01/18/10 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Holy Jim Trail Work Wrap Up

2. Dangerous repairs made to the San Juan Trail

3. Illegal Mountain Bike Activity in the City of Irvine Open Space Reserve


Many thanks to Erik and Deb, Bob, Josh, Larry H, Keith P, Calvin, Brian L, Ken, Bob Mac, Mary and Gerry, Chris V, Chris H, Mark, Gene, Steve (Rockface) Timm, Eric H, Regina and Alan, Treve, Denny Bean, Dave, Pete, for spending their Saturday doing earthwork on Holy Jim.

we met @ 7am @ the VQ finish line then we carpooled up the wash road to the Holy Jim parking area. we hiked up 3.5 miles. We benched the trail into the uphill side of the slope on a 0.3 mile section of the trail. Previously the trail was starting to fall off on the downhill side. as we worked with Piks, shovels and McLeod’s numerous bikers, hikers and trail runners passed us by verbally grateful for our efforts. Mark, Gene, Eric Hull and Rockface rode their bikes to upper holy Jim and worked the ruts. On the way down many of the Century Plants were removed. The resulting earthwork is looking even better than expected. Nice job everyone.

We talked about brushing upper San Juan soon since rumor has it the trail is badly overgrown but it will probably have to wait until after the VQ. If you ride any of the trails in the Santa Anas after the upcoming rains please email a report to the Club even if the trail is in good condition.


Someone has installed a retaining wall on the San Juan Trail using t-posts that stick up and pose a dangerous hazard to trail users. If you know of anyone performing such repairs please ask them to stop.


Several months ago the City of Irvine and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy suspended self guided mountain biking on monthly access days in the City of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The reason, the level of unauthorized mountain biking was out of control in areas that were not open 7 days dawn to dusk.

The mountain bike community threw a fit. Mountain bike riders posted negative things on message boards, mountain bike clubs contacted us, mountain bike volunteers argued with us, but in the end the unauthorized mountain bike access declined. Once it declined self guided mountain biking was reinstated on the monthly self guided access days.

Within one week of reinstating self guided mountain biking to access days there was a spike in unauthorized mountain bike access and it still continues up to today This included:

• Riders tearing down “closed for restoration” signs and riding through a restoration area. This area has been closed off for two years and is well on its way to being restored.

• Illegal night riding

• Individual riders attending a docent led ride to then return on multiple occasions illegally

• A rider scouting the reopening of a closed trail

• Multiple riders riding past multiple docent only area signs

The purpose of this e-mail is so all of you are aware of who these people are the next time the mountain biker user group is excluded from using an area. Do not blame the land owner or the land manager. Blame these people, they are the one’s responsible for much of the mountain biking problems in Orange County.

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“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt


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