Mountain Biking In Taylor County 5/7/18
The Taylor County Rail Trail is undergoing a face lift. Last summer, a number of trees which were encroaching on the trail were logged off. A fundraising effort was undertaken to supplement grant funds for resurfacing a portion of the trail. Taylor County Forester Jake Walsisak has indicated that there should be enough funding to resurface the entire 16.4 miles of trail in Taylor County and also perform the necessary repairs to the bridges on the trail. The Price County Forestry Department recently talked about logging along the 9.2 miles of trail in Price County. Reports indicate that an adjacent landowner objected to the logging and the committee dropped the discussion. Looking ahead at future maintenance of the Pine Line Trail it was noted that the Pine Line Commission which is made up of representatives from Price and Taylor County actually owns and manages the entire stretch of the trail in both counties cooperatively.
You don’t need mountains to enjoy the thrills of mountain biking. At a recent meeting of the Taylor County Forestry Committee, Scott Broman spoke on behalf of establishing a local group which could begin the process of establishing mountain bike trails in Taylor County. Mr. Broman told the group that grant funds of up to $5,000 are available from the International Mountain Bike Association to aid in researching and establishing a designated mountain bike trail system within the county. He indicated that a minimal amount of work is required to establish terrain which would be suitable for mountain biking enthusiasts. The committee encouraged Scott Broman to continue his efforts of organizing a group to pursue the possibility of an organized mountain bike trail system in Taylor County.
It’s almost time to think about next winter. Maintaining snowmobile trails takes time, effort and money. One section of snowmobile trail in Medford is lacking the support of money and may face closure. Forester Jake Walsisak has indicated that the trail between Allman Street and Broadway includes a bridge that is in need of maintenance but currently this portion of trail is lacking any type of funding. The grooming association stops grooming at Allman. Without proper funding and the required bridge maintenance the portion of snowmobile trail between Allman Street and Broadway in Medford may be closed next winter.