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    Good job! Mountain Bikers "Show Up" In For Singletrack In Forest Park!

    Mountain Bikers Show Dedication To Forest Park Singletrack!

    PUMP members greet volunteers with smiles and doughnuts!
    May 3, 2008


    Last Saturday morning began with smiles, doughnuts, and mountain bike community spirit for the 25 bikers who assembled at the bottom of Newton Road in Forest Park for our third Portland United Mountain Pedalers (PUMP) sponsored Forest Park Trail Maintenance Party.

    After two PUMP sponsored Forest Park trail parties on Firelane 5 since November, our volunteers were eager to sink their shovels, loppers, and Mcleouds into a new piece of neglected trail: The lower section of Newton Road (alternate map version). This section is often referred to as the "most fun" section of singletrack in The Park. Many people don't know about it because it is farther to the North (past the town of Linnton) or don't go because of the misleading "Road" in its name. This is because it's a Fire Road instead of a Firelane such as FLs 3, 5, 7, etc. In reality, it is only a "road" for a very short distance; the rest is sweet singletrack. It sounded like a perfect project for PUMP and our merry volunteers!

    We had 4 volunteer Trail Team Captains who walked the trail the day prior with Jeff Hough, Trail & Restoration Manager with the Forest Park Conservancy, and myself to flag-out projects and establish the technical details of the work. Although Spring is just now "springing," the trail was already having overgrowth issues in many spots. Water was a definite problem resulting in mud, trail erosion, and straight-out washouts. Our Team Captains JD, Shane, Fred, and Butch definitely had their work cut out for them. Good thing they had a crew of enthusiastic volunteers chomping at their cranksets to get out there!

    Three things were listed as Major Projects:

    1. An old culvert has washed out near the bottom of the trail and had left an erosion problem. This required armouring with flagstone in such a way as to let water pass through, yet give a good solid trailbed for riders and walkers to pass. The old culvert was not to be re-installed. In addition, a double serpentine was to be built to both slow riders down in their approach to the new water crossing and to make the trail more interesting. Team Captain Fred took on this mission.

    2. In the middle section, about 45+ feet of trail was in a low spot that created a chronic muddy bog. We are talking inches of nasty mud near a stream, which was cause for silt and mud run-off into the nearby creek besides being rather unpleasant for walkers and non-mud loving mountain bikers. The goal here was to establish a 48' elevated trailbed with culvert drainage. This project was taken on by Team Captains JD and Shane, who also dubbed this "turnpike" the "Toll Bridge." Let that name live on in infamy - Hail Captain JD!

    3. At the uppermost section of work to be done on May 3rd, a stream bed had completely washed out the trail. Boulders, rocks, etc. had taken over. Bikers had taken two routes to breach this wash-out, but neither could really be called a "trail." As well, one side of the trail was eroding and washing into the established creek. Yet again: Erosion is not our friend nor healthy for the park. This project called for a retaining wall to be built, the trail to be re-established, and a re-route from one of the breaches. Team Captain Butch stepped up to the plate for this one.

    In addition:

    Several trees had blown down over the trail in a group. These needed to be cut and cleared.

    The pruning sweep had its job cut out as riders were already being assaulted by limbs and harassed by Blackberries (its just May, right?).

    Several muddy spots needed to be nicked and given a place to drain.

    All of this in less than 4 hours? Hold on to your riding shorts and get ready for this:









    For full story, maps, before and after pictures, and video, click here: PUMP's Forest Park Forums page

    Reminder - Next Forest Park Trail Party:

    The next Forest Park Trail Party is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th from 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM. We will most likely be focusing on Newton again. Please mark your calendars and check back the week of the event for specifics. This party is on a Tuesday to help our partners in the Bike Industry and others who work weekends to come out and join us. It also won't take away from precious summer weekend ride time. Our Trail Parties are family friendly events and a great day in the woods with your kids, so please feel free to bring your younger riders (recommended for 6+ y/o).


    Speak - Build - Respect - Ride

    Shanti Ware
    Forest Park Liaison
    Portland United Mountain Pedalers
    Last edited by Mtb_Grrl; 05-08-2008 at 09:48 AM.

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    Nice work guys! Newton is by far my favorite "trail" in the park, so I'm glad to see it getting some love. Maybe I'll try to make sure the childcare base is covered and show up for the next one.
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    newton is fun, last fall was my last time down it, lots of obstacles and foliage in the face! nice to see it's getting a makeover. wish there was something we could do about that damn BPA road going back up, ough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willymcd
    newton is fun, last fall was my last time down it, lots of obstacles and foliage in the face! nice to see it's getting a makeover. wish there was something we could do about that damn BPA road going back up, ough!
    Firelane 12 is a much better way to get back up than the lower half of BPA.
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    Nice work

    I think the best riding is north of Germantown. It is mostly rocky doubletrack but it is a great workout. I see very few hikers; it seems to a logical place to build singletrack. Any thought on this?

    Jaybo

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