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    Rocky Top - Yakima, WA

    Back in 2011 a few MTB riders banded together and started Single Track Alliance of Yakima (STAY). Shortly after we incorporated an opportunity popped up to build trails on a privately owned 600 acre piece of ridgeline on Cowiche Mountain. From the parking lot to the summit is an elevation gain of 800ft or so. The trails are going in and the system is taking shape.

    This spring we completed a 10-ish mile loop that runs the perimeter of the property. Currently nothing is signed or marked - we have plans and funding to remedy this by the end of the season. Portions of the loop, like the entire west end, are directional, designed to be ridden clockwise.

    The parking lot is at the end of Rocky Top Road, off of Summitview Ave, between Yakima and Cowiche.

    Here is a preliminary GPS map of the current system, showing most of the singletrack and most importantly the big lollipop, all of it is part of the Rocky Top trails system.

    Feel free to ask any questions or make comments. I'll revive this thread whenever we have progress reports/updates.

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    Nice work!
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    Yeah, right on!
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    Nice work! Would love to see some photos of the trails.

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    I got a chance to ride out with some of the guy's from STAY and had a blast, can't wait to go ride there again.
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    Here are a few pics that show some of the Rocky Top trails we have been working on.

    This is at the east end of Dumb and Dumber
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    In the middle of the same trail.
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    A STAY volunteer on Wholly Moses
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    Those look like some pretty fun trails.

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    Thanks for sharing, those look really fun!

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    Nice work guys, thanks a lot! Is ward a conspirator in this effort too???

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    Cool! Was the landowner a corporation or individual? How did you get to the point where they were going to let you build?

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    Ward comes and goes when he pleases!

    The landowner is an individual who owns a gravel pit/dump at the same site. Once STAY was incorporated we met community members who shared our interests and they connected us with this land owner. His interests were to see his land developed for the community, mostly to have Rocky Top Trails!

    We had a meeting where we outlined our vision and process. This resulted in the land owner giving the green light for STAY to build a trail down in a secluded gully that was separate from the ridge. We put in a mile long loop (the Dump Loop) there and waited for his approval/comments. Once he saw our methods in play and we had a few more meetings the thumbs up was given for the whole property.
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    Here is an older map which shows the dump loop and the double track (horse trail) GPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabiker3576 View Post
    I got a chance to ride out with some of the guy's from STAY and had a blast, can't wait to go ride there again.
    Hi Phil! Glad you enjoyed the trails.

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    I highly recommend heading out and checking out the trails if your in the area. If you are interested in keeping up with STAY and whats going on at the rockytop area, check out their facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/Stay.trails

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    Great work! I've ridden Rocky Top twice and look forward to riding it as a loop the next time I'm in the area

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    The trails on Rocky Top are really well laid out - good job everybody!

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    Hey guys,
    Here is the most up to date trail map. Hope you enjoy.

    cheers.
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    Stoked to get out there- it's always blown me away at the lack of (known) mtb trails in Yakima. The hills there always look so fun!

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    Awesome job, guys! Exciting to see.

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    Cool looking stuff! I'll visit when the snakes are asleep

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    I would love to make a weekend trip down there and ride with you guys sometime!

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    awesome! ill have to make a trip over the mountain to ride it this year. what is the star rating on the trails?

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    Not sure what you mean by star rating - but TNT and Dynomite are two trails we consider black with the rest being blue or green. Some of the difficulty is due to the newness of some of the sections. As they get ridden in they will smooth out considerably and the bunch grass should get knocked out.

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    sorry should have elaborated more about the star rating. I've looked at the trails on the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance - Washington's Largest Mountain Bike Club trails info page and they have a star rating as to how much or hard the climbs are or how technical it is. helps my fattyness figure out if ill be pushing the bike more then riding or going omg! omg! I'm going to die! omg! omg! lol. but the pics i see it looks like some nice single track which i love to ride.

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    Thanks, we are working on building some literature and clarification for the trails. Hopefully by the end of the season all trails should be signed/marked clearly. The oldest trails out there besides the bits of cow trail we used are two years old and the youngest are several weeks. We've tried to build these with the idea that a SS bicyclist should be able to get up the climbs without wanting to die.

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