Jackson Mtn Project – Provide Feedback!

Provide Public Comment About the Jackson Mountain Project!

The Forest Service’s public comment section on the Jackson Mountain trail system proposal is still open and we need your input! Please let the Forest Service know that you support the Jackson Mountain trail system proposal! Positive community feedback is critical to the success of this project.

Illegal Trails on Jackson

Illegal Trails on Jackson

DUST2 was recently informed by the Forest Service that illegal, user-created trails were built on Jackson Mountain this past summer. It is DUST2’s official stance that user-created trials are challenging to maintain, destructive, and can be hazardous. We are opposed to illegal trail building, which puts DUST2’s relationship and projects with the Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and other partners at risk.

DUST2 is doing all that it can to provide and maintain an array of cycling trails in the Pagosa area that will satisfy trail users of every ability. Trail planning and building is not a quick process, and we have made tremendous gains with local partners in the last three years planning a high quality, sustainable, and extensive trail system that can be enjoyed by all. 

Building illegal trails jeopardizes our years-long trail planning and building project at Jackson Mountain and any future projects.

Please help us by refraining from building any trails without proper authorization and discourage any such activity you hear about in the community. 

Neither DUST2 nor the Forest Service knows what groups or individuals have built these recent illegal trails. This is not an accusation of DUST2 or the mountain bike community at large, but rather a reminder to keep the important partnerships DUST2 has built in mind when using public lands. Please do what you can to keep DUST2’s larger goals and projects in mind while you’re out enjoying Pagosa country.

DUST2 / SJNF – Jackson Mtn Press Release

Developing Urban Single Track Trail and Team (DUST2) is exploring the possibility of developing a multi-use trail system in the Jackson Mountain area of the San Juan National
Forest. Preliminary discussions and field visits with Forest Service personnel have been promising, and while many uncertainties exist, DUST2 was recently awarded a grant by the
Archuleta Board of County Commissioners to assist in funding an environmental analysis that would be required if the project were taken into formal consideration.

We will continue to work with other partners and the U.S. Forest Service on this exciting endeavor, with the hope that a conceptual design of a trail network can be completed by next
summer and potentially be taken into formal consideration and analysis by the Forest Service in the not-too-distant future.

DUST2 is a volunteer-run, membership-based youth cycling and trail advocacy non-profit founded in 2016 by a group of locals who are passionate about trail advocacy and youth
cycling in Pagosa Springs. In the four years of its existence, DUST2 has run a successful youth cycling team program and has engaged both adult and youth volunteers in over 4,000
volunteer hours planning, building and maintaining single track trails on local public lands. We aim to instill in our community a sense of trail ownership and stewardship and promote the
sport of mountain biking through the planning, construction and maintenance of sustainable multi-use trail systems.

2020 Treasure Mountain Trail Partnership Project

Yellow Mcleod

Calling all volunteers!

2020 DUST2 Wheel Club Dig Where You Ride Forest Service Partnership Project: Installing critical switchbacks

*Our goal is to have 40 volutneers (10/day) sign up by Monday, July 27*


WHAT: Whether you hike, bike or ride a horse, please join DUST2 for a four day trail building/restoration partnership project led byTyler Albers, Trails and Wilderness, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, and his trail crew, that will focus on installing critical switchback on the upper portion of the non-motorized Treasure Trail Connector. This is a 0.75 mile long section of trail connecting the continental divide trail (CDT) to FS 725 and onto the Treasure trail. This trial which was established last year allows riders to simply pull off the highway and park at Wolf Creek Pass, ride the CDT up to the Bonanza Lift, then drop down onto the Treasure Trail and provides mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders access to the Treasure Mountain Trail from FS Road 725, avoiding a 3 mile dirt road drive or ride to the trail head.

This years project will focus on the installation of critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the connector trail.

Volunteers can expect to hike a mile to the work site each day. Though you can anticipate some pretty arduous work days, the DUST2 wheel club will do it’s best to make if super fun and rewarding!


WHEN: Saturday, August 1-Wednesday, August 4, from 7:30am-5:30pm every day.

WHERE: Camp/staging area will be set up at the end of FS Road 725, work will done on the section of trail indicated in the bright yellow circle on the attached map file. You do not have to camp to join trail work days.

WHY: The Treasure Trail is the crown jewel of our area mountain bike trails. Seemingly endless miles of sweeping single-track descending 2000 vertical feet from Wolf Creek Pass down to the East Fork road.
The purpose of this project is to install critical switchbacks on the new connector trail thereby allowing for better and more aesthetic flow and continuity to the Treasure Mountain Trail.
Not only will this project increase ride-ability to this iconic trail, but it will be another important step toward solidifying a valuable trail-planning partnership with our local USFS district.
It is critical that the members of the Pagosa mountain bike community step up and show support for trail construction and expansion. Please Join us.

LOGISTICS: The DUST2 Wheel Club has accepted the challenge of providing 10 volunteers a day to join Tyler and his trail crew for this four day project. While it is our goal to have 10 people camp for all four days, HOWEVER, we realize that this may not be realistic, so we have broken the four work days into 40 volunteer slots to fulfill the same goal.


Trail Karma Month

Trail Karma Month

Trailforks launched Trail Karma Month on July 1st, a campaign to raise awareness and increase funding for trail associations and builders around the world. We wanted to reach out to all our associations and give a quick update.


We believe in the principle of cause and effect; that by supporting trail builders and associations we invest in the future of maintaining and growing the trails. In 2019 alone, Trail Karma raised over US$80,000 for organizations around the world. It provides a direct way for users to put 100% of their donation into trail associations and builders developing trail systems, and Trail Karma Month is our month long celebration where users can give back. We’ve partnered with some great brands who share our initiative, and are offering up a chance to win some cool prizes along the way.

WHEN – JULY 1-31. 2020

We are encouraging everyone to support DUST2 trails by donating via Trail Karma in July. Whether you mountain bike, hike, trail run, ride horses or even use something with a motor, users can donate to DUST2 between July 1st – 31st 2020 for a chance to win.

A minimum donation of $5 will be required.

Trail Karma points will be awarded to a donor via Trailforks; each point will equal one entry. On August 1st. 2020, we will host a random draw for prizing.

This year DUST2 is raising funds for a NEPA analysis for our Jackson Mountain Trail System proposal. Our goal is to have raised $35,000.00 before March 2021 to be used toward a match for a NEPA analysis. 

2020 has been a tough fund raising year, and DUST2 could use your help to meet our financial goals. Please consider supporting our trail building efforts!

Trail Work – July 10th, 2020

Trail Tools

The next trail work night with be on July 10th – make sure to mark your calendars. More details will be available next week.

DUST2 provides the tools. Make sure to bring water, work gloves, and good footwear. 

Treasure Mountain Partnership Project Phase 2

Hard Hats

In 2019, DUST2 partnered with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest to build a connection between the Continental Divide Trail to FS Road 725 leading to the Treasure Mountain trail. Thank you to all who helped last year and especially to Tyler Albers for spearheading the project from the USFS side!

This August we will again partner with the Forest Service to install critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the trail that were not able to be finished last summer. We need your help for this project! 

When: Saturday, August 1st – Wednesday, August 4th, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM each day

Where: Camping and staging will take place at the end of FS Road 725 (you do not have to camp – you can meet us at this staging area in the morning). Trail work will be on the connector trail near the CDT. 

Sign up today!

Volunteers need to make sure to bring work gloves, long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes, eye protection, water, snacks, and sunscreen. DUST2 and the USFS will provide the tools for trailwork. If you are planning on camping, you will be responsible for your own gear and meals.