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How'd you like to ride your bike from Davis to South Lake Tahoe on a Class 1 bike path? That's the plan, and the planners could always use more support from the cycling community, as this is not a done deal.

I went to a meeting on this last night and listened to an update on where everything stands and what is in store… hopefully I got most of this right. I should note that it was awesome to go to a trail meeting where virtually everyone was pro trail, with no arguing between user groups!

Quick Overview:
- Short term plan is completing the 38 mile "El Dorado Trail", which spans from near Folsom to Camino, using the old railroad corridor. This falls under the "Rails To Trails" program and at least one segment is complete (Missouri Flat Rd. to Forni Rd.)
- Long term plan is to connect the El Dorado Trail with the American River Trail in Folsom, and then extend the trail all the way to East end of El Dorado County, which is South Lake Tahoe. Wow!
- One section of this you might be quasi-familiar with because of MTBR is the what's been called the "Folsom-Placerville Rail Road Corridor Trail" (https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=305153). There is some really fun singletrack between Shingle Springs and Missouri Flat Rd.
- While the overall plan will be unbelievable for roadies and commuters, a good 28 miles of singletrack (some existing, some built) should be available in the El Dorado County section as well. Sweet! :thumbsup:

Issue:
- The railroad folks (Sacramento Placerville Transit Corridor - Joint Powers Authority) are lobbying for an excursion train between Folsom and Missouri Flat Rd. Doesn't sound too feasible, but politics are politics. Pro trail people need to show support for the trail to make sure county leaders don't give the JPA a 25 year lease on the land
- If an excursion train is approved, building a new trail off the railway would be too expensive and the project will die.

Next Meeting: (Attending this is one big way to show support)
- The SPTC - JPA board meeting
- Thursday, May 20th at 9am, Folsom City Hall, 50 Natoma Street
- Yes, conveniently a weekday morning…

Next El Dorado Trail Event:
- Saturday, May 8th trailwork day. Restore the singletrack between Wal-Mart at Missouri Flat and the new trestel bridge. Some of that fun singletrack was apparently lost when the section was paved. A new trail is being built for mountain bikers.

Links:
- Map with priority sections: https://www.edctc.org/images/EDTrailMap_priority_sections.pdf
- Friends of El Dorado Trail: https://eldoradotrail.com/ and https://www.trailsnow.org/index.htm
- Friends of El Dorado Trail Facebook page <-- Show your support by becoming a Fan of the page
- El Dorado County Transportation Commission (these are the people doing all the planning): https://edctc.org/_eldoradotrail.htm



Photos of the trail between South Shingle Rd. and Missouri Flat Rd:




The Weber Creek trestel bridge is now paved:










So, you want more trails? Get involved... whether it be by becoming a Facebook Fan, attending a meeting, showing up for a trailwork day, or writing an email (if that becomes necessary). Also, please get your cycling buddies, groups, shops and teams aware of this excellent project!

Thanks!
 

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Hey EmptyBeer,thanks for posting this,it would be awesome! I usually have Mondays off,when I get back to work(on vacation right now) I will try and make sure I get the day off to attend the meeting in Folsom.Body count is important at these things.
 

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Ron - 9am on a Monday... I guess that's how the railroad folks roll! This is their board meeting... not sure what cyclists will do/say there, but if we can show up, it can't hurt.

Jeff G - I'm pretty sure the Pony Express trail will be the foundation for the connector between Camino and SLT... I think I read that somewhere, but can't find it at the moment.
 

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Free labor is hard to turn down,a list of volunteers for trail work would be nice to have on hand.I'm in for some trail work to ensure this project moves forward, I know whats in it for me and I'm willing to work for it.
 

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The May 10th JPA meeting apparently has been cancelled for now. It will be rescheduled.

From El Dorado Trail Facebook page said:
The May 10th JPA meeting has been cancelled for now and they are rescheduling. We will have to let everyone know ~ maybe they heard we were coming in numbers. We need lots of people at that meeting to show that we are not a little group of trail users and we need people to make comments like Jackie just stated below. The last meeting there were only two of us and they were not kind, would not listen, and would not discuss a Trail. We need to be there in hundreds and each of us tell them that El Dorado County wants the same thing that Folsom has, miles of trails for non-motorized transportation, and the almighty tourist dollar for businesses and economic growth. This trail would have National Significance and the El Dorado Trail is the missing link for a 90 mile ride on a bike trail from Davis to Camino. So the Call to Action is to tell your friends, get them on Facebook, go to our Website and sign up for updates (www.eldoradotrail.com), and attend the JPA meeting to express your desire to that Board. Unfortunately, it is a board made up of many Sacramento Politicians not representing us.
Thank you if you already joined the El Dorado Trail Facebook page.
 

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So the railroad folks meeting is this Thursday, May 20th at 9am at Folsom City Hall (50 Natoma Street). If you can stop by to show support for the El Dorado Trail, that will help. The JPA needs to know that more than just a few people want to see this trail built.

Also, there is a Friends of El Dorado Trail meeting tonight (5/17 @ 6:30pm) in Cameron Park at the Faith Episcopal Church, 2200 Country Club Dr. Guest speaker is Jim Konopka (City of Folsom's Senior Trail Planner) and he will be talking about grants and the availability of funding.

Just spreading the word...
 

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Please show your support for more trails!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=338461791996

http://eldoradotrail.com/

Friends of El Dorado Trail next meeting is on Monday September 20, 2010 at 6:30PM. at the Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park located at 2200 Country Club Dr. The public is invited to come and participate in developing a multi-use trail that cross the County.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 
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