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    Tokul East logging is finished and you can now start rebuilding trails

    The fine folks at Hancock Timber have informed us that they are finished logging and chunking, and as of May 5th it is now safe to go in and start rebuilding trails!

    Remember, you do need to have a valid, printed access pass to be on Hancock lands (Get your pass here: Hancock Forest Management) And yes. They have been checking.

    A day pass will also be available on their Website in the next week or two. This is a more affordable option for folks who donít ride out there frequently (check their site for prices).

    Hancock is also currently evaluating a proposal Evergreen submitted for creating new mountain biking trails in another area of their property. Keep your fingers crossed that they accept our proposal and we can expand the riding options at Tokul.

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    Thanks for the update Stacy! How long has it taken others to receive the pass? I ordered mine 3 weeks ago via PayPal and nothin' yet.

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    I received my pass electronically and had it within minutes of paying. I keep a copy of it on my phone and carry a print out too.

    Stacy, thanks for the update and is great news!

    Cheers,
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    Hmmm... I received a PayPal receipt immediately, but nothing from Hancock. Will shoot them an email.

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    Also - heads up that there are new no trespassing signs on Ivan's. After you cross the cedar bridge and climb back out of the drainage as you near the highpoint there were a couple of signs and branches placed across the trail. I assume these are from a private landowner/homeowner up there rather than Hancock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyCu View Post
    Also - heads up that there are new no trespassing signs on Ivan's. After you cross the cedar bridge and climb back out of the drainage as you near the highpoint there were a couple of signs and branches placed across the trail. I assume these are from a private landowner/homeowner up there rather than Hancock.
    That's correct -- there's some scouting of a re-route going on up there right now.

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    Anyone also hear about an increase in moto use up there? Seems like without all the law abidin' non-motorized paying customers, the motos are running ramapant again.

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    Yup...moto evidence on GS & Outback. The new flagging for Flowtron and LF look great.

    A truck and small SUV were coming down as I was riding the road up to the top of Tokul East. We exchanged friendly hello's without stopping and continued on our way.

    Also, seemed a bit odd...looks like a small truck or jeep tried to go up babyhead...the last couple hundred feet of Bobsled right off the SVT.

    Nice day to be out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Anyone also hear about an increase in moto use up there? Seems like without all the law abidin' non-motorized paying customers, the motos are running ramapant again.
    Yep... at least anecdotally. Juice, JMatt and I were there on Sunday and saw recent tracks on West and Golden Showers. Dude working on the trail said a group of four, including two quads rode up, then turned and ran when they saw him.

    Actually spotted one of them later from way off on the logging road on East that goes to the gravel pit. Ph*ckers...

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    Watch for newly planted trees

    As you hopefully already know, the logging at Tokul East is finished, and you are welcome to go in and start rebuilding trails (as long as you have a permit, of course. And yes, they have been checking).

    Hancock has also just let us know that they are in the process of replanting trees in the logged areas. While they have flagged the trails to help prevent new seedlings being planted in them, it might happen.

    So if you're working on the trails and come across a tree planted in the trail, they ask that you please dig it carefully and replant it nearby but off the trail. Doing this not only helps Hancock, it helps us riders get a nice forest back that much sooner. Thanks!

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    Amen.... when the Gunrange area was first rehabbed, all the trees needed to be moved off trail, and they're starting to grow in. Only been 3 years. Awesome stuff.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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    Could a flowtron/KGB/Ivan builder PLEASE pm me? I would LOVE to help rebuild, but don't want to step on any toes.
    Thanks!

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    Tokul rehab

    Quote Originally Posted by thedudeman View Post
    Could a flowtron/KGB/Ivan builder PLEASE pm me? I would LOVE to help rebuild, but don't want to step on any toes.
    Thanks!
    Yeah Dude, I'll abide.
    It's very cool of you to be aware of the toes. Some folks aren't that savvy.

    We've been a little slow to get back out there due to work at Duthie, and really, just adjusting to the new reality of permits and public postings after all these years of flying under the radar.

    Our general approach will be to clear Flowtron back to it's used to be without any rerouting if possible and then evaluate improvement possibilities after we ride it a bit. Then move on to Last Frontier.

    Some of us will be out there this Sunday starting on Flowtron. Any help would be appreciated. The basic approach will be to move up the trail with a couple of saws followed by raking and buffing. Based on our experience with cleanup after the ice storm, a simple garden rake is a really good tool for this project. If you decide to come out consider bringing one.

    If you are out there on your own and feel like clearing, please just attempt to restore the original tread without reroute at this point.

    If (when) our relationship with Hancock works out we should be able to do some really cool stuff out there and elsewhere in the area.

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    Nice to see East getting going again. GS has had a bunch of love over the past few weeks and T-West is rolling great. Got a 2.5 hour continual ride out there this afternoon and a total no wash bike ride. Trails are rolling great right now. Just a little dry already on the upper Full Bench open area. Really loving the not so new now re-route on lower Beaver Pond. Thanks to whomever did that. It settled in real nice. And, a big to the builders of Bon Bon. You know who you are. 7-8 some years later and the trail is still really, really good in both directions.

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    The gnomes were out on our first day of trying to get Flowtron 3000 running again. It's going to be a while before its anywhere near rideable. Several major sections basically need new trail built to get around big slash piles or through sections that were churned up by the heavy equipment. The last 4 or 5 turns are totally shot, which will need new trail and some rerouting. It's a big job.

    If you're out there, please, please please don't move or remove the flags we've put up.

    Also saw a moto coming up the singletrack as we were leaving. I did a pretty good job of not going off the rails, mostly because he was younger a bit wet behind the ears. I did let him know he's not welcome out there and motos have been ruining the trails. I've seen or heard motos the last 4 times I've ridden Tokul E or W.
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    Turn by turn...

    Three gnomes, not me, managed to knock out four more turns last night, and we ran into the loggers yesterday who said they'd try to get up and clean the bottom up a little better to help us out in that regard (and remove the giant blowdown blocking the bottom that requires more saw than any of us can pack).

    It seems that pure gnomepower is what's really going to help the most, so watch for posted workdays and if you are somebody into this project please give a hand when you can.

    Stay tuned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juice View Post
    The gnomes were out on our first day of trying to get Flowtron 3000 running again. It's going to be a while before its anywhere near rideable. Several major sections basically need new trail built to get around big slash piles or through sections that were churned up by the heavy equipment. The last 4 or 5 turns are totally shot, which will need new trail and some rerouting. It's a big job.

    If you're out there, please, please please don't move or remove the flags we've put up.

    Also saw a moto coming up the singletrack as we were leaving. I did a pretty good job of not going off the rails, mostly because he was younger a bit wet behind the ears. I did let him know he's not welcome out there and motos have been ruining the trails. I've seen or heard motos the last 4 times I've ridden Tokul E or W.
    I'll be along... eventually.

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    Any gnomes out there planning to work on Tokul who'd like more help, please do either post your work party on the Evergreen calendar Evergreen MTB Calendar, or email me at stacy @ evergreenmtb.org and I'll get it up there for you.

    Happy rebuilding!

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    Where is this Flowtron Jr trail I've been hearing about? There's a short vid on Youtube.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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    Way too funny....

    People are such idiots... I kinda thought that was where this was going. Are you sure it's really not, "Ryan's Jr"?

    It's just Mousetrap over in T-West. Pre-dates FT3K by almost 5 years. It did just get a schweet re-groom thanks to gmome MM but is a little too fast for the original layout now and needs to inch up the sides of the hill EBx stylez now...

    That said, no real work parties needed for West, it's already been gnomed good as well as GS too and rolling just fine.

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    So, Slop and I did a West to East and back via GS ride today. Was my first time seeing the "view" at East. Kinda like the valley view myself. Will be cool to add that for a few years to come. Considering. Maybe the casino can put telescopes on a observation deck to watch riders going down the revamped FT3K. Nice to see some general clearing starting on FT3K. Tough to see Tetherball and I think thats done for. Good to see someone already re-opened the connector to Safety. (Please PM me if you have issues with me also connecting to the end of the road as well to the old OG section at the edge of the road.) I expect SF will also get a good raking and a bucket brigade in the next few weeks. Looks like no one is riding Bandwagon so that will have to get a pass through soon. We didn't go down Gun Range/Dodge Ball. But, the trees sure are growing out there fast.

    GS is getting some love and is rolling pretty darn good. Considering. Both directions.

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    Guess it's time to get a pass and give the trails some love.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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    Someone also cleared SF of all the big stuff but it needs a raking as there are lots of derailleur grabbers and a bucket brigade. The lower entrance to Gun Range to Dodgeball looks like it has seen a little work. Bandwagon needs a chainsaw...

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    So, was Safety First clearcut as well? From the few photos, it looks like they stopped right at the entrance. Please advise.
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    Nope. It looked like it was supposed to be on the logging map though. So, that's a good thing.

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