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CANCELLED: Mountain Bike Monday
September 19, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree – $10.00
The Sacramento Valley Conservancy invites you to explore Deer Creek Hills Preserve on your mountain bike every Monday night through October. The self-guided trails are open exclusively to riders between 4:30pm-8:00pm.
SEPT 19 CANCELLED
The current weather forecast shows over 70% chance of thunderstorms between 5pm-7pm this evening. Due to the elevated risk of lightning strikes, SVC will have to cancel the ride for tonight. Please join us for a ride when the weather is a bit more accommodating.
Mountain bike season rides take place every Monday night*, 4:30-8pm, until October 24.
COVID-19 Polices for Mountain Bike Mondays
- Review the most recent Sacramento County Public Health Order, the most up to date CDC recommendations and adhere to any other mandated directives for your place of residence.
- Pre-register and pre-pay the $10 registration fee per person, and complete a liability waiver before arriving.
- Registration closes at 6pm the evening prior.
- Liability waivers must be printed and completely filled out prior to arrival.
If you plan to attend 8 or more outings (rides or hikes) in the next 12 months, consider purchasing a Season Pass for $75. Season pass holders also get the added perk of digitally signing a year-long liability waiver. This means no printing and filling out the form for every visit! Season passes support public programs and stewardship of Deer Creek Hills Preserve.
Deer Creek Hills Terrain
The terrain at Deer Creek Hills is a mix of rolling savanna grasslands, dotted with dramatic blue oaks and open vistas overlooking Sacramento’s largest open space preserve. The trails include cross country style single track, rocky creek crossings, with some technical climbing sections. Deer Creek Hills serves as a working cattle ranch from November through May, as a result, the cattle have proven to be superb designers for creating flowy single track. SVC Docents will map and mark trails with cones for riders to explore. Marked trails change weekly to keep rides interesting.
This venue is ideal for experienced riders with knowledge of shifting to lower gears for climbing hills, and bicycle handling for rapidly changing terrain. This is not considered a beginner’s course.
What to Bring
Riders are responsible for bringing their own bike and personal riding equipment, including helmet, tire repair kits, spare tubes, and pumps, and must carry a cell phone when cycling on the property. No exceptions. Mountain bikes or CycloCross bikes with knobby tires are recommended. Road bikes or slick tires are not recommended. As the season progresses through summer, riders must bring emergency bike lights in case of being caught out in the dark.
Motorized access is restricted on Deer Creek Hills Preserve. In an effort to increase recreational opportunities, especially for those with physical limitations, low-speed electric bicycles defined as Class1 e-bikes, which are operated in the pedal assist mode, will be allowed on the preserve this season (per Cal. Veh. Code. § 312.5; § 21200 – 21212; § 21207.5; § 24016). The use of e-bikes during Mountain Bike Season must be disclosed to SVC staff upon check-in. Electric assisted bicycles are not to exceed 15 miles per hour while on the preserve. The use of e-bikes on the preserve is subject to change at any time. All cyclists must stay on the “pre-approved” trails. Any visitor who fails to follow the rules will be asked to leave, no refunds given and not allowed to return for the duration of the season.
Sandals and open toed shoes are not allowed. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions and mountain biking. Bring your signed Liability Form, water supply and high energy snacks, face covering and personal sanitizer. Portalets are available on site and serviced every Friday, but these are high-use areas so come prepared with your own hand sanitizer. There is no running water on the property. Arrive hydrated and bring plenty of drinking water. All visitors must practice Leave No Trace. Pack it in, pack it out. Smoking is prohibited.
What to Leave Home
- Mud and Dirt! Please clean shoes, gear and all tires before coming to the preserve. Managing invasive species costs us thousands each year. Clean gear helps keep the preserve open for recreation.
- Drones or other remote-controlled gadgets. Cameras mounted to your gear are fine.
- Dirt bikes and ATVs
- Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, lighters and matches. Smoking is strictly prohibited and fire is a major concern on the Preserve.
- Directions to Deer Creek Hills Preserve
- Adult Release of Liability – please print, complete, and bring with you
- Minor Release of Liability – only required if you are chaperoning minors of which you are NOT a legal guardian
- Visitor FAQ
- Season Pass
Heat: A National Weather Service heat index that puts staff and visitors in the Danger zone will close Deer Creek Hills.
Air: Air quality is monitored using purpleair.org throughout the summer months. According to the Pollution Standard Index (PSI) it is unsafe to ride if the AQI is at or above 138. As a result, the ride will be cancelled.
Red Flag warnings: Red flag warnings are monitored throughout the summer. Docents work hard every weekend to keep trails clear of brush and dry grass in order to limit fire danger. Unless there is an active fire burning in close proximity to the preserve, riding will be allowed on red flag days.
Registered riders will be notified via email if this ride must be cancelled, and given the option to transfer registration to any future ride or donate fees to stewardship & trail maintenance projects on the Preserve. Registration payments are not refundable.
If you have extenuating circumstances or are unable to attend a ride, please contact us as soon as possible for assistance. Ticket transfer requests can be directed to Amy Rodrigues firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have additional questions about mountain bike season at Deer Creek Hills Preserve, please contact our team at (916) 612-3719 or email@example.com