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    A nice shot from today's ride, taken from the crossover trail from Bon Bon towards Golden Spike. Right around 1000' of elevation and where the fog layer starts.

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    T-East Tailhead mayhem

    Agate...oops. Yup, Peter.

    I rode bobsled, BonBon, MoonRaker, Mousetrap, Outhouse, steakhouse, Outback, Middle, PoopyD and back down Bobsled. All rolling great today.
    Actually saw 4 other riders up there...so crowded. ;-)

    Have fun tomorrow.

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    Re: T-East Tailhead mayhem

    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    A nice shot from today's ride, taken from the crossover trail from Bon Bon towards Golden Spike. Right around 1000' of elevation and where the fog layer starts.

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    That is one of the coolest pictures I've seen!

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    T-East Tailhead mayhem

    @slop, I'm offended. I'm equally slow on any bike, geared or not. How dare you!!!
    I'll be along... eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by innovator8 View Post
    That is one of the coolest pictures I've seen!
    Thanks! I really wish I had my good camera with me and a tripod. I could have gotten some exquisitely detailed shots.

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    Just got back from our ride! 8 of us got a nice tour from Slop. I think we got around 15 miles in. It was muddy in spots put overall the trails were in decent shape for being mid winter. It is sad to see all the logging, but the future trails planned sound like a lot of fun.
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    Really fun ride this AM for sure, thanks for showing us around Slop. Sorry I had to bail a little early, knee was starting to act up and I wanted to end with a smile not a grimace today
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    Did the Tour Saturday afternoon. Amazing amount of logging all the way up the road from Beaver to Golden Spike. I actually missed the turn to Out/Steakhouse it looked so different.

    Tried Poopy D for the first time (need the story on that name sometime). That's a good rip. Got to pay attention on that one with all the surprise s-turns. Needs some fern transplants to lock in the line.

    BTW, Golden Spike is 25% mud right now. Ride-able but not the best time of year.

    The full Upper-Ivan to Midtown combo is the best trail in the Seattle area IMO. Long, technical, fast, steep, challenging, fun. Just missing views. Thanks for the fresh grading work and bridge repair.

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    @slop, I'm offended. I'm equally slow on any bike, geared or not. How dare you!!!
    I'm guessing you can go in the "with gravity" direction at a nice clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navigator View Post
    The full Upper-Ivan to Midtown combo is the best trail in the Seattle area IMO. Long, technical, fast, steep, challenging, fun. Just missing views. Thanks for the fresh grading work and bridge repair.
    I rode this for the first time yesterday. It is a great trail! Conditions were really good for mid-winter. I hope to do some more riding there over the spring time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slop View Post
    I'm guessing you can go in the "with gravity" direction at a nice clip.
    Will pedal for beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM View Post
    Will pedal for beer
    Zing, another winner.
    Say hello to my little friend, the Beer Gnome.
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    Any chance we can get Upper Ivan, Midtown, and OGDH updated on the maps? I know OGDH well, but it has been a few years since I went up top to Ivan and have no clue where Midtown is or a few of these other hidden trails are I keep reading about. Maybe it is intended?

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    I think Hancock is real protective of the area and doesnt want full maps out or something. Not totally sure.
    To find Midtown you ride the connect trail that heads over to Ivan, and when you hit the area where the "No Tresspassing" signs are, the Midtown trail breaks off to the left and heads down the hill.

    We will probably ride up there this coming Sunday if you (or anyone else) wants to tag along!
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    There's an issue with Upper Ivan and the entrance to Midtown. We all know this since there's "no trespassing" signs.

    PLEASE DON'T GO THROUGH THOSE SIGNS OR ONTO THE NON-HANCOCK LAND THERE.

    I was up there night riding with a few other guys, and we think we saw game camera's, so they're taking the no-trespassing seriously.

    The way to access Ivan and Midtown without crossing the private land (meaning non-Hancock) is this:

    At the top of the power lines, before you cross the metal gate, follow the logging road that goes downhill towards Ivan. After a couple hundred yards, you'll see Midtown come out onto the logging road. Keep going a little ways until you see an access trail (old road bed) on your right. Climb up that and at the top go right for Midtown and left for Crazy Ivan.

    This is totally based on memory. Can someone add to my description to make it easier to understand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpryIP View Post
    Do any of you ride a SS at T-East or West? All this talk about Tokul makes me want to get out there again; it has been a few years since I last rode there. I primarily ride a SS at GR and Sawyer. Any of you have thoughts on riding a SS at Tokul?
    I've ridden SS there a pretty good bit, I love it. I haven't been back there since the logging though, looking forward to that. Maybe this weekend...

    By the way; I'd love to ride with some other SS'ers, I'm the only one I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juice View Post
    PLEASE DON'T GO THROUGH THOSE SIGNS OR ONTO THE NON-HANCOCK LAND THERE.

    This is totally based on memory. Can someone add to my description to make it easier to understand?
    I'll add a few details.

    Find the powerline logging road Juice describes, which goes downhill into the woods. After a moment it flattens out, even goes a bit uphill. This is where midtown crosses over. Watch for a left here. You can take this and ride the lower 3/4 of midtown, which begins with a short climb over a knoll.

    If you pass the left to midtown and continue on the logging road from the powerlines, watch on the right side- there will be a trail peeling off on the uphill side, above the road. Once you're on this, watch for an immediate sharp right which goes straight uphill- not ridable by most mortals. This takes you right up to the crazy ivan pumptrack.

    Now the money route!
    From the powerline access road, ride the middle 2/3'rds of midtown as described above. When you cross the road after the middle section of minefield, take a RIGHT and start climbing. Watch on your LEFT side for the trail on the uphill side which goes up to the pumptrack (then take the first right to the steep push). Same as described previously, but your coming at it from the opposite direction.

    I dig this route since it gets you the middle 2/3rd's of minefield, and all of crazy Ivan, with sort of a "climb and a half". You only miss the XC portion of Ivan (including the trespassing bit) and the top and bottom sections of midtown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juice View Post
    There's an issue with Upper Ivan and the entrance to Midtown. We all know this since there's "no trespassing" signs.

    PLEASE DON'T GO THROUGH THOSE SIGNS OR ONTO THE NON-HANCOCK LAND THERE.

    I was up there night riding with a few other guys, and we think we saw game camera's, so they're taking the no-trespassing seriously.

    The way to access Ivan and Midtown without crossing the private land (meaning non-Hancock) is this:

    At the top of the power lines, before you cross the metal gate, follow the logging road that goes downhill towards Ivan. After a couple hundred yards, you'll see Midtown come out onto the logging road. Keep going a little ways until you see an access trail (old road bed) on your right. Climb up that and at the top go right for Midtown and left for Crazy Ivan.

    This is totally based on memory. Can someone add to my description to make it easier to understand?

    JVP...you go hard right up that old road with the little 'whoops', right? Takes you up to the pumptrack?
    Taking it easy for all you sinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM View Post
    I'll add a few details.

    Find the powerline logging road Juice describes, which goes downhill into the woods. After a moment it flattens out, even goes a bit uphill. This is where midtown crosses over. Watch for a left here. You can take this and ride the lower 3/4 of midtown, which begins with a short climb over a knoll.

    If you pass the left to midtown and continue on the logging road from the powerlines, watch on the right side- there will be a trail peeling off on the uphill side, above the road. Once you're on this, watch for an immediate sharp right which goes straight uphill- not ridable by most mortals. This takes you right up to the crazy ivan pumptrack.

    Now the money route!
    From the powerline access road, ride the middle 2/3'rds of midtown as described above. When you cross the road after the middle section of minefield, take a RIGHT and start climbing. Watch on your LEFT side for the trail on the uphill side which goes up to the pumptrack (then take the first right to the steep push). Same as described previously, but your coming at it from the opposite direction.

    I dig this route since it gets you the middle 2/3rd's of minefield, and all of crazy Ivan, with sort of a "climb and a half". You only miss the XC portion of Ivan (including the trespassing bit) and the top and bottom sections of midtown.
    Ah, nevermind JVP...FM's description is what I was looking for!
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    TE Updated Map?

    Going back one day to Dawgman's post, does anyone have the time to post an updated map of TE other than what's posted on EMBA? I don't care if it's on a bar napkin from the Last Frontier Tavern (assuming they use napkins), just looking for a cleaner map on how to get to the trails around Ivan and where the non-Hancock land is. I'm hoping to ride there ASAP. Thanks..

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    Yes please, I'd love a map too. Even if passed discreetly via PM's
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    That steep old road with the "whoops" in it takes you right to the pump track/Ivan/KGB and basically allows you to avoid the private property.
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    Which steep old road? People keep referencing other trails or roads to get to the newer trails, but if you don't know the area well or the old trails, it doesn't help much. I'm going to just have to spend a few days lost out there again I think, or tag along on more group rides I guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarekith View Post
    Which steep old road? People keep referencing other trails or roads to get to the newer trails, but if you don't know the area well or the old trails, it doesn't help much. I'm going to just have to spend a few days lost out there again I think, or tag along on more group rides I guess
    +1 on this. Don't understand why with Hancock now charging for access there still isn't a good map of the area. It's not like it will cause damage, if anything it'll help people avoid where they are not suppose to be.

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    Most people who know there way around out there just explored on their own without a map... However, if you NEED a map look on Strava... Every single trail is mapped multiple times.

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    You know where Crazy Ivan ends and comes out on the road? If you take that road up the hill, normally you would go right and ride Lower Ivan, but if you go left it leads to a old skidder road/ trail that is pretty steep and has "whoops" in it. That trail will take you back up to pumptrack. That skidder road runs along a logging road for a bit that you can use to access it.
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    I'm pretty sure that Slop has an updated map in the works. He'll have to say how far along it is, though, and whether or not he's doing both West and East.

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    Yes, in work with Westra and on some cool new mapping program and will include West and East.

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    Awesome, thanks for the update.
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    T-East Tailhead mayhem

    Awesome! Very appreciative of the effort to improve this map. Will be nice to finally know which trails and logging roads you guys are talking about when I ride there.

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    Just got back from wandering around out there, perfect day for a ride too. Trails were in excellent shape, and I think I finally found some of the trails you guys are talking about. The one that starts at the top of the pump track (very cool btw, didn't realize it was a real pump track!) and has all the rediculously steep switchbacks is Crazy Ivan, right? Then when that ends, you go left up the old logging road a couple hundred yards and take a right onto Midfield yes? The one that ends by the old red car in the woods?

    Those are A and B on this map?

    http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/4233/tokul0208.jpg

    What trail is the one I labelled C then? I always use that one when leaving for the day, never knew what it was called. Loved the new little side trails with the jumps on that one, very fun.
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    'A' and 'B' are upper and lower Crazy Ivan, respectively. 'C' is OGDH.

    Midtown starts from the top of the knoll right above the C on your map.

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    Thank you, that helps a lot.
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    Ok, that is Midtown. I always thought that was just OGDH from the top all the way down. That explains a lot about some of these posts now and brings some clarity. So technically, OGDH doesn't start until you hit the lower road and climb up a bit?

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    OGDH starts under the powerlines on the left. I've never actually rode the trail the leads to it from the top.

    The trail I'm curious about is the one on the left, two switchbacks above OGDH. It appears to be recently restored. We plan on checking it out on Sunday.
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    I was surprised just how many trails out there looked like they had recently been worked on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    OGDH starts under the powerlines on the left. I've never actually rode the trail the leads to it from the top.

    The trail I'm curious about is the one on the left, two switchbacks above OGDH. It appears to be recently restored. We plan on checking it out on Sunday.
    Eddy and me will meet you at 745 Aug parking lot off of 356th, right?

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    I've always considered the "OG" to start way back up at the top of the climb to the left and crossing the switchbacks on the way down. Then climbing back up under the power lines for the last section. The one on the East side of the power lines is actually fairly new and built by some local kids a few years back. One steep ball bearingly section and sorta short. Need to finish "Second Secret" (for all you Fromme fans out there) some day near there... Will be out in West cleaning things up tomorrow.

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    sounds good!
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    Assume it was packed over there today... Only 4 others in West that I saw...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Assume it was packed over there today... Only 4 others in West that I saw...
    Seems like East drains better maybe?
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    there is a reason for that...
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    I was trying to be more polite about it

    West is the place I think of in terms of it being a workout. It's the place to get in some miles, prep the climbing legs for summer (or maintain in the winter), and generally just put miles on the bikes for fitness sake.

    East is where I go to have fun.
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    If I didn't have a hand in building some of that east fun I'd be hurt by that statement...

    They both drain the same. East gets a little more of the compressional heating right before a front rolls in that dries it out a little better. Go ride Safety First in East and see if anything in West is that wet...

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    I think it's just different styles of trails to different styles of riding. I'd love to ride Safety First and check it out, but I can't find it on my map.
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    I'm just messing with Borneo! West is a fun place and a little different in style than East. I think west would be idea for a short travel 29er. The trails are fun, just a lot shorter for the most part. I cant wait to see the area when the logging is done and the new stuff is in place!

    I personally will ride West way before I go back to Tolt, but that's a whole other can of worms...
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    Got out there by 9 this AM, and luckily still got a parking spot. Still barely saw anyone out there except on the SVT, and it was a beautiful morning too. Ok, so the trail traced in red is Midfield, correct?

    http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/3082/tokul0210.jpg

    That is a REALLY fun and technical trail, especially slick as it was today. Couldn't even walk down some spot, just had to slide down on two wheels hoping to stay upright Really looking forward to trying that again once it dries out just a bit more on some of the steeper spots. And now I know where it starts so I won't have to walk up the upper part of it
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    You just missed us. We started riding right about 9. Started with 8, lost one due to a big crash on Flowtron (the first big drop), lost another due to mechanical issues, two others left after after riding Midtown, and then two got seperated on the way to Crazy Ivan and ended up going down Midtown again.

    We talked to 5 or 6 guys up near the pumptrack and the lot was full when we left at 11.
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    Yeah, I missed the turn off for Crazy Ivan while on Midtown too. At least now that I'm slowly making pieces of my own map, I can see how to string some of the trails together better.

    Question. So while you're riding on the SVT towards the climb to flowtron, you pass three trails coming down on your left. Crazy Ivan, Midtown, ???, and then the end of OGDH. Is the ??? trail something you can climb up to get to Ivan and Midtown easier? Seems like there's got to be an easier way to get to the pump track than going all the way around to the Powerline climb, no?
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    The second trail is actually originally the old horse trail that climbs the clearcut to a landing with a hitching rail. You can take that road to trail up to where Midtown crosses or take it all the way to the top of the power lines. Either way, you're climbing.

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