Trail Update – Ride, Slash, Destroy, Enjoy, Repeat

Greetings from the AFBP trail crew!
We were chatting among ourselves last night and started discussing all the new trail work that has been completed this season and the future projects we are starting as we roll into July; yes, it’s almost July! We quickly realized that it was time for a trail crew update that we all love to hear about. You know what we’re talking about: that magical wording on paper that eventually becomes a physical trail that we all get to ride, slash, destroy, enjoy and repeat. The update also gives us on the crew a moment to reflect back on the progress the team has accomplished, because it is easily forgotten with the rapid work rate that the team pushes through each day.

So let’s get to the good stuff: Lots of maintenance has been on the radar and you will notice new sections all over the mountain. Ziggy had some berms sprinkled in, boosting up the fun factor. Diesel from Hub A to Hub B had a complete makeover that was finished last Friday. Mini Boogie, one of my favorites, received a facelift at the entrance. Boulder Dash is getting some serious maintenance from top to bottom, so expect it to be smoother and much more fun to rip. There’s a new secret stash section that was created for the Scott Enduro race (P.S. there is still loam to be had!). Lower Boogie has gotten updates that include an old drop that was brought back to life. And the list goes on!

New trail projects will start in July and add even more miles to the Angel Fire Bike Park. A new green section of Easy Street is being flagged as I type. It will now start from the very top of the mountain and cruise you around and down under the lift over to the Hub A area. The new section will have a gentle grade with mellow turns, rollers and bridges and will really help build confidence for new riders and kiddos who are new to bike parks. Oh, and also fun for the core riders, as well!

Also, we are starting the new XC trail project in our Greenbelt trails called Cougar. This is a 4-mile trail that will connect Coyote to the beautiful Monte Verde Lake. Cougar will mostly be a descending grade while heading south and mostly uphill if heading north. Guaranteed fun and flowy both directions!

Of course, while all this is happening, daily maintenance will continue and new sections will pop up on a weekly basis. The team is working hard to keep the stoke factor as high as possible. Hope to see you out on the trails!

Patrick West
Angel Fire Bike Park Manager