Since its inception, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship 5-Bucks-a-Foot campaign has raised more than $100,000 for trails in the Lost Sierra region, helping employ a local, full-time trail crew while directly funding construction of remarkable trails like Mills Peak Trail in Graeagle, California. Quite frankly, without the help and generosity of mountain bikers donating to the 5-Bucks-a-Foot campaign, Downieville and the Gold Lakes region wouldn’t be the world-class mountain bike destination it is today.
Learn more about the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and all the amazing work they do, watch “Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra.”
Five-Bucks-a-Foot also helps raise funds to help maintain existing trails. Two years ago a microburst of wind uprooted several hundred trees on North Yuba Trail near Downieville, making it impossible for SBTS and Forest Service personnel to clear by chainsaw or even helicopter. Finally a solution was determined – dynamite. Blowing things up is fun, but it’s also expensive. Funds raised from 5-Bucks-a-Foot will go to help reconstructing the North Yuba Trail so it can reopen to the public after being closed for far too long.
More familiar trails like Butcher Ranch, Pauley Creek and Third Divide trails also need extensive reconstruction to protect against erosion. Each of these trails run down historic and beautiful watersheds that empty into the North Yuba River. Making sure water quality doesn’t deteriorate is crucial, because if water quality degrades too much, these trails are at risk of being closed. The work on each trail will run north $100,000 in expenses, but will ensure these iconic trails stay open for generations to come. In other words; buy as many feet as you can afford. Your money will be going to an extremely good cause (especially if you’ve ever ridden in Downieville) and you might just win yourself one hell of an amazing bike.
Indeed, donating to the annual Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship 5-Bucks-a-Foot campaign will not only earn you karma points, it will mean the chance to win a new Ibis Mojo HD3. Each year Ibis Cycles and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship team up to help raise funds for trails while stoking out one very, very lucky and deserving person. For every $5 spent, a foot of trail can be built and maintained in the Downieville region. And for every $5 spent, an entry with your name goes into the giant pot that gets drawn from on June 4, with the winner receiving a brand new Ibis of their choice including the Mojo HD3, in any size or color decked out with Ibis carbon wheels and components from Shimano, WTB and Fox Shox; a retail value north of $10,000.
Another way to help the Stewardship is by participating in their events. In addition to the Downieville Classic that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, proceeds from the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder on May 30 and the all-new Grinduro on October 10 help fund all the trail work that’s happening in the Lost Sierra region. Completing the Triple Crown – all three events – will get you extra good karma and some seriously ripped legs.
To get in on the 5-Bucks-a-Foot campaign for a chance to win a Mojo HD3 on June 4, go to org.salsalabs.com
Mills Peak Trail was built with funds raised by 5-Bucks-a-Foot.