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    Sandy Ridge Trail

    Has anyone ridden here lately?

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    Rode it on sunday in the pouring rain. Trail was still sweet though.

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    Thinking about riding it tomorrow. Any info on a map?

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    The BLM's link to the system is below. It's a much nicer parking option to park at the regular parking lot with the bathrooms rather than the locked gate as described on the map. You can ride up the road the short ways to the locked gate turn off or there is a way to get there through the woods, but its not perfect.

    Once on the locked gate road, the main trail is fairly obvious on the left. You can also ride the paved locked gate road to the top and take the single track down.

    http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recr...ilbrochure.pdf

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    How is the other trail build coming along? Any work parties scheduled?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsavage
    How is the other trail build coming along? Any work parties scheduled?
    I'm definitely not in the loop, but, I think most of the work has been outsourced to contractors. I only know of one work party that was scheduled out there late last year for the public.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Pretty hammered

    The trails are already getting hammered! Nice trails though.

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    Next public work party is on April 24th from what I heard. The trails were all built by IMBA trail reps and BLM workers with exception of just one public work party day. I was at the work party in mid November and we worked on a brief section of Communication Breakdown (the 8-mile loop trail up top). We just cut and refined a little trail section with cool rock drop that can allow for about 5' feet of vert when hit it with a little speed and land out on steep tranny. Pretty cool, I rode it a couple times since being built, including last weekend. And there is a ride around for those not wanting to launch it. The bit of trails up there are a Godsend to have, but are showing some wear and needs a bit of love from all the riding done up there in past few months, especially with this warm winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta
    Next public work party is on April 24th from what I heard. The trails were all built by IMBA trail reps and BLM workers with exception of just one public work party day. I was at the work party in mid October and we worked on a brief section of Communication Breakdown (the 8-mile loop trail up top). We just cut and refined a little trail section with cool rock drop that can allow for about 5' feet of vert when hit it with a little speed and land out on steep tranny. Pretty cool, I rode it a couple times since being built, including last weekend. And there is a ride around for those not wanting to launch it. The bit of trails up there are a Godsend to have, but are showing some wear and needs a bit of love from all the riding done up there in past few months, especially with this warm winter.

    What trail system contains this rock drop you speak of? Sounds cool
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    answered my own ? thanks
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    ride it

    This trail is sick, conditions this weekend could not have been better. Awesome flow. I wish there were more trail systems like this around here.

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    is it recommended to climb the road or climb the single track?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsavage
    is it recommended to climb the road or climb the single track?
    From what I understand, this trail was designed to be downhill specific. I do not know if it will be labelled as a one way trail or not. There is no signage yet. As for myself, I'd rather climb the road regardless.

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    No rec.

    Quote Originally Posted by mattsavage
    is it recommended to climb the road or climb the single track?
    People do both. Great trail and the conditions are perfect right now!
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    On a weekday w/ few people around, climbing the singletrack is definitely doable and nicely challenging. However, if last saturday is any indication of how many people are going to be riding these trails (I saw a group of 10 w/ another group of 10 right behind), all weekend riders should definitely take the road. The upper section is faster, but a little safer for running into people. The lower section is really fun, but you could get into a major head on with an uphill rider in some of the blind corners. just my $.02

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorkild
    On a weekday w/ few people around, climbing the singletrack is definitely doable and nicely challenging. However, if last saturday is any indication of how many people are going to be riding these trails (I saw a group of 10 w/ another group of 10 right behind), all weekend riders should definitely take the road. The upper section is faster, but a little safer for running into people. The lower section is really fun, but you could get into a major head on with an uphill rider in some of the blind corners. just my $.02
    Amen to that.

    Anybody know if this open to hikers and equestrians? Or just bikes?
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Anybody know if this open to hikers and equestrians? Or just bikes?
    Hikers=Yes

    Equestrian=No

    Quote Originally Posted by MattSavage
    Is it recommended to climb the road or climb the single track?
    I'd recommend the road climb, echoing some of the comments about traffic.

    Build days: Northwest Trail Alliance will be coordinating some public maintenance/build days w/ the BLM. One that is scheduled currently is for 4/24. However, IMBA (along with other contractors) have been building the bulk of the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ride_nw
    This trail is sick, conditions this weekend could not have been better. Awesome flow. I wish there were more trail systems like this around here.
    There is. Stop in at Momentum in Sandy the next time you're headed up there and ask around. They'll steer you right.
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    So this trail is pretty sweet to ride. I hear there are other new trails in the Sandy area, like Marmot. Just wonder where to find out more information regrading where these trails are, what type, etc...

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by tymelero
    So this trail is pretty sweet to ride. I hear there are other new trails in the Sandy area, like Marmot. Just wonder where to find out more information regrading where these trails are, what type, etc...

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcewan13
    There is. Stop in at Momentum in Sandy the next time you're headed up there and ask around. They'll steer you right.
    Are they still in business? I drove by a week ago on my way to meadows and it looked like they were shut down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudlover71
    Are they still in business? I drove by a week ago on my way to meadows and it looked like they were shut down.
    They moved about 2 blocks away on the north side of hwy 26 in town that heads west from Mt. Hood next to the Chevron gas station. Don't know the street name, but shop is visible if you look for it and I believe they are open from Tue-Sun. Swing by it's a cool, small, LBS that will have the necessities you need if have to repair or replace something on the fly and Carey (the owner) will hook you up with local trail beta and may entice you to do a local trail night ride on Thursdays at 7pm from the shop all year round. Mostly DH only riders there, but Carey does it all and has the scoop on all the trails around and tons of bike knowledge and can get/order just about anything you need/want.
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    Went there for the first time today and had a great time. From SE Portland it only takes me about 45 min to get there, which is just a tad longer then it takes me to get to Powell butte and I don't have to drive through traffic and the trail is a billion time better.
    I did Hide and seek twice, and biked a little ways into the communication breakdown to check it out before realizing it needs more work and turned around, when is the next work party? Went through the free ride area which is nice. Overall the place is great. Seams like hide and seek was made to keep speeds down with the tight berms which is cool, but one thing I didn't quite like is that a lot of the pump bumps want to be jumped, yet the next bump is just out of reach for a smooth landing, it would be nice to move a few of the bumps closer to each other for jumping, or maybe I just need to go faster... Also could it be possible to have a trail branch off of hide and seek and meet up with the free ride trail by the power lines?
    Good job to everyone that did the trails!

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    Did just that and got the goods. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeldrum26
    Has anyone ridden here lately?
    rode it yesterday. there is a trail work party some time in april, not sure on exact date. with all the bikers hitting the trail there should be a good turn out for it. cant wait till they complete the upper trail section, should add about 10 more mi.

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    Sandy Ridge vid hit the net today.
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    My buddy Jason has a pretty cool write-up about it here.
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    here's another one from the - non-IMBA/BLM sanctioned, but still good fun - .
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    So, How come the local bike community isn't being asked to do more and the BLM is relying mostly on contractors to build the Sandy Ridge Trails? With the amount of interest in this trail we could easily whip this out in no time.

    Also, I have never heard of the Marmot Dam trails that Uncle Cliffy referred too in his link.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcewan13
    here's another one from the - non-IMBA/BLM sanctioned, but still good fun - .
    Hmm, I wonder who that "flailer" is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    So, How come the local bike community isn't being asked to do more and the BLM is relying mostly on contractors to build the Sandy Ridge Trails? With the amount of interest in this trail we could easily whip this out in no time.

    Also, I have never heard of the Marmot Dam trails that Uncle Cliffy referred too in his link.
    There is a work party on April 23rd....deets here:

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    Hmm

    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    So, How come the local bike community isn't being asked to do more and the BLM is relying mostly on contractors to build the Sandy Ridge Trails? With the amount of interest in this trail we could easily whip this out in no time.

    Also, I have never heard of the Marmot Dam trails that Uncle Cliffy referred too in his link.
    We have tax dollars paying for this effort?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caravan2001
    There is a work party on April 23rd....deets here:

    http://nw-trail.org/trailfest
    Thanks, I did see that. This will only be the second work party on the Sandy Ridge Trails open to the public. Seems like there should be at least one work party a month up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    We have tax dollars paying for this effort?
    Yup! That is what I learned yesterday...from someone that knows their NWTA stuff. Same is going on with Ranger Jim in the Mt. Hood National Forest. He's got resources, $$ and apparently building trails.

    You can thank the stimulus for it. Shovel ready projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    We have tax dollars paying for this effort?
    Dude, it's way too early for a question like that. Too bad you can't help us pay for it cause you live in WA. A great utilization of resources, IMO. Something we should have for a long time to enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Thanks, I did see that. This will only be the second work party on the Sandy Ridge Trails open to the public. Seems like there should be at least one work party a month up there.
    Hey OHM and others,

    Stay tuned, there may very well be more NWTA/BLM trail build days in the near future.

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    Some ass.....

    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta
    Hmm, I wonder who that "flailer" is?
    who prefers to ride alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent
    who prefers to ride alone.
    Sheash, all the time you "bail" on your boys, I am surprised you don't ride solo more often as well.

    More than three people on the trail for me is a crowd, what can I say.
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    More than 3...

    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta
    Sheash, all the time you "bail" on your boys, I am surprised you don't ride solo more often as well.

    More than three people on the trail for me is a crowd, what can I say.
    these days for me would qualify as a Mtb Festival! Don't believe the bail hype.
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    While the stimulus may very well be stimulating, I know Zac's been working on Sandy Ridge for 6-7 years.

    I accredit much of the positive, happenings that I'm hearing about around the country to 2nd & 3rd gen mtb folk -like many of us on this board- coming up the ranks into positions of power in their respective arenas. Think about it, in a couple more generations, we'll have senators who rip DH stunt courses on the weekends. Unfortuneatley, the Portland Parks Dept will likely still be stuck in the dark ages.
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    Not really a loaded question

    Quote Originally Posted by chick n da woods
    Yup! That is what I learned yesterday...from someone that knows their NWTA stuff. Same is going on with Ranger Jim in the Mt. Hood National Forest. He's got resources, $$ and apparently building trails.

    You can thank the stimulus for it. Shovel ready projects.
    We pay for hiking trails with tax dollars. I would throw some cash into the effort to get trals up and running....as we seem to lose more and more each year. Some might make the argument that biking trails save us money because fat arsed American's get out and move reducing the cost of healthcare--except the fat arsed shuttlers Just kidding. By the way, Hide and Seek is a great trail and a welcomed addition to the local scene. The dog and I will be up there tomorrow am having fun. My Golden got ticks at Sycline so we are avoiding that place for while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent
    these days for me would qualify as a Mtb Festival! Don't believe the bail hype.
    Sounds exhausting. You are a better man than me, or more social at least.
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    So I'm going to make an education guess and say the trails system will be busy this weekend...
    I have yet to ride here so I think I'll venture up tomorrow and check it out.Its nice to see nice trails systems being developed closer to metropolitan areas to allow for faster access when full day rides aren't possible.

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    Heck

    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta
    Sounds exhausting. You are a better man than me, or more social at least.
    A nice White Salmon area ride today with my dog. Perfect day on some good dirt. She does out climb me though....

    Riding this weekend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    A nice White Salmon area ride today with my dog. Perfect day on some good dirt. She does out climb me though....

    Riding this weekend?
    "Isn't that special" (in a Church Lady voice). And this has to do about Sandy Ridge how? I like frogs, but doesn't mean I have to tell the world about it.

    Trying to stick with doc's orders of no physical activity for at least a week, but may break it a bit just to get out for my own sanity's sake. But, probably will pay for it as I had to leave work early today due to hacking on all my patients from doing a walk yesterday. How's that for "TMI" (Too Much Info)..........now back to the previous station.
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    Okay

    I will remember that. You probably should ride alone...and avoid humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    I will remember that. You probably should ride alone...and avoid humans.
    Nice edit Bo'. I am sorry my "off the cuff", low-fi clips bore you so. Just be sure not to make any cause it would send others straight into a coma .

    And look who is talking about avoiding humans I am surprised you don't only exclussively ride with the four-legged creatures, cause then you could ride your 9'er on XC trails til the cows came home

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    Sandy Ridge trails

    Just got back from ride at Sandy Ridge before some rain came in and trails were great today even with probably a ton of traffic on the trails as of late with good weather and all. About 7-10 cars in lot when I showed at 2pm and no one in lot when leaving at 5pm and saw no-one on the trails at all this afternoon. Felt like I had the place to myself even though many others were probably out earlier that day. I was also pretty impressed with some of the trail revisions they have done, especially to the lower half of Hide and Seek with re-routing some sections to avoid the sloppy spots, adding more burms and some more mini-pump doubles, even though there is a bit much in the very last section. Should be pretty fun when trails are bone dry though, come summer and you can carry enough speed to float through them. Also stoked on the extra work the locals have done to the Jump Line with toning down the big double off of road to a table instead, revising the ladder drop and lipping up some jumps down "Little Monkey" with some new lines and the new signage. "TNT" and "Little Monkey", I love it.

    I think this is the best AM/trail network going around Portland/NW area right now. Although, still somewhat in its infancy, the trails keep getting a little better and better despite the tremondous amount of use it has been seeing. Hats off and a beer, bowl, or whatever their pleasure to Jason (IMBA) for designing and building most of Hide & Seek and the locals for the other stuff. You guys rule!

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    Rode out there a couple of weeks ago from the parking lot up the trail to the top and then back down. I did not see the doubles or where ladder drop was. Can you tell me where those are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tymelero
    Rode out there a couple of weeks ago from the parking lot up the trail to the top and then back down. I did not see the doubles or where ladder drop was. Can you tell me where those are?
    You would see them if you took the road up instead and is how I would recommend one to ride the trail system (Hide and Seek) instead as an out-back, especially on a busy weekend or busy day up there due to trail having a lot of short, speedy, blind corners coming down. Of course, uphill traffic always has the "right away" and the descender should always ride in control and be able to stop whenever needed, but just saying there are lots of little spots where head-on collisions could easily happen when riders are going both directions simultaneously.
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