The Exchequer Mountain Bike Park project at Lake McClure is competing for a $100,000 grant from Bell Helmets through an online contest. If Exchequer wins, Bell would bring in a team of trail construction experts to design and build a downhill route from the summit within the bike park.
The Exchequer Mountain Bike Park that is being built at Lake McClure is an exciting addition to the Merced area. It’s great that many of California’s most popular destinations are within a 21/2-hour drive, but it’s even better to see good recreation being developed closer to home – places where families, friends and individuals can make memories while enjoying a healthy challenge.
From 1776 to 1994, the northernmost tip of the San Francisco Peninsula was fortified as a military outpost guarding the entrance to the bay. Known to this day as “the Presidio,” it is transected by Highway 101 as it heads north to the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Eaton Trail is a wide, paved pathway that follows the high bluff. Plans are in the works to connect it to a future 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway along the river from Highway 99 up to Friant Dam.