By now you have probably heard about the work our Chapter is doing in the Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest. We are happy to report that we received an IMBA/CLIF Bar Trail Preservation Grant to help us!

Most of the work we have done this year is on Wilson Ridge Trail. The focus is on maintenance; volunteers have installed Rolling Grade Dips for improved trail drainage, rock-armored wet spots, trimmed back the corridor, and also cleared downed-trees. The grant funds will be used to pay for some machine work to improve drainage on some sections.

The segments of Wilson Ridge that we are working on have good loop potential with other trails and forest roads, good trailhead access with parking, and also close to camping and other forest activities. Many of these were targets that were identified in the NFsNC Non-Motorized Trails Strategy. Here are some stats on the work we have done in Pisgah so far this year:

-6 Total Workdays, including “Crew Leader Training Day” with the Grandfather District Staff
-147 hours
-4 miles of trail rehab complete

The Alliance will continue to advocate for quality mountain biking in the forest. We aim to continue our partnership with the Grandfather District to bring some targeted spots to a better standard through a combination of volunteer work and also contracted jobs when possible. More news on our collaboration with the Grandfather District can be found on the District’s CFLR Blog page. Please stay tuned for news of the next workday!