On June 13th, we had a divide and conquer brushing trail day. With the amount of logging happening all over the hill over the past five years, many more trails need to be brushed these days, so it’s critical to have a big group out getting some of the more popular routes brushed.
With almost 20 people, we brushed 1/2 of Whoopsie Woodle, Keystone, the exit of Mullet, Lower Pig and 911.
Many Thanks to Steve Roguski and Fairhaven Runners and Walkers for the sponsorship and for the help that day!
We’re going to have a Larrabee build day on Double Down (current name) this Saturday. The plan is to get some of the rougher sections of the trail dialed in and, more importantly, connect from DBD down to the road. Corridor has been cut and it’s ready for rogue hoe’s and shovels.
Thanks to Fairhaven Pizza and James Wadkins for the support and sponsoring the day.
Due to the heat, we’ll meet at Clayton Beach parking lot at 9 AM and then head up in cars to the work zone. If you’d prefer to ride in, we’ll be staging at the exit of Double Black/Lost Lake trail. Bring a swimsuit if you want to get a swim in Fragrance Lake after digging….it’s gonna be hot!
On May 31st, we had a solid crew of 15 folks work on getting an often-used mid-mountain connector, Kaiser, back in good shape for the year. Major kudos to Greater Bellingham Running Club (thanks Molly Hayes!) for sponsoring the day and providing great treats and food to keep folks going during the day.
With the support of Gateway Controls (thanks Jonathan Huffman!) and their machine, Devon Pelkie cut in a new exit directly across from Oly the week prior to the build day that now stays above the old perpetually wet zone. It also meant that the handwork in this section was mostly just raking and getting the trail outsloped and ready to drain in the wet season. From the new/rerouted section, we headed south where Russ Lambert had already weedeated the entire trail the week prior.
In the recently brushed clearcut, we focused on trail tread work and getting the trail properly drained. Devon Pelkie and Ryan Joslyn also got a bridge rebuilt.
Thanks to Tara and Ray Deck for the awesome pics of the day!!
Our friends at Aslan Brewing Company are throwing us a fundraiser!
Ride your bike down to Aslan Brewing Co. and support the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. Start saving the trails at 7pm, $10 at the door includes bike valet! ALL DONATIONS + 10% of drink sales support the WMBC.
We’ll be premiering Scott Secco’s fim BUILDER at sundown. Get here early and get a good spot. Check out the trailer here:
This Saturday is National Trails Day and it’s always a good time to join up with our fellow trail users and the DNR to get trails on Blanchard in prime shape.
As in past years, we’ll be working with the Department of Natural Resources on Blanchard Mountain. The work plan is to do trail improvements to the Larry Reed Trail and Max’s Shortcut – some of which has been impacted by recent timber harvests.
This day is co-hosted by the DNR, WMBC, Backcountry Horsemen, Pacific Northwest Trail and the paraglider/hang gliders. There will be coffee and snacks in the AM and an incredible bbq at the hang glider lookout in the afternoon that can’t be missed!
- What: National Trails Day
- Where: Blanchard Mountain, Lower Trailhead parking lot
- Time: 9 AM
- Trails: Larry Reed and Max’s Shortcut.
June Logging Update:
Janicki’s crews are currently logging the lower section on the southside below the pipeline. That area doesn’t have any trails that are affected, so no closures to report. That said, please expect increased vehicle traffic on the roads during the next 5 weeks and plan your routes accordingly.
As the loggers leave each zone, we will need folks to help us get these trails cleaned up and re-opened. Please share with all of your riding friends and respect any trail closures for your safety and the safety of the loggers who are working closely with the WMBC to mitigate damage to the trails.
Zone 2: Starting on Monday, June 1st, we will be closing From Here to There and 2 1/2 as the loggers move into that zone.
Zone 3: From there, they will move down to the 1200 road and log the Eastern ends of Cedar Dust, Family Fun Center, Candy and the section of SST below the road crossing. We will aim to have Cedar Dust re-opened as soon as they’ve moved through there to allow northside access, but the other trails will be closed for a longer duration.
Zone 4: This will affect Hop Scotch and Kaya. Trail users should expect lots of traffic on Pipeline Road during this time.
We are going to be rebuilding the North end of Kaiser and giving the rest of the trail this Sunday with the support of the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC).
We’ll be meeting before the Lake Padden Softball fields at 9 AM and then head up the hill from there. If folks want to run or ride to the build zone, we’ll be driving to the new exit at the north end of the trail – close to Bottle Opener.
Back in October of 2009, Andrew Fletcher-Love put an ad on Craigslist that said: “I build Mt bike parks for your backyard” and he included several pictures of beautiful berms, jumps and pumpers. A friend saw the ad and sent it to Eric Brown who immediately contacted Andrew via Craigslist.
After several emails and a conversation over a beer with Andrew, both Eric and Bill Hawk knew that this guy was a pro trail builder and a wizard with a machine. The timing for that initial meeting couldn’t have been better as Andrew was about to complete his season building elsewhere and we were about to start on a couple of much-anticipated projects.
So, in December of 2009, Andrew, Bill, Eric, Colin Tobin and a builder friend from the Whistler Bike Park, Duncan MacKenzie (RIP), hiked and flagged two machine built trails including the area where “The Luge” was located. That February, Andrew spent 3 weeks in a mini-excavator expertly crafting Unemployment Line with the help of many trail builders who shaped every jump, pump and berm. He has since gone back and made some adjustments to the trail, but it largely remains as it was originally built.
Over the past 5 years, the trail’s held up remarkably well – even with minimal maintenance – and is a testament to Andrew’s initial efforts…..it is usually the best draining trail on the hill. Recently, with the trail in need of some updates, Andrew (aka, Terratactile Trailbuilding) wanted to do more than just give the trail some fresh dirt. So, he conned/ recruited his good buddy, John Miller, to help shape the dirt and they coordinated their vacations where they spent NINE 12 hour days rebuilding the lower third of the trail with the help of Terrain Gym and Birch Equipment.
If folks haven’t ridden the recently completed trailwork, it’s truly amazing and it’s also given that lower section of trail a whole new life…..it also has two of the biggest berms in Washington State! Thanks to Andrew and John for the amazing work and a big thanks to Terrain Gym and Birch Equipment for the support on this project!!