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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
03 | 27 | '22
For my first ride of the season I selected Raging, planning to session Upper and Lower PT. Alas, EMBA has closed them both until "mid April" whenever that is. I'm an EMBA Member (you should be as well) and I respect their trail closures and appreciat...
Submitted by Bryan on 3/28/22
Got to the new lower lot really early this morning and began the ride just after 7. Climbed to the summit to get the picture and then came down Sidewinder and then completed three runs on Pitch and Roll. There were a couple small puddles but not enou...
Submitted by tomvale on 3/20/22
Sing report to the title song.... Climbing in light rain, with the cloud layer lowCouldn’t get a shuttle, was a solo showHeard a roar of some jets, but could barely seeClimbing came to a crawl, as road switchbacks Z’d On his M  T  B, Find...
Submitted by tomvale on 3/19/22
03 | 13 | '22
Showed up at Rocky Top in Yakima on March 13, 2022 and there was a sign that said the Rocky Top trails are closed until April 1, 2022 due to winter conditions and a fragile environment. Instead, we rode at Cowiche Canyon one mile down the road. Cowic...
Submitted by leahbreen on 3/14/22
I have been away from my MTB for a month while I waited for a torn bicep to heal enough to control the handlebars in the gnar again. I went back to Lower Skyline and Pathfinder to test the arm's functionality and to see if the trees have been cleared...
Submitted by tomvale on 3/12/22
02 | 26 | '22
Tried to ride up to poppin tops but only made it up to the top of Flow State Upper. Lots of snow! Don't ride unless you want to be in 6 inches of snow at the top of Poppin Tops.
Submitted by chacar on 2/26/22
Went back to North Mountain this morning to go clear Lower Skyline and check its condition. The road is clear to drive all the way to the lower shuttle lot, and then some, but does have some places where trees could be cleared a little more. I parked...
Submitted by tomvale on 2/11/22
I went back to Darrington this afternoon to find the snowline and began cleaning up this Winter's mess on the trail. The road is still one lane through the deep snow shoulders but there are a few more pull out areas so opposing folks can pass if nece...
Submitted by tomvale on 2/10/22
02 | 07 | '22
I had a free morning today so I went right back up to the towers a couple more times today to retry Evolution, attempt Scorpion, and inspect Huff and Puff. I enjoyed all three trails and really admired the Otter wood sculpture pictured while crossing...
Submitted by tomvale on 2/8/22
02 | 05 | '22
I get around to many places in Washington but I need to get back here more often. Darrington is my happy place but Galbraith is everything I need and has much more for everyone else! I met up with several other guys and we had just a wonderful time o...
Submitted by tomvale on 2/6/22
I was watching the rains coming in on the next storm and saw that I could either go through rush hour traffic to get to Tiger or just go the opposite direction to Mount Vernon. I went North and did four loops on Pitch and Roll and then did the Surfer...
Submitted by tomvale on 2/1/22
01 | 29 | '22
Took the road up to where East Tiger Summit crosses. Shortly after the gate it gets pretty snowy. Close Encounters is in great shape as it the top of ET. The lower part of ET was closed, apparently there is a bunch of blow down. Evergreen was out wit...
Submitted by gravelbikesaresilly on 1/30/22
01 | 28 | '22
It has been four and a half years since my last ride on the Grand Ridge trail and its side tracks. I met up with two buddies today for a lunch time ride starting at the Duthie Hill lot and going halfway to I-90 and looping back on the Water Tower Loo...
Submitted by tomvale on 1/29/22