Surveyor’s Ridge Re-Route Progress!

44 Trails Surveyor's Ridge Trail CrewHere’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!

Surveyor's Ridge Work day

Surveyor’s Ridge Reroute – trail work day August 12, 2017

Surveyor's Ridge TrailThe 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. The vintage pipeline providing water to the City of The Dalles is being replaced with a modern version. A portion of the pipeline is adjacent to or beneath the south end of the Surveyors Ridge Trail. The pipeline project will permanently change the trail corridor in these locations -creating a 25 foot wide corridor with aggregate placed along the right-of-way.

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

We will working on the Surveyor’s reroute doing the initial clearing and rough-in work that will establish the new route.

REQUIRE EQUIPMENT:
Hardhats (bike helmets ok), long pants, work gloves and work boots, water. 

WHEN: 
Saturday, August 12, 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.

PROJECT:
Handbuilt singletrack on Surveyor’s ridge re-route. We will be doing rough in and route trimming/clearing.

TOOLS:
Surveyor's RidgeHelmet/hardhat (bike helmets ok), long pants, gloves, and work boots required.
Hand tools only – Pruning Saws, Flat Shovels, McCleods, Loppers, Metal Rakes (NO chainsaws please).

It gets warm up there – please be sure to bring water and sunscreen.

Surveyor's Ridge Trail Reroute

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.

 

Trail Work Day – Saturday, July 22 – Surveyor’s Ridge Reroute Project

singletrack mt hoodTrail Work Day – Surveyor’s Ridge Reroute Project

Our first big trail work day of the summer is one week away – Sat July 22. We will working on the Surveyor’s reroute doing the initial trimming, clearing and rough-in work that will establish the new route. (The upper Surveyors route is being relocated to due to the pending large-scale Dalles Watershed pipeline project – and it’s a nice upgrade of the existing two-track start.)

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

WHEN: 
Saturday, July 22, 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.

PROJECT:
Handbuilt singletrack on Surveyor’s ridge re-route. We will be doing initial rough in and route trimming.

TOOLS:
Helmet/hardhat (bike helmets ok), long pants, gloves, and work boots required.
Hand tools only – Pruning Saws, Flat Shovels, McCleods, Loppers, Metal Rakes (NO chainsaws please).

It gets warm up there – please be sure to bring water and sunscreen.

44 Trails Movie Night Success!

44 trails singletrack mountain bike trails

Great turnout last night for our movie night fundraiser! Many thanks to Nick at Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen and all of the bike community who turned out in force to support 44 Trails and our mission to maintain, refine and expand the connectivity of the singletrack mountain bike trails accessible from the 44 Road on the Mt Hood National Forest!

We could not have done it without all of the generous donations from local and bike related businesses! These folks all support the local bike scene and deserve your support in return!

Giro, Dakine, Timberline, Dog River Coffee, Sixth Street Bistro, Mountain View Cycles, Hood River Bikes, Smith, Northwest Graphics, Kickstand Coffee, Dirty Fingers, Hale Construction, Fat Tire Farm, Western Edge Tree Service, Full Sail Brewing and of course we need to thank the USFS for our ongoing partnership!

If you missed the action last night and would like to help support the 44 Trails Association with a financial contribution, you can donate anytime via PayPal: 

44 trails mountain bike movie night

 

Ride Your F#%ing Bike – Movie / Fundraiser – June 8

Movie fundraiser for 44T

What: Movie / Raffle / Beer / Food – proceeds to benefit 44 Trails Association
When: 7pm – 9pm Thursday, June 8, 2017
Where: Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen – 1235 State Street Hood River, Oregon – next-door to Dirty Fingers Bike Shop

Join 44 Trails, Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen and Dirt Fingers Bike Shop for the new Ride Your F#%ing Bike movie from Fox Racing showing on June 8 at Kickstand in Hood River. Proceeds from raffle tickets, beer sales and donations to benefit 44 Trails Association.

The Era of Megafires – Hood River, White Salmon, Stevenson

MegafiresThe Era of Megafires is a 60-minute, multi-media presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes and features the work of wildfire photographer, John Marshall. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts and compelling photography. The videos are produced by award-winning documentary film company, North 40 Productions, of Wenatchee, WA.

The presentation is designed to educate audiences across the West so that they may better participate in the conversation and solutions surrounding the Megafire issue.

May 22 – Stevenson, WA – 7pm Stevenson High School

May 23 – Underwood, WA – 7pm Underwood Community Center

May 24 – Hood River, OR – 7pm Hood River Middle School

Summer 2017 Trail Work Schedule

Hood River Valley

February 2017 in Hood River

It’s been quite a winter in the Hood River Valley and on Mt Hood National Forest. Record low elevation snowfall has kept us off our bikes longer than normal this year and, barring some drastic shift to warm and sunny weather, access to the 44 Trails mountain bike trails is going to be later than many of us are used to seeing.

FR 44 snow cover as of late March 2017

Snow at the FR 44 / HWY 35 junction as of March 24

Nonetheless, we have some great projects lined up for the summer and want your help to make them productive! So here’s our tentative work schedule to add to your calendar and summer planning:

May TBA – Fund Raising Event in Hood River – more info to follow

July 22 trail work – location tba – likely new Surveyor’s Ridge connector trail
Aug 12 trail work – location tba – likely new Surveyor’s Ridge connector trail
Sept 23 trail work – location tba
October 7 trail work – location tba

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

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

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