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    Tokul East RR (w/videos and pic)

    Today some buddies and I headed out the Tokul. It was 20 degrees out when we started, but we make it to the top of Flowtron as the sun peaked over the mountains...



    We took a run down Flowtron and it was just as I heard, buff and fast! The trail gnomes have been busy. Check out the huge split log drop on the left at the 2:15 mark.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_UioTrDTeQc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Next we headed up toward Crazy Ivan to ride a newer trail Westra was telling me about. It is a top to bottom trail and a lot of fun. It might be my new favorite trail at Tokul East. Not sure what the trail name is, but I'm sure someone will let us know!

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    We also hit Upper and lower Ivan, OGDH and a few other shorter trails. It was a good day with frozen grippy dirt!

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    We were up there today too. I think the name of that trail is Crazy Ivans Little Sister. Awesome day, great footage!

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    Always nice to see trail gnomes busy all over the area. Me thinks the TH lot at East will keep being full this year....
    Still need to give you that West tour Lynch...

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    At 7:30 am we were the first car in the parking area. At 11:30 every spot was full and more cars were arriving.

    Bob- We ride every Sunday morning so if you willing to ride early, we would love a tour of T-west!

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    I'd like to tag along on that ride I'm getting to know east finally, but I still have no idea how to get to the good stuff on west except dumb luck.
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    Nice vids, looks like a beautiful day.

    Is that a chest mount on the camera? GoPro or Contour?
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    It's snow season kids and I was getting ready for sliding on some warm slush off Chair 2 this morning. But soon, for sure. There are 3 new (to some) trails in there and more proposed. And. it seems more and more are discovering the Golden Spike across the back as well. So, all good stuff.

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    This is the first year I didn't get a pass at Steven's (that was the deal with the wife since I got a new bike this year), so it's been interesting hitting stuff while it's cold here. Reminds me of the midwest, except with stellar trails on actual mountains.

    Still miss boarding though
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    It's a GoPro with my homemade Chesty mount.

    I use to ski/snowboard 30+ times a year, but not so much any more. With 2 young kids it tough to get away all day, and lift ticket prices are insane. I wont do the season pass route because I like to go to different resorts each time, and I cant get away enough to justify the cost either.

    With mountain biking I can ride twice a week, hit different places every ride and never be away for more than 3-4 hours and spend nothing more than gas money and the cost of the occasional broken/worm out part.

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    I hear you, it's sort of the same way for me. I'm lucky in that since I run my own business, I often get last minute chances to go do fun things a couple times a week. So a weekday pass at Steven's for $215 is really not that bad for a whole season of riding. But as much as I love Stevens, it does get a little old riding the same place most of the year.

    The mtn bike trails out here are getting so well built and designed in so many places, it's really feasible to ride year round and still get in a lot of variety. I still manage to get in a couple rides each week as long as it's not the constant downpour we had for that one week last month. I spent all day doing trail work at St. Ed's, and it was rough watching everyone ride by having fun on such a beautiful morning, I gotta admit
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    Side note: news on T-West from Slop that Hancock was indeed nice to us and logged away from the Beaver Pond Trail so it's still mostly intact. The connector to/from the SVT is bad, but that needed re-routing anyways... Stay tuned.

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    Oh very wow on your images.

    I can see I need to add points to your mojo brother Lynch.

    I'll work on improving your expression of the Middlefork this year...
    Think wilderness we have access to...

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    Man :-/ I can't wait to get back up to tokul! I have not been there since just after they started to widen roads for logging!

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    Hi all those wanting a TWest tour. I ride during the day mid week. Usually Tuesday and Thursday around 10'ish. If you are lucky enough to get away then...pm me to get a tour of West.

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    Thanks Mike!

    Side note: Is the "newish" trail noted above the same one that drops off CI before the No Trespassing sign?

    And, how is the former "Yip Yap" now "Goose Chase" in that area? Re-worked and complete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len.Francies View Post
    Oh very wow on your images.

    I can see I need to add points to your mojo brother Lynch.

    I'll work on improving your expression of the Middlefork this year...
    Think wilderness we have access to...
    I will be riding Middlefork again this summer, I just need to do the whole loop and not just the lower third!

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    and i do still love to play in the snow...



    can you name the location?

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    Borneo should be able to; He certainly spends enough time down there.

    Btw, that would be way easier with a bigger version of the picture.

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    Summit at Bachelor? Sure looks like Tumalo Butte straight ahead and then Broken Top and South Sisters off to the left. Looks like you are ready to drop into The Cirque.

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    Sir, you are correct!

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    Nice! Was going to feel really dumb if I was wrong. Was just there over the holidays hitting up the backside in some epic powder. Awesome place all year around. Just as good in the summer, if not better for the singletrack.

    One of these days, I would love to hook up with your group and ride Tokul. I mainly ride Flowtron and OGDH, so it would be fun to learn some of the other areas. I also want to check out your new Stumpy Evo, it looks like a sweet machine. I have a 2010 Enduro Pro and your threads are not helping me to stay excited about my bike! I just blew my rear hub (I think), so am waiting for a set of the Chinese wheels to sent to me.

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    Slacker day since I was actually working today. Uh, Bachelor?

    BTW Agate, I'm bailing on Bend this year since it's getting boring and going for the LaGrande area in June...

    Let's just keep this thread in East though so the Westies can enjoy the solitude over in West.

    Anyone want to resurrect the Pink Ribbon jump line over there and make it more mere mortal friendly?

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    I keep hearing "West is good for XC training, East is where the fun is".
    I cant wait for a real tour of West to seen if it is worth adding into the rotation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    I keep hearing "West is good for XC training, East is where the fun is".
    I cant wait for a real tour of West to seen if it is worth adding into the rotation
    That's just from the folks that only ride East.... (Or...Duthie)
    You're the one that said earlier in this thread that you have to mix things up or you get bored.

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    West is awesome. Mix it up.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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    I say they both add up to make a whole. Not too many miles on the East side. And I'm curious to see how the new trail holds up to all the traffic it's getting.

    BBQ - I like the PR idea, plus I have another idea in that area that might get more easterlies over.

    Lynch - I'd be glad to show you around next Sunday,and give you a run down on what we are planning.

    And Agate, put those kitties down and ride

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    It's not the kittens, it's everything else happening at once right now. I probably have time on Sunday, assuming I'm not skiing.

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    Is there a way to pay for a day pass in the parking lot?
    And how much are they these days? (I'm way too lazy to go looking all of this stuff up)

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    $45 for a season pass, $8 for a day pass.


    No you can not buy one at the lot.

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    If you know the trails on the East side, you can easly get 15+ miles without repeating anything and a TON of climbing. My buddies and I really enjoy the "pucker factor" you get on the east side trails. It's some of the best around if you want steep and fast with drops and jumps.

    I've only rode West once and I did a loop that Bob had given me. It seemed like it would be better suited for my HT 29er, but I could be wrong, I remember Outback and a few other trails were a lot of fun.

    I do want to go back there soon and ride it again. At least 2 rides a month we do on our 29er HTs, so we dont mind XC type rides at all. Bottom line is we just like to get away from the wives and kids for a few hours and have fun!

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    I found out from a builder that the new Tokul East trail in the video is called "Midtown".

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    Thanks. Need to get out there and ride that. I've heard many "pucker factor" comments about Full Bench.

    Bwahahahahaha!

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    It's got some" full bench" like hair pins but tighter and with a good elevation drop to them

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    I just watched the video of "full bench" and it looks pretty cool!

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    I have never ridden at Tokul, East or West but watching the videos makes me want to try East out some time. Does anybody have any gps maps of all the good trails? I found one on line of Flowtron and Last Frontier but would like one of Crazy Ivan and the new trail, Midtown.

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    Shouldn't your official hancock permit entitle you to a map of current trails?

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    Hehehe. That would mean that they would have to know where they all are....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark747 View Post
    Does anybody have any gps maps of all the good trails? I found one on line of Flowtron and Last Frontier but would like one of Crazy Ivan and the new trail, Midtown. Mark
    I second this! I'd be willing to show up for a few build days if someone would take it upon themselves to post an updated trail map.

    Frankly I'd like to show up for some build days regardless. Rode East for the first time ever today and it was awesome! Huge props to the builders

    Didn't really know where I was going that well, but managed to find Flowtron, and then hit Ivan and Midtown (I think- both of them were very steep and went all the way to the SVT), and another short but pretty cool trail West of Flowtron (not Frontier, back in the uncut forest).

    Would be nice to know where I am and what's out there. But if no maps are forthcoming, I'll just keep riding there and figure it out. Great winter spot when Duthie get boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nsteele View Post
    and another short but pretty cool trail West of Flowtron (not Frontier, back in the uncut forest).
    If it was between Ivan and Last Frontier/Flowtron, that was probably the OGDH.

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    Cool. Thanks

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    Trail:Tokul West - Evergreen Trail Guide

    There's a map here that should be good enough to get you by. Logging and some new trails that are not on the map yet are the only differences... Pretty minor though. Especially on the west side. Then, there's GS which connects across the back from just left of the top of the East road climb to Bon Bon in the West.

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    Yeah, that map works OK. It's great for West, but names on more of the East trails would be helpful.

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    New work on FT

    It's great to see TKE starting to feel more like the old days again. Heads up that the gnomes were up on FT over the holiday to add a couple of berms and some medium-spicy salsa towards the top (aka Newtron). More pumpage to come...

    The diving board drop is also now hittable in full effect! It's on Flowtron proper at about the 4th right hand corner. We need to groom the run-in a bit, but it's an easy, walking-speed drop to steep tranny.

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    How big is that drop? I saw it when we were ripping by. It looked like a 6ft+ to steep tranny. The "ramp" was covered in ice/frost so it looked pretty sketching Sunday morning. I plan of on testing it out real soon though!

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    I'd call it an honest 4', but it's closer to 5-6' at the landing.

    GPhroh's description of the approach is perfect. Just stay up on the outside edge of the previous corner, walking speed, let go of the brakes at the corner exit 2-3' before hitting wood. Walking speed approach, let go of the brakes on dirt and you'll be jogging speed off the end.

    It's 29'er hardtail certified, fwiw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    How big is that drop? I saw it when we were ripping by. It looked like a 6ft+ to steep tranny. The "ramp" was covered in ice/frost so it looked pretty sketching Sunday morning. I plan of on testing it out real soon though!
    Damn...we must have just missed you guys on Sunday. Probably didn't make it out until about 11.

    Yeah, it was weird out there on Sunday/Monday. With the inversion layer, it had to have been in the high 50s out in the sun; but all of the shaded north-facing sides of the FT ravine had frost on them all day.

    The plank looks slippery; but it's cedar so it's pretty grippy. The drop looks a lot gnarlier than it is -- might be 6ft, depending on your speed; but super-buttery. First time I hit it, I just got myself around the corner onto the plank -- probably almost at a dead stop -- then let go of the brakes and rolled off. Nothing to it! Smoother than the first two step-downs on KGB...

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    Sweet! I'll have to hit it next time I'm up there. It looked pretty sweet, but we got to it at sunrise and it was still cold and icy out.

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    We got back to the cars at 11ish and a bunch of guys were gearing up and heading up. Maybe we saw each other and didnt even know!

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    KGB could use some major love. Ended up putting a stick through my wheel Sunday. Rode around chainless which was surprisngly pretty fun!
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    [QUOTE=FM;10102847]I'd call it an honest 4', but it's closer to 5-6' at the landing.

    GPhroh's description of the approach is perfect. Just stay up on the outside edge of the previous corner, walking speed, let go of the brakes at the corner exit 2-3' before hitting wood. Walking speed approach, let go of the brakes on dirt and you'll be jogging speed off the end.

    It's 29'er hardtail certified, fwiw [/QUOTE

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