Sunrise, Sunset

Our adopted trail received a mini-facelift early Sunday morning on Sept 23. A group of dedicated volunteers joined us at 7:00 am to improve and make safer a section of the trail just above the Sierra Saddle. A HUGE hearty thank you goes out to our sister organization, CORBA, specifically, Steve Messer, who incidentally, co-authored a fantastic guide to mountain biking in Los Angeles  called Where to Bike Los Angeles MTB. Check out Steve’s baby here.  And Hans Kiefer, Owner of BellFree Contractors, a company that has been in the forefront of trail and pedestrian bridge construction for over 35 years. Check them out here.

While Hans taught the rest of us newbies the ins and outs of composite retaining wall building, Steve led the other volunteers as they rock armored 2 switchbacks that needed a lot of attention. I must say, we did some fine work! We are beyond impressed at the quality of work that was achieved in a relatively short period of time. This could not have happened with out the 14 volunteers who represented a slew of our local organizations including MWBA, CORBA, PMBC, Pasadena Cyclery, SoCal HS Cycling League and  PAA. It was a match made in trail-building heaven.

Enjoy our work by riding Sunset! Let us know what you think by commenting on our FB page at

As always, please contact us at [email protected] if you stumble across a section on Sunset Ridge that needs attention.

Follow this link to watch a time lapse video of the composite retaining wall construction, courtesy of Steve Messer.