More than 100 volunteers helped erect the course, which is one of only a few in Northern California. The first phase includes all the elevated structures, including beginner, intermediate and advanced elevated trails and a 15-foot high wall ride. A jump course was constructed for use by riders of all skill levels.
“One of our volunteers was Folsom High School student Robert Cline, who constructed a 10-inch wide, 75-foot long elevated trail for his Senior Project,” said Jim Konopka, Senior Trails Planner for the City. “This is a very popular element of the skills course that will be used by many mountain bikers in the coming years.”
Funding for the project was provided through a grant from REI. The course layout was a coordinated effort between the City of Folsom, the International Mountain Biking Association and several local mountain bike riders.
The second phase of the new course will include dirt jumps and a rhythm trail. Volunteers interested in working on the course may call Konopka, 351-3516.
The Mountain Bike Skills Course is adjacent to the City’s Skate Park and BMX Course in Cummings Family Park, located at 1775 Creekside Dr. There is a $2 fee to use the new course, which is open on Mondays from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fridays from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Beginning June 2, summer hours will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Holiday hours (May 28, July 4 and Sept. 3) will be 1 to 8 p.m. All users must wear bike helmets. For additional information, call 817-2767.