Michael Storm and Dan Waters led a great crew of folks to work on Double Down on Saturday. The morning started out a bit wet and dismal, but quickly dried and even turned to sun by the end of the day! This made for almost ideal conditions to move and pack dirt.
Drainage was the focus of the day here. The weather this past winter was especially hard on Double Down. After a shocking amount of snow followed by a massive amount of rain, the trail was pretty wet and rutted out and needed attention.
The crew spent the day scraping muck off the trail, cutting in drains and filling holes. This may not sound like tons of fun, but MAN was it needed. And boy was it satisfying to see the results after! There were greasy turns and standing water in many spots on the trail in the morning, but at the end of the day there was no water and we left Double Down much smoother and dryer than we found it. And don’t worry, we certainly didn’t remove all the bumps, mainly just potholes and ruts from water damage. It’s still pretty rugged, just a lot dryer!
Special thanks to Dan Waters for co-leading the day with Michael. There was a lot of ground to cover, so having a knowledgeable extra hand to help with coordinating volunteers really helped. Thanks Dan!
Also, thanks to our new WMBC intern, Ike Bancroft! Not only did he work furiously on the trail, but he also volunteered to pick up lunch! A huge thanks to all our volunteers that spent their Saturday with us digging down on Double Down including John Rutter, Dan Froula, Chris Rose, Andrew Burns, Brendan Boyer, Greg Heath, Eric Prestbo, Emily Yeh, Noah Young, Logan Wetzel, John Ross, Mike Brodsky, Toni Walbridge and Misti Walbridge. The results are nothing less than miraculous! Thanks everyone!
Saturday, April 1st – Double Black and Double Down trail day
Meeting at 9:30 at Clayton Beach / Lost Lake parking lot. Folks will carpool to the top of Cleator Road from there and work Double Black down with the focus on fixing some of the more beat up sections of the trail.
Tori Broughton (Expert Women) goes through some giant Cedars.
Saturday, April 8th – Civic Dirt Jump Work Party
Meeting at 9 AM. Come down and join Michael Storm on our monthly work party at the DJ’s. Bring a bike to session the jumps after the work is done (weather dependent). More info here:
Saturday, April 15th – Cedar Dust trail day Sponsored by Boundary Bay
We’ll meet at the Samish parking lot at 9 AM and our plan will be to get Cedar Dust brushed and drained and ready for another busy spring of action. We’ll make sure the Cedar Dust IPA is there to quench your thirst too.
April 17 – May 1 – Whatcom Falls pump track
We’ll have a myriad of ways to help during the construction process. I’ll keep folks posted as we get going on this about the specific needs/days.
Saturday, April 22nd – Two events!
WMBC Joy riders spring kick off women’s ride.
9:30 AM at the Samish Lot
Earth Day Cleanup / Trail day on Galbraith:
Meeting at 9 AM, we’ll focus on cleaning up some of the old/remaining garbage on the mountain (from the days when there were no gates). If we can get some winches, we’ll pull some of the old car bodies out as well. More info. here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1972952822935935/
Sunday, April 23rd!
12 – 4 PM Cedar Dust Alley at Boundary Bay Brewery
Come down to say hi to the WMBC and enjoy a cold Cedar Dust IPA. RRAD will have a bike course set up and Jack’s will be there with demo bikes and are donating a 20” Giant kids mountain bike to raffle off. More info. here: https://www.facebook.com/events/267764143675942/
2PM – Aslan Fundraiser
As part of Bellingham Beer Week, we are one of 9 non-profits that Aslan will donate 9% of drink sales to during the week. Come grab a beer and hang out with the WMBC!
Thanks to the folks at Aslan Brewing for their support this year!
May 12th (Friday) – Rock n Roll Trail day sponsored by Kulshan Brewing:
Come join the good folks of Kulshan Brewing get Rock n Roll dialed in for summer. We’ll make sure there’s plenty of Lager or Greenwood IPA ready to go. More info. here:
Tomorrow’s trail day on Chuckanut is cancelled as the Cleator Road is closed due to snow at the top of the mountain. We also need to do some dirt work projects up top and it’s going to be pouring rain all week, so it would just turn into mush. We’ll get another day on the calendar soon.
Irish Death / Das Autobahn next Saturday:
Our next trail day is next Saturday, March 18th and is sponsored by Iron Horse Brewery. Following, we’ll have an apre trail day fundraiser at Kulshan Brewery K2! Kulshan will donate $1 per pint of Greenwood IPA and Iron Horse Brewery will have a guest tap of Irish Death, they will also be donating $1 per pint too! Stop by for some trail work, a beer…or both!
Post trail day fundraiser @kulshanbrewery K2 !
Kulshan will donate $1 per pint of Greenwood IPA and Iron Brewery will have a guest tap of Irish Death, they will also be donating $1 per pint too!
On Saturday, April 22nd, the WMBC Joyriders will be hosting their kick off party and fundraiser! After party will be at Kulshan Brewery on James St.!
Meet at the intersection of Rd 1000 and Rd 1100 near Last Call starting at 9:30am. Rides start at 10am and go until 12:30. Please carpool- park at Padden, pedal in, or be early to snag a good parking spot. Post ride beers and raffle at Kulshan on James St. Kulshan will donate $1. per pint to WMBC!
Facebook Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1256597657720624/
A few quick updates for you all.
Recreation NW Expo:
Swing by and say hi to us at the Recreation Northwest Expo Saturday at the Fairhaven Ferry Terminal. We’ll be there along with many other recreation groups from 1-6 PM and we’ll talking mountain biking and trails (of course). If anyone is interested in volunteering and helping me out a bit tomorrow, I’ll gladly reward you with some schwag and beer…..just shoot me an email!
Freehub Trail day:
Bill Hawk and Brandon Watts will be leading crews on Evolution and PT à Eagle Scout tomorrow. Meeting at the Samish Way lot at 9 AMif you’d like to help get those dialed for spring. If you’re planning to ride tomorrow, please avoid those trails….thanks! More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/274133373007683/
I’ll be meeting with Janicki’s crew on Monday, but they are planning to begin logging West of the Pipeline Road in the Kaya, Bunny and Art’s area next Thursday. We’ll get in there early in the week to flag the heck out of the trails, so their machine operators can limit trail damage, but those trails will be closed until further notice beginning early in the week.
Also, there will be a LOT of truck traffic on the Pipeline Road while harvest activity is taking place. As such, we’ll ask folks to try to ride from the north side or begin your rides after mid-afternoon when their crews are off the hill. If you encounter logging trucks during a ride, we’d ask you to please pull over and let them pass through since we only have one entrance/exit on that side of the hill now.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Trail Director, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
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What metals are allowed??
Ferrous Metals: Junk cars, scrap steel, cast iron, appliances, oversize iron
Non-Ferrous Metals: Aluminum, aluminum cans, stainless steel, copper, brass, zinc, lead, insulated copper wire, shavings, radiators, batteries, circuit boards, starter and alternators, electric motors, transformers, copper compressors.
ALL Proceeds go to these Youth Education Programs:
• RRAD Mountain bike balance and safety course
• RRAD Trail building course/Middle School Service Learning projects
• After school mountain bike clubs
• Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
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Thank you for your support! Every little bit helps. Also, many thanks to Northwest Recycling
Below are a couple of opportunities to get involved and help make a difference locally and statewide.
Blanchard Mountain Update:
Here’s a quick update on the effort to preserve the core 1,600 acres on Blanchard Mountain. The Governor has added $1.5 MM towards Blanchard in his biennium budget, but that is $6.2 MM short of the final goal. Please join a virtual town hall meeting with Representatives Kris Lytton and Jeff Morris on Thursday, February 9th at 6 PM to discuss options to help save the Blanchard Core from future timber harvest. Details are below:
Thursday, February 9th at 6 PM – Phone #: 1-877-229-8493 AND ENTER PIN # 116359.
Background: On February 9th at 6pm, there will be a virtual telephone town hall meeting being facilitated by state legislators Jeff Morris and Kristin Lytton. A representative from DNR will begin the meeting with an overview of the history of the Blanchard Strategies Agreement. Then representatives Morris and Lytton will talk and then there will be a chance to submit a question. The aides will curate the questions and choose representative questions that allow the ensuing discussion to cover the range of issues that are of concern. You can learn more about Blanchard here.
What can you do right now to help?
- There is a simple form set up that you can use and it directs your comment to the Governor and your Representatives. http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1201/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20326
- Call your Legislators to let them know that you’d like to see all of the Core acres set aside and preserved from future timber harvest. http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
Evergreen Lobby Day – February 22nd in Olympia
Get involved! Join Eric Brown and like-minded riders from around the state as we meet with our representatives and discuss how we can continue to make Washington the best place to ride mountain bikes. The only requirement for this is to be passionate about trail access and mountain biking. Evergreen will have meetings scheduled for us with our legislators and will help with a morning training session on topics. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in government, this is a fantastic opportunity in a low-stress, fun manner. Bellingham folks will carpool down to Oly together, so if you intend on going and register, please let us know and we will figure out driving logistics.
Registration Info and more details here:
A huge thanks to REI and the 60 folks who came out to help dig with us on Saturday….it’s been great to have so many kids out digging this season! We took a divide-and-conquer approach to the day and worked on the new Cowbell connector, Gate & Switch and Evolution. Thanks to Bill Hawk, Jim Fricker, Devon Pelkie and Michael Storm for leading the various efforts and Eric Ashley for not only digging, but for snapping some great shots from the day.
Gate and Switch:
Michael led about 25 folks The crew went in to clean up all of the ruts that formed after the recent work in Fall. The ground was still soft from near-record rains in October and then the freeze/thaw and snow.
Cowbell is a new connector between Lost Giants and Lone Wolf that Devon Pelkie and Russ Lambert have been working on. Our goal is to create a “stacked loop” system in the Lost Giants area to gives newer / beginner riders more options on the lower mountain. We got the trail cleaned up, outsloped for drainage and tamped down….there are still 3 REALLY wet sections that are going to need to dry up before we can open the trail up. Until then, we’re asking folks to stay off of it….thanks!
The first stump drop is getting rebuilt thanks to Jimmy, Bill, Jesse, Jeff and Trevor who were out on Saturday getting posts and stringers in place and moving the split cedar for decking up the hill. They’re shooting to have it finished by next couple of weeks and it’s still fully taped off….just continue to use the ride-a-round.
Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on our trail days and you can subscribe to our Google Calendar if you have a Gmail account.
Did you Know?
- The WMBC has already received approval from City Council for a pump track in Whatcom Falls Park!
- We will be proposing 2 more pump tracks in Bellingham City parks in 2017?
- The Whatcom Falls Pump Track will be 16,500 square feet (1/3 of an acre) in size.
- It will accommodate ALL levels of riding and have a separate pump track for groms and beginners.
- The pump track is being designed and co-built by Steve Wentz – one of the best pump track builders in the world – along with further design and testing input from pump track champion (and good friend), Jill Kintner.
- The Whatcom Falls pump track will cost an estimated $30,000 for the construction, storm water remediation, permitting, and signage. That is a fraction of what other similar-sized public pump tracks cost around the country.
The Whatcom Falls pump track and similar projects only take place because of the amazing volunteer efforts and the financial support of our members! It’s that passion and support that is turning Whatcom County into a mountain bike mecca and will further allow the WMBC to lead the way on future projects.
See you on the trails!
Trail Director, WMBC