1st Annual Jefferson State MTB Trails Summit
The Jefferson State region of Northern California and Southern Oregon is an area with a significant amount of public land. In California alone, we have over 13 million acres of National Forest land.
These and other public lands hold big opportunities for trail-based recreation, MTB tourism, and a new economic engine for communities of our region.
Over the past decade, the passion and commitment of MTB trail groups throughout our area has led to the development and maintenance of hundreds of miles of high-quality, sustainable trails. Together, these trails are helping create a region-wide trail recreation environment which is healthy and vibrant. They’re also beginning to demonstrate to rural communities and land managers that great MTB trails create not only healthy outdoor recreation opportunities, but can also become a destination for regional tourism.
Redding Trail Alliance (RTA) and Trail Labs Co. are eager to encourage this momentum.
On February 23rd and 24th, RTA and Trail Labs Co. will host the 1st Annual Jefferson State MTB Trails Summit in Redding, CA.
This event will be completely free to attend thanks to our amazing sponsors: McConnell Foundation, New West Medical, Inc., Owens Healthcare, Redding Trail Alliance, Trail Labs Co. and Fall River Brewing!
Our goal with this inaugural event is simple; connect communities. The conference is our first event of this type in the region, and as such, we want to focus on creating an opportunity for trail supporters and advocates to connect, learn, and have a great time.
The Summit is a two-day event, with Saturday consisting of a Conference with presentations from each of the following trail associations.
Mount Shasta Mountain Bike Association
Redding Trail Alliance
Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association
Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association
Trailworks (of Chico)
Trinity Trail Alliance
We are also excited to announce a special presentation about a new federal lands policy which is intended to have a big positive impact on trails. This presentation, titled “Community Driven Trail Stewardship: Overview of the new Forest Service Trail Management Model” will lead off the conference Saturday morning, followed by presentations from the previously mentioned groups.
Following the morning’s session we will have a guided ride at nearby Swasey Recreation Area. This ride will feature two purpose built mountain bike trails that were completed by Redding Trail Alliance in the last two years. After you have worked up an appetite we invite you back to the conference location for music, beer and food trucks. This is when the real party starts!
On Sunday, a small introductory trail building workshop will offered, culminating in some new trail construction at BLM managed Swasey Recreation Area.
Both days are free to attend! Saturday is open to all with no registration required. Sunday’s trail workshop requires registration and is limited to 30 people.
If you’re interested in helping your local trail group we highly recommend you register for this workshop.
Introduction to Trail Building Workshop
Overview: This is an introductory trail building workshop focused on educating and training volunteers so that they can work efficiently and safely in a supervised field setting. The workshop will consist of several hours of in-class lecture on Sunday morning, followed by several hours of field instruction in the afternoon.
The in-class session will focus on fundamentals of sustainable trails, basic processes and techniques for building trail, commonly encountered problems with trails, and basic techniques for how to solve these problems.
During the field instruction session, students will see demonstrations of new trail construction, practice the processes and techniques they learned in class, and then apply their new skills building a trail at BLM managed Swasey Recreation Area west of Redding.
Who should enroll: Those who have some basic experience building trails and want to volunteer more with their local trail group. Content is focused on providing a base skill-set for volunteers to work safely and efficiently.
Cost: Free, all thanks to our amazing sponsors!
Availability: 30 participants
Saturday, February 23rd
Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 1605 Yuba St., Redding, CA 96001 (ample parking across California Street at the parking garage & just north of the Venue in the parking lot off Oregon Street)
9:00 - 10:30 am: Conference Sessions
10:30 - 11:00 am: Break. Coffee, water and snacks will be provided.
11:00 - 1:30 pm: Conference Sessions
3:00 - 5:00 pm: Guided MTB ride at Swasey Recreation Area
6:00 - 10:00 pm: Evening Social. Food trucks, beer, music and MTB movies..