IMBA’s Coming To Town

Photo of Lani Bruntz and Jordan Carr, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew instructors

Lani Bruntz and Jordan Carr, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew instructors, will be visiting Lake County in April.

FOBM is delighted to announce that we were recently awarded an educational trail building grant from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) are scheduled to come to Lake County on April 9th and will be at Boggs through Sunday, April 12th. Please note that this is a FREE event.

The Subaru/IMBA TCC, on the road since 1997, is IMBA’s grassroots educational program, with regional trail crews that travel throughout the US in Subaru-sponsored vehicles. The IMBA crew coming to Boggs will feature a “trails duo”, Jordan Carr and Lani Bruntz. The crew will hold presentations on the benefits of trails to communities, as well as sustainable trail building techniques based on IMBA’s highly-respected Trail Building School in the classroom as well as outdoors in Boggs Forest.

Celebrating its 13th year in 2015, the Friends of Boggs Mountain was among a select few to have received this nationwide, competitive grant.  And this isn’t IMBA TCC’s first time at Boggs. The first crew came out here a few years after FOBM was formed. Back then, the TCC worked with FOBM volunteers to improve a seasonal creek crossing at popular Gail’s Trail, as well as a re-route of the Shaker Trail to connect to Gails near that crossing.

The application process was paperless, completed online, and exhaustive. IMBA’s quite rigorous in their expectations with regard to outreach, and inclusiveness to all types of trail users, not just mountain bikers. For this reason, it was a perfect program for FOBM, which addresses the needs of hikers, horseback riders and cyclists who love the forest.

In that spirit, FOBM is planning to reach out to FOBM members, government and community leaders, and folks on the Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) distribution list to inform them of this wonderful opportunity. The newly-formed IMBA Chapter, the Lake County Trails Coalition, is also anticipated to play a big role in this program.

In the hope of enlisting greater participation in other areas of the County, FOBM plans to hold one presentation on Friday, April 10, 3-5pm at the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers in Lakeport (255 N. ForbesSt.) on “Better Living Through Trails” with case studies on how trails have benefited communities.

The trail building school venue will be at Cobb Mountain Elementary School on Sat. April 11, from 9-noon, and then at Boggs from 1-5pm for hands-on trail building techniques. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, courtesy of FOBM.

A social ride in the forest will take place on Sunday, April 12, at 10am, and will be led by the Lake County Trails Coalition and High School Mountain Bike Teams.

Please register for this free event.

Many thanks to business member, Harbin Hot Springs, for accommodating our IMBA guests, to the County of Lake and Cobb Mountain Elementary School for providing the indoor presentation venues, to business members Hardester’s Markets, Mountain High Coffee and Books, and to Safeway for providing food & beverages for our hard-working volunteers!

You’re invited to a HOLIDAY FIESTA!

In case the image does not appear below, here are the details of the holiday fiesta:

Friday, Dec. 5, 2015, 6-9pm (no fixed start time, join us at your convenience!)
At the Little Red Schoolhouse on 15780 Bottle Rock Rd., Cobb

The Friends of Boggs Mountain are hosting this FREE event open to the public. A wide selection of drinks and delicious treats from the Monterrey Mexican Grill & Bar will be accompanied by musical performances by Cobb talents, Saro & Reikor Deacon!


Boggs Mountain Fiesta


The “Minty” Connector Trail

Adian Minty on a section of the proposed connector trail at Boggs

Adian Minty on a section of the proposed connector trail at Boggs

Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is working with Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) to develop a connector trail from Boggs to the village of Cobb. KRT is currently preparing a CEQA (CA Environmental Quality Act) initial study draft, to solicit comments from agencies such as CAL FIRE, Caltrans, Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Cobb Area Water District, PG&E, County of Lake staff, as well as local schools, the surrounding community and general public. Gerri Finn, Boggs Forest Manager, has given her enthusiastic support for this project, and will be providing input in the environmental review.

The connector trail is less than a mile, begins at the base of the Interpretive Trail, and will follow the state property line on the southern border of the forest toward Hwy 175. It will then turn south toward the Emerson property, requiring an approximately 700-ft trail easement, and an encroachment permit from Caltrans until it ends at the intersection of Estates Drive and Hwy 175. Caltrans has proposed installing flashing beacons to the north and south of the intersection to warn motorists of pedestrians.

Professional trail builders are being considered to help flag and construct a 4-ft wide multiuse path with trail dozers on some steep areas as shown in the photo. A puncheon (a low bridge with no rails) may also need to be built for a seasonal creek crossing. Fundraising, donations and grants are being considered to help pay for the trail construction. Volunteer trail crews will also be deployed to do finishing work.

The connector trail is the brainchild of Adian Minty, a Cobb community volunteer, father of Cobb Elementary School children, and avid mountain biker. It is his aspiration for this trail to provide safe access to Boggs for school children who need to ride a bus just to get to the forest less than a mile away. It will also provide access to the village of Cobb’s shops and restaurants for Boggs visitors, and for community residents who wish to walk or ride their bikes to the forest from their homes.

For more information, please contact KRT Trails Coordinator and Friends of Boggs Volunteer, Gigi Stahl, at fobmtn [at) gmail {dot} com.

Speaker Event on Trails and Invasive Species in the MNF

View from the Bloody Rock Trailhead in the Snow Mtn Wilderness

View from the Bloody Rock Trailhead in the Snow Mtn Wilderness

The Friends of Boggs Mountain will be hosting a talk by Joshua Hamrick, Student Conservation Association (SCA) Wilderness Inventory Intern of the Upper Lake office of the Mendocino National Forest (MNF), on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10am at Boggs Mountain.

Joshua, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate from Marshall University in West Virginia, came on board the MNF this past April, and has spent the last three months scouting trails in the Snow Mountain Wilderness, assessing the prevalence of various non-native invasive plant species in the area. Among the target list of about 35 plants are Yellow starthistle, Canada, Bull and Milk thistles, Teasel, Scotch, French and Spanish broom, Tamarisk, and various grasses. The audience will learn how invasive species can impact native habitats and wildlife, and ways we can help preserve our native habitats.

Student Conservation Association/MNF Intern Joshua Hamrick on the Cold Creek Trail

Student Conservation Association/MNF Intern Joshua Hamrick on the Cold Creek Trail

Part of Joshua’s internship includes projects in wilderness education and outreach, and those interested in visiting the Snow Mountain Wilderness and other areas of the Mendocino National Forest will benefit from his knowledge gathered from recent hikes and backpacking explorations of the area. Joshua will continue his backcountry explorations through the end of June, and those who are fit and capable of hiking steep, off-trail areas and are interested in volunteering to help with surveys can contact him directly at

Please bring a foldable chair for the talk; refreshments will be available. The venue will be across the main parking lot, and the talk will begin at 10am. The forest entrance is located off Highway 175, just 1 ½ miles north of Cobb Village, at the blue State Fire Station/Boggs Mountain Forest sign. For further information, please contact Gigi Stahl at 707-809-5299.


Oops, Owies, and Gratitude!

This brief tale is about getting up from a nasty spill, what I learned from it, and the gratitude I owe to the good samaritan couple who came to my rescue.

I was walking in the forest the other day, heading back with my dog Chip on a rather steep trail with loose, granular soil. The OOPS came about when my favorite super-light Brooks tennis shoes lost traction, I slipped, fell, and could not release the leash handle wrapped around my wrist as my 80-lb dog took no notice of me and continued heading down. Finally he looked behind and stopped, inquisitively looking at my crumpled state.

Big time OWIE.

As though it were planned, a car immediately came driving up toward me, and I motioned for it to stop. The alarmed driver and passenger scrambled out of the car, and immediately came to my assistance. Needless to say, I was a bloody mess. The couple helped me into their vehicle, and tried to get Chip inside – though he refused. The young man then offered to walk Chip back to my car at the parking lot (about a half hour’s walk from where we were), while his wife drove me back to my vehicle.

GRATITUDE. I’m still amazed at the timing of their appearance in this forest of 3,500 acres! I thanked this incredible couple for their kindness, and managed to drive back home to clean up.

I was hurting and in a really bad state. Decided to go to the doc, and luckily – no broken wrist or anything else.

So what did I learn from this?

1. If you’re on a steep section of trail or road, keep your dog’s leash just at your fingertips, not around your wrist.

2. If you know you’re heading for a fall, keep your center of gravity low and prepare to tuck in (don’t break your fall with your hand) and take a roll.

3. Carry a hiking stick and take it slow.

Lastly, I am forever grateful to the good samaritans who came to my assistance and patiently got me and Chip back to my car. Thank you for your kindness.

– Mike Kasper

MikeKasper(Mike Kasper is a board member of the Friends of Boggs Mountain. You’ll often see him hiking with that handsome German Shorthaired Pointer – Chip!)