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    Roaring creek construction?

    We hit roaring creek for our Tuesday night ride yesterday and were a bit surprised to find the parking area chained off, some kind of construction taking place, and detours posted in many spots. Anyone know what's going on? I'm hoping they didn't lease it out for logging.

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    i've been told it's for a forest office type-like thing.

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    DCNR is building a new administration facility for Weiser State Forest in the area surrounding the parking lot on the east side of Rt 42 that was clear cut about 2 years ago. This has been planned for a few years. It's two buildings - one a 10,000 sqft administration bldg, and another 5,000 sqft maintenance bldg. As far as I know, once construction is complete it will have minimal impact on trail access. Hopefully In the interim, you have to park on the pull-off across the street.

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    New Walmart... LOL

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    Walmart with a view ... only thing is the building plan is too small for that.

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    I rode by recently on my motorcycle and saw the construction trailers being set into place. Glad to see the old faded building elevation drawing that was hanging on the gate next to the parking lot is finally being built.
    Thanks for posting the site plan link, looks like a nice complex being built.

    I am planning on riding the trails over there hopefully Saturday so we will see how it goes.

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    Trail access a little tricky

    I rode there last Monday and Tuesday. Trail-head access to the eastern trails is a little tricky. Trailheads near the old parking lot are off limits. The best way to access east side trails is pedal south or north on highway for a bit to where the trails cross the highway.
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    Just as you go in the existing road (as if going to the old parking) there's TH on the right that I believe is not obscured by the construction.

    I used it a couple weeks ago.

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    It's been a few weeks since I've been up there, but I would think that where big mountain trail comes out directly onto Rt 42, 30-40 yards north of the driveway would also be open.

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    oh, related, on the other side from the office construction there has been some clearing.

    I think that the "big mountain trail" as it passes through there is kind-of broken - in that it's cleared-dirt area now once you break out of the tree line adjacent to the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    Just as you go in the existing road (as if going to the old parking) there's TH on the right that I believe is not obscured by the construction.

    I used it a couple weeks ago.
    Bear, If I'm thinking of the same trail your describing, It now t-bones the back of the site trailer. I used this trail I to finish a ride and got the "look" from the guys at the trailer. I kept moving to avoid any discussion. Many of the trails leading to the work site have temporary trail closure signs.
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    no, what I was thinking of is on the other side of 42. If you take Big Mountain across 42 and go through to it's woodline exit, it USED to take you up some doubletrack - not quite out to the road - and on up the hill. I think that part is been "cleaned" into "gone" if you get my drift.

    "the look" huh? Well, if they didn't fence it off from the other side what should they expect?

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    Thanks.

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    ok, so Big Mountain Trail from 42 heading west is no-good until you get to the pipeline, here's why (this is opposite where it comes out from the east side) ...
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    Looks like Roaring Creek Moto and Trials park happening soon!... LOL

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    I saw that today when I drove by going to the lower lot on 42. Decided to ride the lower loop on the east side of 42 which worked out for a nice ride. Did not run into anyone down there, I wonder how many people acutally use those trails down there on that side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dliquid1 View Post
    Decided to ride the lower loop on the east side of 42 which worked out for a nice ride. Did not run into anyone down there, I wonder how many people acutally use those trails down there on that side.
    Not enough, probably. I need to explore those too.

    I love the stuff on top though, and the other side of the hill, towards Willburton. Some great stuff out there.

    ( I had started at Natalie side, FWIW, I'm a little off my rocker as it were )

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    I rode the outermost loop and put on a little over 6 miles.

    Bear: you did not happen to be riding out of the lower parking lot onto 42 and wave at a guy in a jeep grand cherokee with a white Trek on top (me)?

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    why yes, yes I did. ;^)

    you caught me right before I rode the stupid road up to the top.

    it's one of my private "training" exercises ... when I got to the point I could do it non-stop on a singlespeed I stopped caring.

    addendum: have ever seen how much your bike shakes side to side in the rack? "whew" I'm sure it's solidly in there but man, probaly 30d of lean when you pulled in!

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    I just got this bike and the bracket does not go as high on the bottom tube as my old bike which didn't move much, still secure though. Saving for a hitch and rack.

    Wait, so you rode the full loop from Natalie around the lakes then back to Natalie along the top trail? If so wow I guess I need some more miles lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dliquid1 View Post
    Wait, so you rode the full loop from Natalie around the lakes then back to Natalie along the top trail? If so wow I guess I need some more miles lol.
    Some say that I'm not completely sane.

    They'd be right.

    I started on top on the N side, came down Old Natalie Miner's Trail (1 I think, West) - fun fun descent that - motored across - then up the pain and worked my way back. I wasn't feeling strong enough to hit the trails east of '42 though, maybe next time. It makes for a great loop, but learning more of the singletrack eastward of 42 on the bottom and how to work it uphill would be fabulous. Harder, but more fun than climbing on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    Just as you go in the existing road (as if going to the old parking) there's TH on the right that I believe is not obscured by the construction.

    I used it a couple weeks ago.
    Bear, as you probably saw yesterday, there is a job trailer right at the start of this trail now.
    Plus old road / parking area are totally gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverracing View Post
    Bear, as you probably saw yesterday, there is a job trailer right at the start of this trail now.
    Plus old road / parking area are totally gone.
    yeah, saw that Sat. ;^(

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    I started on top on the N side, came down Old Natalie Miner's Trail (1 I think, West) - fun fun descent that - motored across - then up the pain and worked my way back. I wasn't feeling strong enough to hit the trails east of '42 though, maybe next time. It makes for a great loop, but learning more of the singletrack eastward of 42 on the bottom and how to work it uphill would be fabulous. Harder, but more fun than climbing on the road.
    The stuff on the the bottom east of Rt42 is pretty straight forward. Almost everything that's there is shown on this map Those trails don't see nearly as many riders and can be very wet in the spring. They're fun, but much less tech than the top, and the Headwaters trail is a perfectly do-able climb on a SS to get back to the top. I've climbed RT 42 and Pump House on a SS, and would prefer Headwaters any day. (Homestead connector to Big Mt is strictly downhill.)

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    Thanks Jonz, how'se tricks?

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