Manual Mike has adopted Grasshopper and has prepared a list of build days for the year. Below is a message from him regarding where to go, what to do, and what to expect.
First off, here’s the list of upcoming build days:
And here’s his letter:
Blanchard Mountain Trailday – This Saturday!
Join us on Saturday morning to help complete a reroute of the Lily-Lizard Lake connector. This new section will change a former fall line trail between the lakes into a nicely graded bench cut that is rideable from either direction.
We’ll be meeting at the Upper Trailhead at 9:45 AM and then plan to drive up near the work site around 10. From our parking location, we’ll bushwhack in and then hike the upper section Alternate Incline to connect in with the Lily/Lizard trail. Our work zone will be just uphill from Lizard Lake. Based on the progress we already have made, we expect this to take 3-4 hours to complete the last section, so we’ll be driving off the mountain around 2 PM.
We’ll provide coffee and pastries in the morning, but bring some water and snacks. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring work gloves. We’ll, of course, provide tools, but if you have one you want to bring, please do so.
From Bellingham, head south on I5 and take exit 240 (Alger exit). Go right (west) on Lake Samish Road for approx.. ½ mile and take a left on Barrell Springs road. Follow Barrel Springs Road a mile or two and then take a right on Lily Lake Road (there is a sign for Blanchard Mountain). Drive up the dirt road and go past the lower trailhead with the bathrooms. Continue to the upper trailhead (be sure to go past the left turn that goes towards the Samish Overlook/Hanglider takeoff) and we’ll meet there.
Matt Durand (former WMBC President) and Eric Brown (Trail Director) had recently presented to both the city and county council on the economic benefits of mountain biking on a community. Included in the presentation is information explaining what WMBC does and what we’re planning on doing in the future. Click here on WMBC_City_Council_Presentation (1) to see a copy of the presentation and learn more about the WMBC.
We had a great group of 17 folks who attended our 3rd Fall Trail Building Academy. Most of the attendees were from our TAP program, but we had a few that were just there to learn more about proper trail design and maintenance.
Day 1 was a classroom style setting where we had discussions around proper trail design and maintenance. Many thanks to Mark Wood from the NSMBA who led the discussion again and provided a ton of passion and insight into the challenges we face in the PNW desiging and maintaining trails in our wet climate.
Day 2 was focused on taking those fundamentals learned in the classroom and applying them in the real world. While we had a foggy and damp day on Galbraith, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as we worked on a reroute on Upper Scorpion. We did some drainage and maintenance and then were able to build new trail: Items like removing all organic materials, building a proper bench cut and considering drainage at every step along the way. The trail academy students were joined by a few experienced builders (Jeff Jaap, Andrew Trimakas and James Waltman) who helped lead the day to ensure that any questions were answered during the build day.
Great news is we got the new re-route tied into the old section of Scorpion! It’s going to require another pass and some time to sit and compact, but will be a really awesome new section. Our plan is to give the entire trail more love this season to breathe new life into an old classic.
The boys at Transition Bikes got out and tuned up Cheech and Chongs Wild ride with two new cribbed in berms and some feature buffing. They also added a re-route around the old downhill log ride to add more trail and flow with less breaking. The re-route is not open yet but will be later this week.
REI is sponsoring our first trailday of the season this Saturday morning and it will be the first of many on Chuckanut Mountain this year! Our current plan is to knock out some minor damage from the enduro race. This should go fast and might not even take the whole crew. Then, we will move on to a reroute of Double Black Diamond that will take riders through an amazing section of forest before re-entering onto the original trail.
WEATHER (IMPORTANT): It currently looks like it will be very windy this weekend. If this holds true and the winds are as predicted, we will either cancel the day or move it to Galbraith. Please pay attention to the WMBC website or Facebook page on Friday night/Saturday morning to be sure this day is still taking place.
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