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SORBA Woodstock Builds New Trail at Blankets Creek

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Mosquito Bite bridge

After breaking ground on new trail projects on Monday, September 10, the Woodstock chapter is ahead of schedule. These trail projects are set to expand the existing beginners’ trail, Mosquito Flats, and add an advanced trail, The Van Michael Express. The first phase of the project, the Mosquito Flats extension, is already complete, with one mile of new trail that includes a bridge with handrails. Construction has begun on phase 2, The Van Michael Express, and is currently ahead of schedule, with about 1.5 miles of trail machine-cut and .7 miles of cut trail finished. A bridge has also been installed on the Express.

The chapter intends to build five miles of trail in six months, bringing the total miles at Blankets to 14.5. SORBA Woodstock has teamed with SORBA Pro Trails and veteran trailbuilder Stephen Mullins to meet this ambitious goal. Under this arrangement, SORBA Pro Trails does the major trail building, and volunteers prepare and finish the trail by clearing the ground, bench cutting, and building bridges.

SORBA Woodstock continues to raise money to fund the $75,000 project. The chapter has collected $43,000 thus far. Van and Michael Council, who live in Woodstock and ride the existing trails, have made the largest single donation of $10,000. The chapter will be holding fundraising events over the next six months, giving donors many chances to contribute.

“We need everyone to chip in and donate their time, their money, or both to make this trail a reality,” says John Hicks, SORBA Woodstock President.

Work parties are scheduled every third Saturday until the trail is completed, with floating work parties scheduled once a month. The next work party is schedule for November 17th from 9am - 1pm. Lunch will be provided afterwards.

ImageIf you would like to volunteer your time, fund the project, or both, contact the Woodstock chapter secretary at secretary@sorbawoodstock.org or go to the chapter web site for the work party schedule.

Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trail system opened in 2000 with the Dwelling Loop. Since then the South Loop for advanced riders and Mosquito Flats for beginning riders have been added. Blankets Creek is a popular destination, with an estimated