11/30/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. 2007 Mountain Bike Pow Wow Update – the Vision Quest and Counting Coup

2. Your input needed for the Forest Service Mountain Bike Strategic Plan

3. Basic Trail Maintenance for volunteers

4. Help Dustin find his lost rim and tire.


Currently we have 28 positions left in the Counting Coup and 77 positions left in the Vision Quest before we sell out.

The date of the Mountain Bike Pow Wow is Saturday, March 3rd. The participation level for the Vision Quest is 200 and the Counting Coup is 100.

We have a couple of changes to the 2007 Mountain Bike Pow Wow. Due to the fact that only 1/3 of the field used the shuttle from O’Neill Park to the start at Black Star we will no longer provide a shuttle to the start in the morning.

Participants will have to arrange their own transportation to the start. We are lowering the price of the Pow Wow events by $10 (Vision Quest from $115 to $105 And Counting Coup from $75 to $65) since we will save $2,200 by not renting 5 buses and 6 trucks.

We plan on getting permission from O’Neill Park to allow the parking of a shuttle vehicle overnight on Friday for those who plan to carpool to the start and want to have a vehicle to drive back after the event ends at O’Neill, our end of the race staging area.

From O’Neill Park we will have one bus and one truck to shuttle people back to the start at Black Star starting at 2 p.m. with the last shuttle at 5 p.m.

We will have ONE start time of 5:30 a.m. There will be no early start at 5:00 a.m. as has been done in past Pow Wows. The Forest Service for reasons of safety has asked us to add an 11:30 cutoff time to reach four corners and the Main Divide. This cutoff time is located past Aid Station one located at the base of the Silverado Motorway (Trail) and Maple Springs Road (Silverado Canyon Road where is enters the National Forest), which has a cutoff time of 9:30. Vision Quest riders have an additional cutoff time to reach the base of the West Horse Thief Trail, the last up (hike a bike), which is 12:30 p.m. These cutoff times (negotiated with the Forest Service) are to help us to move our support/communications/medical support with the leading pack of participants and allow us to get everyone accounted for and off the mountain by sundown.

As previously mentioned, because we will not be providing shuttles to the start the 2007 entry fee has been lowered by $10; $65.00 for the Counting Coup and $105.00 for the Vision Quest.

The entry fee includes breakfast goods at the start, lunch, t-shirts, raffle prizes, a coup feather for finishers of the Counting Coup and a beaded Coup Feather, as well as helmet and car coup feather stickers for finishers of the Vision Quest.

Participation is limited to 200 for the Vision Quest (77 positions left) and 100 for the Counting Coup (28 position left) – and the events always sell out. To insure a spot in either event register ASAP.

To download an application for the 56.5 Mile Vision Quest go to:


To register online for the Vision Quest go to:


To download an application for the 44 mile Counting Coup go to:


To register online for the Counting Coup go to:



Listening Session Public Announcement:

USFS, Region 5 is to conducting public listening sessions throughout the state to solicit public input from mountain bicyclists and trail users on how to best provide sustainable mountain biking recreation in California’s National Forests. Mountain biking has become a major activity in many Forests and clear management strategies are needed to insure continued recreation opportunities and protection of natural resources. Input from listening sessions will be used to develop a mountain bike management strategy. It is envisioned the strategy will have two major components; 1) a Situational Assessment, that will characterize existing issues and opportunities and 2) Implementation Toolbox, that will provide managers with a suite of prescriptions to address issues identified in the Situational Assessment. The meetings will be held at the following locations:

San Diego Area
Dec 5, 6:00-8:00
Cleveland National Forest Headquarters
10845 Rancho Bernardo Road
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92127
Driving Directions from Hwy 15 South:
Exit Rancho Bernardo Road turn right, travel 1 ¼ miles west of hwy 15. At 5th stoplight on Rancho Bernardo Road, turn left onto Via Del Campo, turn left into parking lot just past island. In main building on corner, take elevator to second floor.

Los Angeles Area
Dec 6, 6:00-8:00
Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau
2000 Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
Driving Directions from Route 10, East:
Exit Vineyard Avenue, turn right
Go to third light – Holt Blvd., turn left
Go to first light – Convention Center Parking
Follow appropriate signs.


WHAT: A workshop offered to agency staff and volunteers who are interested in learning basic trail maintenance skills.

WHERE: Silverado Fire Station, Trabuco Ranger District, Cleveland National Forest 27172 Silverado Canyon Road, Orange County (Directions below)

WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2006 9am – 4:30pm

WHO: Frank Padilla, Jr.of CA State Parks and Kurt Loheit, Trail Designer
And the So. Cal Trail Coalition

RSVP!: SPACE IS LIMITED. Reservations are required. No fee.

BRING: Please bring a lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided.
Wear a hat and bring work gloves for the afternoon trail session.

QUESTIONS?: Contact Debra Clarke at 951-736-1811×3227
Wilderness/Trails Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

DIRECTIONS: See Thomas Guide, Orange County, Page 802
Take Santiago Canyon Road to Silverado Canyon Road. The fire station is on Silverado Canyon Road ¾ mile from Santiago Canyon road. On right.

Participants from Riverside County may wish to take the 241 toll road.
After the toll booth the first exit is Santiago Canyon Road. Take Santiago Canyon road and turn left (south) for several miles. The second left turn is Irvine lake and the third left turn is Silverado Canyon road. The drive from the Corona area/91 fwy to the fire station is about 35 minutes.

PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY. We will start at 9am.


I hoping the mountain bike community can help me out. I was headed to the Thanksgiving Ride from Harding to Four Corners and lost a wheel on the way from Cooks Corner to the bird sanctuary. The wheel is a green Chris King wheel set with a salsa skewer. I was so bummed that I couldn’t make the ride but even more bummed that I was out a wheel. If anyone in the mountain bike community could distribute this email to possibly locate my wheel I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for the understanding.

Dustin Ojeda
(562) 307-0009

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