The Disciples of Dirt Mountain Bike Club (DOD) boasts members from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, but we focus our efforts within Oregon’s Southern Willamette Valley, where the club was founded and the majority of our membership live and ride. Club members share a high level of passion for mountain biking and the DOD is well known within the cycling world for being stewards of our local trails and champions for improved trail access for cyclists.

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New Trail Development in Thurston Hills

New Trail Development in Thurston Hills

Disciples of Dirt to Partner with Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Disciples of Dirt is extremely excited to share the following press release from Willamalane, the Springfield Parks and Recreation organization. We will have more exciting news and details to share as the project develops.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District (Willamalane) is excited to partner with the Disciples of Dirt to develop mountain bike trails in the Thurston Hills Natural Area.

Willamalane and the Disciples of Dirt were successful in obtaining $154,320 in grant funding from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreational Trails Program for trail design and construction. The project will be supported with Disciples of Dirt’s pledge of over 1500 hours of volunteer work and $13,000 in cash, for a total project cost of $212,175 for trail design and construction in the Thurston Hills Natural Area. This project will be the first of several phases of trail design and construction in the Thurston Hills.

Willamalane anticipates beginning construction on the main trailhead and starting the trail design and construction in the summer of 2017. Presently the timeline for all of this work is in flux as we are in the process of obtaining all the proper land use approvals, permits and agreements before we can begin construction and start work on the trailhead and trails within the Thurston Hills. All of the land use approvals, permits, and agreements are not within Willamalane’s control and therefore we are subject to other agency and jurisdictions timelines and schedules.

Additional information is available at the  Willamalane website.

 

Approved: The Lawler Extension

Approved: The Lawler Extension

New Trail Anticipated to be Complete by Fall 2016

Disciples of Dirt are pleased to announce that after several years of dreaming, discussing, planning, and inspecting, the Lawler extension project has finally been approved! Even better, there is already a final design for the trail and work has begun on clearing of the corridor. We are officially under way on this thing! 

When the extension is complete, Lawler will be two miles longer and wind through some steep, rugged, and fun terrain. The extension eliminates all but 140 meters or so of gravel road allowing mountain bikers to finish the ride on sweet, sweet singletrack.

A big high-five to everyone who worked so hard on this project and made the dream a reality. Special thanks to Kevin Rowell, our friend and mountain bike advocate at the USFS, and to Derrick Bell, Jason Boone, Erin Hooten, Paul Timm and Kraig Brockelman who all lent their expertise and spent countless hours pushing this through the system. And thank you in advance to our hardworking volunteers who will be out there this summer clearing, digging and moving rocks so that by this fall we will have a beautiful new trail to ride! Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming trailwork dates.

 

Out of The Swamp

Out of The Swamp

The Soggy Bottom of North Shore Tie gets a Serious Makeover

Laying down gravel is certainly not a mountain biker’s first choice for building and maintaining trails. But when we have a trail that is undrainable, unsustainable, and unrideable, then sometimes we have to do what we have to do. The bottom of North Shore Tie (aka Eugene to Crest Trail) is a perfect example of such a situation. Sections of this trail are composed of a sludgy, ashy soil that over the course of many wet seasons had devolved into mud holes from hell … the only solution for which was to add rock.

On Saturday March 5th a group of DOD volunteers headed out with Kevin Rowell of the USFS to make the lower section of NS Tie more navigable for both wheels and hiking boots. At the end of the day some of the nastiest wheel-swallowing trenches had been filled in and turnpikes created over the top to make durable trail surfaces that will last for years to come.

 

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