As you might have heard, we have a lot of work parties coming up. Some of these are on bike trails, but Hood River County is starting a weekly Saturday work party on motorized trails, and it’s important we get a good showing for these moto trail work days. The first is November 3rd, at 8:30am, meeting at the Binn’s Hill staging area. Why, you ask, should you work on moto trails?
If you’ve ridden 140, 160, Borderline, 130, Dirt Surfer, or Kitchen Sink (along with other trails) you’ve ridden a motorized trail, which was likely built by the County with grant money funded in part by OHV tags and gas tax. In order to spend grant money, HRC needs to show in-kind labor for about 25% of the value of the grant. Your labor counts for $18ish/hour. Hood River County is lacking in grant hours for this year. If we, HRATS, don’t get up there and do some labor, the County won’t reach that in-kind requirement, and will have to cut back on spending on moto trails. They might be motorized trails, but you ride them on your bike, so make plans to help. Every Saturday. And if you have time during the week, you may be able to volunteer then. And… if you’re a dirt biker or ATV rider and you’d like to be part of HRATS, we’d love to have you! Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, on to mountain bike trails:
November 10th is the first big fall work party in Post Canyon. Salvage logging is done (but not large-sale logging on Seven Streams), so we want to fix the trails that were damaged by skidding. Included in this work party are 8-Track, Upper 8-Track, The Boot, Middle School, and possibly Mitchell Ridge, GP and 140. We’ll be meeting at Dirty Fingers around 8:30 for a carpool up to the Family Man area.
On November 11th, WTA hosts a work party on Syncline to decomission the old Maui Falls trail – the new one is pretty much awesome – along with finishing the gravel on the reroute up top near the Burns Property. Also on the docket for the 11th is work on Jeff’s Trail. This will be an all-day work party with a half-day option. There will be additional Syncline parties on November 18th, and December 1st, 9th, and 15th.
Stay tuned for a possible mid-November work party on the 44 Road (snow dependent, of course), hosted by your local ranger, Jimmy T.
That’s it. Thanks for your help!