Aug 20 Trail Work Day

August 20 Cooks Meadow Extension Hand-Built Singletrack
mt hood single track

Saturday, Aug 20 is our is our next full-scale trail work day of the season, and we will be working on the Cooks Meadow Extension Trail.

We made great progress in July and look forward to more good work on Saturday Aug 20. We need you, of course, plus Metal Rakes, a few McLeods and some flat shovels

WHEN: 
Saturday Aug 20, 2016 @ 9am – 2pm
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.

PROJECT:
Hand-Built tread work on Cooks Meadow Extension trail.

TOOLS:
Helmet/hardhat REQUIRED!!! (bike helmets ok), long pants gloves, and work boots required.
Hand tools – METAL RAKES ARE TOOL OF CHOICE

We’ll probably work ’til about 2pm and will have sandwiches from the awesome NYC City Sub Shop in Hood River for the crew.

Although the trail is arguably just roughed in, it can be ridden, especially the lower half. In fact, riding it will help establish it. So, bring your bike for an aprés trail work pedal!

Want to know more about the trail? check out the map

Surveyor’s Ridge Trail Re-Route

Surveyor’s Ridge Trail Re-Route

single track trail constructionThe Mt Hood National Forest announced their decision to authorize the re-route of approximately three miles of the Surveyor’s Ridge trail (trail #668) where it parallels the current water pipeline for The Dalles – near the start of Surveyor’s.

The project is necessary because of a comprehensive project to update The Dalles Watershed Pipeline that will interrupt and conflict with the existing Surveyor’s trail infrastructure. In addition, the Barlow District Ranger, Kameron Sam, authorized the adoption of the pipeline project staging area into a new recreational user parking/staging area once the pipeline project is complete. This is all good news for the multi-use trail system accessible from Forest Road 44.

Here’s the quick snip directly from the decision document to support the Surveyor re-route. Read full Surveyor’s decision document here.

DESCRIPTION OF DECISION

“It is my decision to authorize the rerouting of approximately 3 miles of the existing Surveyors Ridge Trail #688 where it follows the Dalles Pipeline. The north end of the reroute would provide a short loop approximately .7 miles in length for non-motorized recreationists looking for a short distance trail opportunity. The reroute would also connect Surveyors Ridge Trail directly to the Super Connector. The area that will be used for staging for reconstruction of the pipeline would become a trailhead 1.5 acres in size. The trailhead would provide needed centralized parking for the trail system in the vicinity of Forest Road 44.

The existing Surveyors Ridge Trailhead would remain accessible; however, this trailhead is inadequate for the amount of use it receives. The new trailhead would be large enough to accommodate the amount of use the trail system receives. The segment of Surveyors Ridge Trail #688 that would be impacted by the pipeline replacement would remain open to non-motorized travel, although it would not provide the same semi-primitive experience it now provides.”

44 Trails hopes to slide this project into the trail work mix after we finish the Cooks Meadow Extension project early this fall. Stay tuned.

July 23 Cooks Meadow Extension Project

July 23 Cooks Meadow Extension Hand-Built Singletrack

hand-built singletrackHey there 44 Trails riders!

Saturday, July 23 is our first full-scale trail work day of the season, and we will be working on the Cooks Meadow Extension Trail.

We’ve been hard at work prepping the area and now it’s hand-built singletrack time!

We need you, of course, plus Metal Rakes, a few McLeods, flat shovels and sets of loppers.

Helmets/hardhats (bike helmets ok) are required as are long pants, work boots and gloves.

We’ll probably work ’til about 2pm and will have sandwiches from the awesome NYC City Sub Shop in Hood River for the crew.

Working the pin line on the Cooks Meadow Extension - what a view!

Working the pin line on the Cooks Meadow Extension – what a view!

Although the trail is arguably just roughed in, it can be ridden, especially the lower half. In fact, riding it will help establish it. So, bring your bike for an aprés trail work pedal!

Want to know more about the trail? check out the map

WHEN: 
Saturday July 23, 2016 @ 9am – 2pm
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.

PROJECT:
Hand-Built tread work on Cooks Meadow Extension trail.

TOOLS:
Helmet/hardhat (bike helmets ok), long pants gloves, and work boots required.
Hand tools – METAL RAKES ARE TOOL OF CHOICE

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Trailgate 2016 Success!

TRAILGATE 2016!

trailgate 2016Thanks to all who rallied for our second annual Trailgate event! It was a busy day up on the 44 trail system and we are stoked everyone rallied and enjoyed themselves.

We’d like to thanks the Mount Hood National Forest for their cooperation in helping us host the event and for helping make 44 trails the single largest network of single track mountain biking near Hood River.

IMG_3023We also need to thank all of our sponsors for making the event a reality! From the swag donations from Full Sail, Mountain View Cycles, Camp 1805, Shortt Supply, Double Mountain BrewingPistil Designs, Dakine, Discover Bikes, Dirty Finger Bike Shop, Hood River Bicycles, and oVino Market to the folks on site helping make the event happen including Dog River CoffeeVelofix Portland, Turner Bikes and HUGE thanks to Timberline Ski Resort for their generosity with the awesome barbecue set up!

Of course, thanks to all those who came up to enjoy and support the trail system by riding, hanging and donating to the 44 Trails cause!

Here’s a slide show of the event . . .

TRAILGATE 2016 UPDATE

Trailgate 2016 is this weekend!

Saturday July 9.

trailgate-209Trailgate 2016 event posterTrailgate gets rolling on Saturday morning at 10am. Come on up to Billy Bob SnoPark located about 10 miles east of highway 35 on FR44.

Hood River’s reputation as a mountain bike destination is well deserved given the wide array of riding options available within a 30-mile radius of town. From flowy freeride descents to forested singletrack routes, the Hood River area has it all and July 9 marks the date of the second annual TRAILGATE Event to celebrate the area’s single biggest network of forested singletrack known as 44 Trails.

The 44 Trails zone is a classic singletrack trail network accessible from Forest Road 44 on the east side of the Mount Hood National Forest. The nearly 100 miles of multi-use trails accessible from the 44 Road includes area classics like the Surveyor’s Ridge, Dog River and Eightmile trails. The combined drier Eastside climate and higher elevation of the area create an ideal riding environment.

Trailgate is a day to celebrate the trail network and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow singletrack aficionados. Organized by the 44 Trails Association, a nonprofit trail stewardship group based in Hood River, in collaboration with the Mt Hood National Forest, Trailgate is free and open to the public.

Come on by at 10am on Saturday to check in on ride options, grab a cup of coffee compliments of Dog River Coffee and learn more about 44 Trails Association.

Unfortunately, our demo bike program is in question, so please be sure to bring your own bike!  

Once you’ve been out to enjoy the trails come on back at 3pm to enjoy food, drink (non-alcoholic – byob for alcohol) and music!

Trailgate 2016

Trailgate 2016 – July 9

Hood River Mountain Bike trailsJoin the 44 Trails Association and the Mt Hood National Forest for a day to enjoy the fine single track trails accessible from Forest Road 44 on the Mt. Hood National Forest – TRAILGATE 2016!

There’s plenty of great riding and hiking to be had from the Billy Bob SnoPark, including great rides for all abilities, even kids! There’s even some killer road/gravel grinders to be had in the 44 zone.

Trailgate 2016 event posterWe will be staging from the Billy Bob SnoPark located about 10 miles east of highway 35 on FR44. You can also get there from the east side out of Dufur. There’s plenty of great camping available at Eight-Mile and Fifteen-Mile campgrounds as well as other dispersed camping in the area.

Come on by at 10am on Saturday to check in on ride options, grab a cup of coffee compliments of Dog River Coffee and learn more about 44 Trails Association, meet local USFS rangers and to check out demo bikes from Hood River Bicycles (demos are limited so please bring your own bike).

Once you’ve been out to enjoy the trails come on back at 3pm to enjoy food, drink (non-alcoholic – byob for alcohol) and music!

more details to follow . . .

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15 Mile and Cooks Meadow Open!

44 trails single track

Hey, where did the trail go?

The winter blowdown on the Mt Hood National Forest 44 Trails single track system was substantial this year, but we are making solid progress clearing the damage.

You can now add the 15 Mile / Cedar Creek (#456/#457) loop and Cooks Meadow (#639) to the open and ready to ride list!

That brings the 44 zone close to wide open. We still have work to do on upper 450 and High Prairie, but the following trails have been cleared in the past few weeks:

15 Mile / Cedar Creek loop trails #456/#457 – open
Cooks Meadow trail #639 – open
Dog River Trail # 675 – open
Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688 – open
Knebal Springs Trail #474 – open
Bottle Prairie Trail #455- open
Eightmile Trail #496- open
Oak Ridge Trail #688A – open
Super Connector – open

The lower Cedar / 15 Mile area is still a little brushy, so throw some small loppers or hand snippers in your pack and spend a little time helping us brush out the overgrown spots if you head that way for a ride!

Remember, the 44 Trail System on the Mt Hood National Forest is a multi-use system and trails are open to hiker, horse and biker traffic. Please be respectful of all users! Also keep in mind that trees fall during every season and new trees may come down since we have cleared. There a places where uprooted trees and tree impacts have damaged the trail tread, so ride and hike with care.

Finally, if you enjoy the 44 Trail System on the Mt Hood National Forest, turn out for one of our 2016 trail work days to return some energy to the trails or donate to the 44 Trails so we can help cover costs of logout and trail repair materials!

 

Here’s a few before and after shots of a couple 15 Mile / Cedar sections cleared today.

Hood River Mountain Bike Trails – 44 Trails Conditions Report

Hood River Mountain Bike trails

Attention 44 riders, we’ve been busy clearing spring blowdown on Hood River’s finest single track. Here’s the latest update on what trails have been cleared and are ready to ride in the 44 zone for Memorial Day weekend:

44 trails conditions report44 Trails Conditions

Dog River Trail # 675 – open
Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688 – open
Knebal Springs Trail #474 – open
Bottle Prairie Trail #455- open
Eightmile Trail #496- open
Oak Ridge Trail #688A – open
Super Connector – open

Fifteenmile Trail #456 – Clear
Cooks Meadow Trail #639 -Clear

Higher elevation trails including upper 450, Boulder Lakes area and Bonnie Meadows have not been cleared of blowdown and are still too wet to ride. Please refrain from riding upper elevation areas that are still wet. Riding wet trails degrades the tread and fuels the argument for those who oppose mountain bike use.

Please respect the multi-use aspect of all trails in the 44 Zone and be prepared for new downed trees and changing conditions. There’s still some trail damage on open trails where downed trees have torn up the existing tread or uprooted trees have blown out the tread, so be alert for hazards. In other words, respect your fellow users and use your head! Have fun out there this weekend.

Hood River mountain bike trail conditions

Spring 2016 Trail Update

44 trails mt hoodSpring has come early this year and the high country snow around the 44 zone is rapidly melting away! The 44 road is fully open, but some of the spurs – including the 4410 road to High Prairie – are still blocked by snow.

As usual, winter has left us with a mess of blowdown on the trails. We are working on getting things cleared out, albeit slowly.

Here’s what’s currently been cleared:

  • Surveyor’s Ridge north of the two track (Shellrock Mountain)
  • Knebal from 8-Mile trailhead north to Super Connector
  • Dog River (full)

We hope to have Knebal/Super Connector/Dakine Trail trail clear to the Knebal parking area this week (May 15-20) and, hopefully, 15-Mile, remaining Surveyor’s and more by Memorial Day weekend.

Of course, new trees could come down and there’s always a little more brush leaning in on the trails this time of year until they fully spring back from being buried all winter.

FYI, attempting to ride uncleared trails will yield varying success. Depending on the degree of blowdown, you might get an open mile or two only to find yourself faced with an extensive stretch of climbing and bike carrying. So, if you head up to explore, be ready for an adventure. The spring brushout of blowdown is a chainsaw intensive project that requires being certified by the USFS, so we have a select crew of certified sawyers making their way through the network as time allows. If you are up exploring and hear saw work, please approach slowly!

We should have a new trail conditions update by May 20. In the meantime, the lower elevation trails around the Hood River Valley are in fine form. Happy riding.

Mark your calendars for the following events:
July 9 –
second annual TRAILGATE event – ride 44 zone, eat, drink and music –
details soonread about last year’s event

July 23 – Cooks Meadow Extension Trail work – read about Cooks Meadow Extension
Aug 20 – Cooks Meadow Extension Trail work – read about Cooks Meadow Extension
Sept 24 – Surveyor’s/Super Connect connector – more details on this project in June
Oct 8 – Surveyor’s/Super Connect connector – more details on this project in June