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Trail damage

09 | 04 | '17

A new road is being built, demolishing the barbell trail near the upper crossing of cold creek.  Bummer!  Hopefully this gets rebuilt or they post a detour.  Otherwise to do the loop, you might have to bite off the climb up silver s...

Submitted by Ckornmann on 09/07/2017

Seconding the Overgrown

08 | 19 | '17

I rode out to the lake and back and really had a hard time enjoying the ride even on a perfect weather day.  I did this three years ago and had more fun.  It starts off with...

Submitted by izaakk on 09/05/2017

We have had an extremely dry stretch of weather so the trails are getting really blown out.  Please be careful in the corners and stay on the trails. The edges are get...

Submitted by lisbed on 09/04/2017

The trail is becoming harder to enjoy as there are too many sections where the danger of being thrown off the bike by branches sticking out or rocks hidden in bushes invading the trail slows one down to a fraction of the speed at which the trail c...

Submitted by lionjob on 09/04/2017
Switchback on the Northway Trail

Still Fun

08 | 31 | '17

The Northway-Crystal Loop is riding well.  Not too much moon dust when considering the lack of rain and time of year.  Don't miss swimming in Hen Skin Lake. Smoke from forest fires may be an issue-check the Crystal Cams before heading ou...

Submitted by jackd49 on 09/04/2017

Neat step back in time

08 | 05 | '17

Added this historic place to the website and enjoyed exploring the different locations and also returned using the reclamation road which makes for a nice loop. It was a little dusty on the Mountain Loop Highway but a nice ride. There was a lot of...

Submitted by tomvale on 09/04/2017
Lake at Trail's End

Overgrown!

09 | 24 | '16

Rode a week ago wtih an early start and managed to make it to the lake taking the upper route out and the lower on the return. As in the previous report, the last mile to the lake is really overgrown but still do-able. Other than that, the tr...

Submitted by jimpiav on 09/02/2017

After a record summer without rain, we knew it would be dry - and it was.  This made the descent switchbacks into drift pits.  Also, the wildfire smoke turned down the magnitude of the Rainier views a few notches.  But overall, this...

Submitted by r1de on 08/31/2017
Viewed from Garland Peak TR:  Upper reaches of Basalt Ridge in the distance/foreground with Glacier Peak in the background

Rode Basalt Ridge from the very top at the intersection of Garland Peak Trail all the way down to the Finner Creek TH via a CCW loop using FS 6210 to Upper Chickamin Tie, Shetipo to Garland Peak.  

First off, If Basalt Ridge top...

Submitted by cbkoontz on 08/29/2017

Rode Esmeralda Basin for the first time yesterday. We missed the De Roux campground though, due to no signs for it on the N Fork Teanaway Road. It's just past the horse camp though, the only signs are ones that have trail #s on them. That's w...

Submitted by msteingrebe on 08/19/2017

Punish Your Body

08 | 14 | '17

Current conditions: Dry and dusty trails in relatively good condition for most of the ride. One bridge down.

Do you like long, steep climbs? Treacherous washed out cliff-side trails? Nettle stings on your legs? Well this i...

Submitted by mickswan on 08/15/2017

Oregon trail

08 | 12 | '17

Getting really dry, but still fun!

Submitted by sparks44 on 08/13/2017

The established trails are holding up great, but some of the newer dirt (like Twisted Hemlock) are breaking up in the corners. Need rain and some time to heal.  Some of the legacy structures on Lloyd's Detour could use a rebuild. Overall grea...

Submitted by r1de on 08/07/2017
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trees down

08 | 01 | '17

Two trees are down aross the trail about 1.5 miles from Grand Ridge Drive. This is the first time I have ridden it in a few years so the trail is unfamiliar, but from my GPS it looks like it is  abut 1.5 from Grand Ridge Drive.  It...

Submitted by hlwilliams on 08/01/2017
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Wow big trees

08 | 01 | '17

Parked at Dingford TH and rode up the road to the Middle Fork trail near Dutch Miller TH. Rode MF trail back to Dingford TH. The trail is in great summer shape, with only a few blow downs. Someone has done some great trimming work - not much is ov...

Submitted by JimEG on 08/01/2017

Good to go

07 | 31 | '17

First time riding Kachess Ridge.

 

trail is good to go.

 

very dusty in spots so bring glasses or goggles if riding with a group and prepare for fun!

Submitted by MtnBaker on 08/01/2017
Hi there

A good day

07 | 30 | '17

Good out and back today, with a hike to the summit of Nava(j)?(h)o Peak. 

This ride is in the avanced category - solid single black diamond. There are long, chunky, technical rock sections that demand a high level of skill and fitness...

Submitted by JimEG on 07/31/2017

Went back with my new Fiskars 13" billhook to clear out the overgrowth on Meatcutter. Over the past week a team of trail lovers had already done a bang-up job clearing the whole trail and headroom. I went on to Goldeneye and Wishbone. Trails are s...

Submitted by tomvale on 07/27/2017
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So dry

07 | 24 | '17

HLC, VooDoo, Ryan's, and Gravy Train running sweet. But it's super dry out there. 40 days(!?) without rain, and Washington's most heavily used bike park is seeing some strain; some corners are getting super loose (HLC), making holding speed throug...

Submitted by r1de on 07/26/2017

Horse Doo Doo

07 | 25 | '17

Rode the full outer loop for the first time this year to get in a little XC work prior to a Duthie jump sesh. Usually this is a fall/winter only fitness ride for me, so the summer flavor was quite a change.  It is DRY out there, which for me...

Submitted by SeaBurn on 07/26/2017
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Slide is not so bad

07 | 24 | '17

I am mostly posting a ride report to comment on the state of the washout. I think the last report made the washout sound worse than it is. It was probably because of the direction he came from. It looks worse coming from the clockwise direction. Y...

Submitted by travisnelson on 07/25/2017

New Flavor

07 | 21 | '17

First time back on Grand Ridge in a long time, since the new loop (more like a detour extension) had just opened. This was the first time I was able to include it all into the otherwise OAB from Duthie to the Grand Ridge drive crossing and back. &...

Submitted by r1de on 07/24/2017
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Overgrown sections!!!

07 | 03 | '17

Headed up to Hansen with the intention of riding out to the lake and back. The section of the ride described as Phase 3 road/double track was VERY overgrown with underbrush. I ended up with scratches everywhere and something that caused an itchy r...

Submitted by mlippmann on 07/22/2017

Time to buy a machete. Meatcutter and probably Redline, both need a good wacking. The nettles and stickers have grown a bunch in the Summer. It was a great time but the front tire is having a harder time sticking to the dirt. Still a fun time and...

Submitted by tomvale on 07/20/2017

100% a moto trail

07 | 19 | '17

This is definitely a mountain bike trail you need to try right now! If you often have trouble deciding whether or not to hike or to go mountain biking, then this is the trail for you! Experience some of the most beautiful, and desolate, views in t...

Submitted by matbun on 07/20/2017