The Evergreen mountain bike alliance is hosting a weekend of riding in the Teanaway river valley next weekend. Spearheading the effort is Bob, who spend yesterday cleaning a couple trails that will be ridden on Friday and Sunday. The big ride is on Saturday, and I, along with Paul, joined him in cleaning up trees and brush along that route.
We carried each a saw and snips, and rode a few rarely-traveled trails. This should be an awesome ride next weekend now that it is cleaned of trees, brush, and even a pool of standing water that we helped to drain.
This was the first of perhaps 10 trees that we sawed. With 3 people switching off, it only took 2, 3 minutes to cut this tree and make the trail rideable once again.
We charged up some pretty steep climbs, which never look steep in pictures.
At this point, we headed back as the trails ahead were thought to be completely free of debris.
We had lunch atop a large rock only partially shown in the picture below. Then, we headed along an amazing ridgeline single track.
Back at the campground, a natural bridge invites one to test your balance – note that Bob is still wearing clip-in shoes! I tried it afterwards and looking down into the rapidly moving creek was a bit dizzying.
18 miles, 2000 ft., 5:30 hours, a dozen trees, and here’s the gpx of some very sweet single track.