In regard to “A place to hike” (Letters, June 2) at Montaña de Oro, there are a couple of aspects of converting trails to multiuse that were not addressed.
If the CCCMB (Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers) did not maintain and build trails there, the condition of the trails would be overgrown and eroded. With budget cuts, trail maintenance is not a high priority within the state park. With the exception of the bluff trails, all other trails there are multi-use already. All trails that can be hiked can also be used by equestrians.
When the CCCMB has work days, there are hikers, cyclists and equestrians who show up. This diverse group has made trail building an art. They design trails to be sustainable with minimal erosion. They have also designed them to control speed of the cyclists on the downhills with maximum vision in all directions for the users.
Being a hiker, cyclist and equestrian, I, too, was concerned about the reroute of Oates Peak, allowing cyclists access. But, after attending a slide presentation by CCCMB, which had before and after pictures of sections that were rebuilt and improved, and hearing about the care that went into building the trail, I am grateful we have CCCMB in our area.