PLEASE STAY OFF OF MUSHY TRAILS!
Walking or riding on saturated soils is when damage is done through soil displacement and compaction. We need our tread to stay in place, so wait for a few days of drying out before heading out!
Thanks to all that volunteered on March 10th at Yavapai Vista! The connectors to the Slim Shady Trail and Templeton Trail are roughed in. It was a beautiful day and lots of work got done. Thanks also to Sedona Westerners for the bagels and muffins that energized us! Yavapai Vista will be open to the public at the end of the March. While the signs for the kiosk and entry are still on order, you’ll be able to see the beautiful new stone work up close and try out the new connector trails. Temporary trail signs will be in place by then.
CREC (Coconino Rural Environmental Corps) crews worked through the snowstorm to finish trail stabilization at wash crossings in Soldier Wash area and to put in a new alignment on the NW corner. Temporary signage is going in. See attached map for what will be posted at junctions. More work is needed in this area. If you have comments on the work or want to volunteer, please contact Adrian. Still to come: a few more reroutes and restoration/naturalization of unsustainable trail segments in several locations. George Moore is still waiting for ADOT approval for paving of the Adobe Jack Trailhead on 89A.
Trails North of Deadhorse:
The Raptor Trail got the benefit of an ACE (American Conservation Experience) trail crew for several days this week. ACE trail crew leader John Donovan and volunteer trail boss Lars Romig led the group in the armoring of one of the “giant steps” with erosion and drainage issues.
Bell Rock Pathway – Traffic Change!
This popular trail is having a much needed make-over. A CREC crew has been working on and off for a month to restore tread, ramps and drainage. This past week (until it got too mushy) the crew created a new permanent trail alignment off of the heavily eroded trail segment just west of Bell Rock. The restoration of the old alignment is still in progress (storm delay) so please respect the signs and use the NEW ROUTE now!! It connects differently to the “singletrack bypass” so watch for that as well.
Adopt a Trail Program:
Jennifer Burns will make a request to the City of Sedona to partner with the Forest Service on an Adopt-a-Trail Program. This program would encourage residents to get involved in the trail and trailhead maintenance and stewardship for forest areas adjacent to Sedona. This partnership will be discussed at the Sedona Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on March 26th 6PM.
Cornville Trails Planning:
The Forest Service is moving forward with the development of a preliminary trail plan for the Forest area northwest of Cornville Az. For more information please contact
Sarah Belcher at 928-203-2900.
Lake Montezuma/Rimrock Trails:
The Forest Service will be asking for public comment on a trail system for the Lake Montezuma/Rimrock area this year. This trail system would be both motorized and non-motorized. If you want to be on the mailing list for this project, please let
Eric LaPrice know at 928-203-2900.
Lost and Injured Visitors:
The last 6 months have seen too many lost visitors. Most 911 calls are from hikers/bikers who stray onto an unsigned “social” trail, and get lost and night comes. Thanks to everyone who helps prevent this by orienting visitors in the field. Thanks to the Red Rock Mt. Bike Patrollers and the Friends of the Forest Patrollers and the Sedona Westerners and to all the bike shops and visitor centers for urging people to take good maps and proper equipment with them into the Forest. And finally, thanks to our dedicated search and rescue teams who go out at all hours to bring the lost people home.
Sedona Single Track Celebration:
Coming to the Sedona community this weekend, event located next to Over the Edge Sports on 89A. Google Sedona Singletrack Celebration for all the info. Forest Service will be at the event on Saturday, asking for comments on area trails.
International Mountain Bike Association
Trail Care Crew Visit:
Coming to the Sedona Ranger District the last weekend of March. This is a chance to learn about sustainable trails with an emphasis on mountain bike use. See more and register at: IMBA.com. There will be a volunteer trail event on Sunday April 1.
V bar V Days:
Coming this weekend at the V bar V cultural site, just east of Sedona. Red Rock Pass required at the site. Come enjoy this event with all kinds of interesting archaeological displays and activities. In addition, check out the new trail work that has been completed throughout this old ranch cultural site. For more information call the