Here are the 2024 dates for Trail Days!

As you are probably aware, the past couple of years has been a renaissance of sorts for trails in the Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills area (MEDL). This is, in large part, because of Flagstaff Biking Organization’s initial prodding and years (well over a decade!) of persistence in advocating for the MEDL Project. We have been continuing our work in advocacy for additional trail projects, (Observatory Mesa, Fort Tuthill area, Fort Valley, hopefully), while helping to implement the MEDL plan with support and promotion of volunteer events, engaging the Flagstaff Ranger District with input on trail design and alignments, and support of Flagstaff Trail Faeries

We have several projects lined up for the 2024 Trail Program year. As is the case with so much of this, we are never sure that any given project will work out until we’re riding the trail, but we have a pretty high success rate and are hopeful for all of these.

Eight Trail Days scheduled this season

We will, of course, be continuing our Trail Day events this year and offering any support we can to the Flagstaff Trail Faeries. Please check out our schedule here.

Flow Trail to be completed and opened

As you may already be aware, using grant funds we hired a local trail contractor, Flagline Trails, to build a bike-optimized flow trail, near Sunset Trail, as part of the Mount Elden Dry Lake Hills (MEDL) Recreation Project. 95% of the work was completed last year but dry soil conditions prevented the final sculpting and compaction of the tread. As soon as snow conditions will allow, Flagline will get back on the project and complete this. They additionally will donate their time to rough in the connection to Sunset trail, to be hand finished by the USFS crew, volunteers or maybe a conservation corps. This trail is one of the first of its kind in Arizona, and will be an amazing opportunity for mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels to experience a flowy trail with sweeping corners, berms, and jumps!

Buffalo Park Connector

We are working to use money from our Trail Fund to hire a contractor to build an imported-surface, Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) type, (but narrower at 48”), trail to connect Buffalo Park to the rest of the Dry Lake Hills System, as part of the MEDL Project. This will be approximately .6 miles long and will eventually tie into a FUTS style trail that connects Elden Lookout Road to near the Flagstaff Ranger Station across from the Flagstaff Mall. This project has a lot of moving parts since we will need to bring in trail surfacing material, (known as “FUTS Mix”), water to aid in tread compaction, and to work with the City of Flagstaff as well as the Flagstaff Ranger District. There may be a sponsorship opportunity available to fund this project in its entirety and have your business’ logo prominently displayed on signage where the trail leaves Buffalo Park. Please let us know if this is of interest to you.

Rocky Ridge Realignments

We are hoping to receive a grant to hire a contractor to realign part of the Rocky Ridge to improve its sustainability and make its character more in line with the rest of the Schultz Stacked Loop system. It is apparent from heat maps and casual observation that most people are choosing to ride Elden Lookout Road rather than take this trail, which is telling. The plan currently, as dictated by the Flagstaff Ranger District, is to realign the existing trail between Schultz Creek and the high point just adjacent to private property.

Minor Little Bear realignment and maintenance

We hope to hire a trail contractor to have a small section of Little Bear realigned to dramatically improve sustainability and useability, and have some regular maintenance done as well. This would take place in the fall to prevent impact to Mexican Spotted Owls.

Major FUTS Style Trail Design Grant Match

We are hoping that Flagstaff Metroplan will apply for a Federal Transportation Alternatives grant through Arizona Department of Transportation, (ADOT), to have ADOT design the above-mentioned FUTS style trail between Elden Lookout Road and the Flagstaff Ranger Station, and an additional similar trail between the Lutheran Church on north Highway 89 and Sandy Seep Trailhead. This trail was included in the MEDL Planning. This grant requires a match of approximately $26,000, for which there seems to be no local government budget. We may be stepping up to the plate and matching this with money from both our General Fund and Trail Fund to make sure this opportunity is not lost. With a successful design in place, the probability of a construction grant being funded and matched increases dramatically.

Fort Tuthill Bike Park Maintenance Funding

We will be helping to fund some professional maintenance to the Fort Tuthill Bike Park with “extra” money (approximately $16,000) that we have kept earmarked since the initial construction. Coconino County Parks and Recreation will be hiring a contractor and we will get these funds to them to help pay for that work.

Please consider making a contribution to our Trail Fund! We are all volunteer, so you can rest assured that your money goes directly to building and maintaining trails.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT TRAILS IN FLAGSTAFF!

If your business is interested in supporting our Trail Program with sponsorship, please click here for  more information, and/or email us.

2024 Blue Trail Sponsors – $5000+

Opportunities available.

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2024 Green Trail Sponsors – $1000+

$3500

$2500

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Karin
Wadsack & John Dailey

$1000

$1000

Jim & Sara
Gibson

$1000

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2024 Pathway Sponsors – $500+

Joe Hazel & Nancy Evans

$500

The Gilumpfs

$500

Niner Bikes – Flagstaff

$500

Aspey, Watkins and Diesel

$500