Trail construction progress has been absolutely phenomenal! With volunteers and professional crews working on the BCT, there are only two areas yet to be completed between Black Canyon City and Bumble Bee! One is the Black Canyon Creek crossing (the cliff) in Black Canyon City and the other is from the first Bumble Bee Road crossing (the paved road near the I-17 interchange) to about a mile north. The professional crews are working on those sections and the volunteers will be working by Bumble Bee.
Keep in mind we will have two workdays to choose from until May this year...the second Saturday, or the fourth Sunday, of each month. Saturdays are not good for several volunteers, so we added a Sunday to accommodate.
Another event we are excited about is a celebration of the receipt of $432K of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), i.e. stimulus money. That public event will be this Friday, Jan 8, 2010 at the BCC Trailhead. There will be food, photo ops and hikes or rides. Bring your mountain bikes or horses. Please see attached flyer for details.
Hope to see you at both events!
Work Event Description
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM
Meet At: Location described in “Directions” below
Work Location: Bumble Bee Segment of the Black Canyon Trail
Activities: Construct non-motorized trail using accepted trail building techniques and hand tools along previously flagged route.
This is a physical activity requiring certain health and safety considerations. Please be aware of your personal physical condition, wear appropriate attire, such as long sleeves and hat if you are sun sensitive, gloves and sturdy footwear.
Bring sun screen, your own soft or sports drinks and snacks. We will provide bottled water and lunch.
Tools to be used: Pulaski, McLeod, shovel, pick mattock, limb lopper, and pruning saw. Tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if they are marked for easy identification.
Directions: From Interstate 17, either direction; take exit 248 (Bumble Bee) toward Bumble Bee, proceed approximately 5.6 miles to parking area on left side of the road. Directional signs will be posted.
For the GPS aficionados the coordinates are N34º 11’ 42.6”, W112º 9’ 29.3’, using the NAD27 Datum.
See map below.