Photo by Roger Phillips
Crews from the Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, DaVita Dialysis, and many other volunteers put the finishing touches on a new beginner trail at Avimor on Sunday. While SWIMBA has built and maintained many trails, this one was historic for the club.
The trail was roughed in with the club’s new ST240 trail building machine. Volunteers then came behind the machine and smoothed out the trail. The net result was roughly a mile of trail built in less than a day, and it will provide a loop for young and beginning riders that doesn’t involve steep climbing or difficult terrain, but is still fun for all riders and a nice complement to the trails at Avimor.
The SWIMBA event showed several things. First, a lot of work goes into building and maintaining trails, but a lot of hands makes that work go fast. Volunteers from kids to retirees pitched in to help. And the Avimor project wasn’t the only one going on over the weekend. Volunteers from the Boise Trail Runners were filling and smoothing eroded sections of the Seaman Gulch Trail in Northwest Boise, and more trail projects are planned for the spring. SWIMBA and World Cycle will host another trail day at Avimor on April 27 at Avimor. For details check SWIMBA.org.
Help out if you can. When you spend a day working on trails, your appreciation of them will grow, and you will see the care and devotion people have for our trail systems.