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 8 Trailgate event – riding, demos, music, etc see info from last year

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

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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 . . .

mt hood single track