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    I've been on it. It's definitely some good and more technical terrain, but I'm personally bummed that everything here here is pretty much built to imba grading standards. Soo, even through the tough stuff it's still a wide trail with short tech sections and banked switchbacks. I'd really like to see some steeper narrow fall line stuff like you see in BC. The location of the new trail is perfect for that, they'd just need to put a couple of differen down lines in. Maybe it's in the plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorkild View Post
    I've been on it. It's definitely some good and more technical terrain, but I'm personally bummed that everything here here is pretty much built to imba grading standards. Soo, even through the tough stuff it's still a wide trail with short tech sections and banked switchbacks. I'd really like to see some steeper narrow fall line stuff like you see in BC. The location of the new trail is perfect for that, they'd just need to put a couple of differen down lines in. Maybe it's in the plans.
    I haven't been on it yet, but I have to agree with the lack of "Fall line trails". I'd go as far as to say most of Oregon and SW Washington are missing these types of trail.

    Although we don't have this type of terrain in the PNW, this is the type of riding I'd like to see more of ...

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    That kind of hurt to watch today. The high country drenched in sunshine... ouch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    I haven't been on it yet, but I have to agree with the lack of "Fall line trails". I'd go as far as to say most of Oregon and SW Washington are missing these types of trail.

    Although we don't have this type of terrain in the PNW, this is the type of riding I'd like to see more of
    Yep. If you've ridden the xc in whistler pemby squamish or similar, you'll know what I'm talking about. This is an extreme example, but google jack the ripper in pemberton to see what's possible. Guys that clean that trail have my total respect

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorkild View Post
    Yep. If you've ridden the xc in whistler pemby squamish or similar, you'll know what I'm talking about. This is an extreme example, but google jack the ripper in pemberton to see what's possible. Guys that clean that trail have my total respect
    Wow, Jack the Ripper looks like a tough one. My Canadian riding experience is limited to a few trips to Rossland, which does have plenty of trails with a high pucker factor too.

    It would be amazing to have trails like these in the area. We definitely have the terrain to build them on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    It would be amazing to have trails like these in the area. We definitely have the terrain to build them on.
    We already do have trails like this in the high Gorge and around Mt. Hood, but they just happen to all be in wilderness areas
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    Quote Originally Posted by thorkild View Post
    Yep. If you've ridden the xc in whistler pemby squamish or similar, you'll know what I'm talking about. This is an extreme example, but google jack the ripper in pemberton to see what's possible. Guys that clean that trail have my total respect
    Thanks for the Jack the Ripper suggestion. The video I saw looked like what "some" of us want. A rugged trail dropping from the sky. Who is lining up a Pemberton trip next year? I am in. Plus, I agree with jgusta in regards to what is available in our region.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppa#1 View Post
    Who is lining up a Pemberton trip next year? I am in.
    Me too as I am tentatively planning a Pemby/Whistler Valley/Squamish trip next summer, especially after riding there for the first time this past summer, with exception of Pemby though. According to Whistler locals, that is where most of them go to get some longer trail descents in as most of the valley trails don't have as much vertical gain/loss, outside of the bike park of course. I also was surprised to hear how many guys who work in the bike shops that rarely ride the park for prefence to other places in the area. I just want to hit the bike park for the "Top of World" trail when it officially done next year!

    Let's plan a trip, I already have some beta on good, longer descending Pemby rides and you would like riding with the guys I went with last year as they all like to pedal and hit fun stuff to ride. Whistler Village makes a great base camp as you can ride right from the condo to cool trails (I ran into the biggest bear I have ever seen one early evening right before dusk on trail just 1/2 mile from condo). And Whistler is pretty much exactly geographically in between Pemberton and Squamish at only 30 minutes away from each to the north and south. We had a nice place in North Village Whistler (outskirts of main Village with great access to surrounding Valley trails and to bike park as well) and only cost about $155/person for 4 nights with three dudes. We rode one day in Squamish on the way to Whistler, three days on trails in the Whistler Valley with one 1/2 day in bike park and hit Squamish again on our way back home. It was just about the perfect amount of time to ride without being away from the families for too long of 4nights/5 days.
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    If this Canada trip materializes, I'd venture north with you guys. I definitely want to ride the "Top of the World" trail.
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    Wow, that video in colorado was pretty awesome, i want to ride there! I have to pep-talk myself when it gets technical and rocky and i'm sure i'd walk a couple sections, but that looks like a ton of fun! Another place on my someday list.

    I'm going to Sandy Ridge on monday, it'll be my first time there. Looking forward to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppa#1 View Post
    Thanks for the Jack the Ripper suggestion. The video I saw looked like what "some" of us want. A rugged trail dropping from the sky. Who is lining up a Pemberton trip next year? I am in. Plus, I agree with jgusta in regards to what is available in our region.
    Its hands down the hardest trail I have ever attempted, and I walked alot of stuff, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Interesting timing on my comment. There is an article on trail design in the new Dirt Rag. I generally don't start many new threads, but maybe I'll put one in passion since its probably better suited over there.

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    Just rode sandy today and had a great time. I was quite surprised at how much grip is available when it's wet.

    With the amount of traffic this place gets I can't imagine a fall line style trail lasting very long. It's still a good time though.
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    We rode Sandy yesterday and it was a perfect day. The Turntable is an awesome trail. Great trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo View Post
    We rode Sandy yesterday and it was a perfect day. The Turntable is an awesome trail. Great trail.
    Nice, glad you like it.

    Here's a ride I did there today with nice left shoulder clip of tree that sent me off of bike mid-way down. One of the many benefits of using 780mm bars . Good times on the ridge today!

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    Great to hear. Headed back up there tomorrow after work.

    Where are the jump lines and Little Monkey at? I don't remember them being on the mounted map and cant download the new one off the BLM site now for some reason. Thanks!

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    they are on the right as you are headed up the road just before the power lines corner. There isn't really signage for it besides some home made signs. The jump trails aren't officially part of Sandy Ridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta View Post
    Nice, glad you like it.

    Here's a ride I did there today with nice left shoulder clip of tree that sent me off of bike mid-way down. One of the many benefits of using 780mm bars . Good times on the ridge today!
    The trails has perfect pitch and is flowy the whole way down. Really well built!
    I enjoyed the views from up top! Communication Breakdown is a hoot also.
    I was blown away by the parking lot and all the work done up there. A great effort.

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    wfo and i rode little monkey at the end of our ride. It was pretty fun. I'm a total wimp and enjoyed the small jumps. Next time we'll have to try the other trail that starts parallel with little monkey, I can't remember the name of it now. Is it just a bigger jump line?

    Things were wet but traction was still surprisingly good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta View Post
    Nice, glad you like it.

    Here's a ride I did there today with nice left shoulder clip of tree that sent me off of bike mid-way down. One of the many benefits of using 780mm bars . Good times on the ridge today!
    I should have been with you yesterday. Nice video, I like the "RE-DO" caption. It looks good out there. I better get the purple bike ready soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta View Post
    Nice, glad you like it.

    Here's a ride I did there today with nice left shoulder clip of tree that sent me off of bike mid-way down. One of the many benefits of using 780mm bars . Good times on the ridge today!
    :^) Nice footage - that tree has jumped out in front of my shoulder as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMW503 View Post
    :^) Nice footage - that tree has jumped out in front of my shoulder as well.
    Thanks, added some tunes to clip that was playing in my noggin that ride. Must of put me in a trance before I kissed the tree
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta View Post
    Thanks, added some tunes to clip that was playing in my noggin that ride. Must of put me in a trance before I kissed the tree
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    Is sandy rideable year round?

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    No sandy is not ridable all year so stay away from it It gets ridden all year but some times BLM will close the trails for a few months due to trail conditions.

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    Mostly, yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by broccoli rob View Post
    Is sandy rideable year round?
    But it does get some snow and ice at times.
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    Ya, The Trail Masters at SR have built trails that dont hold water. All Year riding excepy when its pouring out. Wait a day after a good rain and its ready to go.

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    That's some of the best soil when wet, I was real surprised. Real sticky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent View Post
    But it does get some snow and ice at times.
    Sandy in the snow is good times!!!

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    All that gravel thats so annoying in the summer seats nice in the soft soil when wet and makes it like riding sandpaper.

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    Thanks for the info. Went today and the dirt was perfect.

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    I was out there today too. It is amazing how good the dirt is when its a little damp. It is not at all muddy. The trail holds together way better than it did during the singletrack dust storms of August.

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    Thanksgiving morning the trails were great. The upper elevation trails(rock drop, quid pro, two turntables) were nice and tacky. The lower elevation stuff was a little soggy in places with some standing water in the usual places/braking holes. It was a good ride and I seen a lot of other people gettin some wile it's still good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finch6013 View Post
    Thanksgiving morning the trails were great. The upper elevation trails(rock drop, quid pro, two turntables) were nice and tacky. The lower elevation stuff was a little soggy in places with some standing water in the usual places/braking holes. It was a good ride and I seen a lot of other people gettin some wile it's still good.
    I sure was thankful. It was a great day to ride a mountain bike. It may be the first Thanksgiving that I did not ride a road bike. I will always be thankful for that. I just wish that I would have had all day to spend at Sandy. Nice people out there yesterday too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppa#1 View Post
    I just wish that I would have had all day to spend at Sandy.
    Ditto this, as I didn't want to leave despite a botchy drivetrain that day.
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    Anyone go today? Thinking of going tomorrow and wondering how it is. . Thanks

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    Considering how little it rained since T-day, I bet it's going to be good. I'm headed to Syncline tomorrow.

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    It was good on thursday and it barely rained since then so I think sandy should be good to go for sunday. Enjoy, I might make it out myself.

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    Lower section ripped tonight upper was pretty tough in some areas - I'd say there was a good 18" snow on the last 1/3rd mile to the kiosk. Did have to push that last 1/3rd on the road but was worth it. Rode most the way on trail to Rock Drop and tried to come down that -was pretty slow with the deep snow but we sure tried with the Fat Bikes

    Ended up coming down Hide & Seek and the upper wasn't to bad - snow in quite a bit of the upper but after crossing the bridge it was game on

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    I know this is an old post.... but, I am going up to PDX on sat morning, thinking about a sandy ridge ride in the early am... can anybody tell me info on where the trail head is and etc???

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    Quote Originally Posted by shugarbear View Post
    I know this is an old post.... but, I am going up to PDX on sat morning, thinking about a sandy ridge ride in the early am... can anybody tell me info on where the trail head is and etc???
    Sandy Ridge

    The dirt was really, really nice today. First time on Communication Breakdown for me, super fun trail. Two turn Tables and a Microwave was riding good too. Upper and lower Hide and Seek are great and the new work on lower Hide and Seek just below the cut off is nice.

    Does anybody know when the new stuff on the east side of Homestead Rd will be open?
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    New question here. Horse damage on lower Sandy Ridge trails?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    Does anybody know when the new stuff on the east side of Homestead Rd will be open?
    Yeah, I'm curious about that too. I'm kind of in awe of how good Sandy Ridge is at this point. It packs so much goodness in to what seems to me a pretty modest footprint and keeps getting better. Send in those NWTA memberships people!

    On a crappier note, Did anyone else notice some horse damage to lower HS & Laura's Loop? This was on 4/27 in the AM. I'm cool with equestrians in general, but damn if that animal didn't punch pretty major holes into the trail!
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    Quote Originally Posted by benja55 View Post
    Yeah, I'm curious about that too. I'm kind of in awe of how good Sandy Ridge is at this point. It packs so much goodness in to what seems to me a pretty modest footprint and keeps getting better. Send in those NWTA memberships people!

    On a crappier note, Did anyone else notice some horse damage to lower HS & Laura's Loop? This was on 4/27 in the AM. I'm cool with equestrians in general, but damn if that animal didn't punch pretty major holes into the trail!
    I am not cool with the horsies. Complete BS... post holes should be accompanied by sharp jabs to the throat. It appears to me that a few more tires on the PCT are in order. This "how the west was won" activity needs to stop. Take pictures and send them to Marcie Houle ASAP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by benja55 View Post
    On a crappier note, [B]Did anyone else notice some horse damage to lower HS & Laura's Loop?
    Are horses legal on SR trails? Im not an equestrian hater either, but there is absolutely no way equestrians should be using the SR trail system. It was built by mtn. bkers and maintained by mtn. bikers. Im not sure of this, but I am willing to bet that has been no equestrian group that has helped out with building/maintaining this system.

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    New question here. Don't think so...

    Quote Originally Posted by RighteousTrail View Post
    Are horses legal on SR trails? Im not an equestrian hater either, but there is absolutely no way equestrians should be using the SR trail system.
    I'm not sure of the legality of it, but it's fundamentally unsafe and the direction of horsie travel was clearly heading uphill from the HS connector by the main gate ( I only ride that section uphill if I'm basically the only car in the lot. It's technically still downhill-only AFAIK)

    And yeah, it's a purpose-built trail system and that purpose is mountain biking. There are tons of multi-use trails available in OR, but Sandy Ridge isn't one of them, as far as I understand it.
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    Take a look at the link that I provided above. Sandy Ridge is technically a multi use trail system open to bikes and people on foot, but not horses.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    No good Good to know...

    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    Sandy Ridge is technically a multi use trail system open to bikes and people on foot, but not horses.
    Thanks for pointing that out OHM. So not only were they not abiding by the rules of the trail, but they fuct it up pretty nicely in the process...

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    That really pisses me off about the horse damage. I hope that equestrian get's what they deserve somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post

    Does anybody know when the new stuff on the east side of Homestead Rd will be open?
    I'm itching to know more as well. I've taken a peak at a few sections and it looks close. I'm hoping it will open this summer, but I've not heard or seen of any build days going on for that trail. Every build day so far has just been maintenance on existing trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finch6013 View Post
    I've not heard or seen of any build days going on for that trail. Every build day so far has just been maintenance on existing trails.
    The pattern with SR major builds as I've observed is the BLM/IMBA crew does the initial build and the public/NWTA events are more about fine tuning the lines and general maintenance.

    Oh and the post-holing by equestrians sucks, even on shared trails they are allowed on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glide the Clyde View Post
    Oh and the post-holing by equestrians sucks, even on shared trails they are allowed on.
    I just learned a new term! Yeah, messed up regardless of the trail. And seems kind of dangerous for the horse too. Some of the holes near the bottom were deep!
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