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Made many runs on Logger and then Faller for fun, and then High Lead and Hooktender for more fun. The Hooktender tree should still be removed even though there is a ride around. The technical route is still OK but really isn't a fluid route now. My r...
Submitted by tomvale on 6/18/22
Didn't take any pictures today but had three nice early runs on Pitch N Roll and the soil was great. The lower berms could use a pine needle and gravel removal run with a rake but the trail is in great shape.
Submitted by tomvale on 6/16/22
06 | 11 | '22
Parked at the DNR road and did the loop clockwise. The views of the valleys were great but the clouds were covering the higher peaks so Pilchuck wasn't clear. The lesson for today was 'don't get the Shingles vaccine a day before a rigorous activity o...
Submitted by tomvale on 6/12/22
06 | 08 | '22
Took the bike almost up to the second Road to Trail switchback and then had to stop and turn around in the slush. The trail has several chainsaw jobs up to that point. You'll see where they are located in the link here. I-90 has less snow than SR-2 (...
Submitted by tomvale on 6/9/22
06 | 04 | '22
EMBA just opened Poppin Tops Upper and Lower after the rebuild, and it is perfect! Flowy, fast and with butter smooth berms; this rebuild is a thing of beauty. Thank you to everyone who worked on this jewel of a trail. Let's respect their work by lig...
Submitted by Bryan on 6/5/22
Sing this report to the Scorpions' song  (inspired by OTBs on Snotch and Porcupine Rim on the Whole Enchilada in Moab) I realized I missed the jump, my body's wrecked like I hit a stumpI look around and see my face, what the hell, I need a neck...
Submitted by tomvale on 6/2/22
05 | 16 | '22
Sing this report to Don Felder's "Taking a Ride" from the "Heavy Metal" Soundtrack. Load the bikes up, let's cruise to the trail, leave the city far behindYou just might get wet, or at least you’ll sweatJust meet your buddies right on timeNow if you...
Submitted by tomvale on 5/16/22
I started early this morning climbing up to the upper shuttle lot looking for snow and as much of a Skyline descent I could get. Snow got too thick at around 3100' on the last road switchback before the upper lot. It was hike a bike from there on, an...
Submitted by tomvale on 5/1/22
Pink Floyd rocks....... Sing this to their song..... Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, RideRide, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, RideYou better use your full face helmet with your favorite designWith the pads on your joints and goggles o...
Submitted by tomvale on 5/1/22
Got my bike out of the shop and took it to North Mountain to do Lower Skyline twice. I left Everett early and went through two rain squalls in Marysville and Arlington on the way. I figured I was going to be soaked on the ride but it is amazing how w...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/27/22
04 | 24 | '22
Upper couple hundred yards of PT still have snow and mud. The rest of it is in great shape. Patches of snow on the trail around 2400'. Poppin tops is closed for business.
Submitted by rhin0rj on 4/25/22
04 | 20 | '22
The full suspension bike is in the shop for a front brake overhaul so I took the gravel bike to Startup, WA and climbed the DNR roads off of Kellogg Lake Road to get up to the two Olney Falls, and Upper Wallace Falls. You first go by Lower Olney Fall...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/21/22
Sing this report to John Denver's song.... He was reborn in the summer in the year of twenty twelveSeizures cleared, after successful surgeryHe left twenty years behind him, and got his Driver’s License backYou might say he found the key to the outd...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/19/22
04 | 13 | '22
Went out to Cherry Valley this morning to take advantage of it's great resilience to our recent rains. Darrington's and Cherry Valley's trails are my first choices for post-storm riding. The roads may not drain in spots but the trails in the thick fo...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/14/22
04 | 09 | '22
It was 40 and spitting rain as I arrived at the lower lot; a buddy and I geared up and rode out anyway. Master Link was damp with tire sucking mud that was frosted over with occasional snow patches at the Inside Passage turn off. We rode the passage...
Submitted by Bryan on 4/9/22
Made a pretty routine run in Snohomish today going up to the towers to do the Springboards and then rolled the Goldeneye rock drop (pictured). I went up to the summit for the view and noticed a summit DH heading west down to Liquid Bread. Be careful...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/9/22
04 | 06 | '22
This was my first time here, ever, which is hard to believe! But today I tagged along with EMBA reporter 'Bryan' and we climbed the Beaver Pond trail to roads taking us up to Golden Spike. We headed south to Tokul East through many puddles and bogs f...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/6/22
04 | 03 | '22
I parked at SR-18 and Rattlesnake Road and climbed the roads to the Invictus/No Service junction. There was no snow to contend with but that will change tonight or Tuedsay night. After starting down No Service, there were a couple snow patches to ro...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/3/22
Had a wonderful trip today exploring above the snowline and descending on the Skyline trail from the Upper Shuttle entrance. I parked at the bottom of Lower Skyline and climbed the shuttle road and up through Pathfinder and then continued hiking on t...
Submitted by tomvale on 4/2/22
03 | 30 | '22
Wanted to get out to Lord Hill for a ride today but as I got to Snohomish, the Convergence Zone had parked over the park and was engulfing the summits. I turned the car around and headed to the blue skies of Mukilteo and the Gulch. Once there, I clim...
Submitted by tomvale on 3/31/22