Mobile Workshop details
BARTON CREEK WILDERNESS PARK (choose from 3 options below)
Enjoy the wild beauty of the Texas Hill Country without leaving town. Tour this 1,700-acre nature park located only minutes from downtown Austin. A scenic seven and one-half mile trail winds along Barton Creek and provides access for hiking, rock climbing, swimming and mountain biking. The trail is a natural surface pathway that follows uneven terrain and contains some wet or dry creek crossings.
This park provides the setting for several symposium activities. Learn about managing a heavily used urban nature park with multiple uses and conflicts. Trail construction and maintenance will be discussed. Ensuring user safety is an important topic that will be explored.
OPTION A HIKING
Take a four-mile hike along this moderately challenging trail that will reveal a great variety of flora and fauna, including some threatened and endangered species. The trail guide will explain about the aquifer recharge zone, caves, and other geologic features. The Park Police's bike team will discuss patrolling for safety and management. The park manager will discuss how to handle conflicts between mountain bikers and hikers. "Girls Rock" will provide a rock climbing demonstration. The natural surface trail is rugged in some sections and may include a shallow creek crossing that results in wet feet.
OPTION B MOUNTAIN BIKING
Experience the popular Barton Creek Trail that is a nationally known single track for mountain bikes. This special bike tour has something for every cyclist from novice to advanced riders. With the trip beginning at the Austin Convention Center, mountain bikers will follow the Town Lake Trail to the Barton Creek Trail. The tour will offer two levels of experience:
a) Novice and beginner cyclists may ride a moderate, but somewhat challenging, trail for a total of 10 miles round trip.
b) For intermediate and advanced cyclists, a more challenging trail includes rock gardens, climbing and descending rock ledges and a couple of creek crossings, all while riding fun single track to the "Hill of Life" and back. This route is 18 miles round trip.
Members of the Austin Park Police Bike Patrol will be present to discuss trail etiquette and trail first aid. Members of the Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club and the Austin Mountain Bike Patrol will also be present to offer tips on bike handling and how to correct mechanical malfunctions on the trail. Clif Products will provide energy bars.
OPTION C IMBA TRAIL CONSTRUCTION
Observe an advanced trail building workshop being conducted along a challenging section of the popular Barton Creek Greenbelt. A new section of trail will be developed in order to demonstrate the latest techniques in trail design and sustainable trail construction. Reclamation of an abandoned section of trail will also be discussed. In order to learn by doing, bring your work boots, gloves, long pants, and some elbow grease. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew and the Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club will be on hand to assist with the project. Both will share innovative approaches to trail building.
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