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    E. Tiger Mountain Trails–Including THREE New Trails–Are Opening Tomorrow!

    Great news everyone...All trails on E. Tiger are open to ride for the summer season starting tomorrow - Saturday, April 12th. These include all the old favorites: Iverson, East Summit/Preston and NW Timber. Plus, we’re pleased to announce that three new trails: Silent Swamp, Joy Ride and Fully Rigid are also open to ride (see map below)!!

    With the addition of these three trails, Tiger now has 12 miles of sweet singletrack for you to enjoy. Best of all, the days of riding the gravel road from Preston to NW Timber are now gone.

    We actually really need people to ride these new trails while they are dry to help pack ‘em in. So if you didn't already have plans this weekend...Now you do.

    All trails are snow free, and should be in great shape thanks to a big trail work push over the winter by Evergreen, DNR and lots of amazing volunteers.

    However, keep in mind that new trails are especially vulnerable to rutting when they get wet and muddy. So when the rains return later next week, please give these new trails a break and ride elsewhere.

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    Re: E. Tiger Mountain Trails–Including THREE New Trails–Are Opening Tomorrow!

    Thank You Evergreen Trail Team for new trails between Preston and the nw timber trail!

    Thanks for walking to the excavator in the dark so you could run the tool at daybreak and walk back to your trucks after dark.
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    is there a recommended direction ?
    G O N Z

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    Awesome!

    It may not be for two weeks, but I am most definitely going to make a pilgrimage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gonz View Post
    is there a recommended direction ?
    I suggest we ride up the trail and down the gravel road. Let's do it today.

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    Rode out there today and it was a amazing! I had gone to several work parties and helped on various sections of each new trail, and it was really sweet to finally get to ride them!

    Im glad to see Fully Rigid was kept tight and technical. I sometimes hear people complain that Evergreen "dumbs down trails" or that "the DNR wont allow fun techy mountain bike trails" and i think Fully Rigid puts both those to rest.

    I shot a lot of video today and will post up some clips of the new trails if anyone is interested.
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    Yes, Please post video.

    Do you need a parking pass to park at the trailhead? Didn't in the past but I heard it's required now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conradical View Post
    Yes, Please post video.

    Do you need a parking pass to park at the trailhead? Didn't in the past but I heard it's required now.
    Evergreen website says Discover Pass is only required at the upper lot. I'm heading out now to check out the new trails. Woo Hoo!

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    Video #1
    Fully Rigid to the Silent Swamp/Joy Ride intersection.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EmgPp89yeqE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Joyride and Silent Swamp videos posted down below!
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    Rode Fully Rigid and Joy Ride today.

    Wow. Thanks so much to the people who put this together. The new trails absolutely went above and beyond my expectations and it's amazing to see how well constructed and GNARLY they are. Looking forward to hitting Tiger many times this season and working up to riding these new trails at a bit less of a snails pace!

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    Lynch, looks fun going down but wondering how "ridable" it may be going up???

    May have to ride Tiger this year.

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    Joy Ride to NWT

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tUgiFUPZYC0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


    I personally wouldnt want to climb Fully Rigid. A lot of people were though!
    If you want a mostly singletrack ride, going NWT-Joy Ride-Silent Swamp then up Preston would be sweet. Then when you come back down you can climb the crossover road and drop into Fully Rigid-Joy Ride-NWT.

    Lots of ways to link them up and keep it interesting though! I saw a lot of people dropping into Silent Swamp near Preston, but I personally like it better from the Joy Ride/Fully Rigid side.
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    Borneo, it's rideable going up. Have done it. But we built it to be a challenge to do so. It's way more fun going with gravity.

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    It is short enough that even if you had to walk parts it would still be pretty cool. I bet it is pretty challenging to ride clean!
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    Victory!

    Wow, this is huge, awesome job Evergreen and supporters!

    Probably won't be there till 2 weeks, but when I do, I'll be thinking of the huge victory to gain new trails at Tiger.

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    I rode out there today and it's amazing how good the new trails are. Seeing them at the enduro race and the progress that has been made is awesome. Big thank you to everyone that has put in work out there. It makes me want to come out on a work party and help out!

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    Re: E. Tiger Mountain Trails–Including THREE New Trails–Are Opening Tomorrow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    May have to ride Tiger this year.
    I know south of I90 is venturing off the edge of the map for you. Let's ride tiger and some of your stuff and have a beer and then have a proper friendly comparison of how the world now a better place..
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    Rode it today. Left the parking area at 5:00 rode out NW Timber, up Joyride (it was a grunt but rideable), then an easy cruiser down Silent Swamp, road climb up to the Fully Rigid entrance (got there at 6:20) then down Fully Rigid, Joyride and NWT to the parking lot by at 6:53. Trails were great. It's nice to get a good reward for the uphill workout. Fully Rigid was pretty steep. I don't think I would climb that instead of taking advantage of the cruiser run down Silent Swamp and then climbing the road to the Fully Rigid trail head. Trails were in really good shape with only a few mud sections. Kudos to all who worked on this great trail. My only complaint is that the awesome DH was over way too quickly. I wanted do it again. Maybe next time. At least now I know I can hit it for a quick spin after work and still be done by dark. WooHoo!
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    After Summit/Preston, didn't have the energy left for Silent Swamp but Fully Rigid and Joy Ride were outstanding. We were hootin' all the way down which seemed like a lot more than 10 minutes top to bottom. True works of art.

    Joyride was the perfect cross between the flow of Summit and skill-testing tech. Fav was the huge left hand berm with the large rock built in. Can't really imagine climbing those trails though...for fun.

    The only problem is bonking on NWT coming in. That was a big day. Gonna be in primo shape this year.

    Thank you builders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    Video #1
    Fully Rigid to the Silent Swamp/Joy Ride intersection.

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    Joyride and Silent Swamp videos coming soon!
    Either you've got a serious techno-beat for background music or your heart rate was 156 on Fully Rigid.

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    I got out there yesterday, rode to the summit and did the summit trail for the first time. Then down Preston, then up the fireroad to Fully Rigid, then to Joy Ride, then NW Timber back to the lot. I was pressed for time or I would have taken a left onto Silent after Fully rigid, then climbed back up the fire road one more time.... Next time!

    Gorgeous day, and I met some nice folks.

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    Its funny how the new Gopro 3 picks up my heartbeat. Never had that happen with the original Gopro HD.

    I'll post up Silent Swamp tonight. It looks kind of boring on the map (straight line), but is a lot of fun to ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gonz View Post
    is there a recommended direction ?
    Options abound Gonz, including a few that don't include riding to the top and hitting the Summit or Preston. Check this thread for a few ideas...Tiger Mtn. Trails opening April 15th?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Len.Francies View Post
    Thank You Evergreen Trail Team for new trails between Preston and the nw timber trail!

    Thanks for walking to the excavator in the dark so you could run the tool at daybreak and walk back to your trucks after dark.
    And thank YOU Len for all your hard work out there with the saw. It takes a big team to build a great trail (or 3).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRush View Post
    I rode out there today and it's amazing how good the new trails are. Seeing them at the enduro race and the progress that has been made is awesome. Big thank you to everyone that has put in work out there. It makes me want to come out on a work party and help out!
    Yay! Glad you enjoyed the new trails. Clearly our job here is done.

    Please do come out to a work party Big Rush. They're almost as much fun as riding, but even better, helping work on a trail makes riding it that much MORE fun!!
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    Silent Swamp trail -
    This video is from the bottom of Fully Rigid to the huge bridge near the Preston side of the trail. Check out the cool "boardwalk" around the 6 minute mark.

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    Might have been cuz its Spring, but there was just a vibe out there today. Couldn't believe pulling up to a full lot on a Monday. Everyone seemed stoked and I can't help but think its because there are new trails. I classify these types of trails as "jigsaw puzzles". Fun from day one, but there will come a day when you flow that thing in your sleep. At first I wanted a faster section in there but then I thought hey the top is Big Ring madness the whole way down, why do you need more of that ? I thought about how the trail features were so perfectly placed - the trail doesn't really flow so much as have a beat as you swing the bike back and forth through the berms and change time signatures on the obstacles. And air time in there as well. And then how their character balances out the whole Tiger network and then I realized the trail builders are working on a whole different level, and my mind was blown.

    Get some before it rains, the surface is perfect up there right now.

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    10 more miles! I know OTG is being built, but im curious about the other trails.
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    I noticed a bunch of hand tools and what looked like a trail coming out to the road between the bottom of Preston RR and Fully Rigid, just north of the bridge. I initially thought it was the outlet of OTG, but I see on the map that it is nowhere near where OTG is supposed to exit, probably near Fully Rigid's entrance. Hmmm. New singletrack climbing trail perhaps that meets up with Preston RR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    I noticed a bunch of hand tools and what looked like a trail coming out to the road between the bottom of Preston RR and Fully Rigid, just north of the bridge. I initially thought it was the outlet of OTG, but I see on the map that it is nowhere near where OTG is supposed to exit, probably near Fully Rigid's entrance. Hmmm. New singletrack climbing trail perhaps that meets up with Preston RR?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    Silent Swamp trail -
    This video is from the bottom of Fully Rigid to the huge bridge near the Preston side of the trail. Check out the cool "boardwalk" around the 6 minute mark.

    **Silent Swamp video **
    wow, I totally missed half of this trail. I road it during the work party but at some point it cut off to the right and put me on the road back towards NWT. I never saw the boardwalk stuff or the big bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuzzy View Post
    You didn't see nuthin'...
    Must have been somewhere else.

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    So work parties with blindfolds?
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    At first I thought you were riding that trail on a full rigid... I was impressed.


    Trails look awesome. Cant wait to make some trips over to the westside to try some more terrain.

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    While climbing up to Fully Rigid, a guy on a 2014 Stumpjumper full rigid Singlespeed bike past us and dropped into the trail. That was pretty impressive to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    So work parties with blindfolds?
    Perhaps, or a 12 pack for admission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojotherider View Post
    wow, I totally missed half of this trail. I road it during the work party but at some point it cut off to the right and put me on the road back towards NWT. I never saw the boardwalk stuff or the big bridge.

    Yeah, you took the toter road. That boardwalk bridge section was a mess and mostly un-built for the longest time so the toter road acted as the trail for work parties.



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    So work parties with blindfolds?

    That's cool, right...? You get helicoptered in somewhere on the mountain and work for few, then potato sacked and end up back at the main lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    While climbing up to Fully Rigid, a guy on a 2014 Stumpjumper full rigid Singlespeed bike past us and dropped into the trail. That was pretty impressive to me.


    So there IS another full rigid rider in western Washington??? I must meet this person!
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    This guy was solo, full spandex and when we said "good morning" as he passed he gave a look like we were screwing up his Strava time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    This guy was solo, full spandex and when we said "good morning" as he passed he gave a look like we were screwing up his Strava time.


    Ah. Never mind then. It'd never work; I screw up everyone's Strava times.
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    All the tires on the new trails through the recent dry spell has been absolutely awesome for packin' 'em down. But we're not there yet... lots of rain in the forecast. Take it easy on the new dirt if you can. Thanks!

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    I hit all the trails on Tiger this morning, including two runs down Fully Rigid (Preston>road>Fully Rigid>Silent Swamp>Road>FR>Joyride>Timber.) I gotta say, the new trails were holding up really well! By far the worst riding on the mountain drainage-wise is still the middle of Preston, that thing was a raging river even 36h after the last rain on Thursday. The lower section below the new re-route looked good though!

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    So nice to be able to get a loop in without climbing to the top of the mountain. New trails were primo dirt. A couple spots are soupy that we already knew about and will mitigate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewBird View Post
    I hit all the trails on Tiger this morning, including two runs down Fully Rigid (Preston>road>Fully Rigid>Silent Swamp>Road>FR>Joyride>Timber.) I gotta say, the new trails were holding up really well! By far the worst riding on the mountain drainage-wise is still the middle of Preston, that thing was a raging river even 36h after the last rain on Thursday. The lower section below the new re-route looked good though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    Silent Swamp trail -
    This video is from the bottom of Fully Rigid to the huge bridge near the Preston side of the trail. Check out the cool "boardwalk" around the 6 minute mark.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PqlBNNiSAso" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    I love the Veggy Gap pass at 54sec, made my week seeing someone do that. Been joking for a year about someone doing that. Did your whole crew pass em that way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbty View Post
    I love the Veggy Gap pass at 54sec, made my week seeing someone do that. Been joking for a year about someone doing that. Did your whole crew pass em that way?
    I was wondering if someone would notice it! As you can see in the video all my buddies were standing on the trail watching.

    Not sure if you remember but me and a couple other guys were at a work party over a year ago and we discussed that spot with you and built that section. Its the only reason I knew about it! We hit it after the big Microsoft workparty last year, but never got to link it as part of the trail. It is a lot of fun and looks way scarier than it is. A log and brush filled gap with a tree on the right and a nice steep hill on the left is a little intimidating looking!

    I have some video of that same area from a year ago and its amazing how much it changed. A lot of incredible work was done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuzzy View Post
    Ah. Never mind then. It'd never work; I screw up everyone's Strava times.
    you not the only one

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    Summit Trail rules, and OTG is going to be great. Tiger Mountain is strengthening its grip on bang-for-buck capitol of the area. Love it!

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    Another bump... we need volunteers for this event. If you can't or don't want to do trail work, we could really use some shuttlers and shuttle vehicles... Subies, SUVs with racks, pickups, etc. Let us know. Thanks!

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    Here's the link:
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    Just registered. Last time was a lot of fun. Got to meet some cool people, have some BBQ, and shuttle the trails. I don't know if ill be able to pedal up tiger after this. Spoiled by shuttling.

    Is there going to be another keg? :P

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    Kegs up top, you have to pedal to it though!
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    Earn your buzz.

    Btw, what trails are getting worked on?

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    A very new trail and it shares a name with a beverage. For sure to become a hit.

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    Thanks for sharing the write-up, Woodway!

    All, There are still several spots open on this weekend's WP, BBQ, shuttle and keg day. Work will focus on the 3 new trails and (as Nick mentioned) the new PBR trail (Preston Bailout).

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    Used to do the grinder up to Preston then gravel to the power lines before NWTT was in many moons ago. Just did it yesterday this time Preston to Silent to Joy to NWTT to Iverson. Last half of the Preston is still a bone jarring experience. Don't go thinking the Silent and Joy ride are an easy cut across to avoid gravel. They will work you good!

    Nice job on the trails Evergreen, I think riding up and taking a right at the T and over to Silent > Joy > NWTT or looping those would be a good option to avoid the Preston beat down. I'm getting old!
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    I think the best thing about what has been added since Summit opened last year is that there is such variety between the different trails, with even more variety to come from what I've read about what is currently in process. Great opportunity for people with different riding preferences to tailor a ride that suits their style. For me, I love Preston just the way it is - wouldn't want it any other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwestra2 View Post
    All, There are still several spots open on this weekend's WP, BBQ, shuttle and keg day.
    How was the workparty yesterday?

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    Work Party was most-awesome! Huge thanks everybody! Had 46 volunteers -- about 38 digging on Joyride, Silent Swamp and PBR, and about 8 supporters doing shuttles, bbq, tents, parking, etc. Huge thanks to Trek and the Trek Bicycle Store of Southcenter!!

    Please post pics if you took 'em.

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    Did my first rides of the season this weekend, I really like the new trails and work of Preston has made a world of difference.

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    I popped my Tiger cherry yesterday! It was amazing to say the least, def pushed me a bit beyond my limits. I did Summit to fully rigid and Joy ride. I got two follow two guys around who were super helpful. The ride was great until I jammed my chain just after dropping into fully rigid and it wasnt long after that I went over the handlebars near the bottom of Joy Ride where it gets a bit more open with jagged rocks. All in all a few scrapes and bruises... ill be back! haha

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    Is off the grid gonna be open by late June/early July? Am gonna be visiting the area then....

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    It probably depends on how many people go out and help make it happen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsam84 View Post
    Is off the grid gonna be open by late June/early July? Am gonna be visiting the area then....
    DNR is leading the charge on that trail, and I haven't hear a more recent update, but they are hoping for mid-summer. Of course, in Seattle technically that means August since summer runs July 5th to September 30th most years.

    BTW...great answer on that Mr. Lynch.
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    We rode Tiger tonight at 6pm. I was stunned the lot was pretty much completely full.

    Up on the trails the new work was very noticeable and very appriciated! Things were riding great and mud was pretty minimal. I really liked the work on Preston to help dry out the end section of switchbacks 3? It rode really nice. Still techy just with less water!
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    Tiger was busy last night! Trails are in great shape and the work to help dry preston is appreciated.

    I can tell more people are coming by the refuse building up at the summit. People need to haul out their trash from the top. How hard is it to pack it out if you've already carried it up?

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    Latest on OTG is probably late July or August time frame for opening. The usual caveats apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specialev View Post
    Tiger was busy last night! Trails are in great shape and the work to help dry preston is appreciated.

    I can tell more people are coming by the refuse building up at the summit. People need to haul out their trash from the top. How hard is it to pack it out if you've already carried it up?
    I hear that! I put my empty bottle into my pack and my waffle wrapper into my pocket. Not too difficult, although it might have slowed my strava time down by .14 seconds! The 14g of extra weight really hurt!
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    PSA message. While PBR hasn't been kept a secret, the builders would appreciate folks staying off the trail until it's ready to open. I worked on it today and had to repair damage from three bikes that chose to ride on and off the trail in places. This is time that could have been spent elsewhere on the trail getting it further along. If you're really interested in the trail, please come out and help dig. Thanks.

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    We considered checking it out yesterday, but since it obviously had not been tied in to PRT yet, we opted to continue down PRT and went on Silent Swamp, the stupid way, instead. What is the schedule for opening PBR up and closing down PRT from switchback #3 to the bottom?
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    If people want to ride new stuff early do it the right way. Join a work party and earn a preview!
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    I've never seen a work party for that one. At least not on emba.

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    Evergreen had a work party on it last week. If you look higher in this thread you'll see it mentioned.

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    I was at that and thought everyone was on fully rigid or silent swamp. Ustve been tyler's group.

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    So I tried NW Timber -> Joy Ride -> Silent Swamp -> Preston up -> road link -> Summit -> Preston down -> road link -> Fully Rigid -> Joy Ride -> NW Timber today. Kind of a lollipop, though with the variation in the middle.

    Awesome. I really hate out-and-back, but Preston following Summit has a really different feel than riding to the top of Preston and turning around. And I really like Joy Ride in both directions, but Silent Swamp was more fun for me northbound last time and I haven't had los cojones to climb Fully Rigid yet.
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    How many miles and vert was that? That sounds like a good ride, I like going up Preston. Throw Iverson in there and that's a full meal deal.



    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    So I tried NW Timber -> Joy Ride -> Silent Swamp -> Preston up -> road link -> Summit -> Preston down -> road link -> Fully Rigid -> Joy Ride -> NW Timber today. Kind of a lollipop, though with the variation in the middle.

    Awesome. I really hate out-and-back, but Preston following Summit has a really different feel than riding to the top of Preston and turning around. And I really like Joy Ride in both directions, but Silent Swamp was more fun for me northbound last time and I haven't had los cojones to climb Fully Rigid yet.
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    Strava says 19 miles, 3600'. I didn't have time for Iverson, which is too bad - starting by riding out to Iverson means a ton of singletrack and, with those new trails, very little logging road.
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