Check Out World-Class Mountain Biking on California’s Lost Coast with #conservationlands15!
Pounding seas, torrential winter rains and some of North America’s most active earthquake faults create a landscape of mythical proportions at the King Range National Conservation Area. The area has long been popular among adventurous backpackers as well as hardy surfers seeking out its hidden breaks, but the recently constructed Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail system is quickly becoming a bucket list destination in its own right.
The 13 mile loop trail is designed by mountain bikers (in partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association) for mountain bikers. It meanders through berms, tabletops, and rollers requiring you to enjoy your bicycle to its maximum potential! Bikers who climb to the peak are rewarded with an exciting, flowy descent. For many, it’s the highlight of the loop and seems to go on for eternity. The trail passes massive Douglas-fir trees, a salmon spawning stream as it circles around the west side of 2,850 foot Queen’s Peak. Ridgetop openings and breaks in the forest offer spectacular views of the Pacific below. Stay overnight right off the trail at the Tolkan Campground, and you can enjoy the adjoining terrain park. Explore the trail with new interactive maps.
Note: The #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover is a 2015 monthly celebration of the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.
I had the privilege of doing the film poster for the amazing documentary Imba Means Sing. This film follows the Grammy Nominated African Children’s Choir from their journey from Uganda to America and then back home. It follows Moses, Angel and Nina, three amazing children who dream of a better education, and how they can achieve it through their love of singing. Through my colorful and naive styling the posters represent these three and the journey they go on with the choir.
All of the proceeds for this movie goes back to the African Children’s Choir and their scholarship program. You can learn more about that here.
MOUNTAIN BIKING THE SANDY RIDGE TRAIL: AN AWESOME WAY TO SPEND A DAY IN THE WOODS
More than 125,000 riders per year frequent Oregon’s Sandy Ridge Trail System, an area that provides trail opportunities specifically designed for mountain bikers in the foothills of the Cascade Range. This model trail system provides an experience for every rider, with 17 miles of trails ranging from machine built beginner level trails with ample opportunities to play on mountain bike features such as rollers and table tops to double black diamond expert level opportunities characterized by narrow technical terrain, dynamic mountain bike moves and high levels of exposure.
“This entire area is a tremendous public resource,” said John Huston, field manager for the BLM’s Cascade Resource Area referring to the acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat along the Sandy and Little Sandy rivers. “But if you are just talking about mountain biking, there are few places in the country that can compare to the Sandy Ridge Trail System.”
This year, the trail system is expected to add up to two miles of new trails, and have its parking doubled for all the riders who visit the world-class mountain bike trails. Read more about the new developments HERE.
Remember that you can use BLM’s online recreation maps to better plan your own trip to #MountainBiking locations across your #publiclands.
Find Adventure on the Sandy River and Sandy Ridge Trail in BLM Oregon with #mypubliclandsroadtrip
The Sandy River Basin, a scenic and recreational treasure, is located within 25 miles of one-third of Oregon’s citizens. Nearly a quarter million visitors each year are drawn to the scenic deep gorges, adventurous whitewater, runs of wild salmon and steelhead, and the Barlow Road portion of the Oregon National Historic Trail.
Located just above the Sandy River, the Sandy Ridge Trail System provides trail opportunities specifically designed for mountain bikers in the foothills of the Cascade Range. The Sandy Ridge system offers over 15 miles of single-track trail ranging from beginner flow trail to narrow technical trails with exposure. The system was designed and built with assistance from the International Mountain Biking Association and Antfarm YouthCorp and input from user groups such as Northwest Trail Alliance and local stakeholders.
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It’s Almost Spring, but There’s Still Time to Try Fat Biking on Public Lands!
In just a few short years, fat biking has become one of the fastest growing winter sports in the United States. In 2014, the BLM Hartman Rocks Recreation Area near Gunnison, Colorado held its Winter Growler Fat Bike Race, and this year, the BLM showcased its outstanding winter riding opportunities at the first-ever Fat Bike Expo in Anchorage in late February.
The BLM booth at the Expo featured BLM’s partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association. It also featured the new National Conservation Lands recreation mapping project and the MTB Project, a mountain bike guide and trail map website presenting the top 20 BLM Backyard to Backcountry rides on public lands.
Fall is an excellent time of year to explore America’s great outdoors and enjoy your public lands! This weekend follow our partner, IMBA, as they takeover the My Public Lands Instagram with more gorgeous photos of mountain biking on your public lands.
Photos by Leslie Kehmeier, Mapping Manager, International Mountain Bicycling Association. More stunning images can be viewed on BLM’s My Public Lands Flickr.