I am a frequent user of Montaña de Oro State Park. I mountain bike and hike, so I have a appreciation for both activities. I am writing because I am concerned about the park’s decision to use Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers to redesign the trails in our state park.
There are many places to mountain bike in SLO County. There are very few places to hike without bikes. Montaña de Oro is one of those rare places left were hikers can still enjoy nature in peace without being concerned about bikes whizzing around the corners. That is soon to change. The new trails built by Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers will convert the majority of Montaña de Oro into a multi-use trail system for equestrians, hikers and bikers. Multi-use may sound like a good idea, but the truth is these trails are designed for mountain bikes. They add many miles to each destination, and they add anxiety over safety concerns. Presently, 50 percent of the park is for hikers only. That will be changed to 20 percent.
Montaña de Oro has been appropriated by the mountain bike community without the public being included or informed of this major change to our very special state park.