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Saturday, June 5, is National Trails Day this year, and the Sitka Cycling Club will celebrate by hosting a work party on its newest single-track mountain bike trail, Haa Latseen.

The work party takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, and takes place on the new loop off the Sitka Cross Trail. To reach the new loop, enter the Cross Trail from the Sitka High School entrance and go north (left from the spur) for about 120 yards. If you get as far as the gravel pile, you’ve gone about 60 feet too far.

The trail was named by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which contributed $1,500 toward its construction. In Tlingít, Haa Latseen means strength of mind, body, and spirit. Work started on the trail on May 1, and there are regular work parties from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons this summer.

This is part of a series of single-track mountain bike trail loops the Sitka Cycling Club started building in 2020. Last summer the club built four loops, plus another loop was built by a group sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society Community Conservation Corps. The goal is to build three more trails this summer, while also moving forward on a pump track project.

Speaking of the proposed pump track, the City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at noon on Tuesday, June 8, in Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Sitka Cycling Club Pump Track; Upper Moller Field Use; Lower Moller Field; Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. The meeting is open to the public.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by teleconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 10:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

These trails don’t build themselves. While we use (and so much appreciate) our volunteer labor, we still need to purchase gravel, shovels, wheelbarrows and other supplies. That’s where you come in, please donate to our efforts today. 

We are applying for a grant to help finance more trails, and the grant requires matching funding. We need people to pitch in so that we can match dollar for dollar. Please send a few bucks (or a few hundred) to the Sitka Cycling Club through our PayPal site, which accepts PayPal as well as credit/debit cards. You also can mail checks to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835.

We also are looking for people to volunteer on our trail-building teams, with work parties from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday and at a time TBA on the first Saturday of the month. We now have an online volunteer registration page, where people can sign up for specific work parties so we can make sure we stay Covid-safe on the trails.

We appreciate everybody’s help on this project. Thank you for your assistance. For more details on how to volunteer, contact single-track project leader Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com.

A slideshow of trail-construction photos from May is linked below. These photos, including the one at the top of this post, were taken by Lione Clare.

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TRAIL HELP –  Jessika Bean, project coordinator in SEARHC’s Health Promotion Department, left, presents a $1,500 check from SEARHC to Amy Volz,  the single-track trails project manager for the Sitka Cycling Club, recently. The money will be used to support the construction of a new single-track mountain bike trail, Haa Latseen, a spur off the Sitka Cross Trail. Volunteer work parties are held from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday this summer and from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of the month. At the May 1 work party volunteers built the first 40 feet of trail and removed 820 pounds of rusty metal, litter, and trash that was in the area of the new trail behind Sitka High School. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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During its inaugural single-track mountain bike trail-building work party of the year last week (MaY 1), Sitka Cycling Club volunteers collected and hauled away an amazing 820 pounds of trash in the forest just off the Sitka Cross Trail. 

The debris was in and around our newest trail under construction. Many items appeared to have been there for years or decades.

Let’s honor those stalwart volunteers. How about a dollar for a pound of trash? We aim to raise $820 in the coming weeks to purchase of rock and gravel for the three trails we plan to build this summer.

Click here to provide financial support for our single-track mountain bike trail-building efforts. We also plan to have regular 4-6 p.m. work parties on Tuesdays, and you can register to volunteer at this link.

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We’re preparing another season of single-track trail-building here at the Sitka Cycling Club. Three more trails off the Sitka Cross Trail are on the docket, to add to our existing five trails near the high school. We begin our season on Saturday, April 3. 

But, these trails don’t build themselves. While we use (and so much appreciate) our volunteer labor, we still need to purchase gravel, shovels, wheelbarrows and other supplies. That’s where you come in, please donate to our efforts today. 

We are applying for a grant to help finance more trails, and the grant requires matching funding. We need people to pitch in so that we can match dollar for dollar. Please send a few bucks (or a few hundred) to the Sitka Cycling Club through our PayPal site, which accepts PayPal as well as credit/debit cards. You also can mail checks to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835.

We also are looking for people to volunteer on our trail-building teams, with work parties from 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday and at a time TBA on the first Saturday of the month. We now have an online volunteer registration page, where people can sign up for specific work parties so we can make sure we stay Covid-safe on the trails.

We appreciate everybody’s help on this project. Thank you for your assistance. For more details on how to volunteer, contact single-track project leader Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com.

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KK Prussian, left, and Laurent Deviche work on the Middle Machete Loop during a recent Sitka Cycling Club work party. The loop is nearly finished and when completed will be the fourth loop built this summer. The Sitka Cycling Club hopes to finish the loop on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Click map to enlarge. This map shows the three completed single-track mountain bike loops. It is in the bright green area to the right in the other map. (Map by Amy Volz)

It’s been a busy summer for the Sitka Cycling Club, which has built three single-track mountain bike loops off the Sitka Cross Trail (907, Little Machete, and Ewok). The work continues during the Thursday weekly work party from 5-7 p.m. today, as volunteers are nearly done building the fourth trail, Middle Machete Loop,

“Thanks to a pop-up work party on Saturday, we’re within striking distance to complete Middle Machete trail this Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. If we have a good crew on Thursday, we’ll be able to complete our fourth Single Track trail — all in the summer of 2020,” Sitka Cycling Club volunteer coordinator Amy Volz wrote in an email to volunteers. “We could really use your help this week — please consider giving an hour or two to help us put a bow on our great summer of work!”

“We will be doing the usual, hauling rocks and gravel — we can’t get enough of it. Please be sure to bring and wear your mask, XtraTufs, and work gloves. Wearing masks keeps all of us healthy to ride.”

Meet up on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the gravel pile on the Cross Trail, near the exit of 907 and the difficult entrance to Little Machete. Other duties besides hauling rocks and gravel include placing big rocks in muddy spots, fabric cutting and laying, gravel hauling and placement, etc. In addition to working on Middle Machete, the volunteers scoped out their fifth trail, Upper Machete, during their Sept. 3 work party.

Due to the pandemic, we have been limiting the sizes of the work parties. Please contact Amy by text at 907-957-6009 or email at amy.volz@outlook.com if you plan to help, so she can manage the size of the group. We want to make sure there is enough space between workers so we don’t spread the coronavirus.

The Sitka Cross Trail from the entrance near the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center parking lot. The four new loops (907, Little Machete, Ewok, and Middle Machete) are located in the lime green section to the right. (Map by Rollo Wirth)

The club completed the 907 Loop in June, then completed Little Machete and Ewok loops earlier in August, with the city giving approval for all three trails. The Middle Machete Loop is short, but it required the work of an excavator for part of the trailwork.

In an effort to promote health and safety during the trail construction, please bring (and wear) your mask, work gloves and a bucket with a handle if you have one. The Sitka Cycling Club does have two wheelbarrows, shovels and buckets. All volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver.

To give people a flavor about what a single-track mountain bike trail is all about, Michael Foss put together a YouTube channel for the Sitka Cycling Club that includes some GoPro videos of rides and walks on the new 907 trail. Michael’s newest video includes a ride on Little Machete Loop.

According to our engineering report for the 907 Loop, these trails have the following features:

  • The trail is located at the base of an alluvial fan where drainage moves across the fan frequently and subsurface material is largely cobble and gravel with organic debris on top
  • Drainage is largely subsurface with two defined intermittent streams which activate during rainfall
  • Drainage across the trail has been accommodated using French drains, inverted dips, and cobble/gravel (intermittent stream) crossings
  • Streambanks along the intermittent stream crossings have been strengthened using boulders to reduce erosion and sedimentation
  • If/when stream naturally diverts across the alluvial fan we are prepared to accommodate drainage (through trail maintenance), as needed

We also want to thank the six-week Sitka Summer Work Program crew led by Joel Hanson of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), which just completed its program last week. This crew did much of the work on the Ewok Loop. We now have a crew of students from Outer Coast College working on the Middle Machete Loop, and Outer Coast students will work with Sitka Cycling Club members and the community of Sitka to develop a more detailed single-track mountain bike trail plan over the next couple of months.

Kapp Singer moves gravel during a recent work party on the Middle Machete Loop off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The Sitka Cycling Club also wants to thank some Sitka residents who recently donated to help us build these trails. Donors include the Rotary Club of Sitka, Charles Olson and Theresa Allen-Olson, Bill Hughes of Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, and Reba Trani. In addition, the club also received some money from Sitka Trail Works (originally from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) that was left over from hosting the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in June.

You can support this and other projects by donating to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details.

Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but now we’ve reached a stage where we have to pay for excavating services, signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. In recent weeks we had to pay someone to bring some excavating equipment into the area to do some work, and that’s depleted our bank account. Your support is greatly appreciated.

These trails are being built as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City and Borough of Sitka, signed in February. The plan is to start with a couple of trails all in the same area, then build more trails later in other parts of Sitka. Sitka Trail Works is helping support this effort. A future Sitka Cycling Club project is the building of a skills course or pump track, where mountain bikers can improve their technical riding skills in an area that looks like a motocross track for bikes.

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Sitka Cycling Club volunteer coordinator Amy Volz pushes a wheelbarrow with buckets along the new single-track trail during an Aug. 20 weekly work party. The Sitka Cycling Club currently is building its fourth trail of the summer, and continues to hold weekly work parties from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays. (Photos by Lione Clare)

Click map to enlarge. This map shows the three completed single-track mountain bike loops. It is in the bright green area to the right in the other map.

It’s been a busy summer for the Sitka Cycling Club, which has built three single-track mountain bike loops off the Sitka Cross Trail (907, Little Machete, and Ewok). The work continues during the Thursday weekly work party from 5-7 p.m. today, as volunteers are building the fourth trail, Middle Machete Loop,

“Outer Coast (College) volunteers have made great progress this week and we’ll continue their efforts,” Sitka Cycling Club volunteer coordinator Amy Volz wrote in an email to volunteers.

“We will be doing the usual, hauling rocks and gravel — we can’t get enough of it. Please be sure to bring and wear your mask, XtraTufs, and work gloves. Wearing masks keeps all of us healthy to ride.”

Meet up on Thursday at 5 pm at the gravel pile on the Cross Trail, near the exit of 907 and the difficult entrance to Little Machete. Other duties besides hauling rocks and gravel include placing big rocks in muddy spots, fabric cutting and laying, gravel hauling and placement, etc. In addition to working on Middle Machete, the volunteers scoped out their fifth trail, Upper Machete, during their Sept. 3 work party.

Due to the pandemic, we are limiting the sizes of the work parties. Please contact Amy by text at 907-957-6009 or email at amy.volz@outlook.com if you plan to help, so she can manage the size of the group. We want to make sure there is enough space between workers so we don’t spread the coronavirus.

The Sitka Cross Trail from the entrance near the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center parking lot. The four new loops (907, Little Machete, Ewok, and Middle Machete) are located in the lime green section to the right. (Map by Rollo Wirth)

The club completed the 907 Loop in June, then completed Little Machete and Ewok loops earlier in August, with the city giving approval for all three trails. The Middle Machete Loop is short, but it will require the work of an excavator for part of the trailwork.

In an effort to promote health and safety during the trail construction, please bring (and wear) your mask, work gloves and a bucket with a handle if you have one. The Sitka Cycling Club does have a wheelbarrow, shovels and buckets. All volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver.

To give people a flavor about what a single-track mountain bike trail is all about, Michael Foss put together a YouTube channel for the Sitka Cycling Club that includes some GoPro videos of rides and walks on the new 907 trail. Michael’s newest video includes a ride on Little Machete Loop.

According to our engineering report for the 907 Loop, these trails have the following features:

  • The trail is located at the base of an alluvial fan where drainage moves across the fan frequently and subsurface material is largely cobble and gravel with organic debris on top
  • Drainage is largely subsurface with two defined intermittent streams which activate during rainfall
  • Drainage across the trail has been accommodated using French drains, inverted dips, and cobble/gravel (intermittent stream) crossings
  • Streambanks along the intermittent stream crossings have been strengthened using boulders to reduce erosion and sedimentation
  • If/when stream naturally diverts across the alluvial fan we are prepared to accommodate drainage (through trail maintenance), as needed

We also want to thank the six-week Sitka Summer Work Program crew led by Joel Hanson of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), which just completed its program last week. This crew did much of the work on the Ewok Loop. We now have a crew of students from Outer Coast College working on the Middle Machete Loop.

Sitka Cycling Club president Doug Osborne works on the Middle Machete Loop on Aug. 20. (Photo by Lione Clare)

The Sitka Cycling Club also wants to thank some Sitka residents who recently donated to help us build these trails. Donors include Charles Olson and Theresa Allen-Olson, Bill Hughes of Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, and Reba Trani. In addition, the club also received some money from Sitka Trail Works (originally from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) that was left over from hosting the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in June.

You can support this and other projects by donating to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details.

Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but eventually we will have to pay for signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. In recent weeks we had to pay someone to bring some excavating equipment into the area to do some work, and that’s depleting our bank account. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers Lee House, left, Aaron Prussian, and K.K. Prussian discuss next steps during an Aug. 20 work party.

These trails are being built as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City and Borough of Sitka, signed in February. The plan is to start with a couple of trails all in the same area, then build more trails later in other parts of Sitka. Sitka Trail Works is helping support this effort. A future Sitka Cycling Club project is the building of a skills course or pump track, where mountain bikers can improve their technical riding skills in an area that looks like a motocross track for bikes.

A slideshow of photos from some of the trail-building work at the Aug. 20 work party is linked below (All photos by Lione Clare).

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Lee House moves a rock from the new single-track trail as Doug Osborne works a shovel behind him. (Photos by Lione Clare)

Click map to enlarge. This map shows the three completed single-track mountain bike loops. It is in the bright green area to the right in the other map.

The Sitka Cycling Club has been busy this summer and already has completed three single-track mountain bike loops off the Sitka Cross Trail. Now it’s time for volunteers to continue work on the fourth trail, Middle Machete Loop, during the weekly 5-7 p.m. Thursday work party.

“We will be doing the usual, hauling rocks and gravel — we can’t get enough of it,” Sitka Cycling Club trail volunteer coordinator Amy Volz wrote in an email to volunteers. “Please be sure to bring and wear your mask and work gloves. Wearing masks keeps all of us healthy to ride.”

Meet up on Thursday at 5 pm at the gravel pile on the Cross Trail, near the exit of 907 and the difficult entrance to Little Machete. Other duties include placing big rocks in muddy spots, fabric cutting and laying, gravel hauling and placement, etc.

Due to the pandemic, we are limiting the sizes of the work parties. Please contact Amy by text at 907-957-6009 or email at amy.volz@outlook.com if you plan to help, so she can manage the size of the group. We want to make sure there is enough space between workers so we don’t spread the coronavirus.The club completed the 907 Loop in June, then completed Little Machete and Ewok loops earlier in August, with the city giving approval for all three trails. The Middle Machete Loop is short, but it will require the work of an excavator for part of the trailwork.

The Sitka Cross Trail from the entrance near the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center parking lot. The new 907 loop is in the lime green section to the right (above the Cross Trail). The Little Machete Loop will start near the exit of the 907 loop and is below the Cross Trail in the lime green section on the right. The Ewok Loop also is in this area.

In an effort to promote health and safety during the trail construction, please bring (and wear) your mask, work gloves and a bucket with a handle if you have one. The Sitka Cycling Club does have a wheelbarrow, shovels and buckets. All volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver.

To give people a flavor about what a single-track mountain bike trail is all about, Michael Foss put together a YouTube channel for the Sitka Cycling Club that includes some GoPro videos of rides and walks on the new 907 trail. Michael’s newest video includes a ride on Little Machete Loop.

According to our engineering report for the 907 Loop, these trails have the following features:

  • The trail is located at the base of an alluvial fan where drainage moves across the fan frequently and subsurface material is largely cobble and gravel with organic debris on top
  • Drainage is largely subsurface with two defined intermittent streams which activate during rainfall
  • Drainage across the trail has been accommodated using French drains, inverted dips, and cobble/gravel (intermittent stream) crossings
  • Streambanks along the intermittent stream crossings have been strengthened using boulders to reduce erosion and sedimentation
  • If/when stream naturally diverts across the alluvial fan we are prepared to accommodate drainage (through trail maintenance), as needed

Amy Volz rakes gravel on the new single-track trail

The Sitka Cycling Club also wants to thank some Sitka residents who recently donated to help us build these trails. Donors include Charles Olson and Theresa Allen-Olson, Bill Hughes of Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, and Reba Trani. In addition, the club also received some money from Sitka Trail Works (originally from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) that was left over from hosting the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in June.

We also want to thank the six-week Sitka Summer Work Program crew led by Joel Hanson of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), which just completed its program last week. This crew did much of the work on the Ewok Loop.

You can support this and other projects by donating to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details.

Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but eventually we will have to pay for signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

These trails are being built as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City and Borough of Sitka, signed in February. The plan is to start with a couple of trails all in the same area, then build more trails later in other parts of Sitka. Sitka Trail Works is helping support this effort. A future Sitka Cycling Club project is the building of a skills course or pump track, where mountain bikers can improve their technical riding skills in an area that looks like a motocross track for bikes.

A slideshow of photos from some of the trail-building work at the Aug. 20 work party is linked below (Photos by Lione Clare).

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Click map to enlarge. This map shows the three completed single-track mountain bike loops. It is in the bright green area to the right in the other map.

The Sitka Cycling Club has completed three single-track mountain bike loops off the Sitka Cross Trail this summer. Now it’s time for volunteers to start work on the fourth trail, Middle Machete Loop, during the weekly 5-7 p.m. Thursday work party.

“Meet up on Thursday at 5 pm at the gravel pile on the Cross Trail, near the exit of 907 and the difficult entrance to Little Machete,” Sitka Cycling Club trail volunteer coordinator Amy Volz wrote in an email to volunteers. “We’ll divvy up duties (big rock placing in muddy spots, fabric cutting and laying, gravel hauling and placement). Bring your work gloves and a mask, please.”

The Sitka Cross Trail from the entrance near the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center parking lot. The new 907 loop is in the lime green section to the right (above the Cross Trail). The Little Machete Loop will start near the exit of the 907 loop and is below the Cross Trail in the lime green section on the right. The Ewok Loop also is in this area.

The club completed the 907 Loop in June, then completed Little Machete and Ewok loops last week, with the city giving approval for all three trails. The Middle Machete Loop is short, but it will require the work of an excavator for part of the trailwork.

Due to the pandemic, we are limiting the sizes of the work parties. Please contact Amy Volz by text at 907-957-6009 or email at amy.volz@outlook.com if you plan to help, so she can manage the size of the group. We want to make sure there is enough space between workers so we don’t spread the coronavirus.

In an effort to promote health and safety during the trail construction, please bring (and wear) your mask, work gloves and a bucket with a handle if you have one. The Sitka Cycling Club does have a wheelbarrow, shovels and buckets. All volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver.

To give people a flavor about what a single-track mountain bike trail is all about, Michael Foss put together a YouTube channel for the Sitka Cycling Club that includes some GoPro videos of rides and walks on the new 907 trail.

According to our engineering report for the 907 Loop, these trails have the following features:

  • The trail is located at the base of an alluvial fan where drainage moves across the fan frequently and subsurface material is largely cobble and gravel with organic debris on top
  • Drainage is largely subsurface with two defined intermittent streams which activate during rainfall
  • Drainage across the trail has been accommodated using French drains, inverted dips, and cobble/gravel (intermittent stream) crossings
  • Streambanks along the intermittent stream crossings have been strengthened using boulders to reduce erosion and sedimentation
  • If/when stream naturally diverts across the alluvial fan we are prepared to accommodate drainage (through trail maintenance), as needed

The Sitka Cycling Club also wants to thank some Sitka residents who recently donated to help us build these trails. Donors include Charles Olson and Theresa Allen-Olson, Bill Hughes of Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, and Reba Trani. In addition, the club also received some money from Sitka Trail Works (originally from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) that was left over from hosting the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in June.

We also want to thank the six-week Sitka Summer Work Program crew led by Joel Hanson of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), which just completed its program last week. This crew did much of the work on the Ewok Loop.

You can support this and other projects by donating to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details.

Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but eventually we will have to pay for signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

These trails are being built as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City and Borough of Sitka, signed in February. The plan is to start with a couple of trails all in the same area, then build more trails later in other parts of Sitka. Sitka Trail Works is helping support this effort. A future Sitka Cycling Club project is the building of a skills course or pump track, where mountain bikers can improve their technical riding skills in an area that looks like a motocross track for bikes.

A slideshow of scenes from some of the trailbuilding work this summer is linked below.

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Volunteer workers lay down gravel recently on the Ewok Loop single-track mountain bike trail off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The Sitka Cross Trail from the entrance near the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center parking lot. The new 907 loop is in the lime green section to the right (above the Cross Trail). The Little Machete Loop will start near the exit of the 907 loop and is below the Cross Trail in the lime green section on the right. The Ewok Loop also is in this area.

It’s a two-fer this week, as the Sitka Cycling Club plans to finish its second and third single-track mountain bike trails of the summer.

The new Little Machete Loop and Ewok Loop off the Sitka Cross Trail are both nearing completion, and the club hopes to have them ready for a city inspection on Friday. The first trail, the 907 Loop, opened in June and is Sitka’s first official single-track trail.

Work continues this week, with some people working solo laying gravel on the trails, and with the weekly 5-7 p.m. Thursday work party. Meet at the exit of the 907 Loop (Little Machete Loop is right across the Sitka Cross Trail from there). Due to the pandemic, we are limiting the size of the work party, so please contact Amy Volz by text at 907-957-6009 or email at amy.volz@outlook.com if you plan to help, so she can manage the size of the group. We want to make sure there is enough space between workers so we don’t spread the coronavirus.

In an effort to promote health and safety during the trail construction, please bring (and wear) your mask, work gloves and a bucket with a handle if you have one. The Sitka Cycling Club does have a wheelbarrow, shovels and buckets. All volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver.

One of the tasks on Thursday is to post four new trail entrance and exit signs designed by Lee House, so a sign crew will be needed to make signposts, mount the signs, then put the signposts into the ground. Other tasks include finishing laying in and compacting the gravel, cleaning up all debris, and more.

To give people a flavor about what a single-track mountain bike trail is all about, Michael Foss put together a YouTube channel for the Sitka Cycling Club that includes some GoPro videos of rides and walks on the new 907 trail.

According to our engineering report for the 907 Loop, these trails have the following features:

  • The trail is located at the base of an alluvial fan where drainage moves across the fan frequently and subsurface material is largely cobble and gravel with organic debris on top
  • Drainage is largely subsurface with two defined intermittent streams which activate during rainfall
  • Drainage across the trail has been accommodated using French drains, inverted dips, and cobble/gravel (intermittent stream) crossings
  • Streambanks along the intermittent stream crossings have been strengthened using boulders to reduce erosion and sedimentation
  • If/when stream naturally diverts across the alluvial fan we are prepared to accommodate drainage (through trail maintenance), as needed

The Sitka Cycling Club’s goal was to build three trails this summer, with the second trail (Little Machete Loop) being completed by the end of July. We are ahead of pace, so we are looking for more projects.

“After the city approval for these two loops we need a plan for our next steps, maybe the connector from Ewok to 907? Let’s keep our standing work party and meet on Thursday, Aug. 6th, to talk it out,” Sitka Cycling Club president Doug Osborne wrote in an email to the club. The next Sitka Cycling Club monthly meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 5, using Zoom online meetings. Contact Doug at douglaso@searhc.org to get a meeting link.

The Sitka Cycling Club also wants to thank some Sitka residents who recently donated to help us build these trails. Donors include Charles Olson and Theresa Allen-Olson, Bill Hughes of Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, and Reba Trani. In addition, the club also received some money from Sitka Trail Works (originally from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) that was left over from hosting the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference in June.

You can support this and other projects by donating to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details.

Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but down the road we may have to pay for signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

These trails are being built as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City and Borough of Sitka, signed in February. The plan is to start with a couple of trails all in the same area, then build more trails later in other parts of Sitka. Sitka Trail Works is helping support this effort. A future Sitka Cycling Club project is the building of a skills course or pump track, where mountain bikers can improve their technical riding skills in an area that looks like a motocross track for bikes.

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Lee House, left, and Laurent Deviche work on the Little Machete Loop single-track mountain bike trail during a July 9, 2020, work party.

The Sitka Cycling Club is nearing completion of its second single-track mountain bike trail this summer, and you can help during the weekly 5 p.m. Thursday work party for the Little Machete Loop off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The Sitka Cross Trail from the entrance near the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center parking lot. The new 907 loop is in the lime green section to the right (above the Cross Trail). The Little Machete Loop will start near the exit of the 907 loop and is below the Cross Trail in the lime green section on the right.

This is the second of three planned single-track trails off the Sitka Cross Trail the club is building this summer. The first trail, the 907 Loop, opened in June and is Sitka’s first official single-track trail. After the city signs off on Little Machete Loop at the end of next week, the club will start working on the Ewok Loop.

The work party takes place from 5-7 p.m on Thursday, July 16, and meet at the exit of the 907 Loop (Little Machete Loop is right across the Sitka Cross Trail from there). Due to the pandemic, we are limiting the size of the work party, so please contact Amy Volz by text at 907-957-6009 or email at amy.volz@outlook.com so she can manage the size of the group. We want to make sure there is enough space between workers so we don’t spread the coronavirus.

“We made serious progress last week toward the completion of Little Machete. Thanks go out to all who hauled rock in the rain last Thursday,” Amy wrote. “We’ll be putting on the finishing touches — small gravel, compacting — from 5-7 p.m. this Thursday, July 16. Can you come to help and celebrate the near completion of Sitka’s Second Single Track Trail? We will seek the City’s approval of Little Machete late next week. Then, we’ll start work on our third effort this summer: Ewok Trail. You can walk our flagged path of Ewok: the entrance is a little to the south of the exit of Little Machete. Meanwhile, we continue to beef up our trail-building tool kit: the club has purchased shovels, buckets and a wheel barrow. Our investment in tools has been supported by some generous Sitkans — thank you to our donors. If you can make a gift, contact club treasurer Charles Bingham for details (see end of this article).”

In an effort to promote health and safety during the trail construction, please bring (and wear) your mask, work gloves and a bucket with a handle if you have one. The Sitka Cycling Club does have a wheelbarrow, shovels and buckets. All volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver.

As far as progress from recent weeks and tasks at hand, Amy said:

We continued to pour big gravel on the “main” path, but perhaps more importantly, created a whole new entrance to Little Machete that has much less grade than the existing entrance making for an easier ride.
Go check it out: it is to the south of the existing entrance (which is just opposite of 907’s exit). While you’re there, feel free to compact the gravel with your feet or your tires!
We’ll continue to meet for trail work on Thursdays at 5 pm.
If you can work at other times during the week, we still need to place big rocks (found in the surroundings) in the muddy places (which are evident after the past days of rain!). Then, once those places are mostly covered with big rocks (for stability), placement of black cloth with big gravel on top. Follow the lead of what work we’ve already done.

Lee House moves rocks along the Little Machete Loop single-track mountain bike trail during a July 9, 2020, work party.

To give people a flavor about what a single-track mountain bike trail is all about, Michael Foss put together a YouTube channel for the Sitka Cycling Club that includes some GoPro videos of rides and walks on the new 907 trail.

Another way you can support this project is to donate to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details.

Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but down the road we may have to pay for signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

These trails are being built as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City and Borough of Sitka, signed in February. The plan is to start with a couple of trails all in the same area, then build more trails later in other parts of Sitka. Sitka Trail Works is helping support this effort. A future Sitka Cycling Club project is the building of a skills course or pump track, where mountain bikers can improve their technical riding skills in an area that looks like a motocross track for bikes.

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