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    Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    6/1 (Sat.) is opening day for bicycles on this trail annually.

    Graham has surveyed the lower section and there are four trees down across the trail on the first 6 or is it 7 miles of trail.

    Our North Bend friend has produced a map of the middle section and marked 20 trees from thunder creek down to wildcat creek. This 5 mile long section of the trail is upriver from Dingford Creek parking lot up to Goldmyer.

    From dutch miller down to Goldmyer there are no down trees except one which we will bypass by Saturday. Up top we need light help with vine maple face-slappers with small loppers and handsaws.

    Evergreen volunteers will take on the few down trees and do a little brushing to truly "open" the trail.

    Two basic options include a 10 mile loop or a 30 mile version with bailouts to the truck staged for the 10 mile loop.

    What we are asking of volunteers this Saturday is a pack with just a little room for a small amount of a sawyers load or perhaps a lopper, handsaw, or mini madock we may offer. Oh yeah and toss off the rounds from the saws. Safety glasses, Earmuffs, earplugs, and long fingered working gloves are recommended.

    Those helping on upriver from Dingford will tackle the worst of the blowdowns. If your time or energy is limited this is a great option for you to help.

    Those willing to pedal 15 miles of road plus 15 miles trail will finish clearing this major route and get in a full day's ride.

    http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/c...event_id=11098

    We will have a couple of water filters on the trail and BBQ and more fluid refreshments at the trailhead.

    One day trail passes will be provided.

    1st generation boonies hydroelectric generator at Goldmyer.
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    a great video of a Middle Fork work party made by Brian Paulter a coupleyears ago

    G O N Z

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    That video makes me smile every time I watch it

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    Indeed! Len loves his saw.... Got the same one after seeing it in work and know now why he loves it so... Will have to get Mid Fork on the list this year.

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    I'm working at tiger that day, but I may swing up with cold beers for you guys around 3:30ish, self service, cuz I'm going to go ride the freshies and try to help out on the back end of things.
    Epic trails get built in the Northwest by epic people!

    Sustainable quality trails please.

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Thanks Bob but this is about the MF and Jen Lesher having backroom meetings with friendly hiking groups for years so we could show USFS we could work out our own squabbles.

    Its about about a fine young man Brian Paulter from Tampa Florida coming here for one year, getting his chainsaw cert, then looking for a copilot he found Mr. Davis and those two sawed over 20 days two years ago both on Middlefork and the white river. Brian told us he learned so much from Bill and I kept that vital connection he had established.

    Its about now we have 8 new USFS certs from USFS snoqualmie district (and they will be the sawyers of record) and a light winters worth of trees to saw such that we cyclists can clear the 15 mile trail Jen, Brian Jones and many of you worked for for over 10 years to regain access to in ONE DAY.

    Next year these newly certified sawyers will be recognized as journeymen so when we get a bad winter (like our friends east of the cascades) we will have a fleet not one or two broken-backed old guys.

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    (Map of trees down removed per request)

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    I've been aquainted with Bill for a few years. He knows the area like the back of his hand and is an invaulable friend and NB area resource. Thanks for all you do Bill!
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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_H View Post
    I've been aquainted with Bill for a few years. He knows the area like the back of his hand ....
    He also feeds switchbacks.com owner moun10bike gps tracks of his trail data for the area.

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    Should be a good time!
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    You might have 2 more on Saturday... trying to talk Julie into joining the WP, BBQ and ride. Sounds like a blast! And yes, awesome history behind that trail. Thanks all!

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Hope to see you and Julie Mike.

    If anyone is sitting on the fence this is more like a fair to epic sized ride and just enough work time to fill in all important time sheets. Its not bad at all out there and this is a gravy run so come celebrate the opening of this wild and scenic trail with your brothers and sisters.

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    I'd love to go Len, but while I got released from the DL list yesterday (hernia surgery two weeks ago tomorrow!) I'm thinking even 10 miles might be much. But I dunno. I can lop and probably even bend over to pick stuff up.
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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Before and after shots just above Goldmyer this evening.

    Bill sawed and Graham and I clawed at the underside of the rootball so its very rideable.

    Erna supervised.

    Now we get to ride the whole trail Saturday just behind the saws.

    I need to clarify there will be at least two to four brushing parties in the weeks ahead. At this moment there's barely any issues. A couple of years ago Glenn and Peter Partel and I brought weedwhackers up about 6/1 and there was barely anything to whack. This week is just some vine maple branches in your face and we will be fine with what we have signed up. Just winking that if you haven't had major surgery and want a good roll now is going to be much less brushy than two weeks from now.

    Glad to hear you are on the mend SS. When you are ready the MF will be waiting with open trail.

    For folks looking to help: Tiger has a great National Trails Day event as well.
    (Sat. 6/1 is NTD)
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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Yep its open and cleared.

    Sawyers of record Gonz/PeteP 3 tanks of gas, Woodway/BrianCr 2 tanks and Graham leadership, brushing, last 4 trees and more! Seriously this was fun and we got some work done.

    "Hey get out of my video!"
    Fun with Woodway across Burnt Boot.


    So again we want you to ride it asap in the next week or two (on odd numbered calendar days) as the sun will close it off with green growth until we come back to brush about or after the solstice.

    One more tree and midriver for Gonz!


    Art eventually got three nice big ones centered up.


    Great to share "opening day" with so many old and new friends.

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    Thanks Len, Peter, Brian & Graham for running the saws and feeding us yummy burgers!

    Trail was in amazingly nice condition today for this early in the season, particularly the top section between DMG and Goldmyer. As Graham and Len said, it will turn into a jungle in a few weeks and another brushing party have to be organized, I'm sure. If you can get out there this week while sunny, you should be golden.

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    Here are a few snippets of video I shot yesterday. Someday I'll learn how to actually use my camera.

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

    Super fun day yesterday. Thanks Len for being the better half of our saw team!

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    Was a good time! No pictures my camera is busted.
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    Looks great! Heading up there tomorrow to check out your work! Old and slow if any one wants to join me!

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    Here's the money shot of Garfield Mt.
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    And the obligatory Middle Fork Bridge picture. It is a shapely bridge.
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    Lovely movie Brian. cool music, great editing, and that pole thing really works ! What software do you use ? -Peter
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    Thanks Peter! I used good old Windows Movie Maker. It's easy to use and the price is right..,

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    Dang -- Sorry I missed it.

    Len, I could have should have gone. The test road ride on the bike on the way home went without a hitch and I spent all day Sunday throwing stuff about the yard.

    The guilt spigot is open from here on out if I don't show up for any more work parties.
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    Thank you just doesn't cut it, but that's all I got for you folks today.

    Lemme know when you guys ride Galby next time and I'll have some tasty malted beverages stashed for you in a creek.

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    Hello. Planning to ride Middle Fork tomorrow going up the road to DMG TH then down the trail all the way back. Is this the "easiest" way do this?

    Is the bit bewtween DMG and the hot springs worth the extra effort? Looks like it to me but my group may not think so aft 10 miles on the road.

    Planning on about 6 hours leisurely pace round-trip. Tried riding it about 7-8 years ago when wet and made it up to Dingford on the trail then was done and needed a serious jungle wacker. Normally mountain bike but been training for the STP and need to ride some dirt but keep up with the training.

    Thank you for any info.

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Yes and yes and let us know how upper section is looking. Last weekend just a few bracken ferns had poked out up to 2 foot but still unfolded shafts. We had had eyes on this two weeks in a row. A photo would be appreciated.

    Without doing upper section you stay down in the awesome trees but miss the views up top and the ride doesn't quite feel as epic. There are as many opinions of all trail vs road and trail and mine is try road then trail until you are comfortable adding in out and back trail sections.

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    I would go further and say you are really missing out if you don't do the top 4 miles from DMG down to Goldmyer. It was the most fun part of the trail, IMO. The road ride is steeper out of Goldmyer though, and is ~3 miles of travel to the upper Middle Fork trail head (a little further to the end of the road where the DMG trail head is a good lunch spot). You gain about 800-1000 feet from Goldmyer to the DMG trail head area.

    We may be doing it (again) tomorrow as well.

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    Road yesterday. The trail is in perfect condition. Will get some photos up later this week. That was a workout. Had flat issues that really slowed me down. Great training towards riding the STP. Last 4 miles back to Middle Fork trailhead were my least favorite. Will also post route on Garmin Connect. Slow ride, tired, big smile.

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    Lots of folks out yesterday. Indeed, the top 4 miles were the best it has ever been IMHO. Amazed more don't ride that section. Unfortunately, my freehub decided to become more "free" about 1/4 mile from the Goldmeyer crossing and I had to get towed when I wasn't coasting from the bridge down to the TH on the road. I really like the lower 3rd though. Despite all the stupid stairs. May have to go back this weekend for redemption.

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    A big shout out to last weekend's work party. Trail is in excellent shape. Thanks for all the work clearing downed trees. Looks like there were quite a few. Any word on when the FS is going to clear the rockslide on the road between Goldmeyer and Dutch Miller? That will keep the horses out.

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Quote Originally Posted by sproqitman View Post
    Any word on when the FS is going to clear the rockslide on the road between Goldmeyer and Dutch Miller? That will keep the horses out.
    I know my buddy is talking to them about it and totally speculating that the miner uses dynamite all day long and could assist later this year if nothing happens by then...

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    The brush report: Bracken/deer ferns are about two feet tall along the upper trail in places, just waiting to unfurl. It will be closed in within a week or so. Down lower, there were only a few stretches that were obviously going to be needing a brushing.

    Sorry I didn't take any photos of it, but I was riding! They are starting to spread though and it was a noticeable change from the week previous that they were encroaching the trail.

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    Middlefork video

    From the top of the TH by Dutch Miller Gap. I don't edit. Just throw clips up from time to time. Thank you for the info and work on that trail.


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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Love is a battlefield!

    (My personal title for your natural video through many tipped over things)

    For brushers: anything in the helmet-cam view too please.

    Thanks!

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    Trail after first river crossing

    This is a little bit after the first river crossing. Definitely was slapped by a few bushes but can't imagine the trail being any better. Apparently can't embed more than one video at a time. Two flats and still had a great ride. Need to go back to tubeless.


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    Just sublime... Thanks for the vid. I actually got to see more off the side of the trail watching the video than actually riding it yesterday. Some sections are so cool you just want to stop and take it in but you also don't want to stop the flow. Good first world problems.

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    Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Sunday was a great day to ride. I was with Borneo and made some snarky comment on how the views are probably the trails biggest hazards. Thanks guys for all the trail work. Bob and I cleaned up a little where a very rotten cedar root ball had fallen across the trail. Middlefork &quot;Opener&quot; 6/1-imageuploadedbytapatalk1370965020.112577.jpg
    One of the views on the lower sections.
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    And one of the smelly geyser. :-)
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    Cheers
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    Hey all, now that it's clear (thank you len, peter, art, brian, dave,etc.), it's time to brush out the middle fork. Check out the evergreen calendar for this saturday (jun 15) we are going to do a rolling work party to get a good jump on the brushy growth. graham@evergreenmtb.org for info

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Fingers crossed the "ride then work a little = get to ride more" movement continues to grow. (Aka rolling wp)

    The last few posts of pure joy demonstrate that the few help themselves and the many, and in some rare cases provide recreation for the superhero workers building tomorrowland today.

    We have the best trending data of the crazy fern explosion up on top since EnduroDoug sent us this just 3 years ago in 2010.



    Many of us witnessed that area a week or two later in june 2010 and we have been on case ever since...

    Help yourself and others if you can get to the ferns before they unfurl. If you see the stalk shafts of the ferns in this photo that is what DRSpalding reported a day or two ago.

    (Thx again drspalding for your latest report)

    Graham has this great idea to catch the ferns before they open/unfurl and block the trail and this is the week to do it.

    Next week it will look closer to Doug's day zero 2010 photo...

    Then its waaaaay more work to clear...
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    In all the years of MTBing, I have never biked this area. Ran sections 1-2 about 5 years ago, but just never got back. The group over here at Kitsap MTB, for some reason, just don't have it on the radar, maybe the distance, but that's not an excuse. Norm and I rode the top two sections yesterday. Parked at the gate, rode up the road to the horse camp, then back section 3/2 to the car. I have to say, I was really impressed. All of the recent work was obvious and greatly appreciated. The whole length of trail was a little more technical than I thought, so glad I brought the 'big boy bike' (RIP9) instead of the Epic. Spectacular views, a great adventure. Thank you all for your work, I'll be back, dragging a few more Kitsaper's with me.

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    Hey Len and crew,

    That old pic says it all. Question: What about taking a more "aggressive" approach to brushing these zones next year (or even this year)?

    For instance, having someone take a weedeater with a disc on it down them for the first pass and then have folks with rogue hoes behind thme to clear the sides and relocate some ferns to open the corridor up a bit. Initially, that usually looks a bit unsightly, but it achieves the goal of keeping the corridor wider and easier to clear on an annual basis.

    When we've been opening up trails in our recently harvested zones, I've tried to convey to our crews to go wider than you think with the trail tread because of how fast the ferns, nettles, salmon berries and other foliage grows in these zones. Some of heeded my warning and it just takes a quick pass down them to get them cleared again. Others decided the 12" trailtread that was formerly there would be suitable and those require way more effort each spring/summer to clear.

    I'm not sure how this would play out with the USFS, but strictly from a user (and maintainer) perspective, I think it would be well received.

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Thanks EB. This bracken fern is mainly along an open untreed area that gets tons of sun. I don't think its more than a quarter mile but once the fronds unfurl its heaps of work to remove.

    Here is a wiki snip on controlling it and our method has been cutting. Note the root structure which is a network under the trail tread and as far as the eye can see in the open area.

    " Control is a complex question with complex answers, which need to part of a wider approach. Management can be difficult and expensive; plans may need to be about cost-effective, practical limitation and control rather than give an expectation for eradication.

    All methods need follow up over time; starting with the advancing areas first. Given the decades elapsed to arrive at the current levels of coverage on many sites, slowing or reversing the process will be also be of necessity be long-term, with consistency and persistence from all parties being key.

    Various techniques are recommended by Natural England and the RSPB to control bracken either individually or in combination RSPB Bracken management in the uplands.

    Cutting — once or twice a year, repeatedly cutting back the fronds for at least 3 years
    Crushing/rolling — using rollers, again for at least 3 years"

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracken

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    After dealing with Bracken Ferns for years, I've found that the only effective non-chemical method to make them go away for a long time is to dig up and rip out the entire root system.

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    But they are pretty harmless and easy to beat back compared to blackberries & devil's club.

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    Middle Forkers,

    A crew of us rode the entire trail last sunday to celebrate our clearing effort. The brush is starting to creep up and I have posted a work party for saturday, jun 15 to deal with it early. come join me please, need some help. Len left me his Stihl weed whacker, so we have two, plus other implements of destruction. sign up at evergreenmtb.org or hit me up at graham@evergreenmtb.org.
    cheers, gt

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    Great job out there everyone. One of the best trails around. Tough trail to ride without taking the camera out every five feet! Here's a few.....
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9045636398/" title="As good as it gets. by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5326/9045636398_a3902d7935_c.jpg" width="534" height="800" alt="As good as it gets."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043567577/" title="Middlefork Snoqualmie Valley by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/9043567577_91e4d37b68_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Middlefork Snoqualmie Valley"></a>
    Scotty on the road climb.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9045438270/" title="Middlefork greenery by bike by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/9045438270_411c51fd34_c.jpg" width="538" height="800" alt="Middlefork greenery by bike"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043265741/" title="IMG_1245.jpg by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/9043265741_66544eb608_c.jpg" width="534" height="800" alt="IMG_1245.jpg"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043274933/" title="IMG_1247.jpg by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/9043274933_12714bdcb2_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="IMG_1247.jpg"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9045535014/" title="IMG_1259.jpg by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/9045535014_d540129d1c_c.jpg" width="800" height="427" alt="IMG_1259.jpg"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043317371/" title="IMG_1261.jpg by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/9043317371_c41c0d419b_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="IMG_1261.jpg"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9045529686/" title="IMG_1257.jpg by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/9045529686_85ef0baf9e_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="IMG_1257.jpg"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043378335/" title="Spoiled by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/9043378335_bea94645e9_c.jpg" width="534" height="800" alt="Spoiled"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043396097/" title="The trail is alive. by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5465/9043396097_4da1bf95e5_c.jpg" width="534" height="800" alt="The trail is alive."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043435299/" title="Middlefork Carving by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3710/9043435299_d4512b6a11_c.jpg" width="534" height="800" alt="Middlefork Carving"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9045718648/" title="Middlefork Snoqualmie hot spring. by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7444/9045718648_743fa7c895_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Middlefork Snoqualmie hot spring."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043520997/" title="Trying to keep our eyes on the trail. by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/9043520997_d425aae5e7_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Trying to keep our eyes on the trail."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043530889/" title="Scott on one of the many creek crossings. by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/9043530889_711c2d8c42_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Scott on one of the many creek crossings."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9045760474/" title="Temptation on the left. by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/9045760474_e914631371_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Temptation on the left."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackphoto/9043505073/" title="Middlefork Snoqualmie water slab by C.Black Photography, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3751/9043505073_b0c63ddc92_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Middlefork Snoqualmie water slab"></a>

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Well its been just over a month since the trail opened and shucks a tree fell down and ferns grew up within a 5-10 minute walk just down from the rotten tree..

    In the meantime I went to Scotland and rode in the Highlands west of Inverness and I saw bracken ferns in many locations. It had me doing a "close encounters" devils tower of ferns knowing they were getting bigger.

    I rode MF last week which was the last Saturday in June and thought "hey the trail is visible so maybe we dodged a bullet". Then the heat wave made the plants grow another foot or two as Slop and friends reported the ferns july 5th had hidden the trail from view again. (Insert close encounters alien sound theme here)

    I packed for everything this morning: little chainsaw in its day pack and two piece stihl kombi weed whacker in the bob trailer (in its larger pack). I stopped in North Bend and picked up a rake.

    The big down tree took longer than expected and I panicked and almost chose to bail about 7pm and come back then I looked at the fern area and hustled down there by 8 and finished with the Kombi by 9 and raked uphill to keep us all from hating my effort and got to the upper TH road at 10 and to truck and driving from dingford at 11 and in north bend at midnight and home at 1am.

    So when I get up in the morning I may go ride it the MF again just because.

    Last Saturday in June:


    First Saturday in July:
    Middlefork &quot;Opener&quot; 6/1-uploadfromtaptalk1373186994037.jpg

    OK so ferns require attention before July. Last year 3 of us worked a whole day on this but Stihl kombi did this in an hour and just over one tank of gas

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    I saw the first two Terminator movies and really liked them. Especially the second one, with the truck/Harley chase scene and the cryo tank ending. I never saw the third one. I guess it was playing on cable this evening, but it's hard to envision the franchise getting better after "T2". Anyway, prior to reading your post, the "T2" robots were the image that would pop into my head if I heard the phrase: "what a machine!".

    After reading your post however, I have to say those T2 guys are wimps - even the silver surfer mercury metal guy. They can't hold a handle to YOUR HUMAN-CHAINSAW HYBRID SAVAGE WILDERNESS BRUSH MELTING BLOWDOWN SLAYING SWATH LAYING BADNESS. "What a machine!" = Len-and-a-saw!

    I was in that group of 5 with Slop that rode it Friday, and hands down I have to say that trail is my favorite "hardcore" wilderness ride. I always leave with scrapes on my limbs or stanchions, if not blown tires/shredded derailleurs/some other physical or mechanical hit. MF dishes it out. But it aint got nuthin on you Len!

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    Re: Middlefork "Opener" 6/1

    Yeah I guess it was more like T2 gun selection scene in the desert my packing for the day Saturday. It was amazing fun to have all of that at my terminator disposal then the responsibility of it kicked in then it was just battle with wood and soft vegetation so no nuclear blast scene in this terminator x movie just a rake to clean up the mess.

    It was so rewarding to ride the trail today even the crappy dirt road that will start getting paved "today" so the road will be closed weekdays going forward. I'm under the impression it is open on weekends and I'll ask for a pitchfork protest in this forum if that changes.

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    any idea how far the road is to be paved?
    breezy shade

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    Len, I hope you guys are all tracking your hours on the MF these past couple of years....you know, so when the USFS decides mt. bikers can't ride the trail at all....we've got some ammo.

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