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Cody Olivas
A group of volunteers shows up to work on Pajarito’s mountain bike trails on Wednesday. From the left are Alex Adams, Tom Day, Neal Pederson, April Nakaoka, Ron Nakaoka, Kristin Pederson and Michelle Pederson.
Building their dreams with picks and shovels

When some people look at a mountain, they see a pretty landscape filled with plants, flowers, trees and cool looking rocks.
When other people look at a mountain, they see terrain that would be fun to ride their bike down — fun turns and a whole bunch of things to jump off.
At Pajarito Mountain, the lines mountain bikers fantasize about can become a reality, if they’re willing to build the trail themselves.
“If you’re in with the trail-building group, you can pretty much build whatever you want, as long as it’s somewhat safe,” Alex Adams said. “That’s very cool, and very rare too.”
Before Tom Long took over as Pajarito’s general manager, Long said people used to build trails on the mountain “under the cover of darkness.” He changed that when he took over about a decade ago.
“I encouraged them and they jumped into it whole-hearted,” Long said. “They’ve done a superlative job.”
Neal Pederson has volunteered since then and is now the lead dog on the crew.

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