Dirty Hands, Smiling Faces On National Trails Day

Finally, we got to get some friends together to work on trails! 

What better way to celebrate National Trails Day on June 6 than by getting our hands dirty. The past few months have been very complicated for all of us, and that included trail work. With guidelines and restrictions in place, we were careful to keep ourselves and our wonderful volunteers safe. This past weekend was our first opportunity to get into the woods and make a section of trail come to life! 

The Dragon is one of our most ambitious projects yet. We’ve been tackling it section-by-section, and this past Saturday, we focused on the Sandy Beach Trail section to clean up some rough trail already in place and enhance the trail bed to be more sustainable and fun! As always, our volunteers showed up in droves, even if we listened to morning instructions six or seven feet apart, many with masks around their necks. 

It was a productive morning and perfect weather to be in the woods. Our friend Brandon Bender was on hand to lift a shovel and snap a few photos of the end result. 

This is just the first of a number of trail days we’ll need to fit into a shortened summer. We’re distributing a COVID-19 best practices resource to all of our trail directors and working to create a cohesive schedule of trail work to get all of our WMMBA trails in shape for summer, fall, and beyond. Make sure you stay in the loop to your local trail on Facebook, and become an Ally to support West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance every day of the week! 

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us Saturday, and a special thanks to Mr. Bender for capturing the spirit and faces of a great day!