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The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department signed off on the new 907 single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail, after a walk-through and bike inspection on Friday afternoon, May 22. This is the first official single-track mountain bike loop in Sitka, and part of a Sitka Cycling Club plan to build more single-track trails in town.

“Thanks to everyone who helped build this new single track trail,” Sitka Cycling Club president Doug Osborne said. “It’s very fun to ride and it’s great to have something to celebrate during this global pandemic that’s affected us all. I’m thrilled to announce that the city public works staff did the ride and walk thru yesterday and gave the trail the thumbs up. With this last step complete we have finished before our June 1st goal. Good work, Sitka!”

Single-track mountain bike trails are narrow trails designed for one-way mountain bike riding, giving riders a feeling of being closer to the woods than some of the wider trails. This trail includes banks to the curves, to help cyclists regulate speed.

Asa Dow helped build berms around the curves in the 907 single-track trail.

Amy Volz, who coordinated the volunteer crews who built the trail this spring, wanted 907 trail users to remember these things:

  • 907 is for bikers only. We’ve tried to sign it clearly, but be on the watch for curious hikers and dogs (who don’t know how to act around bikes!) and look forward on the trail. If you do see a hiker, be courteous and slow down/dismount.
  • 907 is ONE WAY only. We built this trail to be one way, hence its narrowness. Start at the entrance on the Indian River (south) end and go toward the HS (north). Yes, we’re all wondering what it will be like going “the other way” … but, that will cause real problems when two bikers meet going opposite directions.
  • As we ride 907, we’ll start to see where we need to make improvements due to more traffic. As you see these areas, let us know so that we can promptly repair. (Or, if an area needs some gravel, feel free to replace from the stream bed or the remaining gravel pile near the exit.)
  • Wear your helmet! Enough said.
  • In our tender and wet forest environs, any off-trail biking will make for muddy tracks and a degraded trail. Please keep on the gravel path. There are berms (thank you, Asa!!!) around many corners in case you find yourself going too fast.
  • Go slower (than you want to) the first few times until you learn the track to minimize accidents.
  • Above all, ENJOY!

The 907 trail is located in the lime green area on the right of this map, near the Sitka High School entrance to the Cross Trail

The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, by Zoom online meetings, and during that meeting will discuss future single-track cycling trails. There are a couple of additional single-track loops planned for the Sitka Cross Trail, plus the Sitka Cycling Club is proposing adding new single-track trails in the Granite Creek/No-Name Mountain Area. To join the meeting, click this link, and use the meeting ID 873 1196 1011 and the password 022774.

A grand opening ceremony is being planned for once things are fully reopened from the pandemic outbreak.

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Angela McGraw shovels gravel into a wheelbarrow so it can be used to surface the 907 single-track loop off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The Sitka Cycling Club is nearing its goal of having built its first official single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail, and volunteers are needed to help continue the work so the trail will be open for riding by June 1.

The Sitka Cycling Club hosted regular trail work parties (limited to five people due so people can work far enough apart for health and safety) from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays in May, with the next one set for May 21. Hopefully this will be the final scheduled work party before the trail is turned over to the city for final inspection and approval on Friday, May 22.

Bill Spivey takes a test ride on the new 907 single-track loop off the Sitka Cross Trail

To protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreaks, all volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, bandanas, face masks, ear plugs (especially for those who might work near someone using a chainsaw), buckets for hauling gravel, and wheelbarrows. There are tasks individuals and smaller groups can accomplish if they can’t make the Thursday groups. If you want to help, please RSVP with volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com or 907-957-6009 (text) so she can coordinate the work parties to keep them to a safe size.

Dubbed 907, the first single-track loop can be found by entering the Sitka Cross Trail from the Sitka High School auditorium parking lot and turning right at the first junction (lime-green shaded area on right side of map). The loop has been laid out, and plastic sheeting spread to mark the trail. Now, workers are filling it in with rock, gravel and dirt.

Calder Prussian, 12, rides down a section of newly completed bike trail off the Cross Trail on May 10. Calder is one of the Sitka cyclists who have volunteered time to build the spur trail. Volunteers will be following social distancing protocols while working on the new path this evening. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo by James Poulson)

The Daily Sitka Sentinel recently ran a story about the trail project, and you can read it by clicking this link.

Thanks to Laurent Deviche for serving as trail supervisor, Amy Volz for coordinating work parties, the Bayne family for bringing in gravel and other supplies, and the Raven’s Way students for labor. If you missed helping on this trail loop, we hope to have other trail loops to build later in the summer.

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.

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The Sitka Cycling Club is just more than a month away from its goal of having built its first official single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail, and volunteers are needed to help continue the work.

The Sitka Cycling Club will host regular trail work parties (limited to five people due so people can work far enough apart for health and safety) from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays, starting on April 30 and going every Thursday the entire month of May.

To protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreaks, all volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, bandanas, face masks, ear plugs (especially for those who might work near someone using a chainsaw), buckets for hauling gravel, and wheelbarrows. There are tasks individuals and smaller groups can accomplish if they can’t make the Thursday groups. If you want to help, please RSVP with volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com so she can coordinate the work parties to keep them to a safe size.

Dubbed 907, the first single-track loop can be found by entering the Sitka Cross Trail from the Sitka High School auditorium parking lot and turning right at the first junction (lime-green shaded area on right side of map). The loop has been laid out, and plastic sheeting spread to mark the trail. Now, workers are filling it in with rock, gravel and dirt.

Laurent Deviche, who is supervising the trail-building project, said this is trail work people can do on their own:
“Volunteers can continue to lay coarse, fist-sized gravel from the nearby streams using buckets on the trail that is marked with orange pin flags. When taking rock from the stream channels be careful not to take it from places that could cause the stream to alter its existing channel. The middle pile of gravel that was delivered is almost gone, but that can also be used as the base layer in that section. Remember we are shooting for a 16- to 18-inch tread width.
​”It would be helpful to bring your own wheelbarrow to cart rocks from the pile to the trail.
We will continue to post updates to work that can be done throughout the week.” (Contact Amy Volz to get on the email list for trail updates.)
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.

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Even though we are still practicing social distancing, the Sitka Cycling Club is making progress on building its first single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The next small work party will meet from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, near the Sitka High School entrance to the Sitka Cross Trail (take a right on the trail from the high school auditorium parking lot). Contact volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com for more details.

Due to the need to protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we are limiting the size of work parties and also requiring gloves, masks, and social-distancing while working on the trail. Thursday’s work party is limited to five people total, and we already have two volunteers and need three more.

Individuals also can help outside the scheduled time. Laurent Deviche, who is supervising the trail-building project (alternately known as Bear’s House or 907), said this is trail work people can do on their own:

“If people want to go work before next Thursday they can keep hauling fist-sized rocks and put them on top of the fabric. See the pictures attached. Rocks can be brought in from the creek near the stake that is shown in the picture. Two trees have green flagging next to this same creek. We are also putting the first top layer of smaller gravel on top of  the base layer, from the delivered piles that Troy (Bayne) brought (use the middle pile first). This is much easier with a wheel barrow. Next week we can use more wheel barrows and buckets.

​”If you can do some rock work, please be mindful of anyone else also working on the trail by keeping your distance.”

The goal is to have the first loop ready to ride by June 1. The Sitka Cycling Club signed a MOU with the City and Borough of Sitka to build the single-track loops off the Sitka Cross Trail in February. In addition to gloves and masks or bandanas, volunteers should wear sturdy work boots and ear plugs (especially if you are working in the same area as someone using a chain saw).

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 signage, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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The Sitka Cycling Club recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the City and Borough of Sitka allowing us to build a single-track mountain bike trail or two using old game trails off the Sitka Cross Trail.

We need your help. We have small volunteer crews (using proper physical distancing) working on our first trail now. They are doing things like clearing brush, laying down rock, making signs, and more. We have started a group text list to send notes to trail crew folks, letting them know when we have small groups going out to work on the trail. If you’re interested in helping, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org. If you do participate in one of the small work parties, please bring gloves, face mask or bandanna, sturdy boots, and ear plugs (especially if you’re working near someone using a chainsaw).

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 signage, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Sitka Assembly passed by a 7-0 vote (link goes to video from meeting) a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sitka Cycling Club to build singletrack trails off the Sitka Cross Trail near Sitka High School.

The project will start small, with one or two trails being built according to the map above. The planned trails already are used as game trails, and the plan is to clean them up so a cyclist can ride a mountain bike on them. Singletrack trails are narrow trails through the woods that promote more technical cycling skills than the larger multi-use Cross Trail. The singletrack trails are designed for cyclists only, no hikers, and the trails will put cyclists deeper into the woods and away from other trail traffic.

If the first trails are considered a success, the Sitka Cycling Club plans to build more singletrack trails on city, USDA Forest Service, and other land around town. In addition to promoting health, singletrack trails also have been shown to strengthen local, state and national economies. Towns with extensive trail systems that include singletrack trails have seen a growth in bicycle tourism, where people travel specifically to a location to ride bikes they either bring with them or rent on location.

The trails will be built to the guidelines established by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) for the construction of new singletrack trails.

• Sitka Assembly motion to pass the MOU with Sitka Cycling Club

• Interim City Manager Hugh Bevan’s memo to the Sitka Assembly about the MOU

• The MOU between the Sitka Cycling Club and City and Borough of Sitka

• The Use and Maintenance Agreement (Permit) between the Sitka Cycling Club and City and Borough of Sitka

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The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department will host two public meetings — at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Harrigan Centennial Hall — to discuss the Lincoln Street Improvements project.

The project includes the replacement of lining of deteriorated storm drainpipes, grinding and overlay of existing pavement, upgrading of ADA (American Disability Act) ramps, replacement of limited sidewalk and installation of red concrete crosswalks. The public is encouraged to attend to see the proposed improvements and provide public input.

For more information, contact Public Works at 747-1806.

• Lincoln Street Improvements meeting handout

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