New Reroute of Exit Now Open!
The Alliance is pleased to share that the newly constructed exit of Yancey Ridge Trail is now officially OPEN! This 1.2 mile section of new trail reroutes the segment that was on private property onto US Forest Service land. The completion of the exit marks the end of a major restoration effort that has been going on for over two years.
Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather District has recently released official news of the new exit, a priority piece of the Mortimer Trails Project.
The Alliance would like to thank the Grandfather District for their commitment to the project, particularly Lisa Jennings, Recreation & Trails Program Manager, for her leadership and support. We would also like to applaud Michael Thomas of Terra Tek Trails for the outstanding contracted work. The entire length of Yancey Ridge has had professional work done by Mike, including the fresh reroutes as well as maintenance work. Maintenance work was significant, including the reestablishment and construction of drainage structures and the closure of ditched out segments. We’d also like to thank Andy Brown of Trout Unlimited for the collaboration and the management of the RTP funding for Upper Yancey, and Santa Cruz Bicycles and the PayDirt program for the financial support that made the new reroute happen.
Most importantly, the Alliance would like to recognize all of the volunteers for their contributions, which total over 950 hours. Volunteer work on this project included planning, design, corridor clearing for the entire length of the trail, and other specialty work (such as rock armoring, and the reclamation of original trail alignments), Thanks Everybody!
Yancey Ridge Trail on Trailforks.com
Mortimer Trails Project Maps
Wilson Creek Trail Improvement Timeline
Yancey Ridge Photo Gallery
Riding in the Grandfather District
Additional Mortimer Trails Project Info
Santa Cruz PayDirt Grant Release