The FBO Trail Program made a HUGE comeback in 2021 after the 2020 Trail Day Program was canceled because of concerns about Covid-19! There were nine volunteer events held to help address deferred maintenance on some of Flagstaff’s most iconic trails. The ongoing drought, mild winter, and last year’s pandemic pandemonium of ~300% increased trail usage left many of our trails in need of major love.
The season kicked off with 44 folks helping on May 22 on the Arizona Trail near Snowbowl. On National Trails Day in June we helped realign 1/4 mile of the Arizona National Scenic trail off a section that had been repurposed to logging road as part of 4FRI forest thinning. Another Trail Day on the Aspen Trail near Snowbowl was held in July where we built drains and closed braided sections in the beautiful Hart Prairie meadow above Alfa Fia Tank. This gorgeous singletrack makes for a scenic loop or as a connection to the Arizona Trail from the Snowbowl Ski Area. We were a partner with the Coconino Trail Riders, Northern Arizona Trail Runners, the Coconino Horsemen’s Alliance and the Coconino National Forest in the annual Pedals v Pistons v Horseshoes v Hiking Boots Trail Day, an event that encourages cooperation and community between all single-track trail users. In early October we held an event at Schultz Tank where we built drains and repaired tread on several trails impacted by the intense thunderstorms that resulted in major flooding in Flagstaff earlier that summer.
The Flagstaff Trail Faeries had a productive year rebuilding corners, building drains, and re-establishing single-track on upper Moto Trail in Fort Valley throughout the summer. A rock retaining was built on Little Bear Trail to address an unsafe section of trail that had washed out during a monsoon storm in August. In addition, The Trail Fairies helped with the layout on the lower Moto trail where it had been impacted by forest thinning and also realigned the 0.5 mile realignment of the Arizona Trail connection to Schultz Creek Trail in 2020. We are hoping to grow the number of participants in 2022 (stay tuned on the Flagstaff Trail Faeries Facebook page.)
It is important to recognize the volunteer time that went into these efforts! FBO volunteers and Trail Faeries contributed nearly 2,000 hours this year on Coconino National Forest multi-use trails, including 500 hours alone on the Arizona Trail. All told we helped maintain or build nearly 12 miles of trail.
We are so grateful for all the folks who participated this year; either by signing up for a volunteer event, donating to the Trail Fund, or by just staying in the loop by being on the email list.
With implementation of the major Mount Elden Dry Lake Hills Recreation Planning Project in 2022 Flagstaff Biking Organization is seeking to generate substantial funding to achieve the best possible outcome for this project. In 2021, we reconfigured the Trail Program to take a new path towards fundraising for the hiring of trail crews while continuing our history of organized volunteer events. Imagine a rideable and sustainable Lower Brookbank Trail; staying on your bike for the full climb to the top of Elden Mountain; the possibility of advanced directional downhill trails … These are realities for 2022 and beyond but we need your help to get them across the finish line! Your generosity will help FBO, in partnership with the Forest Service, make these things happen!
We would especially like to thank all of our sponsors for helping make the trail program possible!
Blue Trail Sponsor-
Green Trail Sponsors-
Joe Hazel and Nancy Evans
Lastly our partners, Arizona Conservation Corps, American Conservation Experience, Arizona Trail Association, Northern Arizona Trail Runners, Coconino Trail Riders, Coconino Horseman’s Alliance, the Coconino National Forest and Coconino County Parks and Recreation, are vital to building the vibrant trail community and amazing trail system that we have in the Flagstaff area.
Huge thanks to everyone who gave their time and energy to all these efforts! We’ve got BIG plans in store for 2022!
Interested in sponsoring the 2022 Trail Program?
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2021 Blue Trail Sponsors – $5000+
2021 Green Trail Sponsors – $1000+