The 2014/2015 trailwork season which follows the USFS fiscal year is all but over … and the numbers are in! This year Disciples of Dirt volunteers logged a whopping 3,144 hours maintaining and improving our local trails as well as building several miles of brand new single track.
This was a year where DOD focused heavily on the trail network at Carpenter Bypass. We created two rowdy DH-style lines in The Gift area and built four new bypass sections that got some of our most used trails off private land and onto BLM property. We also partnered with Oakridge GOATS for a fun summer camping and trailwork party on the Middle Fork Trail where we built new bridges over several of the creeks below Paddy’s Valley. Along with big days on Hardesty, Lost Creek, O’Leary, and other trails, it was a hugely productive year.
October 1st starts another season of trail stewardship and to kick it off we have a fun camp/work weekend on O’Leary planned. We’ll be based at the Horse Creek Lodge in McKenzie Bridge where Alyssa and her crew will feed and take care of us in style. This is a work party not to be missed! Check the forum or calendar in the coming months to find out about this and other DOD trailwork days ... and join us!
Click on the shovel above to see all of the trails our volunteers maintain.
From Stem to Stern, Hardesty Trail is now Ship-Shape
Disciples of Dirt Trailwork: Saturday April 18th. With 23 volunteers representing DOD and GOATS, nearly every section of the Hardesty trail received some attention. We managed to tick off all of the items on our to-do list including the reroute of a slippery fall-line chute turning it into a fun and flowy S-turn. In addition, problem spots in the tread and on switchbacks were addressed, drains were dug and five folks wielding power brushers cleared overgrown vegitation from the top of the trail to the bottom. The bridge near the South Willamette Trail junction was realigned with the direction of the trail. At the end of the day, tired and hungry trailworkers were rewarded by a fine feast of tostadas with all the fixings prepared by Maria and Tom, with cold refreshments from Ninkasi Brewing to wash it down. A huge thanks to all who came out—it was a great team effort!
January 18th 2015 at Carpenter Bypass Trail System
Sunshine, high clouds, temps in the 50s, and only one brief shower made for a perfect January day … and brought 225 riders out to Carpenter Bypass for ACM XI. DOD got to show our guests all of the classic Whypass trails, along with a few miles of brand new singletrack. With tacky conditions in some places, slip-n-slide mud in others, everyone returned from their rides with big smiles on their faces ready to grab some food and beer and participate in the post-ride activities.
Huge thanks to ALL of our sponsors and the businesses who donated to the ACM raffle and fueled us all with food and beverages: Rolf Prima, PlanetX, The Lumberyard, Bicycle Way of Life, Life Cycle Bikes, Cascade Cream Puff, Cabella's, Oregon Adventures, Cog Wild, Dirt Rag, Willamette Mountain Mercantile, Dianne Davis LMT, Springfield Automotive, Ninkasi Brewing, TrackTown Pizza and Sum's food truck. And thanks to Mondo and Niner Bikes for showing up with the demos.
Read more here … and we'll see you at ACM XII!
Miles of New Singletrack Coming to Whypass
Disciples have their motor running, literally and figuratively. There's been a lot of good things happening in the Oregon mountain biking world in 2014 and the Disciples Of Dirt are right up there with the best of them leading the trail building renaissance going on! We were in a holding pattern out at Whypass and while the Trail Work Committee has always been hard at work laying out new lines, working with the BLM and going to countless meetings, walking the Whypass hills to find just the right layout for new trails and being good stewards by finding the best way to get off private timber lands … their work was not visible to the masses until now.
In October, DOD began to construct two completely new gravity trails in The Gift zone at Whypass. One is a more traditional downhill line with many technical challenges, spots for hidden speed so you can lose your buddies, and opportunities to show off for the camera. Fortune favors the bold is the theme and Ode to Joy is the name. It's nearly completely constructed and soon all it will need is time to heal and harden! The second gravity line is a modern jump trail with big berms, rollers, tables and great sight lines so the riding is fast, fun and will get the heart pounding!
IMBA Advanced Trail Building School Held at Whypass
Eager students — 37 in all — from several of Oregon's IMBA chapters and government agencies spent the weekend of October 18-19 at DOD's Whypass trail sysyem stepping up their trail building skills to the next level. As they received instruction from the IMBA Trail Solutions Crew on how to operate machines, build rock features, and construct berms, a new trail in the Whypass Gift Zone emerged, growing in length and character with every pass of the mini-excavator. Read more.
The weekend was a huge win for local mountain bikers and trail stewards. As our trail building skills increase we are better positioned to provide quality experiences for all skill levels and rider styles. That means whether you rock your lycra loud and proud, don moldy flannel, pay attention to your heart rate or track frequent flier miles you are bound to find more and better stuff to strava, gopro, shred or rip. New, old, slow or bold … we're making a spot for you!
Disciples of Dirt Receive $8,000 Grant from REI
It's never been DOD's style to swagger about, tooting our own horn and calling attention to ourselves. We are more comfortable just quietly working deep in the woods, taking care of business tending to our local trails. Nonetheless, a lot of folks have been paying attention to DOD lately ... noticing, appreciating, and respecting the hard work and professionalism of our board of directors and volunteers. Land managers like the US Forest Service and the BLM have already seen fit to enter into official agreements with our club, and now DOD has forged a partnership with national outdoor retailer REI to promote trail stewardship and advocacy in the Southern Willamette Valley. So we'd like to toot our horn about it!
To kick off this partnership, REI has awarded DOD grant money to the tune of $8,000! Some of these funds will be invested in a power wheelbarrow as well as a heavy duty brush cutter—equipment that will help DOD continue to improve, maintain and expand the singletrack options in our area. In addition DOD will work with REI to help promote mountain biking and introduce new and beginner riders to our sport. Thank you REI—this is definitely the beginning of a beautiful new friendship!