flood damaged reviewed
Henderson not much
damaged; Leak Mead took hit
Pictures shown of
flood damage at Twin tunnels & clean up done
Some areas still need
concept of trail “hotshots” for rapid clean ups
Trail Buttons and
Jim H placed them all
weekend Oct 1-3…look very nice. thanks
and Development Reports
Al JanKowiak –
closing trail near Equestrian to upgrade berm in Spring of 2011
Closure less than 10
days – maybe only one site – depends on FEMA
Interbike – back for
2011 - 2013
by popular demand)
Good feedback on RMLT
Thank you for all who
Raised $299 through
New Belgium Brewery donation
Consensus is we only
do Outdoor DEMO
Find third party for
booth & brew now
Look into doing a
sponsored ride on trail
MM 9-11.5 – Bid
Opening – Segment 14
Award at Nov 16th
Council Meeting –
was $2 million
NDOT permit complete
Construction to begin
Trail Safety Round 10
Task order not
released yet – funding available after Oct 2010
meeting took place
information to create matrix for website
between all parties
Bollards have been
stolen – will be replaced
Trail in use now
Equestrian Park North
– not open to public use
Opening by end of
Dog park needs sod
Blogging and Facebook
Facebook is providing
290 fans during the
month on Facebook-increase of 30
Comments on Trail
7,313 hits this month
on Blog site – all time high
Hoover Dam 75th & Bridge opening reason
Distributed the new
maps – black & white maps & CD’s
Getting new colored
maps to bike shops
COH Trails Coordinator – Jennifer Magby
National Trail Event
October 9, 2010
Bill of Rights
Trail presentation to us
3,000 attendees – big
Date for 2011
National Trails Day is Oct. 1st, 2011
Viva Bike ride is
Oct. 8th, 2011
Other Business –
Silverman Nov 7th
aid station #10 bike course
still at the 100
mile marker on the bike route
Need 30 volunteers
over the course of the day
Sign sheet passed around
Silverman has meeting
for volunteers on Saturday Oct. 30th
Jennifer Magby will attend
Theme – “Wild, Wild
End of the Trail
Event – April 2011
A lot of time and
effort go into these events
April 2 or April 9 –
(Some interest in April 2)
New Belgium Brewery
may be interested
Could roast a pig. .
Committed to host the
event at Railroad Pass
Next Meeting – dark for November & December due to holiday conflicts
January 25, 2011 next meeting
Highlights from the River Mountains Trail PAC meeting:
Paul questions actual
safety of new guard rails on curves - segment #13
New striping and
that new race director Tour De Cure has cleaned up trail markings
Trail Buttons on Monuments
Henderson needs a
replacement button for MM 3.0 ( Jim f/u)
FEMA work on Henderson part of Loop trail that sit on top of levees will
close small parts of the trail in Feb./March 2011
Detours to be
provided where needed at two locations where levee must be repaired
Trail events planned,
potential conflicts. Jennifer to coordinate schedules with Al.
Trail Planning &
John reported on
National Recreation Trail presentation to Henderson City Council on July 20th
Erin reported that
bid opening would be August 26th for Segment 14 of trail.
(Final segment of trail!). Details on back of agenda.
(Note: opening of bid moved to Sept. 9th @3:00p.m.)
Chairman suggested a photo op at ground breaking would be nice. Construction
estimated at 4-months; January 2011 opening possible
Trail safety and &
enhancements – task order expect in October
Signs – No report
committee to meet in Sept. date pending
Demo Sept 20, & 21st – working with B.C. Rotary and New Belgium
on booth volunteers needed. Interbike Expo at Sands 22, 23. & 24th
booth needs volunteers Jason working on passes (6) for volunteers
Burkholder Trail, a
connecting trail, near completion. COH final walk thru next week. Vehicle
barriers around SNWA need to be placed.
Sloan Trails delayed
due to contractor issues.
Maps- Jason brought
new revised color maps for hand out. Also provided Partnership with new
large mounted color map for presentations. Everyone loves the new maps.
Jason & Paul will help get maps out to bike stores etc. Partnership voted
to authorize purchase of 1,000 additional maps thru B.O.R. vendor. Jennifer
requested a handful of un-folder maps.
Trail Watch still
growing – 732 hrs served January thru July. Brooms now available for
volunteers. Lake Mead NRA has started Trail Watch also. Need to apply. Need
to include Boulder City into Trail Watch.
RMLT on trail events
pending – Viva Las Vegas Bike Ride Oct. 9th; Calico Racing Oct.
10th, Ragnar Relay Oct. 22 & 23rd (Pumpkinman
Triathlon Oct. 16th & Silverman Triathlon Nov. 7th)
National Trails Day
Oct. 9th 2010 – review status and plans for day. Photo contest
needs more entries RMLT is open category. Exhibitors at 38 +. Have two
stages this year, new is Outdoor Learning stage.
RMLT annual clean up
date set for March 19th, 2011. Will have to work around potential
Jennifer & John both
spoke to GV Kiwanis Club about trails, National Trails Day and RMLT
Other Business - future
Silverman 2010 course
and venue changes. Bike course on RMLT the same. Will need aid station
volunteers. Race starts Lake Las Vegas with swim in Lake. Event date Nov. 7th,
Silverman 2011 & ITU
2011 – Jennifer advised that both events will run back to back on same day; no
more two day event. Will be easier on volunteers. Event date Nov. 5th
End of Trail
event Spring 2011
– on trail event for partners and volunteers; end at RRPass with BBQ,
speeches, awards, fun.
Resort to Resort
event in spring 2011 3-days and 3-nights.
becomes a “Friends of Organization” or remains an Advisory Group to land
Next meetings September 28th, 2010 and October 26, 2010
July 10, 2010
It is 91 days to Southern Nevada's
National Trails Day Celebration! As always the River Mountains Trails
PAC is playing in a big part in putting the "Celebration" together. In
addition, we are being honored as one of the featured trails. Go to
2010 National Trails day Celebration
for more information.
June 29, 2010
GREAT News! The final two and a half miles of
easements have been signed. Now we can start the construction bid
process to finish the "loop."
From the RML trail blog:
"June 22,2010 - We learned recently that the final
drawings are complete, the easements are signed, and the City of Henderson has
set July 15, 2010 as the date to advertise for bids to build this last 2.5
miles of the River Mountains Loop Trail. September 7th was also the target
date set for awarding the bid, which means it is feasible to complete and
open the trail by year-end. At least we are hopeful. It now appears that our
“End of the Trail”
celebration will now take part in very early
"This last segment has had its challenges.
Easements from Three Kids Mine owners, Approval and easements from Basic Water
Co.; Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) sign off, Bureau of
Reclamation (BOR) approval, Lake Las Vegas review, and several more. The
segment will cross under Lake Mead Parkway twice starting on the south side
until just east of Lake Las Vegas Parkway then crossing under Lake Mead
Parkway to the north side hugging the BMI water line, and skirting around Lake
Las Vegas properties until crossing again under Lake Mead Parkway next to the
BMI water line and near the Old Spanish Trail marker and linking up with the
existing trail alignment."
Finally, the completion of the
River Mountains Loop Trail is in sight.
Be patient just another six months.
June 29, 2010
Skateboarding on the RML Trail
Check out this "longboard" skateboard ride on the Boulder City side of the
River Mountains Loop Trail. Great scenery and rolling action.
June 9. 2010
Follow the link below to the Boulder City, City Council home page. It
will take you to the Tuesday, June 8, 2010 council meeting where the River
Mountains Trail Partnership Advisory Council formally presented the the
National Recreation Trail award to the City Council. In his 15
minute presentation, John Holman, Chair RMLT PAC gave an in-depth overview of
the trail, its impacts on the City of Boulder City, and how this award helps
trails in southern Nevada.
Once you open the link above, you will see a page similar to the picture
below. Find the agenda on the left hand side. If you click on item
number 5 it will take you directly to Mr. Holman's presentation. It is a
Similar presentations are scheduled for the City of Henderson, Bureau of
Recreation and the Lake Mead National Recreation area. The final, and
biggest presentation, will be made during National Trails Day, October 9, 2010
at the Henderson Pavilion. Why not join us October 9, 2010?
May 5, 2010
River Mountains Loop Trail Receives National Honor
"Dear trail managers,
"Congratulations on your trail being designated a
National Recreation Trail
by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on May 3, 2010. We have begun
up certificates of designation, letters of congratulations from Secretary
Salazar, and trail markers for shipment to you.
"The certificates and letters will be shipped via FedEx and the set of NRT
trail markers will be
delivered by the US Postal Service. I will e-mail the press release to
you when it is finalized by our public affairs folks.
"If you have not received your materials by the end of May, please let me
National Trails System
May 5, 2010
Changes Requested on Small RMLT Trail Map
John Holman and I sat down this morning and drew up a "wish list" of design
ideas for the small black and white PDF map. We understand that some of our
request may fall into the "not achievable" category.
Our goals were:
Continue the use of the black and white PDF map.
Especially since we use it to emailed to new users.
Keep a small file size so that the map can be posted
on web sites (besides our own web site).
To target the map to the first time casual user.
And, try not to overwhelm the map (or the first time user) with too much
To feature up to five easy-to-get to trail heads to
get the newbie started on the trail.
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Add the trail head box information (attached as a
Word document and pictured below). The information does not have to be in
the box, or in the center of the map.
Add area roads to help the newbie find the trail
Show as much of Boulder Highway as possible
Show as much of NV Highway as possible (include
Show Yucca Street
Show Pacifica Way
Show as much of Lake Shore Drive as possible
Show road to Boulder Basin event area
Show road to Hemining (sp) beach and event area
Show road to Boulder Beach area
Show Lake Mead Parkway
Show Equestrian Drive
3. Removed words "Opening 2009" found at the bottom
of the map. (The piece between Railroad Pass and Boulder City.)
4. Update all trail segments to "open" as using the
"legend" box trail open symbol... (but the two miles still closed at the
top of the map).
5. Use RMLT logo from attached zip file.
These requests are based on the August 28,
2008 "base" map PDF file as created by the BOR.
Link to this map
April 10, 2010
River Mountains Loop Trail was added to the Sierra Club trail website
this week (April 8, 2010).
From the Sierra Club description:
"Notes on Difficulty
"The bulk of this trail is 4% grade or less. Most trail sections are ADA.
There are areas due to terrain or other construction challenges that have
higher grades. Most notable is a series of three mountain
ridges with grades up to 15%; locals refer to these ridges as the Three
April 9, 2010
Big news for River Mountains Loop Trail and Google Map Users
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is proud to announce its
partnership with Google™ as an official content provider for Google Map's
brand-new biking directions functionality. The release of this long-awaited
feature allows Google Maps users to type in their destination and receive
directions for the best bicycling route. Previously, Google was able to
provide walking, driving or transit directions. Now, RTC is providing its
extensive trail-map data to Google Maps for the seamless integration of safe,
accessible and fun bicycling routes into daily travel.
Since 2000, RTC has made its extensive trails database of more than 1,600
rail-trails and connecting corridors free to the public through its
trail-finder Web site,
TrailLink.com. In 2007, RTC's launched its
Initiative and expanded its library of information to include exclusive
and free trail maps. Today, as one of Google's national content partners with
trails data in all 50 states, RTC is helping millions more people find trails
and enjoy the benefits of bicycling for active transportation and recreation.
"We're thrilled to be working with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to make
RTC's extensive bike trail data available through Google Maps and Google
Earth," says Shannon Guymon, Product Manager for Google Maps. "Bikers all over
the country now will be able to explore new trails or find specific directions
in their local community with just a few clicks of their mouse."
The inclusion of RTC's trail information in Google Maps comes at a time
when people are clamoring for biking opportunities. In the last year, RTC has
seen an unprecedented surge in its TrailLink.com users. TrailLink.com is the
most robust, national resource for rail-trail maps, pictures, descriptions,
listings and directions to more than 30,000 miles of trails.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit membership organization
headquartered in Washington, D.C., is working to create a nationwide network
of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. RTC is committed to
enhancing the health of America's environment, transportation, economy,
neighborhoods and people though a nationwide system of trails. To learn more
about RTC or to become a member and support trail programs like TrailLink.com,
www.railstotrails.org. To volunteer to help map trails for RTC's Mapping
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Read about the River Mountains Loop Trail on the Rails to Trail
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How to do a Google Maps Search, start by searching on
'River Mountains Loop Trail, Henderson, NV. 89015' in the Google
Maps section. Turn on the the "Satellite" view, find the word
"more", click or add a check mark on Bicycling (& add photos for fun).
This will show you trail in green.
Trail heads can be found on Google at:
•Alan Bible Visitor Center Lake Mead National Recreation Area
•Bootleg Canyon Park off of Yucca Street Boulder City, NV.
•Railroad Pass Hotel Casino upper parking lot, Henderson, NV.
•Equestrian Park, Equestrian Dr. & Magic way, Henderson, NV.
•NPS Fee Station Trail head, Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, NV.
There are other access points but these will get you on the trail and can
be found on Google Maps.
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April 8, 2010
Notes from the March 23, 2010 River Mountains Trail PAC meeting:
of cracks in the trail by Havre – these cracks have been repaired with "cold"
patch – repaired 8 cracks
Buttons and Monuments
˝ mile marker is missing
Logo stolen has been replaced
Series of new paint markers on the trails
Blowing rock off the trail and water run off is creating deterioration of the
edge of the trail between MM 1.5 and MM 3.0
City is proposing to place concrete curb
Special events on the trail – trail could be consumed by event
Trail is open to the public during events
National Recreation Trail Designation – complete application
Segment 14 (last piece of trail to finish-near Lake Las Vegas)
Letters of concurrence are in the mail
LakeMoor letter of concurrence will be signed
NDOT encroachment permit will be needed
Design is near 100%
Could be 14 months to completion from today – worst case
Interbike detour proposed for trail in Boulder City for 2010
Veterans’ Memorial Drive, Industrial Road around event site was recommended
May not be a large enough issue to warrant a sign
Can search for bicycle trails
Bicycling routes- show up in green on the map
John handed out power point slides on how to search Google Maps for bike
John submitted high quality photos now posted on Google Maps/Earth
Trail head and information – What’s around here? John has loaded the
Trailhead at Railroad Pass gets more hits than our website
Source of trails may be the RTC trails map – Follow up needed (action item)
Equestrian Park phase II
will be developed to improve the equestrian facilities and the addition of a
dog park and equestrian trail connections
Clean up was last weekend -
volunteers picked up 1.2 tons
Family Fun and Fido Walk – April 10th Equestrian Park 10-12
National Trails Day 2010 Planning Report -
met last week – Theme “Build a trail community” October 9, 2010
Ragnar Relay – used the trail last October- starts at Valley of Fire
Had first meeting last week – met with many jurisdictions
Date is Oct 22 and 23rd – 12 person relay team
Will use RMLT in park, BC and Henderson – Route in Google Earth
Silverman November 7, 2010 – need continue to improve
Theme needs to be developed – noise and loudness are good
November 5 and 6, 2011 – have the opportunity to do this two days in a row –
ITU bigger than Silverman with 4,000 athletes
Will need a corporate sponsor
SWG may sponsor aid station #10
Meeting – April 27, 2010 – Bootleg Canyon Park at the Trailhead Kiosk,
4:30 PM, Bring: lawn chair/bucket, hat, water – Maps & direction will be
March 2, 2010
Notes from the February 23, 2010 River Mountains Trails PAC meeting:
|Budgets are impacting our trails too, we learned this week that
Henderson PD can no long provide dedicated trail patrols that started last
|Recent rains have dumped plenty of rock and sand on the trail, so please
careful until sweep equipment can pass through |
|Button and trail sign installation MM 0.0 through 8.5 should be competed
this week. (Done) |
|Trail maps are being updated and reprints are in the works. |
|RMLT Trail clean up set for March 20th 8:00 a.m. at Equestrian Park -
see you there. |
|Trail Watch completed 1,164 hours on Henderson trails in 2009 |
|Equestrian Park Phase II work awarded to contractor.|
December 30, 2009
The piece of trail being built between Bootleg Canyon and highway 93 is
almost finished. The trail will open when the striping and signage are
Hopefully that will be soon and not later than mid-January 2010. The
pictures shown below are by Gary Zupanic (click to enlarge).
December 11, 2009
Notes from the November 24, 2009 RMLT Partnership Meeting
|The last section of trail from MM 9.0
to 11.5 has gotten approval for 100% design after moving trail alignment off
of Lake Las Vegas
|Electric bikes on the trail are
ok....issue is a non-issue. |
|Boulder City last 1,000 feet delayed
until mid- December for trail opening. |
|Trail closure November 30th to Dec. 4th
for Geo-tech boring for Flood control from MM 1.0 to MM 3.0; detours will be
|Trail BLOG received over 2400 hits
during November. |
|Historic Railroad Trail featured in
Winter Issue of Rails to Trails Magazine - |
RMLT updates can be
found on "Home Page Updates Continued"
using this link or use a button on the
left hand side of this page.
While the entire River Mountains Loop Trail will not be complete for several
years (2010), individual segments will be dedicated each year. We hope that in traveling the Trail you will have a safe and enjoyable trip which respects the
beauty and sensitivity of the desert environment. Use the
links on the left side of this page to find the sections of the trail
that are now open.
The River Mountains Loop Trail, approximately 35 miles in
length, will surround the River Mountains connecting Lake Mead
National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Henderson, Boulder City and the
rest of the Las Vegas Valley, expanding recreational and alternative
transportation opportunities for the region’s growing population.
In many sections of the trail, the trail will be 24 feet wide
with a twelve foot paved trail for hikers and bikers and a second
trail for horses with a third trail for mountain bikers.
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We invite you to join in Building, Supporting, and Using the
River Mountains Loop Trail. For more information, please contact any of
the following partner agencies:
|Lake Mead National Recreation Area 702/293-8986
|Boulder City Engineering Department 702/293-9275
|Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
|Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning 702/455-4181
|Or any of the River Mountains Trail Partnership
John Holman Chair
River Mountains Trail Partnership Advisory Council
Cell (702) 357-0980