Advocacy

Overland Mountain Bike Club helps advocate for and secure favorable policies, facilities, and investments in public trails, youth mountain biking and other activities. Below is a summary listing of some of the specific projects that Overland is currently or has recently been involved in. For a more in-depth analysis of each project, where available, please view the project page by clicking the link under “More Info”.


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Featured Project: 

Prairie Ridge Natural Area Trail Project

Agency/Trail System:  City of Loveland – Prairie Ridge Natural Area

Status:  PROPOSED – pending approval

Timeline:  2019 to begin construction – early 2020 for full completion (estimated)

Estimated Mileage as Proposed:  2 – 2 ½ total miles as mapped

Targeted Ability Level:  ADA-accessible in BLUE, Beginner-Intermediate in RED; multi-use

Project Description:  Prairie Ridge Natural Area is part of a 3,500-acre community separator between Loveland and Fort Collins.  The property is located northwest of N. Wilson Ave & 57th Street in Loveland, immediately south of the City of Fort Collins Coyote Ridge Natural Area.  Prairie Ridge is currently undeveloped and does not allow public access.  This will soon change with the proposed trail system.  The property will feature a new parking and trailhead area, a 0.8-mile ADA-accessible trail going west from the new trailhead, and a 1.5-mile natural-surface multi-use trail going north-south along the hogback.

Future plans include potential connections to the existing Coyote Ridge Trail to the north.  Long-term, the plan is to ultimately connect to the City of Loveland’s paved recreational trail system to the south.  This would provide new loop-options suitable for all levels of trail users.

With full implementation of all proposed trails as shown, residents and visitors of both Loveland and Fort Collins will have not just additional trail opportunities to choose from, but will see MUCH IMPROVED access and connectivity to existing trails as well.  The opportunities for multiple new loop/route options will be a major step in dispersing trail users, minimizing user conflicts and reducing strain on existing parking/trailhead areas.  The remaining property at Prairie Ridge will continue as a working dryland wheat farm.

More info and to download the Trail Concept Map: Visit the City of Loveland’s official Prairie Ridge Natural Area page: www.cityofloveland.org/prairieridge or view our Prairie Ridge Natural Area Trail Project Page.

 


Trails:

Prairie Ridge Natural Area Trail Project

Agency/Trail System:  City of Loveland – Prairie Ridge Natural Area

Status:  PROPOSED – pending approval

Timeline:  2019 to begin construction – early 2020 for full completion (estimated)

Estimated Mileage as Proposed:  2 – 2 ½ total miles as mapped

Targeted Ability Level:  ADA-accessible in BLUE, Beginner-Intermediate in RED; multi-use

Project Description:  Prairie Ridge Natural Area is part of a 3,500-acre community separator between Loveland and Fort Collins.  The property is located northwest of N. Wilson Ave & 57th Street in Loveland, immediately south of the City of Fort Collins Coyote Ridge Natural Area.  Prairie Ridge is currently undeveloped and does not allow public access.  This will soon change with the proposed trail system.  The property will feature a new parking and trailhead area, a 0.8-mile ADA-accessible trail going west from the new trailhead, and a 1.5-mile natural-surface multi-use trail going north-south along the hogback.

Future plans include potential connections to the existing Coyote Ridge Trail to the north.  Long-term, the plan is to ultimately connect to the City of Loveland’s paved recreational trail system to the south.  This would provide new loop-options suitable for all levels of trail users.

With full implementation of all proposed trails as shown, residents and visitors of both Loveland and Fort Collins will have not just additional trail opportunities to choose from, but will see MUCH IMPROVED access and connectivity to existing trails as well.  The opportunities for multiple new loop/route options will be a major step in dispersing trail users, minimizing user conflicts and reducing strain on existing parking/trailhead areas.  The remaining property at Prairie Ridge will continue as a working dryland wheat farm.

More info and to download the Trail Concept Map: Visit the City of Loveland’s official Prairie Ridge Natural Area page: www.cityofloveland.org/prairieridge or view our Prairie Ridge Natural Area Trail Project Page.


On the Rocks Trail Project

Agency/Trail System:  Fort Collins Natural Areas – Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Status:  APPROVED

Timeline:  Construction to begin Nov 2018; Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 for full completion

Estimated Mileage as Proposed:  1-1.5

Targeted Ability Level:  Advanced – Expert

Project Description:  On the Rocks will give visitors stunning views, unique experiences, and create a 1- to 1.5-mile loop on the west side of Bobcat Ridge. This advanced- and expert-level trail will take users over, through and around large unique rock surfaces and formations, creating a truly one-of-a-kind trail segment in Colorado’s Northern Front Range region. The area currently has approximately 12.5 miles of natural surface, multi-use trails open to mountain bikes. When complete, On the Rocks will have been rider-planned, rider-designed and rider-built.

More Info: On the Rocks Trail Project Page.


Young Gulch Trail Project

Agency/Trail System:  US Forest Service – Roosevelt National forest, Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Status:  UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Timeline:  Fall 2018 – Summer 2019 for full completion

Estimated Mileage as Proposed:  4 ½ – 5

Targeted Ability Level:  Intermediate, multi-use

Project Description:  Young Gulch Trail is a longtime Fort Collins favorite.  This popular trail was damaged during the High Park Fire of 2013.  It was repaired and re-opened for about 10 days before suffering major damage in the historic September 2013 flood event.  Through cooperation between multiple organizations and the local Canyon Lakes Ranger District, a plan was generated to completely redesign and rebuild the entire trail to greatly increase sustainability and the overall user experience.  The new design incorporates many newer trail design features such as rolling grade dips instead of traditional rock water bars, grade reversals, and in-sloped turns.  New bridges and water crossings will be installed in several areas.  The new design pulls the trail up higher out of the gulch in many areas to greatly minimize damage from future flooding events.  This creates a much-improved user experience as well, taking users to new trail and views and experiences not present with the prior trail routing.

View our Young Gulch Trail Project and test ride videos.

More Info: Young Gulch Trail Project Page.


Hermit Park Open Space Trail Project

Agency/Trail System: Larimer County Open Lands – Hermit Park Open Space; Limber Pine & Moose Meadow trails

Status: Partially open – Moose Meadows Trail is complete and open to the public. Limber Pine Trail from Moose Meadows to Kruger Rock Trail is complete and open to the public. Limber Pine Trail north of Kruger Rock Trail is expected to open Spring 2018 with the completion of a new trailhead parking area at the north end of the trail.

Timeline: Spring 2018 for full completion

Estimated Mileage as Proposed: 7

Targeted Ability Level: Intermediate, multi-use

Project Description: This is a new trail system in Hermit Park Open Space near the popular tourist town of Estes Park. A total of 7 miles of new trail is to be constructed, generally paralleling the main access road through the property. It will include several connecting spur trails to existing campgrounds. It also connects directly into Homestead Meadows trail system on US Forest Service land, allowing additional connections to Lion Gulch, Pierson Park and beyond. This new trail system takes users on a delightful journey through varying landscapes featuring aspen groves, dense pine forests, unique rock formations and small open meadows. The exceptionally designed and built trail has many contour features, alternate features for more advanced users, and varying tread surface types.

More Info: Hermit Park Open Space Trail Project Page.


South Bay to Inlet Bay Trail Project

Agency/Trail System: Larimer County & Fort Collins Natural Areas

Status:  Proposed in 2016 – South Bay to Inlet Bay section has been approved conceptually in the Larimer County Reservoir Parks Master Plan update.  Pineridge to South Bay segment was declined…other options will be evaluated with other Larimer County departments.

Timeline:  2019 for South Bay to Inlet Bay section

Estimated Mileage as Proposed:  1 ½ – 3 miles

Targeted Ability Level:  Intermediate, foot and bike only

Project Description:  This trail would provide a much-needed trail connection from Fort Collins to Horsetooth Reservoir and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.  The approved segment will provide a natural-surface trail connection from South Bay to Inlet Bay at Horsetooth Reservoir as well as a scenic shoreline loop around and over the peninsula.  This trail would provide outstanding views of the Horsetooth Mountain area as well as the reservoir.  The terrain would include unique rock formations, forested canopy, open grassland meadows and steep hillsides.

The proposed segment connecting Pineridge to South Bay would be an incredibly scenic shoreline trail between CR 38E and the reservoir, featuring a 300’ section of boardwalk bridge traversing a steep slope down to the lake’s edge.  Incredibly unique rock formations would be encountered along this route. 

More Info: South Bay to Inlet Bay Trail Project Page.


Cathy Fromme to Coyote Ridge Trail Project

Agency/Trail System:  Fort Collins Natural Areas & Larimer County Solid Waste

Status:  Proposed in 2017 – awaiting decision through Fort Collins Natural Areas Fossil Creek Management Plan update.

Timeline:  Unknown

Estimated Mileage as Proposed:  3 ½

Targeted Ability Level:  Beginner, multi-use

Project Description:  This trail would provide a much-needed connection from the existing Fort Collins paved recreation trail system to the extensive natural-surface foothills trail system.  It would allow direct trail access to Coyote Ridge Natural Area, Rim Rock Trail, Blue Sky Trail, Indian Summer Trail, Devil’s Backbone Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Lory State Park.  The trail as proposed would intersect with the Fossil Creek Trail on the west side of Cathy Fromme Natural Area, travel south along this property’s western boundary, circle to the west of the Larimer County Landfill, terminating where it intersects with Coyote Ridge Trail. 

More Info: Cathy Fromme to Coyote Ridge Trail Project Page.



Youth Programs:

Overland Mountain Bike Club has initiated a Youth Committee dedicated to supporting programs that encourage young people to get outdoors and experience the healthy, fun sport of mountain biking.  We plan to work with partners in the region to support existing programs and develop new ones and are looking to roll out our initial program(s) in the spring of 2018.  Please check back for updates.

 



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