I've taken over development of mountain biking trail development in the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) in
|Does not meet IMBA standards...yet|
In the ensuing years better relationships between the surface owners and the holders of the mineral rights have been nurtured. And while the climber/MTBers threw up their hands and abandoned the trail what remains is, in fact, a nearly rideable 1+ mile loop. It's not quite a rake-n-ride situation, but it's not far from that either.
Realistically 10 bridges or wooden features need to be constructed. There are three areas that need to be rerouted. And some of the bench cut sections were constructed prior to any of the volunteers attending IMBA classes and need to be brought up to a slightly better standard. That said, there are long stretches of trail that are rideable right now.
There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, but with only a little work there will be a really good start on a much bigger trail system really soon. This isn’t exactly my back yard, but it’s only a block or two over in the broadest sense. The PMRP is located primarily on Bald Rock Fork of Big Sinking Creek, but a satellite area is located in Big Sinking proper in Coalbank Hollow near Fixer. My mom grew up near Fixer. She actually grew up one holler over from Coalbank. Her family lived there when she was young and my Papaw Lacy worked for Ashland Oil.
Once the old trail is brought up to rideable conditions there will be about 2.5 miles of mostly singletrack in the Bald Rock parcel of PMRP. That doesn't include the existing or abandoned access roads and any of the access trails to the climbing walls or the under-construction extension to the Flat Holler Trail. Big things are afoot.
|There WAS a trail under there!|