April 28-30th 2023 Annual Campout
A great weekend spent in the Pinal Mountains camping out enjoying the weather, the company and the fruits of our labor! Huge thanks to everyone that showed up! Everyone kicked but also doing some more trailwork on Kellner. It is tree free but still has two sections of choked trail thats not as bad as most of the other areas we brushed open. Free and clear going down to around the 3 mile mark. It's tough getting to the middle but we will get there haha. But as of now we are retreating from the exposed heat and returning to work on Six Shooter next week.
April 1st 2023 Six Shooter Trail Day
Lots of hard work today! Big thanks to Daniel and Kirstin for coming out. Last pictures are prior. We are a few steps closer to having lower sixer fixed up. Later this year we will do treadwork but for now the goal was to open up the corridor and take care of the bad sections that are safety hazards. Gotta get back to kellner and six shooter.
Feb 25th 2023 NRA PIT Trail Day
Again we had a good group of out putting work helping HTA with the construction of the new Jump line at the NRA Pit. Big thanks to those that showed up to help with the hand finish work! Lots of progress was made as we were able to get machine time to make the final push on machine cut features.
Feb 19th 2023 Kellner Canyon Trail Day
Another awesome but different day on the mountain. Opened 1/3rd mile of trail. Making progress going up kellner. We are also now 2/3 done with kellner canyon restoration as we've already done the upper 1/3rd .
Huge thanks to those the came out to help open Arizona's best dh trails. Kellner is a great route up also.
Nov 6th 2022: Six Shooter Canyon Trail Restoration
Awesome day on the mountain today! Big thanks to the 7 volunteers who came out to celebrate dirt church on a Sunday giving Six Shooter some love. Bottom mile is now looking very good! Lots of brushing and grubbing to open up the corridor. We also cleaned and fixed up more drains than I could keep track of. Again huge thanks to our volunteers! You kicked butt!
July 2nd 2022: Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration
Great day on Kellner Canyon! We had some new faces today and work was put in! Big thanks to today's volunteers!! The last big work section on the upper mile has been worked! Temps got a bit warm and the overcast eluded us until after we had finished. Afterwards decided to go flag more up the upper loop
May 29th 2022: Ferndale Trail Brushing #1
Due to a low number of volunteers with the increasing temps we decided to divert our efforts to Ferndale Trail. As you can imagine a year with no user traffic or maintenance has left Ferndale resembling a jungle. We were able to clean up about half of Ferndale. Growth was thick!
May 14Th 2022: Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration
Lost a number of heads today but that didn't stop 3 of us from killing it. We are pretty close to having the top 1/2 mile rebuilt to last.. Temps are on the rise! We will be retreating to icehouse for trailwork in June.
Our last Kellner trailday till August is scheduled is May 22nd which will be a strictly brushing/clearing corridor trailday to get as much of Kellner clear as possible leaving treadwork till moisture returns.
APR 22 AT 7 PM – APR 24 AT 5 PM
2022: Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration Days #1 & #2 Campout Weekend
Wow where to start! Well first things first! HUGE thanks to all the volunteers that came out! This weekend's campout/ Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration went off without a hitch. We have been doing these campouts for many years and its always great when we continue to get great turn outs for these events.
Saturday we had 14 smiling volunteers and Sunday we had 6 that still had enough in them to knock out another large section of tread restoration. 174 volunteer hours logged this weekend on Kellner!
The Telegraph Fire and post fire flooding did a good job of pretty much erasing the upper mile of Kellner and it was looking really bad.
Thanks to the hard work from our volunteers we have restored 1/3rd of the upper portion of the trail. Lots of work has gone into re-establishing the tread and building it in such a way to mitigate future erosion issues from heavy rains. For those that know the upper mile has always been a chunk fest that wasn't fun for most that used the trail and was always prone to heavy erosion.
We are well on our way to solving those issues as we built up tread out of the drainage and also worked on the drainage in the canyon to keep it from washing out the trail.
Anyways we would like to thank all of those who gave up their free time to help us restore one of the many great trails on Pinal Mountain!
We can't wait until the Fire Closure ends and everyone gets a chance to enjoy TGR's hard work and dedication to this restoration project.
Saturday March 20th 2022-Six Shooter Restoration. #5
Yesterday was a great day between Sat and Sun we cleaned and cleared the top 2 miles of Six Shooter. We had 8 volunteers for today and one group made the push to get the downed trees and debris cleared from the tread. At this point the major work has been done on Six Shooter. Future work will be to improve the tread throughout and improve drainage for the long haul.
Big thanks to our volunteers this weekend!
Saturday February 19th 2022-Six Shooter Restoration. #3
Awesome work by our crew this weekend! It was a beat down! All the creek crossing are now fixed up and the lower 1.8 miles is looking great. Another two workdays and we should be able to move onto Icehouse to finish where we left off before winter crept in on us. As always big thanks to our dedicated volunteers! You folks rock!
Saturday January 29th 2022-Six Shooter Restoration. #1
Awesome day ! Great start to another year in the Pinals! Today a good portion of our time was spent fixing one of the lower creek crossings and re-establish tread where mother nature decided to use it for drainage. Big thanks to those that showed up! To those who didn't next time
Saturday-Sunday January 1st-2nd 2022-Nra Pit Mesa Maintenace.
Some pictures from today's hard work down in Mesa at the NRA pit which is TGR's 1st love. A place where lots of our crew have spent tons of time over the last 17 years building for the future. A deep soaking and a snow covered Pinal Mountain gave us the perfect chance to get out and use that deep soaked hero to do some work that will last.
Big thanks to the only two riders out of like 30 that stopped and asked if the could help us today.
Also a big thanks as always to our dedicated volunteers who continue to show that volunteers can make a difference!
Sunday was a smaller crew of two and more work was done this time the S-berm got some love. Pictures here https://www.facebook.com/groups/tontogravityriders/permalink/4579104805471410/
Saturday Nov 13th 2021-Kellner Canyon Trail Productive Hike
Today 3 of us hiked down kellner 2.5 miles to get eyes on the work ahead of us and work a few sections plus remove as much deadfall as we could. Overall its in ok shape..the top rocky section is pretty tore up but fixable. Everything else down has none to moderate damage but looks better than sixer so far.
Sunday Oct 24th 2021-Six Shooter Canyon Trail Productive Hike
Good grief. Another super long hard day spent logging out Six Shooter. Unfortunately I am sad to report that Six Shooter went from the Best its been in ages to the absolute worst shape we have ever seen it. Don't worry it will take a ton of work but we are up to it!
Sunday Oct 17th 2021- Ice House Canyon Trail Productive Hike
Two of us went up today to do some more work and get eyes on the rest of Ice House. Lots of work to do. Also there are about a dozen trees down from mid point down. While the fire did very little damage record rains really did a number to a few sections.
MAY 15th - MAY 16th
Campout/Trail Work Weekend
Join us as we make our way down Six Shooter from the top. We will work to the base of the HAB then hike back up getting things we may have passed. Depending on the number of us this may be one of the last cleanup days on sixer. There will be other Six Shooter trail days where we will continue to recut the bench in areas below the HAB on the downside.
Anyways pants, sturdy shoes and plenty of fluids/snacks required.
Weather wise it will be mid May so temps are on the rise. Long sleeves would be good to protect you from the sun. But hopefully we will be enjoying cooler temps and shade in the upper reaches.
We will meet at the Six Shooter parking lot next to Ferndale spring. From there we will hike/work our way down.
Sunday will be a fun-day with lots of riding!
Come campout or join for the day!
SATURDAY, MARCH 13th, 2021
AT 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Six Shooter Trail Maintenance
Weather is moving in on us for Saturday. Dress accordingly as the high for around the parking spot will be 45 brrr. Low around 36. Chance of moisture only around 20% during our time frame.
I am also thinking about working from the road down towards Ice House ccc. That way we are less likely to get caught in Mountain weather at the lower altitude. Plus if mother nature gets grumpy we would be much closer to the vehicles. Another plus is the lower section will be hero dirt opposed to the dry hard pack it was already.
We will take a vote after the morning meeting and we can judge the weather's behavior.
I understand if anyone wants to take a rain check .
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27th, 2021 AT 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Six Shooter Trail Maintenance
Okay we have some room for a few volunteers for another maintaince day on Six Shooter. Possibly more depending on how many crew leaders are available. We will be hiking in approx. 3/4 of a mile to work area and working upward. We will be trimming corridor, fixing tread trouble areas , Removing cats claw and fixing/cleaning drains as needed.
Pants, Sturdy Shoes, eye protection ,plenty of food/water and of course some sort of face covering are required. I will have a few extra masks with me just in case.
We will be meeting around 9:30 for our morning meeting and hiking up shortly thereafter. Plan to be on trail for the entire duration so pack accordingly.
SATUDAY, January 10th, 2021
Six Shooter Recon/trail evaluation
Today a few of our group went up to get current recon of Six Shooter for our up coming trail maintenance day. Myself and another rode/HAB up from the bottom while a couple others rode down.. as to be expected there are multiple trees down that need moved/cut and a good section or two that needs re-benched.
Overall its still good enough to have a great ride on now if your not scared of super skinny exposed single track - .
Lots of corridor cleaning and cats claw reaching out into the trail that needs removal.
Picture is one of the worst spots that is going to take a good deal of work to fix up and protect from mother nature when normal precipitation returns.
Can't wait for our trail day!
March 19th 2023 Six Shooter Trail Day
Wheew! It was quite the beat down again today. Over the last two days we grubbed out 1/2 mile of heavily overgrown trail. Hopefully the corridor will stay catsclaw free for a while as we went one step further than just trimming this painful nuisance. Thanks to all who helped!
March 5th 2023 Six Shooter Trail Day
A handful of us made the trip out to pinal mountain today to see where we could work. Luckily the lower end of mountain was snow free! So we started work on lower six shooter brushing open the corridor. We were able to open up 1/2 mile of trail. Lots of cats claw and bushes removed with crazy stumps that have been just trimmed for years instead of grubbed out completely.
Going to take a small number of trail days to get the entire lower section restored and opened back up as its still currently closed and overgrown with all the pokies. There is also a large section that needs a reroute as mother nature erased a decent section after the fire
Feb 26th 2023 NRA PIT Trail Day
Another day out putting work helping HTA with the construction of the new Jump line at the NRA Pit. Big thanks to those that showed up to help with the hand finish work! More progress was made with the machine. Big thanks to all the parties involved in bring this 20 year dream to life.
Jan 29th 2023 Trail Day 198 connector and Kellner
Another wonderful day giving back and doing more work trailwork. We started off cleaning up the ice ccc connector from ccc to 112. Then we hiked up to start working our way up kellner. Weather was perfect. Views were stellar. Big thanks to our crew today.
Jan 8th 2023 Trail Day 198 connector
Snow up higher so a few of us opted for some more 198 love. This section we worked today bypasses even more of the old road in favor of fast flowy ridge run towards the creek then spitting you back onto the road for 50yrd before splitting back off towards ice house ccc. See screen shot of gps..green upper end checkered 112 not much further is ice house ccc.
Dec 18th 2022: CCC connector Trail Restoration
Weather prevented us from working on Six Shooter so a couple of us spent the day re-opening the connector trail from Ice House CCC to Kellner. Keep in mind Lower telephone is closed past the turn to the connector. Use the connector to access Kellner or the old 4x4 road to access middle and upper Telephone Trail.
Nov 27th 2022: Six Shooter Canyon Trail Restoration
Another great day. 4 of us made it up a good bit further. Finally through the lower over growth sections and now on to just tread cleaning for next 1/2 mile going upward. More riders passed by towards the end of the day. Next work day we should be able to make it up another 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile which will put us at the bottom of dh after lookout/ top of hike a bike. Everything we've worked on so far is riding really good! Get some!
Oct 16th 2022: Six Shooter Canyon Trail Restoration
Chris and James went out to start the process of getting Six Shooter back in shape from yet another record monsoon. As you can imagine between record rains and damage from the burned areas have once again wreaked havoc on the trail. While most of the trail is fine there is lots of overgrowth and some erosion to deal with as the mountain continues to create new water ways off the burnt areas within Six Shooter Canyon.
July 3rd 2022: Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration
Oh my! Today was a special day. It started off dragging ass from yesterday's exposed beat down as we made our way down kellner. Main mission was finding one of our awall rock bars as it going to be lonely with no company for a couple months. Since we were going down we loaded up with a few tools to grub out new growth on the way down and also tools to finish putting the final touches on yesterday's work.
Afterwards it was time to get back to laying out the future lollipop loop and roam the woods. During that fun we were treated to some of the most amazing views from the Pinals.
May 22Th 2022: Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration Day #4
Wow! Long day on the Mountain. We had a group of 9 today and quickly made hast down to the start of today's work from the first gate on Kellner. We are happy to report that despite losing a small handful of volunteers we still knocked out 1.5 miles of trail work. Today's work mainly was focused on clearing the trail from overgrowth, debris, deadfall and cleaning drains. Lots of work still to be done in sections and where the trail crosses drainages but overall as it is they are passible and distinguished until we can get back later in the summer to start doing tread repair where needed. We also have approx 4 miles left to work. Numerous trees were removed up top and by a couple of our volunteers who volunteered to make the 4 mile journey down to remove and cut what they could.
Huge thanks to those who came out today! We killed it!
May 7Th 2022: Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration Day #3
Wheew! Yesterday was such a great day. Temps are on the rise but that didn't stop 9 of us from putting in some serious work to ensure that this section of trail will not be a continued mess every time we have a big rain. Part of that entailed re-creating the tread but this time we moved it up onto the hillside and out of the badly eroded drainage where trail was. We also started base work for the next section which was worse off than this main section pictured in most of the pics.
Huge thanks to our dedicated volunteers! without you this wouldn't be possible!
Sunday March 27th 2022-Six Shooter trail work.
Today 4 of us went up and decided to work on Six Shooter some more. Improving drains on the upper portion of the trail to increase sustainability and make sure the current drains can withstand heavy rains and run off for the rest of the season without needing cleaning.
Big thanks to our volunteers this weekend!
Saturday March 5th 2022-Six Shooter Restoration. (TGR event)
Awesome day on the mountain! A few of our core members went up to put in some work to prep for our 4th public event on Six Shooter this Year. We Made great progress. Bottom 2.5 miles are in excellent shape right now. A little rough around the edges but restored and ready for another pass later in the season to really whip it into shape before the closure ends. Big thanks to our crew today. 7.5 hrs of hardwork from each of our volunteers.
Saturday February 12th 2022-Six Shooter Restoration. #2
Fantastic day. So much progress minus a couple trees the lower 2.2 miles to the bridge is looking mighty fine! Cleaned up our drains and worked the second drainage crossing going up. Biggest accomplishment was rebuilding a section of trail that was erased in a very steep portion of the trail. Huge thanks to our crew today who gave 150% ! Six Shooter will be restored in no time! Then on to pickup where we left of on Icehouse.
Saturday Dec 18th 2021-Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration
Not many pictures from Saturday's work! Winter temps have set in deep. Lots of hard work digging in frozen dirt. Even the rocks sitting on the ground were frozen in place. With another storm coming this week this will conclude work in the upper reaches of the mountain until temps raise enough to thaw out the ground.
Workdays for a bit will be on sixshooter from the bridge upwards until it is also frozen out. Keep an eye on the January 1st event. We will postpone it if this weeks storm drops more than a dusting of snow on the mountain.
Saturday Dec 4th 2021-Kellner Canyon Trail Restoration
today's work on kellner. Lost a good number of volunteers today to sickness and such so we opted out of hiking down ice house to work to increase our productivity by hiking a much shorter distance down kellner. Lots of work will be needed in the first mile as most of the trail is within the drainage and the drainage expanded into the trail for most of the intial length. Restoration work will focus on moving the trail up out of the drainage and install steps and lots of water drainage features to mitigate future high flow periods.
Sunday Nov 7th 2021-Ice House Canyon Trail Restoration
Another day on the books. Big thanks to our volunteers today! We are approx halfway to Telephone junction. We will be working from here making our way down towards telephone on Dec. 4th. Check out the event for more details. Next weekend will be our first Kellner Canyon Productive hike.
Saturday Oct 23rd 2021-Six Shooter Canyon Trail Productive Hike
Tons of hiking today for 5 of us. We made our way down Six Shooter to get first eyes on the damage left by the fire and record monsoon rains. We made our way dawn from Ferndale to the top of the mid point climb. Tons of deadfall removed and some drain/tread wash outs fixed. Thanks to all that showed today
Saturday Oct 16th 2021 Ice House Canyon Trail Productive Hike
Todays Productive hike on Ice House Canyon Trail was a success! As you can tell from the pictures Ice House has for the most part made it through the fire with very little damage. Everything was just as we left it and all our hard work earlier in the season is holding up beautifully. We were able to clean some drains and we continued working where we left off in May . We only encountered one area on our hike down where a spot fire burned a small area but left the trail corridor alone and burned some tools we had stashed off trail. Hopefully tomorrow we will get eyes on the rest of Ice House.
SATURDAY, May 8th, 2021
Ice House Trail maintenance
Wow such a beat down today. We did some easy tread clean up to get warmed up and moved down to one of the most notoriously bad spots where the tread was gone. For a biker there was barely enough dirt on a root to jump past the mess but for the less technical and any other user group it was let's say it was #$&% haha . Needless to say 4 of us spent the better part of the day fixing that spot up to handle all the traffic 2wheeled or 4 legged.. tons of rocks moved today. Big thanks to those who continue to give their time to make the Pinal's better for all.
SATURDAY, March 20th, 2021 AT 9:30 AM MST – 4:30 PM
Six Shooter Trail Maintenance
Wow was a warm one today. We brushed open 1/2 mile of trail today with almost no shade in sight. Cant believe how overgrown the trail was from the check dam/sixer junction to the ccc. On another note we are over half way done with the segment below the road to icehouse ccc. Thanks again folks! Not many pictures as trimming is boring lol. .83 miles from ccc up now clear and clean.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2021 AT 8:30 AM
Six Shooter Trail Maintenance
1st official trail maintenance day. Unfortunately this event is already at max due to covid guidelines and is closed. Keep tuned for future days with openings to join in as there will be plenty of opportunity to do your part to support this movement.