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Routt County Riders offers trail-building school Saturday

Volunteers work on the Rotary Trail near Steamboat Springs in July 2011. On Saturday

— Not everyone knows exactly how Steamboat Springs’ mountain bike trails show up on local hillsides, and the Routt County Riders organization is hoping to shed some light on that with a trail-building school Saturday.

"I think a good portion of the trail users know, but we could always use more," Routt County Riders Vice President Eric Meyer said when asked about the community’s knowledge about the origins of trails.

The class will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library with a three-hour classroom session followed by a hands-on trail work and field session from 1 to 5 p.m. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.

By putting this workshop together, Meyer said, Routt County Riders wanted to gain “a few more people that understand the importance of sustainable design. … It reduces the work going forward."

That message is paramount to the organization that is planning to spend the summer completing an adaptive bicycle loop at Bear River Bike Park as well as implementing a new Wild Rose Trail on Emerald Mountain as it’s approved.

"We have to maintain not only what we have but what we're hoping to have," Meyer said.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering with Routt County Riders can participate in one of its many upcoming trail maintenance days. The next one is at 5 p.m. Thursday at Bear River Bike Park.

Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.