Sandy Ridge: New east side trails open, new map - July 4th, 2013

Two new trails are available for public use at Sandy Ridge Trail System (SRTS) as of July 4th, 2013.  These trails, "Follow the Leader" and "Flow Motion", add to both the advanced/technical and "flow" attributes of the SRTS trail portfolio, bringing the total available trail distance up to 15 miles.

Follow the Leader: A 1.65 mile advanced trail that features a challenging double black diamond segment.  Riders start at the upper info kiosk and traverse a couple scree fields before fording Little Joe Creek.  From there, the trail drops 350 feet in the next mile with some exposure, big grade reversals and plenty of opportunities for skilled riders to get off the ground.

Flow Motion: A 0.75 mile intermediate flow trail with incredible soil and  more than fifteen berms.   The trail drops 275 feet through a nice Doug fir and hemlock forest before crossing the road and tying directly into lower Hide and Seek Cut.  Great pedal to payoff ratio, with an easy session opportunity using Homestead Road.  This is another trail cut in by IMBA Trail Solutions master trailbuilder Jason Wells with hand-finsishing/shaping by NWTA trail volunteers at our May Trail Maintenance day.

Thanks to the BLM, International Mountain Bicycling Association trail guru Jason Wells for long hours spent in a mini excavator, Sam Hardy and all the boys from Antfarm YouthCore who put the finishing touches on these trails and volunteers from Northwest Trail Alliance.  Credit goes to BLMer Zach Jarrett for naming the new trails and making the project happen.

A new map has been published by the BLM: Sandy Ridge Trail System map July 2013.  Additional information about the trail system can be found on the BLM SRTS website.

The NWTA Trail Wiki contains additional information for Sandy Ridge, as well as user-contributed current conditions reports.  Please consider contributing to this resource if you ride SRTS or any of the area trails.

Have fun on the new trails and we hope to see you give back this winter at one of our Trail Maintenance days!

This is awesome!  Thanks to

This is awesome!  Thanks to all who worked on putting these trails together!

So many choices!

Wow, as if there was not enough variety at Sandy Ridge already, two new trails, each with a new feel. Follow the Leader is technically challenging without being dangerous (much), and Flow Motion is just butter if you like to lean and pump. Mega-props to the visionaries who have made this happen, and trained a bunch of trail workers (and hopefully riders) with Ant Farm in the process!