Volunteering: Erie Singletrack Advocates

Learning the ropes of singletrack trail construction from trail designer Ryan Schutz (r) and Adam Haid (l) of Erie Singletrack Advocates.

In August and September 2013, I had the pleasure of working with Adam Haid and the rest of the Erie Singletrack Advocates to begin construction of the first several miles of the Sunset West Park trail network.

After attending an all-day training session in August led by master trail designers Scott Winget and Ryan Schutz and a few practice sessions in the field, we led teams of 5-8 volunteers on September 7, 2013 for the Xcel Energy Day of Service. We constructed 1.5 miles of trail before heading over to the park for a Miner’s Tavern burger and a celebratory Echo Brewing beer.

I grin every time I drive by the mountain bike parking lot off County Road 5 knowing how many riders have enjoyed the trails we carved that day.