It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for riders in the East Bay that frequent Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. The steep fire road climb known as $2 Hill is receiving a welcome reroute, with a new alignment that is not only much more sustainable, but more inline with the rest of the flow of the trail. Thanks to the efforts of Brent Englund (with the support of the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay) the project was approved, with local trail building legend Jim Jacobson coming out for an initial consult, and local trail and bike parks construction outfit Hilride retained for the design and leading the construction.
An all volunteer effort, the project has seen over two days of construction work to date, with the next construction date scheduled on June 15th. This weekend saw the beginning of the actual construction with 35 volunteers showing up to build trail under the supervision of Nat Lope of Hilride.