Summit Bike Park: Winter Update
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR A SNEAK PEEK: It's been a busy off-season here at the mountain! The trail crew wrapped up digging for the season in November and are already looking forward to sinking their tools back into the soil in the spring. The latest construction efforts have brought a brand new trail to life that starts out with smooth flow on open slopes, then wanders into slightly more technical Northwest forest riding. We're stoked about the mix of experience this trail provides! While construction has ended for the year, the planning process for approval to build on USFS land will continue into the winter.
Special Thanks To The Builders
A small crew from Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) has led the work this year and we'd like to send a huge thank you to Shawn Lorenz, Bryan Connolly, Cody Olson, and Kyle Bickford.
Special thanks also goes out to our small, but dedicated part-time crew of locals that contributed to construction on the project this year. Thanks to the weekend warriors - Paul Martin, Matt Patterson, Jesse Grissom, Matt Karaus, RJ Wattles, Andy Jonson, Jay Gore, and Joe Paxton.
Community Comments On The Project
The USFS Public Comment period has now closed for The Summit Mountain Bike Project. We received overwhelming public support for this project and would like to thank eveyone for sharing your thoughts on mountain biking at The Summit.
What Are The Trails Like To Ride?
The majority of the work this summer has gone into our blue technical trail, dubbed 'Lost & Found'. Since this trail is located near the classic technical expert downhill trails of year's past that are being rehabilited, we designed and built this trail to act as a step in the progression from intermediate to advanced and expert.
It provides a really fun mix of flow and technical riding that local mountain bikers are going to love! The trail starts in the open section of Golden Nugget (winter trail) and has a fun, flowy, rhythmic opening section, then as you descend further it dives into the forest with optional technical lines and plenty of fun features. Lost & Found will help prepare riders for the tougher Summit trails. Overall this is really fun trail for all riders intermediate level and up, so it'll create plenty of grins at the end of the day!
As mentioned earlier, we'll continue working behind the scenes throughout the winter. As soon as the snow melts our crews will be working along side the EMBA team to finish a few connector trails, and Black Forest trail on Summit property. Then, once the USFS has given the green light, the crew will begin work on the trails slated to be built on USFS land.
Our goal is to continue building phase one through next summer and open up for riding in 2021.
We understand this is an incredibly exciting addition to our mountain and know you're all stoked learn more about the progress made. Keep in mind these trail segments are under construction and are not open for any use.