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Old 01-06-05, 12:40 AM   #1
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Crazy Trails in Washington, Northeast- how do you do it?

Are there any sites on how to build those awesome mountain bike trails in washington or the Northwest?

I see all these amazing trails- curved corners all in wood, massive hampster wheels way off the ground, raised platform trails, etc.

Aren't these things crazy costly?
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A lot of them are made with wood from fallen trees and things that are near the trails anyway, so you don't pay for wood, just nails or screws to hold it together.
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Yeah I'm pretty curious about that myself, is there a website of how-to's on that kind of trail building. It would be awesome to have something like here down in texas and its a good way to preserve the land. So all the people wont ***** about tearing it up.
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Exactly. Here in south calif, when large powerlines go over mountains no homes are built underneath them- so you have a large strip of land, with trees removed- as a downhill. I think it would be a perfect place to make a trail.
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Exactly. Here in south calif, when large powerlines go over mountains no homes are built underneath them- so you have a large strip of land, with trees removed- as a downhill. I think it would be a perfect place to make a trail.
Every time I see a spot like that, I think "What a cool DH that would be". Goin' up might burn out your legs and goin' down might kill ya, but it'd be fun either way.
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I havent ridden there but i think the guys that ride northshore walk their bikes back up and ride down I dunno cause i havent ridden there but thats what i've seen in videos and stuff. Maybe its just for certain lines. Actually im really curious, do you north shore guys really walk back to the top?
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I'm sure the power companies have easements and would be very UNHAPPY is you built any stunts in their easements. Could probably have you arrested as well. They need free and clear access to their powerlines for maintenance.

However, a singletrack trail, (no stunts) is generally not an issue. I ride a lot of powerlines down here.
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Tree removed...make trails there...BLASPHEMY...The best part about west coast riding is the use of trees to make it more technical. Who wants a north shore section that avoids trees and is in clearcut.

From your description I guess you just saw nwdIII. Best of the bunch imo (fo the nwd movies) These are time costly, thanks to the wonderful builders, these cost a fortune in time and even cash at times.

CChaves, they walk or ride up mostly. Some use shuttles. But the northshore trails are built off fireroads. You ride up the road, find the trails, ride down the trail. The best (which is more) can ride up, others walk/hike And yes all on their 50pound dh bikes.
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I'm sure the power companies have easements and would be very UNHAPPY is you built any stunts in their easements. Could probably have you arrested as well. They need free and clear access to their powerlines for maintenance.

However, a singletrack trail, (no stunts) is generally not an issue. I ride a lot of powerlines down here.
Even then, it's not really guaranteed to be there. A lot of the land in the NW States is privately owned, and the stuff that is on public land is heavlily contested. They're too worried about liability down here in the States to allow stunts (or even doubles or whoops) on trails like they have up in BC.
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