Charley’s Trail Work Party

Help us do some general maintenance on Charley’s Trail in Post Canyon!

charley's trail mountain bike post canyonWho is Charley? Charley LaVenture – mountain biker, surfer, father, husband, potter and much more – lived in Hood River from 1975-2009 following his passion life. He and his wife Sally touched many lives in HR and, sadly, Charley died in 2009 of a rare form of Leukemia. Charley inspired many of us with his love for life and family. Charley’s Trail is one small way we like to honor his memory. Read his obituary from the HR News

Charely LaVenture

Timberline Bike Park – Comments Requested by Oct 31

Timberline Bike Park – comments needed by Oct 31

Timberline Bike ParkTHE BASIC STORY
As many of you know, a proposal for a Timberline Bike Park was approved by the Forest Service back in 2012 and subsequently halted by a lawsuit against the USFS by a consortium of environmental groups including the Sierra Club, BARK, Friends of Mt. Hood and the NW Environmental Defense Fund.

Well, to make a long story short (you can read the longer story below), a federal judge recently ruled in favor of the USFS and Timberline. The only hurdle for the Timberline Bike Park now is a mandated comment period around the scope of the initial environmental assessment for the project.

GET INVOLVED

This is where you can get involved by sharing your support for the Timberline Bike Park with the USFS before October 31, 2016. Comments should address support for the construction of the bike park without further delay and echo the decision by the courts that no further NEPA process is warranted.

The Forest Service has some requirements on comments:

– You must use the subject as listed below
– Comments must be sent in plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), or Microsoft Word
– Comments should not be a copy and paste of a form response.

 
SUBJECT
Timberline Mountain Bike New Information
 
SAMPLE letter (please write your own)

District Ranger Westerbrook,

I am writing in support of the Timberline Ski Area Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Park project. This project has been analyzed and litigated since 2010. During that time I have stood in support of this project. In August 2016 the final National Marine Fisheries Service assessment found no risk Lower Columbia River fish stock. Three years of biological studies concerning Western bumble bees find their range broadening across the forest and no risk of them being federally listed. I recognize we need fish and pollination to live. I am fully satisfied with the comprehensive analysis. Please allow construction of this much desired public recreation asset to move forward on our land. Thank you for your public service.

Sincerley,
YOUR NAME GOES HERE

WHERE TO SEND YOUR LETTER
Email: comments-pacificnorthwest-mthood-zigzag@fs.fed.us
or
Fax: 503-668-1423
or
Physical Address:
Mt Hood National Forest
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, OR 97055-7248

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ISSUES AND PROJECT

 

The Longer Story

The Timberline Bike Park proposal was approved in 2012 following 2 years of environmental studies, resulting in a comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposal. The Forest Service issued a Decision and Finding of No significant Impact based on the analysis in the EA. This approval was subsequently appealed by a consortium of groups, led by the Friends of Mt. Hood. Upon review by the Region VI Regional Forester, the decision was upheld and the appeal was denied.

Just prior to the start of construction, the CRAG Law Firm, representing Friends of Mt. Hood, the Sierra Club, BARK and the NW Environmental Defense Center, filed suit against the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and requested an injunction to halt any activity in regards to the proposed Bike Park. Timberline requested and was granted the right to be joined as a co-defendant intervenor with the Forest Service. A federal judge issued an interim injunction pending the court issuing a ruling regarding the merits of the issues in the case. This injunction applied to any trail building, but allowed most of the restoration work to proceed. The restoration work was substantially completed in the Fall of 2015. Subsequent to the initial stages of the law suit, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) was also named in an amended complaint.

In the Spring of this year, the federal judge ruled in favor of the Forest Service, NMFS and Timberline on most of the issues in the lawsuit, and deferred ruling on the few remaining issues pending Forest Service and NMFS completion of updated reviews of additional information in the form of an additional NFMS Biological Opinion, and the results of further Western Bumblebee surveys.

Yesterday, the Forest Service issued their review of the additional information on their website, their reasoning behind why they feel that the new information is consistent with prior work, concluding that no supplemental EA or other additional NEPA is required and provided for another public comment period regarding their review and conclusions, ending October 31st. The intent of the comment period is to receive input from the public as to whether or not to prepare a supplemental EA or otherwise reopen the EA process, which would further delay implementation of the Bike Park project.

Trail Work Day September 24 – Handbuilt Singletrack Mt Hood

singletrack mt hoodTrail Work Day – Cooks Meadow Singletrack Mt Hood

The 44 Trails zone just got its first significant rainfall in many weeks. This bodes well for trail conditions on the biggest network of handbuilt singletrack Mt Hood has to offer and for the 44 Trails Association trail work day on September 24.

We’ve had two great trail days to build out the new Cooks Meadow extension trail and we will focus our efforts on Saturday September 24 to finalize the new singletrack trail.

Hardhats (bike helmets ok), long pants, work gloves and work boots REQUIRED!

WHEN: 
Saturday Sept 24, 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. Lunch will be provided by NY City Subs in Hood River.

PROJECT:
Handbuilt singletrack on Cooks Meadow Extension trail.

We will be putting in the final connection and will need FLAT SHOVELS, METAL RAKES and McLEODS.

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

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

hood river singletrack

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 . . .

mt hood single track

 

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.