The mission of Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB) is to expand the network of sustainable and enjoyable trails in SLO County and to maintain the trails currently in use. Since 1987, we have worked with California State Parks, the National Forest Service, San Luis Obispo City, San Luis Obispo County and the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, in designing and building new trails and maintaining existing ones.
Help us keep the trails of SLO County open and fun to ride by joining us for trail work.
"Trails aren't BORN - They're designed and built by volunteers - You and me!"
New CCCMB Fall-Winter Work Schedule
Join Us... because trails don't make themselves!
Wednesday Trail Work Listed Here...
If you are interested in helping to build the new M Trail on Cerro San Luis, join us Wednesday mornings at 8:30 at the end of Hill St. in SLO. We are out there every Wednesday morning and work till about noon. Bring snacks and water and wear long sleeves and long pants with sturdy work shoes. Gloves are recommended.
Trail Building Events Calendar
The Latest News...
Next Trail Work Day: Next official CCCMB Trail workday is at the Pismo Preserve on .
Next CCCMB meeting: Tuesday, December 20th, 5:30-7pm, SLO Parks and Rec Office, 1341 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo. Public is welcome!
Pismo Preserve Trail Work Day
CCCMB and The Land Conservancy are hosting a trail work day on the Pismo Preserve on. The purpose of this trail workday is to improve and maintain the newly completed trail system on the Pismo Preserve.
WHEN/WHERE: If you would like to join us, please meet at the Pismo Preserve parking area by. Parking is limited so we encourage you to bike, walk and carpool to the work day. If the parking lot is full, there is additional parking on Pismo Beach City Hall just north of the Preserve on Mattie Road.
BRING: Please wear appropriate work clothing including long pants, sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses, and gloves. And, don't forget snacks and water.
THE JOB: We will be clearing a trail corridor from the Vaminos Trail to the Picnic area on the knoll. The work site is about a 1/2 mile hike from the parking lot. In addition, we will have several crews preforming tread and drainage maintenance on our existing trail system. These crews should expect to hike with tools several miles on trails and roads during the work day.
The public is welcome, please join us to help keep the Preserve trail-ready for opening day!
"M" Trail Work Day - Follow Up
There was a good turnout for some serious trail construction on Cerro San Luis last Saturday. We continued building the new M Trail extension. Volunteers were precariously perched on a serious side-slope with lots of big and small rocks and plenty of dirt to move. They chipped away and made good progress.
We had 15 hardy trail workers and the following folks won gift certificates.
Thanks very much everyone and don’t forget...
the next official CCCMB workday is at the Pismo Preserve on.
Montaña de Oro Trail Work Follow Up
Twenty-three volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day of trail work last month at MdO. Work was completed on both Barranca and Hazard Peak trails. Almost 90% of the drains on Barranca were rebuilt in preparation for the upcoming rain! A big thank you goes out to everyone who showed up to take care of a great trail so many of us love to ride, hike, and run.
The following volunteers won gift cards from our generous sponsors:
GH Sports - Nathan Dryer
Thanks again to all the volunteers and trail-crew-leaders who help keep our county trails open!
Next Trail Work Day
Montana de Oro
Saturday - 11/12 - 9:00am
Public is Welcome - Come Join Us!
Volunteers doing some "brushing" on the Barranca Trail at MdO
Come out and help maintain the trails you love
Thank You Sapwi Trail Volunteers
Santa Margarita Lake - Last Sunday 10/23
Thanks to everyone that came out to work with CCCMB on the Sapwi Trail at Santa Margarita Lake! Approximately 25 volunteers cut new tread and worked on brushing and root/rock removal. Everyone enjoyed a great lunch together provided by the Atascadero Horsemen's Club. Four gift cards were raffled off to volunteers and everyone received a free regional park day pass.
Join us at our next work day November 12th on the Montaña de Oro Trails!
Pismo Preserve - Not Opening Until 2018
But CCCMB Members can ride it NOW!
The Land Conservancy now estimates a late 2018 completion date for full build out of Pismo Preserve. The public will not have access to the property until all of the supporting structures are completed such as parking lots, restrooms, roads, etc.
The Land Conservancy recently released a statement, “We recognize that our community is anxious to explore and experience the property. In an effort to give people opportunities to enjoy the Preserve during the construction phase, we are working with our agency partners to allow structured access while we push forward to construct the park amenities,”
The Central Coasts Concerned Mountain Bikers were a major force in the construction of the 11 mile trail system, and as a thank you, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has allowed our members to sign up for docent led bike rides and hikes before the preserve is open to the general public. To take advantage of this amazing opportunity, sign up to become a CCCMB member HERE.
If you are already a member, you should have received information on how to sign up for docent led rides and hikes. And of course, thanks to all that have volunteered their time out there!
MBBP Ladies Day Event Success
Thanks to everyone that came out to the Morro Bay Bike Park Ladies Day! The event successfully raised money for the Morro Bay Bike Park while providing a fun and encouraging atmosphere for women to learn how to ride on the pump track and jumps.
CCCMB Campout & Trail Work Day
Thanks to everyone that came out to our Lopez Lake campout and trail work day last weekend at Lopez Lake! We had about 30 volunteers working on the Duna Vista trail. A couple fallen trees were removed, drains were created, low branches were cut back for equestrians, and lots of brushing was completed. Great job volunteers! A dozen hearty members camped overnight and enjoyed food, games, a night ride and drum circles with smores around the campfire.
Join us at our next trail work day on Sunday, October 23rd at Santa Margarita Lake to work on the Sapwi Trail and enjoy a free BBQ after!
Clearing fallen trees on the Duna Vista Trail at Lopez Lake
Trail Work Day - Sunday - Sept. 11th
Montaña de Oro - 9am
aIf you are an equestrian, trail runner, hiker or mountain biker... or any trail enthusiast, come and join CCCMB for a morning of work on the trail of Montaña de Oro State Park. We will be brushing, and repairing drains in preparation for the upcoming rains (it never hurts to dream!).
Meet at the park headquarters ranch house above Spooner's Cove at 9am. Work should be completed by noon or 1pm. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, water and long sleeve shirts as you may encounter "avoidable" poison oak.
This event is open to the public, so invite your outdoor friends!
First CCCMB Trail Season Project
Morro Bay Bike Park
Sunday - August 21st - 9am to Noon
Come out and help CCCMB Members, along with others from the Community, support the Morro Bay Bike Park with the first CCCMB Trail Project of the Fall Season.
We will need lots of volunteers to help move some of the rock that runs down the center of the park in order to install a water line with several spigots. This line running up through the center of the park will keep us from having to drag a hose from the one spigot at the bottom all the way to the top to keep the moisture in some of the jumps.
Hope to see you there!
SLO Bicycle Club Lighthouse Ride
Saturday - September 24th - 8am to 11:30am
San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club Lighthouse Ride is and we are counting on CCCMB volunteers to staff a rest stop on Highway 46, three miles east of Highway 1. We will have an SLOBC member captain the stop and need six (6) volunteers to run the stop from .
Last years CCCMB Volunteers had lots of fun and laughs. Additional benefits:
- All non-member Volunteers are provided a short sleeve T-Shirt.
- All Volunteers are invited to take part in the fully supported Pre-Ride on .
- All Volunteers are invited to attend the Volunteer Banquet at on .
You can sign up HERE, and please use CCCMB even if you are not a paid member, but just love us to death.
A Few CCCMB Volunteer Stats...
In the 2015-2016 trail work season 3CMB volunteers worked 9,072.5 hours. That is equivalent to one standard worker (with 2 weeks off each year), working for over 4 1/2 years. That is a substantial increase over last year when volunteers put in 5,530 hours. Most of this years hours were at the Pismo Preserve which equated to 7,318 hours. (Pismo Preserve volunteer totals include flagging, machine build and post machine build).
AG Trail Workday Success
Made It To The Top !
New Reservoir Canyon Trail is almost complete
We had a big crew today. 20 volunteers braved some warm weather and the 2 mile hike with 1000+ foot climb to the summit. Today was a good day as we made it to the summit. Reaching the conning tower. There is still plenty of work to do on the trail fixing some loose rocks, tread, brushing, etc. It has taken us almost 9 months to build this trail. It is a great addition to the SLO Trail hiking system.
We will be in Reservoir Canyon a few more weeks fixing portions of the trail. Hope to see some of you there. The next work day is at 8:35 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016.
~ Gary Felsman ~
So... Why are there so few trail-work days during the middle of summer?
It seems odd that we have longer days and more time to devote to trail-work during the summer, but very little is scheduled. Well, it mostly has to do with the lack of rain. Moving soil around for new trails or trail repair does not work this time of year because the soil does not stay together where it is put. The berms turn into dust and the risers just flatten back out. So... until it rains again, all we can do is trim brush and stack rocks!
Thank You Brush Trimmers!
A big thanks to all those who helped out yesterday (Saturday 6/11) at MdO, clearing brush on the Manzanita Trail. You made it possible to ride out there, once again, without being inundated by poison oak.
This is a photo of lower Manzanita Trail after brushing/trimming the poison oak back
Photo by: Christie O'Hara
Montana de Oro Trail Work Day
This Saturday, June 11th
SATURDAY (6/11) - 9:00am - Montana de Oro Ranch House (Spooner Cove)
WHAT: We invite you to come out to Montana de Oro State Park at 9 . There is much work to be done maintaining the many trail sections, clearing trail drains, heightening grade reversals, clearing brush (top priority), reinforcing "blown-out" corners, and just plain getting the trails ready for the busy summer season. Come out and work along with other trail enthusiasts in this good community of people who enjoy multi-use trails. Work is usually complete by noon or 1pm.
WHERE: Meet at the ranch house at Spooner's Cove in Montana de Oro at 9:00am. We will divide into groups and hike to the various projects around the park.
BRING: Bring the usual, water, sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, and long-sleeve appropriate attire, CCCMB will provide all tools needed.
Everyone is welcome! We hope you will join us!
Past Trail Werks Day Update
Some photos from Trail Werks day on the Sapwi trail out at Santa Margarita Lake. Beautiful trail to work on and no poison oak! Fun times had by all and thanks for the great BBQ after! ~Christie O'Hara~
Two Work Days This Weekend
Volunteers are needed to help out with TWO projects this weekend. Morro Bay Bike Park is having a Maintenance Day on Saturday -AND- a new trail is being extended near Santa Margarita Lake on Sunday. The public is welcome. Here is how to get involved:
MORRO BAY BIKE PARK
SATURDAY (5/21) - 8:30am
WHAT: The Bike Park recently got hit with lots of graffiti and this is a chance to get things cleaned back up, along with maintenance on some of the runs and jumps.
WHERE: Meet at the Morro Bay Bike Park at 8:30am
BRING: Water, snack food, your favorite work tool (some will be provided) and a passion for work and fun with others in your community.
Everyone is welcome! We hope you will join us!
SANTA MARGARITA LAKE
SUNDAY (5/22) - 8:30am - SAPWI EXTENSION TRAIL
WHAT: We invite you to come out to Santa Margarita Lake and help us extend the Sapwi trail at 8 . There is much work to be done adding new trail sections, clearing trail drains, heightening grade reversals, reinforcing water crossings with rock, installing culverts, and just plain good solid trail work with a good community of people who enjoy the outdoors.
FOOD: Post work BBQ will be put on by the Atascadero Horseman Association.
WHERE: Meet at White Oak picnic area at 8:30am. We will hike across the empty lake to the work site. Let the entrance gate ranger know you are there for volunteer trail work and you will not be charged an entrance fee.
BRING: Bring the usual, water, sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, appropriate attire, we will provide tools and direction.
Everyone is welcome! We hope you will join us!
Two Volunteer Positions Available
Do you enjoy trails and want to help CCCMB without wading through poison oak or lifting a shovel?
We are in need of two volunteer positions: E-Newsletter Editor, Insurance Consultant.
1. laying out e-newsletter in Constant Contact (or your software of choice);
2. sending proof to CCCMB Board of Directors;
3. making sure it all comes together and is distributed at the agreed upon date.
Prefer someone who can make a two-year commitment.
1. Be willing to investigate insurance options for CCCMB and lay out options to directors
Both positions require only periodic time commitments that can be coordinated around each volunteer's schedule. If you'd like to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pismo Preserve Trail Build is Complete
The Pismo Preserve Trail Project, which began in January, was completed today (April 7th). More than 230 dedicated volunteers worked 2 shifts a day, 5 days a week to complete the build. Most crews averaged 15 volunteers, but ran as high as 25 people. Two TrailWerks days were also dedicated to the project which drew 60+ volunteers during one Saturday each in February and March.
Dylan Theobold, the Land Conservancy Project Lead, commented "Today was a big day for the Central Coast. 11 miles of exquisite trail built , no injuries, new friendships, good times, hard work, sweat, poison oak, convicts, dirt, and some pretty nice views of the Pacific ocean."
Today's Trail Crew shared a small lunch celebration with pizza delivered to the job sight and a farewell toast to the last group of volunteers. A light crew will maintain the trails once a week during the summer until the parking lot and restrooms are completed in August. Until then, the Pismo Preserve will not be open to the public.
Scott and Drew share a high-five at the end of the machine build
Morning Glory Trail Work Sunday (3/19)
CCCMB will be working on the Morning Glory trail in the City of SLO Open Space section doing some drain rebuilding and brushing. Everyone is welcome!
Meet at the FASTA Skill Park kiosk in the Stenner Spring Eucs Grove at 9:30 am. Bike or hike in from Stenner Creek Road up Poly Canyon. Work from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm.
If you have loppers that you can carry in, please bring them. Please wear sturdy clothing, long sleeves, long pants, gloves, hat, boots, and bring some water and snacks.
Pismo Preserve Trail Progress
9 of 11 Miles Completed So Far...This project has been in progress over two months, and already the volunteers have completed just over 9 miles of the 11 miles of trail for the project. These 200+ volunteers have put in over 4,500 hours of work so far. Pictures and progress can be seen AT THIS LINK.
Volunteer sign up shifts (8am-12noon, or 12-4pm), are still available for March, and now into half-way through April. If you are interested in joining a Trail Crew, check out the possibilities: PISMO PRESERVE TRAIL PROJECT
Below is a map of the Pismo Preserve showing completed trails in ORANGE.
Map courtesy of Greg Bettencourt
Mileage measurements courtesy of Gary & Darlene Felsman
Past TrailWerks Event - at MdO
It couldn't have been a more beautiful day for working on trails before the Super Bowl last Sunday. Ninety-eight people showed up for the annual event to help maintain trails all around Montaña de Oro State Park. They worked on everything from brushing the far side of East Boundary to clearing drains on Oats Peak to re-routing sagging trails in rocky sections near the top of Hazard Peak
Ninety eight volunteers participated in the annual SBS Mdo Trail Werks event
The enthusiastic group was given a safety briefing (pic above), while while they munched on a free breakfast provided by the many sponsors listed below, then the drawing took place for the 2015 Specialized Camber donated by Pedal Power of Santa Maria. During registration each of the 98 participants won raffle prizes such as gift cards, sweatshirts, bike pumps and socks. CCCMB would like to thank all of the hikers, bikers, trail runners and equestrians who came out to help keep the trails of MdO in top shape.
Volunteers helped re-route some of the sagging trail sections near Hazard Peak
CCCMB thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of this annual event:
Art's Cyclery - gift cards
Boo Boo Records - gift cards
CBO - Gift Cards
cccmb - Socks
Flanders Bicycle - Bike Tune-ups
Foothill Cyclery - gift cards & Jerseys
Fromagerie Sophie - Gift Cards
Lezyne - pumps & tire Levers
Pedal Power - gift cards
Ralph & Kathi Battles - gift card
Riding Warehouse - gift cards & T Shirts
Running Warehouse - gift cards
Sram - Sweat Shirt & Hats
The Galley - gift cards
The Plant Lady - gift cards
Trinity Cyclery - gift cards
Voler - gift certificates
Wallace Group - Gift Cards
Wally's Bicycle Works - Gift cards
And especially PEDAL POWER for the grand prize Specialized 29er
Morro Bay Bike Park Work Day
Saturday, December 5th - 9am
Volunteers, come out and join us!
We will be starting at he biggest job will be spreading mulch so bring a wheel barrow, pitch fork and gloves if you have them.at the Bike Park and will be working on Landscaping, Fence (with bigger equipment), the ADA Compliant Path, bike racks, viewing benches and some other odds and ends. T
During construction we are City of Morro Bay volunteers so you will need to sign a waiver from the city when you come. Thank you all for all of your help!
FUNDS ARE A LITTLE SHORT...
As with all construction projects it is going to cost a little more than projected to build this amazing Bike Park. They still need to raise about $8,000 to cover things like paving the parking lot, building materials for signs and benches, and a few other odds and ends before we can open the Bike Park.
See how you can help by clicking HERE
CCCMB on KVEC Radio
John Cutter and Bill Waycott represented CCCMB on the Dave Congalton Show on November 18th. There is a lot of information about trails in our county including trail plans for the Pismo Preserve. Listen to the entire interview on KVEC HERE.
Sapwi Trail Work - Saturday, Nov. 14th
Santa Margaria Lake - 9am
Below is a recent picture from the Sapwi Trail Work day.
WHAT: We invite you to come out to Santa Margarita Lake and help us extend the Sapwi trail at . There is much work to be done preparing for the rains that will fall, such as cleaning drains, heightening grade reversals, reinforcing water crossings with rock, installing culverts, and just plain having a good time.
FOOD: Post work snacks and drinks will be served.
WHERE: Because the lake is so low we will meet at Vaca Flats picnic area, farther east than White Oak, and walk around the mud puddle to the other side.
BRING: Bring the usual, water, sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, appropriate attire, we will provide tools and direction.
Everyone is welcome! We hope you will join us!
Morro Bay Bike Park - Construction Begins
The dozers are moving in!
Fellow Trail Enthusiast,
We invite you to come out to Santa Margarita Lake and help us extend the Sapwi trail at .
There is much work to be done preparing for the rains that will fall.
We will clean drains, heighten grade reversals, reinforce water crossings with rock, install culvert, and have a good old time.
Post work snacks and drinks will be served.
Because the lake is so low we will meet at Vaca Flats picnic area, farther east than White Oak, and walk around the mud puddle to the other side.
Bring the usual, water, sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, appropriate attire, we will provide tools and direction.
We hope you will join us!
After years of negotiations, permits, agreements, MOUs, designs, planning and City Council meetings, day 1 of construction has begun at the Morro Bay Bike Park. Bonnie Johnson (pictured), along with many others have put in hundreds of hours in preparation of this day.
If you get a chance, drop by the bike park site at the corner of Radcliffe St. and Little Morro Creek Rd. in Morro Bay to watch the bull dozer in action.
First Trail Work Day of the Season
Montana de Oro - Sunday October 25th
About 25 volunteers showed up last Sunday to join CCCMB for the first trail work day of the 2015/16 season. They met at the Park Headquarters above Spooner's Cove at 9am and worked on clearing drains along Oats Peak and Valencia Peak trails in anticipation of the upcoming rain season.
Trail maintenance also included installing a new "weather-proof" bell box at the top of Hazard Peak.
The new bell box replaced an older model that served many years but finally succumbed to the elements. The new style box uses a magnetic plate to hold the bells for easier picking. With the bells more visible, it is hoped that more riders will be encouraged to use them making the trails safer to all.
Wednesday Trail Workers on Bishop Peak
Installing a cattle guard part-way up the Bishop Peak Trail
The Wednesday Crew numbered about a dozen and tackled several projects on the lower part of Bishops Peak. One group installed a "hinged center pole" on the trail just above the Highland Drive parking area. This center pole will help keep bikes and motorcycles out, while still allowing emergency crews to push a one-wheel gurney up the trail for rescues.
The other group installed a cattle guard part way up the trail to prevent cattle from wandering up the trail toward the peak (see picture above). After a couple hours, the two groups were reunited to re-route a short trail that goes from the "lake", and I use that term loosely, to a climbing rock called "The Boulder in the Woods". They were all done by noon on a very productive morning! Thanks for all the volunteers that put in some hard work!
Wednesday Trail Workers
From today's Wednesday Trail Crew, we had 15 volunteers, 7 hikers, 2 trail runners, 2 bikers and 4 rangers braving the heat to work on the Ocean View Trail in Irish Hills.
I am happy to report we have reached the summit of the trail and it is now open. We will be working on the Ocean View Trail next week to install some signage, clean up a few sections, improve the final destination and hall out many of the tools used to construct the trail.
The City of SLO encourages people to stop at the view point. Trespassing on adjacent lands is disrespectful to private land owners and could jeopardize future opportunities that may occur in the Irish Hills.
Come out Wednesday, 9/16 if you can to help the City finalize this trail and prepare for the next project. Meet in the Home Depot Parking Lot to the left of the Garden Center at 8:30 a.m.
Come out on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. to help finish up this new multi-use trail. Meet at the Home Depot Parking Lot left of the Garden Center for a ride up the hill. Then, it is a 1.6 mile hike to the work site. Bring water, snacks, and hiking boots/shoes. Tools and good company will be provided.
Lighthouse Century Volunteers
SLO BICYCLE CLUB IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS
This is a request for YOU to volunteer at SLOBC's annual Lighthouse Century fund raiser on Saturday, September 26th.
SLO Bicycle Club has been a generous supporter of CCCMB of many years.
As of now, we have a full crew for the Highway 46 Rest Stop, but if anyone wants to volunteer for other fun jobs at a great event, they can contact Will Benedict at email@example.com.
All century volunteers receive a very cool Ride T-Shirt.
Here are some great links that should answer any questions you have:
Thanks for volunteering !
New Stenner "Flow Trail" Opens
Flow Trail Video HERE - Experience the entire trail from top to bottom!
After months of hard work by a 20+ group of volunteers named the "Wednesday Trail Workers", the new Stenner Flow Trail is now open for business. The opening ceremony took place last Wednesday as workers were putting the final touches on this new unique mountain bike trail.
This new trail is considered a one-way downhill bike-only trail that starts at the bottom end of "The Eucs", below the Shooters Trail (see the West Cuesta Ridge Trail Map Here). There are two ways to reach the Flow Trail, the first of which is to ride from the top of Cuesta Grade, down the Shooters Trail, then through the Yewks. For those coming from San Luis Obispo, ride or drive up Stenner Canyon Rd. to the parking area, then continue all the way up the Elevator Trail to the Eucss. From the bottom of The Eucs, the Flow Trail takes off to the left, and at the beginning shares parts of the two-way Elevator Trail. After branching off a third of the way down, it becomes purely a one-way, downhill "flow" trail, with berms, and other features for the intermediate to advanced rider.
The trail is the brainchild of Neils Grether, an avid mountain biker and member of CCCMB. During his senior year at Cal Poly, Neils saw the need for this type of trail in our county and decided to make it his senior project. The full project included design, obtaining all the necessary permits, layout, flagging, and overseeing construction. The entire project took over a year to complete with lots of help and support along the way.
Neil Grether began the trail as a Cal Poly senior Project
The trail was built over the course of many months by a coalition of workers including members of CCCMB, local hiker groups, other volunteers and the generous support of SLO City Parks Department,
Opening Ceremony Can be see HERE
Video of complete trail coming soon!
Wednesday Morning Trail Work
The Wednesday morning trail workers have been busy planning and building a new trail below the Eucs running parallel to the Elevator Trail. This new trail, designed by Neils Grether as a Poly senior project is being built by CCCMB under his guidance. It is a bike oriented trail with lots of flow and berms and may be named the Stenner Flow Trail, although that is still up for debate. It crisscrosses the old road that used to be the downhill bike route coming off of Shooters Trail, before Elevator was built.
There is still a lot to be done and anyone who wants to join the Wednesday morning work group should meet at the last gate up Stenner Creek Road at 8:30am on Wednesday mornings.
Morro Bay Bike Park Approved
See details and article here