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    Another awesome build day completed out at the Alsea Falls project this last weekend, and again I come away with the thought that this is becoming a special place in our area. The trails themselves are amazing and so well built and designed, and that of course is at the basis of the special feeling I am having. But beyond that, having a crew of over 30 people working together toward the common goal of quality, local trails, that itself is what really puts it over the top.

    Even with the recent frustration of damage from equestrian use on these trails that are CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ALL USERS, the group just rallied and got to work to fix the damage and move on, keeping the focus on the end goal of awesome trails.

    If you haven't been to a build day at Alsea Falls, you really owe it to yourself to get out there and check it out by helping build for a day. It really is a cool feeling to ride a trail that you help build, especially a trail as good as what Alsea Falls will have!
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    Ditto! That was my first ever trail building day, and certainly not the last. It was hard work but well worth it. The new trails are shaping up beautifully!

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    Nice Undies! You're right, it is hard work, but a lot of fun, and cool to take that walk back up the trail at the end of the day and be blown away at how much different it is from that same morning. Glad you had fun, and next time us forum dudes will have to say hey to each other. I was the guy checking/signing people in with coffee. Yes, all the dang paperwork. Anyways, I'm sure we'll see each other out there again soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Chachi View Post
    Even with the recent frustration of damage from equestrian use on these trails that are CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ALL USERS,
    Can you elaborate on the damage? Is it documented?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrasher_s View Post
    Can you elaborate on the damage? Is it documented?
    You know, I never saw the damage myself, just talked to people that did see it and the guys that repaired it. From what I understand, and maybe someone that saw it can clarify, but it was holes punched into the soft berm and rollers in soft soil that hasn't set yet, plus they rode when it was raining pretty good too. Again, I didn't see it myself though. As far as documented, I think it was documented in that our trail coordinators inspected it, and the main guy from BLM knew about it as well and was pretty disappointed by it. It did prompt new signs to go up, stating the reminder that these trails are closed to all users, and hopefully that will help in the future until it officially opens.

    But again, the good part was the focus to fix it and move on and keep this project moving forward in a positive way.
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    Glad the BLM knows that mountain bikers are fixing damage done by other trail users. Good Karma.

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    Just so everyone is aware, the horse damage was significant, but comes with the territory unfortunately. There is a long history of equestrian usage on this system and we have worked with BLM to get more signage and will be constructing chicane type fencing to limit access from our biking zone and allow easy passage for bikes.

    A group of us will be out this saturday and Sunday at 9am at the orage gate. If you are interested in this weekend or work parties in general contact me at eric@teamdirt.org .

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    Document, document, document.
    Pictures, #manhours to fix, etc.

    Hopefully there won't ever be a fight about it, but it's better to be armed.

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    Thrasher_s we're on it and work closely with the BLM. We had not yet tuned the lower section, so it wasn't as much of a disappointment to me as it could have been. Moving forward together withe agencies support and our patience is the best method of approach. We have pictures, man hours, etc documented. We are by the book and moving on. Time to build a successful trail system and this is just one small bump in the trail for me.

    Again, we will be out at the trails on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (4-26/27) at 9am at the orange gate. We would really appreciate a strong showing by individuals interested in riding this system in June when we open.

    Thanks for the interest.

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    A group of us will be out this sunday, mothers day at 9am at the orange gate. It would be great to have some old friends and new faces join us!

    ****If you plan on coming please email at eric@teamdirt.org, due to low interest we may not hold this date but will likely be out there during the day****
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    Please sign up (or send an email to our trail coordinator at the address below) for the trail build day this Saturday, 5-17-2014, and help us get started on a new section of trail. We'll be working with IMBA Trail Solutions.

    Note that there won't be a lunch for this build day, so be sure to bring your own food and water.

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    Meet at Stellar J trailhead directly across from day-use area at orange gate on fall creek access road. I will provide a link to directions in the comments below !! Come show us and BLM how much a trail system like this means to everyone and how effective we can be as a group.

    Jason Wells, from IMBA trail solutions will assist during this build day and can help add insight to how the new trail layout will be done.

    We have free Team Dirt/BLM trail volunteer t-shirts to volunteers who come to two official or unofficial trail days in the 2014 season. This and previous events will count toward your free shirt.

    Bring sturdy shoes, Hardhat or bike helmet and any hand tools that you can bring. Tools to bring include loppers, machete, hoe, pulaski, pick, mattock, shovels etc

    Trail work will officially end at 1pm, we do not have lunch provided at this buildday.

    Afterwards we will have a social ride depending on trail and weather conditions.

    Contact team dirt advocacy and trail coordinator board member, Eric at eric@teamdirt.org if you have any questions

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    Bump! Come help us with a new trail segment linking Highballer and Springboard. We've got a little over a month before the official opening and want to get it all as tuned and ready to flow as possible. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Bump! Come help us with a new trail segment linking Highballer and Springboard. We've got a little over a month before the official opening and want to get it all as tuned and ready to flow as possible. Thanks!
    Woot tbmaddux!!! Looking forward to it! This place is coming together so nicely and the opening in June will be sweet! Truly, a destination riding spot for families! Killer trails, a nice campground, the falls, hiking trails, and just a beautiful location! Get out there!
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    Last build day of the season is this Saturday, 6/21/2014. Details are here at Team Dirt.

    The BLM has more information about the Alsea Falls Trail System, including the official map.

    Also, the official opening day is Sunday, 6/22/2014. Information about that and the Team Dirt shuttle day fundraiser is at this MTBR thread. And finally if you're curious, BLM posted last week about the opening day and the trails over at the DoD forums.

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    Nice post tb!!!! I'll follow it up with a bit more good press from The Oregonian's website, OregonLive.com. This is a great article about the trails as well. Just a little more stoke heading toward our weekend of building and then the Grand Opening of these killer trails on 6/22/14 and the shuttle day! Come on out everyone!

    Alsea Falls in Oregon Coast Range gets new BLM mountain bike trail system | OregonLive.com
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    Thanks for the link, GC. Here's more info about the build day:
    This saturday is our last official build day before the shuttle day/grand opening/ fundraiser on sunday. We will doing final prep work and really putting the fun into the trails for the season. If you haven't come out please join us for some fun. We will ride after the buildday also.

    Meet at Stellar J trailhead directly across from day-use area at orange gate on fall creek access road. I will provide a link to directions in the comments below !! Come show us and BLM how much a trail system like this means to everyone and how effective we can be as a group.

    We have free Team Dirt/BLM trail volunteer t-shirts to volunteers who come to two official or unofficial trail days in the 2014 season. This and previous events will count toward your free shirt.

    Bring sturdy shoes, Hardhat or bike helmet and any hand tools that you can bring. Tools to bring include loppers, machete, hoe, pulaski, pick, mattock, shovels etc

    Trail work will officially end at 1:30pm, we do not have lunch provided at this buildday.


    Contact team dirt advocacy and trail coordinator board member, Eric at eric@teamdirt.org if you have any questions

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    How was the turnout at Alsea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walangkatapat View Post
    How was the turnout at Alsea?
    I'm biased in my opinion here (part of Team Dirt) but I would say it was an incredible turn out! We had about 75 riders with two UHauls running all day, the BBQ going, tunes playing, and so many smiles on riders faces. It had a mini-festival atmosphere and we rasied some funds for further trail development in that area. KVAL News had a story on it actually too:

    Alsea Falls opens to mountain bikers: 'This is a community trail system' | Local & Regional News | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13

    All in all, I really think it was a massive success. Thanks to the riders who came out, the volunteers who kept it running, and keep an eye out for a possible shuttle day in September.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Chachi View Post
    I'm biased in my opinion here (part of Team Dirt) but I would say it was an incredible turn out! We had about 75 riders with two UHauls running all day, the BBQ going, tunes playing, and so many smiles on riders faces. It had a mini-festival atmosphere and we rasied some funds for further trail development in that area. KVAL News had a story on it actually too:

    Alsea Falls opens to mountain bikers: 'This is a community trail system' | Local & Regional News | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13

    All in all, I really think it was a massive success. Thanks to the riders who came out, the volunteers who kept it running, and keep an eye out for a possible shuttle day in September.
    Great event and great trails! Thanks to all the volunteers and trail stewards who put this on and all the dedication to such an awesome trail system that will only get better with time. Big shout out to the drivers and Michelle (EMT services) for tending to my wounds and allowing me to get back on trail before the day was done.
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    Not only great to meet you out there jgusta, but also appreciated you taking the time to say hi and make that connection between this forum and face-to-face.

    Hope you bounce back to 100% from that wreck soon. Highballer took out 4 people that I was aware of that day, although I saw some other ruts and evidence of crashes (including a 3in sapling taken down hard by someone or something on Springboard) as the day went on.

    EDIT - Here's jgusta pinning a turn on Highballer. Photo by Nate Dogg.

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    At least Jon's wheels are on the ground. Great event! I ended up doing some climbing to avoid the motion sickness but still had a great day.

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    Now I know who you guys are! Thanks TB! I was the guy working/volunteering in the morning, but riding the silver Giant Trance 27.5 in the afternoon. Good to meet you all, and thank you for coming out! Hey jgusta, get well man, and get back out there!
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    I don't know if the shuttle day was financially a success or not, but it was definitely a good time.
    Funny to see myself in the video from the news website, of course I wasn't doing anything interesting.
    Fun trails. I would love to see some LIGHT free ride elements tossed in. Blackrock goes from fun beginner to dangerous black diamond trails with little in between. In my opinion progression is key.

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    Snap, thanks Nate D for the shot, just wish I kept tongue in my mouth.

    At urgent care getting X-rays as I write this to rule out a crack in my hip since I heard a crack upon impact (thought is my cheap Chinese carbon front wheel that made that noise initially). Trails were a blast, but walking out upper Highballer with bumm hip was no bueno to say the least. Hope to see you guys for the next event, if not before. Cheers, Jon.
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    Rode there today and loved both Highballer and Springboard. Great flow and the banked turns are perfect! Those trails are the real deal. It's obvious how much work went into them. Such a fantastic addition to the mid-valley. Been home for 5 hours and I'm still smiling.

    A HUGE THANK YOU to everybody who had anything to do with making those sections a reality! Amazing stuff.

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    Rode the trails last night. Amazing! Fell in love with Lower Highballer. Itís a self guided aerial tour. So much fun, even for riders like me without a lot of jumping experience. I think a single-track trail option for climbing up instead of the paved road would be a super cool addition.

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    There is talk about more climbing options in the future. Right now you can climb Dutchman and transition from there to the top of Springboard. That's not too bad and a fun way to get extra descents of Springboard.

    To get to the very top, the only alternative to the paved road is to climb beyond that on a combo of Bailout and well, pretty steep and rutty and loose gravel to the top. I prefer the paved road for now.

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    I think I can speak for all the builders when I say that seeing all the photos and posts of people having a blast on these trails makes all the hard labor worth it. Well....that and getting to ride something you helped build is super rewarding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slopefish View Post
    I think a single-track trail option for climbing up instead of the paved road would be a super cool addition.
    Totally agree with this. As mentioned, you can climb Dutchman and bailout, but then you've got steep gravel road to get up to the top of Highballer. Problem is that Highballer runs down a ridge line with steep steep terrain on either side. Not sure how do-able the route will be, but I've been pouring over the maps and I know others have been also.

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    If I was designing a trail, which I am not, I would have the trail parallel the paved road just at varying degrees of steepness. It could climb and descend and climb again and end up near the top of Highballer. Maybe have some creek crossings and some techy spots like some rock gardens and roots. Of course also I think they should have old man with a long beard handing out beers at the top of the climb.

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    I am a singletrack lover but Springboard is an unique trail. It feels more like a pump track than a mountain bike trail. Fun. Worth a weekend trip to camp up there and ride. Great group of guys at the shuttle day.

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    One thing I can say is, that there won't likely be any rock gardens for one reason. There are no rocks! You generally don't see any rocks in this part of the coast range much below 2,000 ft. Highballer tops out at about 1860 ft. You can see some rock faces on the upslope of the paved climb where they benched out the road, but you probably have to dig down 5 to 10 feet to find rock. We just need to build a rock quarry I guess.

    We're going to be doing some scouting trips this summer to spy out some good routes and see what the terrain has to offer for some more advanced trails. Never know what we'll find.

    Creek crossings are probably a no-go unless we can find the rock to armor the crossing.

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    I rode out there today and will claim hands down best overall purpose built flow trail in the state. Other places have sections that might be more exciting, but this place just keeps on giving. The lower section is screaming fast no peddle no brakes. When the place has a chance to pack in and dry out a bit it will be nuts. I was in Whistler last week and it's fair to say this trail rides like a mini version of crank it up or maybe parts of A Line minus the death defying speed. Add a couple more trails out there and with the camp ground it will be a full destination. Huge applause for the trails builders, thanks!!

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    just out of curiosity, does anyone know when the next trail construction is scheduled to begin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slopefish View Post
    just out of curiosity, does anyone know when the next trail construction is scheduled to begin?
    Fall/early winter when conditions are better for messing around with soil/dirt.
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    Is Anchor Line a road or a trail. By the way, conditions Saturday were spot on after that last rain.

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    Heads up that there will be a couple trail runs at Alsea Falls next weekend. They will use all the trails (Highballer, Springboard, Dutchman, Bailout) on Sunday, so I would plan to ride Saturday.

    On Saturday 8/9 there is a night race and on Sunday 8/10 there is a 10K and 20K. The Sunday races start at 9am and 9:30am. Link to a map here:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Heads up that there will be a couple trail runs at Alsea Falls next weekend. They will use all the trails (Highballer, Springboard, Dutchman, Bailout) on Sunday, so I would plan to ride Saturday.

    On Saturday 8/9 there is a night race and on Sunday 8/10 there is a 10K and 20K. The Sunday races start at 9am and 9:30am. Link to a map here:

    http://oregontrailruns.com/files/201...pringfling.png
    Thanks for the heads up Tim and glad I made it down there today, along with Mary's on the way home! 4hrs of ride time for 5,000 ft of total gain and loss over 26.5 miles. I am pleasantly parched.
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    Took my 11 year old son to Alsea Falls for our first time on Saturday. While he was not a fan of climbing up the road, he was all smiles when he hit the first berms and rollers, yelling all the way down about how much fun it was. Great work on that trail system.
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    Another heads-up, there will be a women-only no-drop group ride and Giant demo day put on by Bike'N'Hike Corvallis, on Tuesday August 12th. Road bikes and mountain bikes will be available. Call the shop if you'd like to reserve a bike (541) 753-2912.

    Additionally, a coed Giant demo day on Sunday, August 17th, also at Alsea Falls. I don't have any details yet on that but if you're interested, call the shop (above).

    Quote Originally Posted by nh4cl View Post
    Took my 11 year old son to Alsea Falls for our first time on Saturday.
    I remember the two of you up on the climb and at the top of Highballer. So glad he had fun on the way down the trails.

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    Demo day at Alsea Falls this weekend. Actually, tonight is the women's only demo, with the co-ed on Sunday. Here are some details:

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    I have been enjoying this trail this season, I have ridden it 4 times now once solo which took me 40 min , The rest have been with my 6 & 8yr boys and the wife. the kids hate the climb which takes an hour and half with a mix of riding and waking the paved road. but they love the ride down screaming "this is the best ride ever!!"

    I must say that Springboard is my favorite part.

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    I'm heading to ride springboard and HighBaller tonight for the first time. Is there a link or could somebody give me good directions from Corvallis to the trailhead and beyond.

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    The way I go, which is pretty fast from Corvallis, is to go 99W to Alpine Rd., turn right on Alpine (west) and stay on that road through the town of Alpine. Right after Alpine, the road will veer left and there is even a sign that points you left that says Alsea Falls. Stay on that road for another few miles and you will eventually see the campground on your right hand side, and Fall Creek Rd will be on your left, just after the campground. Turn on it, and the trailhead and signs will be right there, about 150 yards down Fall Creek Rd.

    Here are the directions from the BLM site:

    Alsea Falls Trail System Details Oregon/Washington BLM

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    East access: From Corvallis, take Hwy 99W south 15 miles. Turn west on Alpine Road and drive to the town of Alpine. Continue along Alpine Road 9 miles to Alsea Falls Campground. Just past campground, turn right on Fall Creek Road.

    West access: travel Hwy 34 south from Philomath to the town Alsea. Turn south, travel on Alsea Deadwood Hwy 1 mile to the South Fork Road which then connects with the South Fork Alsea Access Road. Just past the Alsea Falls picnic area, turn right on paved Fall Creek Road.
    I hope this helps! Have fun on the trails! Let us know your feedback afterward too! Also, we will be starting up build days again this fall, so if you are interested in helping build and make this place even better than it is, check out TeamDirt | All things for the IMBA chapter, TeamDirt.. Enjoy! Tell the gnomes I'll see them Sunday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Chachi View Post
    The way I go, which is pretty fast from Corvallis, is to go 99W to Alpine Rd., turn right on Alpine (west) and stay on that road through the town of Alpine. Right after Alpine, the road will veer left and there is even a sign that points you left that says Alsea Falls. Stay on that road for another few miles and you will eventually see the campground on your right hand side, and Fall Creek Rd will be on your left, just after the campground. Turn on it, and the trailhead and signs will be right there, about 150 yards down Fall Creek Rd.

    Here are the directions from the BLM site:

    Alsea Falls Trail System Details Oregon/Washington BLM


    I hope this helps! Have fun on the trails! Let us know your feedback afterward too! Also, we will be starting up build days again this fall, so if you are interested in helping build and make this place even better than it is, check out TeamDirt | All things for the IMBA chapter, TeamDirt.. Enjoy! Tell the gnomes I'll see them Sunday!
    Thanks for the info. We had a great time on some terrific trails. Talk about a lot of bang for your buck, that climb was not bad at all. It was the first time I was more tired on the downhill then the uphill. That's a good problem to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobdog31 View Post
    Thanks for the info. We had a great time on some terrific trails. Talk about a lot of bang for your buck, that climb was not bad at all. It was the first time I was more tired on the downhill then the uphill. That's a good problem to have.
    Awesome to hear that you enjoyed the trails! I don't mind the climb either, and like you, it is the ripping downhill that wipes me out! So much flow and pumping! Most of Springboard you don't even have to pedal or brake!
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    Saw two bears above the trail yesterday (Sunday) as I rolled onto the bridge before the climb on Springboard. Hooted and clapped and yelled at them and they went up over the Dutchman ridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Saw two bears above the trail yesterday (Sunday) as I rolled onto the bridge before the climb on Springboard. Hooted and clapped and yelled at them and they went up over the Dutchman ridge.
    Wow! I wondered if that would occur at some point, as those woods are prime bear habitat. So, were they shredding Springboard too, just taking a lunch break, and you didn't have enough meat on your bones for them?
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    Two big events for Alsea Falls coming up this month.

    First is the Fall 2014 FUNdraiser and Shuttle weekend, both Saturday 9/20 and Sunday 9/21. Signup deadline is 9/18 and early registration gets you a discount. Limited camping options are available as well.

    Second is the first build day of the season, on Saturday 9/27.

    Get the details about the event here:
    Alsea Falls, Team Dirt, Fall 2014 FUNdraiser and Shuttleday | TeamDirt

    Alsea Falls Trail System details here, including the official map:
    Alsea Falls Trail System Details Oregon/Washington BLM

    You can also see some details about the trails on MTBproject (or just read the previous posts in this thread):
    Alsea Falls - High Baller and Springboard Loop Mountain Bike Trail, Harrisburg, OR

    And here's the writeup from Nate Dogg on opening day and our previous shuttle fundraiser:
    Wheels & Water: Alsea Falls Trail System, OR (Opening Day, 6.22.2014)

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    Thanks for posting this TB! This is going to be a great weekend of shuttling bikes and ripping trails! FUNdraiser is the right name here......the priority is having fun, and the secondary reason for this event is to raise funds to build more trails like these! Support Team Dirt!
    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Two big events for Alsea Falls coming up this month.

    First is the Fall 2014 FUNdraiser and Shuttle weekend, both Saturday 9/20 and Sunday 9/21. Signup deadline is 9/18 and early registration gets you a discount. Limited camping options are available as well.

    Second is the first build day of the season, on Saturday 9/27.

    Get the details about the event here:
    Alsea Falls, Team Dirt, Fall 2014 FUNdraiser and Shuttleday | TeamDirt

    Alsea Falls Trail System details here, including the official map:
    Alsea Falls Trail System Details Oregon/Washington BLM

    You can also see some details about the trails on MTBproject (or just read the previous posts in this thread):
    Alsea Falls - High Baller and Springboard Loop Mountain Bike Trail, Harrisburg, OR

    And here's the writeup from Nate Dogg on opening day and our previous shuttle fundraiser:
    Wheels & Water: Alsea Falls Trail System, OR (Opening Day, 6.22.2014)
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