They sure do have some lovely hiking groups up North, let's hope we don't see too much of this down here. In the Meetup description they even give Strava statistics and links. https://www.meetup.com//Hikers-Walk...-Parks/events/237568382/?showDescription=true Hike to Push Back Against Agressive Mountain Biking onthe Trails of Mt.Tamalpais Sat Feb 18, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Mt Tamalpais State Park (Rock Springs) Pan Toll Rd & Ridgecrest Blvd, Southwest Marin, CAThis Hike Be Held Rain or Shine. Meet on time, we will leave promptly at 9:30am from the Rock Spring Trailhead (35 minute drive from Fwy.101 exits) The Google map here is accurate. Plan ahead so you are on time and don't miss the hike by being late. Want to go? Join us! Going Description Comments (3) (Please sign the petition to save Bay Area single-track hiking trails from being turned into mountain biking trails and subsequently ruined.) Both physically and from a hiking experience perspective. Push back against those who are aggressive in the mountain biking community and are damaging Mt.Tamalpais with their aggressive mountain bike riding. And also intimidating, if not terrorizing, especially elderly hikers and young families with their aggressive bike riding behavior in public places. Many believe we must push back against the, click for details> Marin Critical Dirt Mass, event,(MCDM) scheduled by the mountain biking community on this date. So we will! If for whatever reason the mountain biking community, MCDM event, is cancelled, date changed or however altered this Hike will still be held as detailed here. Let's make this a continuing workshop, field trip hiking event*, as the MCDM promises to be. (see bottom of this announcement for additional details) Let's hike to see the most mountain bike damaged areas, of Mt.Tam. And learn what we can do together to come to the aid of this beloved mountain. We will hike the Easy Grade Trail corridor, the richest area on Mt.Tam for rare, endemic Mt.Tam, Spring wildflowers. Click here for the CNPS wildflower list. for Easy Grade Trail. Next we'll hike Coast View Trail and finish up viewing the damage to the embankments done by the mountain bikes along Old Stage Rd and Old RR Grade. Well over 30% of mountain bikers are speeding in excess of 15.0mph on the fireroads and some of the single track they ride, as shown on Strava.com. https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/a/e/2/600_458191458.jpeg Click here to see the statistics for 3,260 separate rides, GPS recorded and uploaded to Strava.com for Ocean View Trail in the State Park. 40% of these rides are in excess of 15.0mph. Top downhill speed on this trail in the speed competition being held on Strava.com is 24.4mph. (Because of the hazardous conditions on this trail caused by mountain biking, Strava.com has closed down, mountain bike speed, goal setting by MBers, for this trail.) https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/a/6/1/600_458191329.jpeg Strava.com statistics for Easy Grade Trail, top speed 21.9 mph. click Construction is scheduled to start here next year, possibly late this year, to turn Easy Grade Trail into a mountain biking trail. California State Parks is aggressively pursuing its goal of converting this most precious wildflower and plant ecosystem area into a part of a future network of mountain biking trails for Mt.Tam State Park. Click here to sign the petition to stop Easy Grade Trail from being constructed into a mountain bike riding trail. The mountain bike trail planning and construction will continue to be paid for by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC), other mountain biking clubs and organizations, the mountain biking industry, including it's newest members; Bosch and Siemens industries, makers of electric mountain bikes. (Electric mountain bikes are legal in Calif.State Parks.) As well as money from the vacation and recreation industry. Future plans for the MTSP mountain biking trail network will be to add a brand new connecting mountain bike riding trail on virgin ground. This will be between the bottom of Coast View Trail connecting to the Diaz Ridge Trail. Paralleling the Heather Cutoff Trail to the east and Hwy.1 to the west. These are the plans being put forward by MCBC. Learn what you can do in constructive advocacy ways, to convince State and local land managers to preserve precious Mt.Tamalpais. Let's also hope to get together with some of the 60% of the mountain biking community who are not breaking the law, to talk about these matters. After hiking the Easy Grade Corridor we'll visit these scenes, see photos below: Permanently damaged Coast View Trail in Mt.Tamalpais State Park (MTSP). As long as mountain biking continues here, this damage cannot be repaired. It will only get increasingly worse. (Coast View was converted to mountain biking in 2005. At that time, after the reroute, the trail was in pristine condition.) 105 damaged locations were photographed along Coast View. This photo was taken just before the start of this rainy season. We will visit this same location to see the increase of damage after riders have been riding here when the trail is soaked. Be sure to bring your camera and smartphones for sending your photos to agency land managers. See email addresses below. https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/8/7/0/600_457830832.jpeg Photo below shows one of over thirty locations along Old RR Grade, Old Stage Rd. and Gravity Car Grade where mountain bikers go off the fireroad and onto the side embankments denuding the area of plants and making eyesores. Mountain bikers must volunteer to repair this damage. This type of riding is done to increase the thrill of their mountain bike riding. As hikers volunteer to maintain hiking trails which they are of course not purposely damaging. Mountain bikers must be required to repair the damage they are doing on purpose, or be forbidden to ride in these embankment locations they are damaging. https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/4/f/5/600_458189941.jpeg Below the very rare endemic Mt.Tam Jewelflower seen and photographed along Easy Grade Trail in the Spring of 2013, 14, 15 & 16. https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/8/0/2/600_458190722.jpeg Aggressive or confrontational behavior will not be tolerated on this hike. Or will inflammatory language or hate speak. Mt.Tamalpais Land Managers to contact: Ryen Goering, Superintendent (or acting) , Marin Sector, Calif.State Parks firstname.lastname@example.org Karl Knapp, Acting Deputy Director CSP (Designed Coast View Trail, Signed rejection of Easy Grade Trail conversion in 2007.) email@example.com Jay Chamberlin, Chief Natural Resources Division firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandra Stehl, State Parks Road & Trails Director, (Easy Grade Trail, initiated bogus documents to convert Easy Grade Trail to mountain biking, click here for information.) email@example.com Callie Hurd, Acting State Parks Road & Trails Director, [masked] </a> Rosanna Petralia, New Interpretive Specialist, MTSP rosanna.petralia@<a href="http://parks.ca.gov/">parks.ca.gov Bree Hardcastle, SP Environmental Scientist, (Easy Grade Trail, signed bogus documents to convert Easy Grade Trail to mountain biking, click here for information.)firstname.lastname@example.org Jason.Spann, SP Environmental Scientist, (Easy Grade Trail, signed bogus documents to convert Easy Grade Trail to mountain biking, click here for information.)[masked] Roberto Walton, Supervising Ranger, MTSP, (Easy Grade Trail, signed bogus documents to convert Easy Grade Trail to mountain biking, click here for information.) [masked] Michael Swezy, Watershed Manager, MMWDmswezy@marinwater.org MMWD Armando Quintero, President, Board of Dir., MMWDaquintero3@ucmerced.edu Calif Fish & Wildlife Jim Starrjim.email@example.com Ms. Liz McGuirk, Dir. Calif.State Parks Email: [masked] Deputy Director Park Operations Ms. Kathleen Amann [masked] Gavin Newsom, Liet.Governor firstname.lastname@example.org Here is what world-wide experts say about the Bay Area's environmental importance. [At ground zero, most unique and most important environmentally in the Bay Area, Mt.Tamalpais, where the most endemics are found and all (but desert and high alpine) California habitats are found in this one relatively very small place:] -The eighth most significant biological “hot spot” in the world; as found by The Nature Conservancy. -Among the six most significant biological “hot spots” in the United States, as designated by the US Nat’l Park Service*. -In 1988 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) created the Golden Gate Biosphere Preserve. The UNESCO Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve is a biosphere reserve in Northern California. It was created byUNESCO in 1988 and encompasses 13 protected areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of which Mt.Tamalpais is the center and most bio-diverse of all. -Bolinas Lagoon designated by the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. -Bolinas Lagoon is located where the western slopes of Mt.Tam fall steeply into the Pacific. On the east side of the mountain is SF Bay; the largest estuary along the coast of N.&S. America. "The terrestrial landscapes are significant, diverse and rare, representing a high degree of endemism. Included are such diverse vegetation alliances as active coastal fore dunes, coastal terrace prairie, serpentine chaparral, serpentine bunchgrass, northern coastal salt marsh, coast live oak woodland, valley oak woodland, and ancient redwood forests. Nearly sixty federal or state listed threatened and endangered species occur within it as residents or seasonal migrants......" This is the Bay Area and at its environmental and ecological center, Mt.Tamalpais. *Finally attend the next workshop to pool our efforts for advocacy. Come learn the facts and talking points the Land Managers must hear from us, for change to take place. Next Workshop: Wednesday, February 22, 6:15pm. address: 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903 From Hwy.101 take the Smith Ranch Road Exit, east, Make a right turn onto Redwood Hwy. stay on Redwood Hwy. Look for a building with Palm Trees at the entrance of La Plaza Garden Offices, Meeting Room Suite F-138 (Take either of two entrances into parking lot. Drive all the way to the back, rear. Suite #138 is in the middle to the right of the handicap parking spaces.) Click for Google Map of Meeting Location (This Workshop is not to be attended by anyone from the Mountain Biking Community. It is a private Workshop, on private property.) Meetup event title: Hike to Push Back Against Agressive Mountain Biking onthe Trails of Mt.Tamalpais Note: This hike is not sponsored by the Calif. State Park cooperating association, Friends of Mt.Tam.