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MORCA Helps Monterey County Parks Sign Trails

MORCA uses $17,900 funds gained via a grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to assist Monterey County Parks with over 24 miles of Trail Signage.

Twenty-three volunteers from MORCA and County Parks Staff worked together, May 6th and 7th, and completed Phase I of a much needed trail signing project in what is known to locals as the “Happy Trails” area located between Seaside and the East Garrison Development. 

The project was to install a number of instructional “stay on trail” and directional “way-finding” sings on the existing trails.  Phase I was the installation of 170 signs on ten miles of these trails.

The trails are used by hundreds of hikers, bikers, and horse riders each week.  Having these signs with specific trail designations will be valuable, not just in helping users have a better idea of their location, but also in helping local fire and emergency staff understand where an incident is when they get a call.

District Supervisor Jane Parker attended at lunch on Saturday to thank the groups for their efforts and mentioned the positive impact this will have on the general public’s safety and enjoyment of the country trails.

“I want to thank the Monterey Peninsula Foundation for awarding MORCA the grant to make improvements to recreational open space, Monterey County Resource Management Agency in getting approval for the work and Monterey County Parks staff and the MORCA volunteers for taking the time out of their busy schedules to hit the trails and make the sign project a reality.”  Nick Madronio

While it was expected to take more than one weekend to complete phase I of the project, there were enough volunteers to complete the project in one weekend.

Pay it Forward Day

It’s Pay it Forward Day and MORCA is prepping to head out for some trail work.  Working the trails is something they do every month, but how cool is it that their trail work day landed during such a great initiative?

After a little caffeine boost to get the blood flowing, the crew heads out to work.

The view out to the trails is phenomenal as always, and Mud Hen Lake is shimmering with the morning sunrise.

The tools are disseminated and the crews get ready to head up the hill.

The first crew is assigned damage control.  It appears this turn is a little off and riders are missing the turn and going off trail towards the trees.  A little adjustment is in order to make it a wee bit safer.

Benching the hill allows bikers to ride a line closer to the hill – making them less likely to ride off into the grass.

Meanwhile, the Poison Oak Bandit clears vines near the trail to help alleviate overgrowth – which seems to really happen in the Spring.

Team 2 works another corner by smoothing out brake bumps and refining the turn for a smoother ride.

A member of Team 3 cleans excess grass from the trail to help keep it clear.

With a little help of a McLeod, the trail thistles are brought back under control.

After the work is done, the crew finds some great food waiting for them.  Burritos for all!!!

These guys and gals do this every month.  To join the fun, go here:  Trail Work.

From the Booth at Sea Otter Classic

Booth 243!  That’s where you could find MORCA at the 2018 Sea Otter Classic.  Members rotated in and out and it’s where we found results of our racers!  Notably, Henrietta, who took 5thin her category for the Enduro.  Ladies Dawn, Jodie, and Lisa were in on the SRAM ladies ride, while Nicki ripped it up at the Grand Fondo.  Not to be outdone by the ladies, our very own Lee Jetton threw down all he had on the cross country CAT1 course and dropped nine minutes from his previous years’ time.  While all that was happening, MORCA was running a Raffle to benefit our annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day– Remember to SAVE THE DATE:  6 OCT 2018

What about that Raffle?

The raffle results are in!  Shout out to 1UP donated a bike rack and an awesome cooler!!!  Fox also chimed in with a fork.  Thank you to both our sponsors and all those that donated to our raffle.  100% proceeds go to our Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event so the kids can attend for FREE!

1UP Bike Rack – Eric Morgan of Monterey, CA
Fox Fork – Bruce Dorman of Felton, CA
1UP Cooler – Phil Craig of Salinas, CA