Copper Classic Donation

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) presents a donation of $2,500 to the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District’s Community Schools. Shown is Lisa Armenta receiving the check from Chuck Ivy of the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona dirt bike club. The proceeds help fund a three-week sports camp in the summer for kids 1st to 8th grades as well as various field trips.

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona is a non-profit club that hosts the San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race each year in San Manuel, Arizona and makes it a fundraiser. The race is part of the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) race series. The last event was held March 9th, 2019. In addition, school kids run a food stand at the race to also raise money.

RST Weekend Extravaganza

Very nice turn out this weekend in spite of the warm temperatures. The staging area was made ready for us to use and although not complete, it worked our very well for us. In total there were 22 TRS members over both days. More work was done trimming brush, “kicking” rocks and installing the trail barriers (aka mini cattle guards). John Titre of the US Forest Service camped out with us Saturday evening. We made it a point to publicly express our thanks for all John he has done to bring this project to the Tumaccaoiri Mountains! The diner meal on Saturday was excellent too, Thanks Todd!!

Forest Service Message to TRS, RST Project

Message below from John Titre.I notified him we have now contributed over 1,000 volunteer hours to the project.

George,

Incredible accomplishment! —And it is just not the hours but the level of expertise throughout the project. It could not have been done without that level of involvement from TRS. Not once did we use the Supervisor’s Office for GIS work expect for printing three maps when our printer was disabled. The biologist and archeologist were able to use shape files generated for their analysis.

This is definitely a Legacy Project and will be on the District for several hundred years like the other trails that are a hundred years old that we maintain. The difference is that this trail was properly designed and implemented. Once completed it will be of national significance.

TRS will likely continue to be an integral part of trail stewardship for many years.

I am indebted to your service to the Nation and the Forest Service.

Sincerely,
John

RST Weekend Camp/Trail Build/Ride/Cookout

TRS,

Let’s start organizing for the end of the month camp/trail build/ride cook-out event.
We know the following;
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28
Time: It will be warming up by the end of the month, so we will try to start things by 8:00am each day. Per the Forest Service, we are encouraged to limit volunteer work to 3-4 hours per day.
Location: We will be using our RST Staging area as our camp site. It is located just off Forest Service Road 684 (gps coordinates 31.62903N, 111.10227W)
What We We Do?: Have fun, install fence crossing (aka mini cattle guards), trim brush, “kick” rocks off the trail, have fun, ride the trails we work on, have fun, camp fire fun, food and drink fun…fun
TRS will bring trail tools, drinking water, gatorades, a couple of ez-ups.
You should bring your bike, riding gear, camping gear. Water and snacks for consumption when out on the trails. Consider sun screen, cell phone and a 2-way radio if you have one, tuned to frequency 151.625.
We are looking for a few to organize the lunch and dinner meals for Saturday & Sunday. TRS will reimburse for the food.
Need to know if you plan to attend and which days.You do not need to attend both days.
If you don’t want to camp out, consider the RV camp sites near Amado.
Mountain View:
https://www.mountainviewrvranch.com
Deanza:
http://deanzarvresort.com
Sincerely,

George Wysopal
President, TRS

RST Work Continues

On Monday April 15th. 4 TRS members spent the day on the RST clearing rocks and cutting branches on trail #6840. We also sent time monitoring the safety of Rob our excavator operator. He began cutting trail on a long side hill section. This trail will be about 1 mile in length. The views from this trail are most likely the best of the entire trail system. The panoramic view is incredible.

TRS April 10, 2019 Club Meetin

Another fine turnout at last night’s club meeting. Highlights for the meeting:
• Camp Wood Enduro race recap.
• On Any Moto Dirt Bike Swap Meet planned, May 4.
• New digital MVUM available for the Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts, it will not include the Red Springs Single Track trails. Those trails will appear in the next issue, 2020?
• Arranging a source for TRS hats.
• Dual Sport ride planned for May 4 & 5.
• Red Springs Trail (RST) project update, trail construction underway!! Additional workdays this week & coming weekend.
• TRS RST building, camp & cookout at the RST staging area April 27 -28.
• Tech Tip: focus on hydration as our weather starts to warm up.
• Helmets off to Kelly V. and wishes for a speedy recovery.
• Next club meeting May 14th.

Redington Pass, Chimney Rock

On Thursday of this week, during the quarterly meeting TRS attends with the Coronado National Forest Supervisor, it was mentioned OHV users are riding on the large rock formation affectionately know as Chimney Rock. This rock formation (adjacent to FS Road 4431) has been signed and fenced as off limits to OHV use several times over the years, only to have the signs shot up or removed entirely and the fence taken down. There is a significant reason for keeping off the rock formation; it is a nesting area for eagles.

So please spread the word, and respect this area by not riding your dirt bike, jeep, truck or side by side on the Chimney Rock formation.

The Catalina Ranger District has a plan to reroute FS Road 4431 a safe distance away from Chimney Rock. No idea when that reroute will occur.

Map identifies Chimney Rock. Reference, 371 is Redington Road.

Respectfully,