not very technical or steep, it does go deep into the backcountry. Being prepared for navigation, the elements and wildlife is a must.
Stay tuned here for more updates. We’ll do our best to highlight where your donor dollars are going!