If you have ever been to Timothy Lake, you are likely familiar with the fact that Portland General Electric (PGE) manages some of the area. In fact, PGE manages about 25 miles of mixed use trails—a majority of which are open to mountain biking.
PGE is undertaking a management plan update and are reaching out to the mountain bike community to get some feedback and further guide their process.
Take the PGE Timothy Lake area trails survey!
Here are a few words from PGE about the project:
PROEJCT SUMMARY: As a park of Portland General Electric’s (PGE) Recreation Resource Management Plan, we are planning, conducting, and completing improvements to the Timothy Lake trail system in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Projects will include the following:
- Construction of four smaller trails to create hiking and mountain biking loops off the main Timothy Lake trail.
- Overhaul of the trail wayfinding system around Timothy Lake.
- Creation of an adopt-a-trail program for trail maintenance.
- Reduction of user conflicts on the trails through signage, reroutes, and new trail construction.
- Improvement of the overall condition of the trails: Removal of safety hazards, mitigation of resource damage, repair of structures, restoration trail tread and travel corridor.
PROJECT TIMELINE: In 2017 and 2018, PGE will be conducting trail condition assessments, surveying trail users, compiling data, and collaborating with stakeholder groups for the Timothy Lake Trail Improvements Implementation Plan. In 2019, PGE will submit a completed implementation plan. The plan will include a 5 to 6-year phased approach to trail improvements and construction. All improvements will be completed by the end of 2025.
The Surveyor’s Ridge Reroute Continues!
A segment of the Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688 will be impacted by the City of The Dalles Watershed Pipeline replacement project.
We re working on a re-route of the Surveyor’s Ridge trail where it follows the pipeline to maintain a semi-primitive trail experience. The reroute also improves interconnectivity of trails in the vicinity by connecting with the Super Connector and will provide a short loop for beginner riders who want a shorter trail experience than Surveyors Ridge. READ MORE about the Surveyor’s Ridge Reroute Project and check out project map.
Trail Work Day – Surveyor’s Ridge Reroute Project
Hardhats (bike helmets ok), long pants, work gloves and work boots, water.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ 9am – 2pm (plenty of time for a post-work-project ride)
Meet 9am @ Little John SnoPark on Highway 35
We’ll have coffee thanks to Dog River Coffee in HR and sign-in at the SnoPark and then move up to the work site as a group. Lunch will be provided by NY City Subs in Hood River.
Handbuilt singletrack on Surveyor’s ridge re-route. We will be doing rough in and route trimming/clearing.
Helmet/hardhat (bike helmets ok), long pants, gloves, and work boots required.
Hand tools only – Flat Shovels, McCleods,Metal Rakes (NO chainsaws please).
Here is the map showing the approximate route of the Surveyor’s Ridge trail project. The existing trail (yellow) will be disrupted by the new pipeline – the new route (blue) shows the tentative routes to connect with the SuperConnector (brown) near the 17 Road.
Enjoy a SINGLETRACK BURGER and Support Hood River Mountain Bike Trails – Thank You Sixth Street Bistro!
The Singletrack Burger is a Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger featuring a half-pound beef patty, topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, barbeque sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and served down at the long-running locals’ favorite – the Sixth Street Bistro and Pub in Hood River.
Sixth Street owners, Chris and Stacie Creasy, named the burger and linked it to the wide variety of mountain biking in Hood River by donating $1 for every Singletrack burger sold to local mountain bike trail groups including the 44 Trails Association and HRATS (post canyon trails). The Sixth Street Burgers and beers on tap have been a local staple for aprés ride fare for many years.
The Sixth Street has been supporting local trail development with the Singletrack Burger for almost three years, which translates to thousands of dollars going back to Hood River mountain bike trail maintenance! Thank you Sixth Street!
Next time you find yourself mountain biking in Hood River, treat yourself and the local trails with a Singletrack Burger.
44 Trails Tees and Hats are available at Mountain View Cycles in Hood River!
Mountain View Cycles in Hood River has the 44 Trails Association Ball Caps and T-Shirts on sale – $20 bucks gets you a hat or a tee and we’ve got women’s tees too!
Not only is $20 a bargain for some stylin’ goods, but Mountain View donates all of the proceeds right back to 44 Trails! 100% of the money goes to the trails in the form of materials and labor. The bulk of our labor comes from you, our dedicated volunteers, but we keep a fund to pay pro’s for some of the heavy lifting associated with clearing blowdown and new trail development.
Thanks for your support Mountain View Cycles!
NEW SIGNAGE COMING SOON – Thanks to Hood River Bicycles!
Numerous great businesses and cyclist support the 44 Trails Association with their labor, donations and logistics support (just look at the banners on the right of our home page). But we need to offer a special thanks to Hood River Bicycles (HRB) for their recent generous and ongoing support.
New style signage – more coming soon!
Old 44 Trails Signs – cool but in need of updating
Not only has HRB been dedicating a percent of their demo bike proceeds to 44 Trails for the past few years, they have made an additional, generous donation specifically for the purchase of new signage on Surveyor’s Ridge and other needed signage updates on the 44 Trails network! We thank you HRB and all of the folks who will benefit from the new signs will thank you!
The mountain bike and Hood River business communities have been super supportive of our work up on the 44 network and we ask that you, the peddlers and users of the 44 trails network, show your appreciation by giving our supporters your business! Thanks again Hood River Bicycles!
There’s a new mountain bike movie hitting the street: The Moment. It’s a full-length documentary on the history of freeride mountain biking. It’s heavy on gritty vintage footage from Kamloops, North Shore and Rossland, BC and includes interviews with the pioneers of the sport. Think Dog Town and the Z-Boys but centered around the rise of freeride mountain biking. It won’t hit screens until December, but there’s a great interview with the director, Darcy Turenne, in Bike Mag and the movie trailer is below.
The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia Gorge has created a lot of closure notices in the Gorge and on the Mt. Hood National Forest, but the 44 Trails area east of Highway 35 is NOT affected by the closures. The 44 trails and Barlow District are under industrial level fire precautions – no fire, no saws, no shooting – but the trails are open to bicycles, hikers and horses.
The smoke is primary concern up on the 44 zone and today the area is above the smoke! That’s right, it’s clear and beautiful up on the 44! Of course, smoke impacts change with the wind and weather, so be prepared for it change.
As for closures related to mountain bike trails – Hood River County has closed all county forest land to recreation for the time being. This closure includes Post Canyon on the west side of town. In fact, the west side of Hood River is under a level one evacuation notice – which means “get ready” to evacuate.
Stay up to date with the latest closure and evacuation notices affecting Hood River and Mt Hood area mountain biking:
To read more about Eagle Creek Fire related closures affecting Hood River County – the Hood River Sheriff’s office is the best source of current information: Eagle Creek Fire Closure info for Hood River County
To see the map of Eagle Creek Fire closures related to the Mt Hood National Forest, the USFS is the best source for current information: USFS Mt Hood National Forest Closures as of September 9, 2017
Our September 23 Trail Work day is cancelled.
It’s been a long dry spell up on the Mt. Hood National Forest and the USFS currently has a ban on power equipment on the east side that affects the 44 zone. We were hoping to use some motorized toters for the work day to help distribute reject and compost material, so we’re going to hope for a change by October.
We’ve rescheduled for October 7 and October 28.
We look forward to your help on Oct 7 or Oct 28! More info to follow about two weeks before the scheduled date.
You can also subscribe to our e-news letter to stay in the 44 loop. We do not send spam – only news relative to the 44 Trails – work days, trail conditions, closures, events, etc.
Here’s a big thanks to the motivated crew that came out on August 12 to help work on the Surveyor’s Ridge re-route project! The team built some excellent trail!
You can now ride Surveyor’s Ridge (and we encourage you to do so) by parking at the 17/1720 junction and using the Super Connector to begin the ride (there is trailhead board on the 17 road just past the 1720 junction on your right). Or, for a longer ride, park at Knebal Campground and ride over to the Super Connector and all the way through Surveyor’s Ridge! Bike traffic will help “ride in” the trail.
We will post a map shortly outlining the new start and what is currently ready to ride. In the meantime, thanks to the crew that put in a solid day on Saturday!
Hospital Hill and Whoopdee Mountain Bike Trails
Fire Hazard Closure in Effect as of Midnight August 4, 2017
SDS & Kreps announced the closure of their land as of August 5, 2017 due to fire danger. This means Hospital Hill/Jewett Creek trails and the Whoopdee on the Old Dalles Road are all closed until we get some significant precipitation. Please respect this closure and spread the word.
Here is the announcement…
Local timberland companies are announcing that due to conditions of high fire danger all lands in Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima, Hood River and Wasco Counties will be closed to public entry starting August 5, 2017 until further notice. This closure includes the areas of Burdoin Mountain (aka Hospital Hill) and Underwood Mountain as well as the Whoopdee on the Old Dalles Road in Hood River and affects all lands owned or managed by the following parties: American Forest Management (DGS Timber, LLC), Broughton Lumber Company, Hancock Forest Management (John Hancock Life Insurance and Manulife), Kreps Ranch, Kreps Family LLC, Stevenson Land Company (SDS), and Western Pacific Timber, LLC.