Boulder Country Trail Riders is a non-profit community of riders working to preserve and enhance off-road riding opportunities in Boulder County, Colorado. We represent riders' interests to the Boulder Ranger District, which administers 250,000 acres of Front Range mountain terrain.
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Boulder County Trail Riders Club meetings take place at 7pm, directly following the monthly meeting at the Ranger District--if the Ranger District meeting ends early, the club meeting begins early. Club meetings are currently held at the Baker Street Pub on 28th near Canyon. Drop by and meet some fellow riders.
Ranger District Meetings
Stay the Trail
It is every rider's responsibility to know which trails are open to motorized use. Download the Motor Vehicle Use Map, or pick up a copy at the District offices. While there are a variety of two-track and jeep roads, the only legal single track in the District is limited to about 7 miles of trail in the Lefthand Canyon area.
For further info on any of these work days please check the Google Group, or post your question on the group.
Additional events will be posted as they are scheduled.
June 1st – Lefthand Single Track Trail Work Day
9AM Lefthand OHV entrance - This will be like our work days of the past few years. We’ll work until 1 or 2, and then knock off to ride, so bring your bike. The water bars got pretty hammered last year with a freak storm in July that put down a lot of rain in a short time. We’ve got a lot to rebuild.
June 15th - Coney Flats Road Opening / Bridge Project
The Trail Ridge Runners would like a few of us to join them when they open the road for the season. There is a foot bridge frequently used by motorcycles when the main water crossing is too high. This bridge is in pretty poor shape, and they would like our help planning and implementing a new bridge that would serve ATVs and MCs. This is outing is just to assess the current state of things and see what we can do to help. We’ll meet at the Camp Dick entrance to the Coney Flats road at 9AM. Please post to the group if you intend to come when the time gets closer.
Sept 28st – Park Creek T-33 Signage and Route Control
There is a crashed 60s jet trainer off a spur of the Bunce School road. Dave Kuhny has initiated some efforts with the Forest Service to put in place an interpretive sign explaining the crash site and honoring the airmen. There is also need for some route control (buck and rail fence) to properly end the road at the crash site trail. The Trail Ridge Runners will supply tools, the Forest Service will supply the materials, but we need labor to complete this project. Please come out to help, as this is a great project and positive press for our club. Unless you have a built 4x4 you’ll need to ride to the work site. The road to the site is rocky and a bit difficult. We’ll meet at the Camp Dick entrance to the Bunce School road at 9AM.
Oct 5th – Lefthand OHV Area Clean Up
9am at the main entrance to the OHV area. This is the annual clean up. Trail Ridge Runners still come out to help, but Boulder County Trail Riders are now the official owner. There will be the usual bagels, coffee and juice for all volunteers. Bring work boots, work gloves, and spare garbage bags. Metal rakes and shovels are also helpful. We’ll work until about 1pm, and then ride.
Lefthand Clean Up – Saturday Sept 29th – 9:00AM
This will be the usual clean up of the main trail head. Wear sturdy boots, bring work gloves. Shovels and metal rakes are also handy. Scroll down to see the "before" and "after" shots from last year's efforts. The difference is amazing!
Lefthand Trail Work Day – Saturday April 21st
This was a half day of cleaning out, and re-shaping of water bars that we have built over the past couple of years, and closing some "braiding" lines that had taken hold. The trails look great, and we scored huge points with the Forest Service. Efforts like this are a tremendous move forward in positioning ourselves as a user group to be taken seriously.
Trail maintenance days are a great way to demonstrate our commitment to working with the Ranger District. The District values the manpower we can organize, and these events help the District recognize us as a capable ally. The more work we do with the District, the greater the opportunities to work with them in the future, including trail renovation and reclamation projects, and the development of additional riding trails.
WRV Restoration Project – Sept 24th and 25th
This project is to restore various parts of the Lefthand OHV area. This includes restoring an old road into single-track. This is a great opportunity to work with other land advocacy groups. Volunteers needed for both days.
State Trails Crew Motorized Trail Maintenance @ Lefthand OHV Area - Aug 31st – Sept 7th
The state trails crew will be working everyday during this period, and welcomes volunteers to help on any day. The majority of volunteers will be working on the weekend of Sept 3rd and 4th.
Fall Lefthand Cleanup – Oct 1st
This is a ½ day cleanup project in the main Lefthand entrance. Start time is 9AM, and lunch will be provided. All you need is a sturdy pair of boots and good work gloves. Metal rakes can be handy.
**Post-cleanup notes. We had a great turnout for the fall cleanup and made quick work of what seemed like an insurmountable mess. Thanks to all of those who came out. Special thanks to David K for organizing the coffee and bagels. Big thanks to our friends at Moe's Bagel for their donations!
Sound Check Days
New Colorado OHV noise limits became official in July, 2010. An off-highway vehicle operated within the state shall not emit more than the following level of sound when measured using SAE J1287: (a) If manufactured before January 1, 1998 99 db(A); (b) If manufactured on or after January 1, 1998 96 db(A).
The Club has organized two no-fee, no-fault testing dates, open to all bikes.
May 14th – Rocky Mountain Kawasaki open house (Longmont)
June 4th – Lefthand OHV area trail head in cooperation with the Ranger District
If your bike has not been tested, this is your opportunity to either gain peace of mind that your bike is compliant, or to identify, at no risk and no cost, that your bike is out of compliance.
Boulder County Trail Riders was organized in 2010 by a group of local riders concerned by the limited single track opportunities in Boulder County.
Lefthand Trail Maintenance
The Club conducted a trail maintenance day on trails 840 and 841 in Lefthand. We built water bars, re-routed a problem portion of the trail, and completed general erosion mitigation work under the supervision of Ranger District staff.
Lefthand OHV Area Cleanup
The club participated in a highly successful clean up day at the Lefthand OHV area where we disposed of trash near the riding area--primarily near the shooting area.
Sound Check Day
The OHV noise limits of 96dB became official in July. Boulder County Trail Riders, under the supervision of Ranger District administrators, conducted a complimentary sound check on May 20th, prior to the limit's enforcement. More than 50 motorcycles and OHVs were checked.
4 Mile Fire Benefit and Group Ride
One of our members lost his home in the September Four Mile Fire. The club organized a group ride/fund raiser to show our support for our friend and fellow rider. More than $1200 was raised and donated to his family.
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