Cannell re-route - more singletrack. Comments needed by Apr 20

Discussion in 'Trail Advocacy' started by evdog, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    You heard it... USFS wants to move Cannell trail out of some parts of the meadows and off the dirt road south of Big Meadow. Plan is to have motorized multi-use trail above the road.

    Here is the project document. Comments due April 20th. Details including maps in the link below.

    http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/pdf/CannelBypassFS-Letter.pdf
     
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  2. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    For those of you have ridden this trail, is this proposal a good thing?
     
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  3. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    More singletrack is always a good thing.
     
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  4. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Cannondale Scalpel
    I am guessing the Stewards of the Sierra will be involved in the trail building. They do a great job on reroutes.
     
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  5. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    If they build it, it will get ridden.

    I am not a fire road hater. I love those dirt roads. Like freeways for the forest. Except, oftentimes, they are closed to vehicles, with little to no traffic. I use them as connectors between trails and destinations.
    Climbing fire roads gives a rider the chance to talk to breathless friends until they, or you, can no longer speak. A chance to regroup. A time to refuel.

    Making more single track is always a good thing. The road isn't going to go away and will always be an option in case of mechanical or injury or book.
     
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    Of course I immediately went to my gun locker but then as @LLPoolJ said, the SOS is a great group, know what they are doing and it could be MORE singletrack which I am always up for. If it keeps the chunk, still connects to the Plunge... Mikie Likey!
     
  7. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    I think so, overall. I prefer singletrack to fire road, and the road we ride after Big Meadow was one I never enjoyed. Like Rossage says, if you like riding that road you'll still be free to do so.

    The one bummer is the new route will bypass Cannell Meadow. That is a very nice piece of singletrack. In my comments I'm going to ask they preserve a bit of that trail in the meadow, because it is totally unique riding. But if they can keep the trail close enough that you get good views into the meadow, then I'd be ok with it. The south end gets into some stream crossings which is part of what they want to avoid.

    The other concern is this will make the trail moto-legal all the way from Kernville to Sherman Pass. Not sure how much moto traffic this would add, as motos probably wouldn't want to descend back down this route and only other way down is Sherman Pass Rd which is street legal only. Trail sees a ton of MTB traffic on weekends, and motos will mostly be going uphill, so there is some potential for conflict there. At least you can hear them, but I'm not sure how much fun it will be for them trying to go uphill against an army of Cannell shuttlers.

    Cannell Meadow
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  8. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    That stretch through the Meadow is just so unique, so good it can't last...
     
  9. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Well, I got a reply from the Forest Service today and it is good news! I commented that this section of trail through the meadow is very unique and helped make the route one of the best in Socal. (I practiced some amazing restraint and managed to refrain from using the term overrated in my comments ;) )

    Assuming I am reading this right, the existing trail in the meadow will remain for non-motorized use and the Cannell bypass will be new moto trail construction. So those who want to bypass the road will be able to do so on the motorized trail, and then pick up the non-motorized segments where desired. This should also open up some loop opportunities for us as we could ride out on the meadow trail and back on the moto trail or vice versa.

    The response:

     
  10. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ MTB Addict

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Cannondale Scalpel
    The Forest Service guys in this area do a great job. I had no doubt!