SMBC gathers community feedback on Hangover Trail

On Sunday, May 13th a group of local mountain bikers met up with SMBC representatives to take a look at a user-created MTB trail known as Hangover Trail.  The SMBC put out a request for community feedback, and created several avenues for the general MTB community to provide input in anticipation of the USFS walk of this trail on Friday, May 18th.  Representatives from the SMBC will attend the USFS walk on behalf of membership who are unable to participate due to the timing conflicting with the traditional work day for your average person.

The SMBC continues to request input via several methods to include; online comments via MTBR, submission of comments via our e-mail and comments open on the SMBC website, as well as the trail visit on May 13th.  While we are still gathering input, a few things have become clear.  There is overwhelming support within the MTB community to both adopt the trail into the FS trail system and to simultaneously preserve the advanced technical nature of the trail.  We are hearing from the MTB community that these things are two sides of the same coin, both desirable, neither at the exclusion of the other.
The well built construction of Hangover Trail is in evidence as it has been in existence for close to a decade without a lot of maintenance along the way.  A few areas were noted with small issues, but as compared to many other trails, its durability should be noted.  Trails such as Hangover are considered by many in the local MTB community to be crown jewels within the system.  This is the type of trails that serves to distinguish Sedona as a riding destination for the advanced rider, and helps us to surpass other locations throughout the US with a distinctive experience.  While visiting the trail on Sunday, we ran into visiting mountain bikers who’s had travelled to Sedona specifically to ride Hangover.  They indicated that it was billed as the “must ride” experience by others who have been here, and “not to be missed”.  When we asked if Hangover had lived up to its description, and the answer was an unqualified “yes”.  Their comments, while positive, were not as strong about other trails they had ridden during their multiple day visit to Sedona.
We ask that you continue to send us feedback, so that we can best represent the needs of our local MTB community.  Comments are open on this post

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3 Responses to SMBC gathers community feedback on Hangover Trail

  1. Bob Dillon says:

    Just returned to the Northeast after riding for 5 days in Sedona with 12 friends from MA, NY, NJ, CO, UT and VT. This was our second year in a row in Sedona after prior years trips brought us to other destination mountain bike areas such as Moab, Fruita and So. Utah. We range in age from 44 – 57 and make an annual destination mt. bike trip every year. For us, Sedona offers a unique combination of killer trails in a spectacular setting with great dining and luxury accommodations. Sedona has become a favorite because of cheap, direct flights from the Northeast to PHX, but most of all, for the technically challenging, singletrack trails we love. Hangover, Highline, Damifino, Hogs area and all the others you quibble about are the reason we come. Please find a way to keep these open for those of us that relish the challenge they provide so we can continue to hone our skills in the hopes of cleaning them all one day. It seems like other areas are increasing the trail offerings for groups like us, but you people are talking about reducing trails. Hope you can figure it out. We’ll be watching from afar hoping you do.
    Sedona 2013?
    Colonel

  2. Joe Hazel says:

    A trail like Hangover was built and has become popular because it meets a demand not addressed experientially by any of the trails in the designated trail system. It is critical that the challenging aspects and nature of these trails be maintained. There are plenty of other examples from other managed resource areas where technically challenging or even one-way trail exist alongside those intended for multi-use. For example, Jacksons or Rockstacker in Moab or any number of trails in Jackson, WY. The adoption process need not be restricted to sanitizing trails to meet a trail class type objective. The excellent work on Mescal brings hope. I haven’t ridden the south end of Shady since the unsupervised CREC modifications so I can’t comment on that but it’s obvious the biking community needs a seat at the table. Keep up the good work as an engaged partner in the process.

  3. Tomas Robison says:

    I’ll be attending on Friday the 18th as well. It’s really interesting who will offer to step up to maintain this and the rest of the trails out there. In the riding community there is a developing understanding of maintaining a trail’s character. Hangover really has a seasoned character that smacks anyone over the head. It can’t be really physically changed, but on the mental/liability/risk character discussion is just starting to begin. I think that the USFS is wanting to hear those ideas now included in the talk about sustainability, brushing, drainage, cultural resource protection, and nesting birds. Even things like how to rescue an injured rider on that trail. Where should the helo land?

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