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Grand Valley Canyons

October Update

October 9, 2013
COPMOBA-Grand Valley Canyons Chapter (G.V.C.C.)
September was another busy month for the Grand Valley Canyons Chapter.  We started Monday Night Maintenance back up, and we were able to get 12 people out to Lunch Loops area on September 9th and do some trail maintenance on Holey Bucket, Clunker and Miramonte.  We had scheduled a work night on September 16th on Kokopelli’s, but no work was done due to lack of participation.   On Monday September 23rd we had 9 people get out to North Fruita Desert and work was done on the ruts entering Prime Cut and the rut up the hill to parking lot from Kessel/Zippity/Mojo.  We created some rolling grade reversals and drainage ditches to help remove the water.  We also had crews on PBR filling in mud holes, getting rid of ruts, and trying keep the flow of the trail.  The Cattle Guard at the bottom of Quick read more or view full article Zippity was cleaned up.
Thanks again to everybody that came out to work and all the sponsors (Over the Edge Sports, Rapid Creek Cycles, Grassroots Cycles and Labor Etc.) of the MNM events.
We had workday on September 21st on Mesa Top Trail sponsored by Colorado Chiropractic Care and Bryce Christianson, who had Steak and Chicken Fajitas waiting for the crews and provide back adjustments to all who wanted one.  We had a volunteer crew of 15 people, and we were able to do some maintenance from the parking lot for about 1 ½ miles in.  Most of the work was designed to creating a better flow to the trail and taking out rocks.  With all the rain and the traffic, the trail is not in very good shape and lots of mud holes are starting to be created.  We also had a maintenance crew on Flowing Park removing rocks and vegetation as well as a crew creating a visible line and a switchback for the last section of the trail as it connects with the Flowing Park Road. 
At this time the Mesa Top trail is 6 ½ miles of single track and about 2 miles of double track connecting to the Flowing Park Road about ½ mile from the Flowing Park Trailhead.
We will continue work on Mesa Top to have a single track line that will eventually connect with the F.P. Trail.  Hopefully we can complete this next year.
The Valley trails got lots of moisture after the heavy rain and created ruts, rockslides and  mud holes that have been ridden through.  Even though COPMOBA has addressed some of the issues all the trails have not been fixed, and there are lots of trails that need some grooming.  If you want to put together a work event on any of the trails please contact me and I will assist in getting it arranged.  Remember this is a volunteer organization and the trails don’t fix themselves.
COPMOBA GVCC is planning on holding a Poker Ride in conjunction with the F-Town, Geardown Fest.  This will not be a ride on dirt, but around the streets of Fruita.  We are in need of volunteers to help run the stage stops, get sponsors, and run the booth. 
If you have any comments or would like to offer your facility for a meeting you can contact Kris Cox at or go the COPMOBA website comment section.
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