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    MTB Tahuya?

    Didn't know whether to post this in the mountain biking forum or here, figured it was more of a local question - let me know if it should be in the other forum.

    I'm tentatively planning on checking out the mountain biking in Tahuya State Forest a week from Monday. I was surprised to not see any threads on it on this site. Anyone ridden there? How is it?

    I noticed on another website it suggests it isn't for beginners. I'm not quite a beginner, but most of my experience is with mountain bikes on roads, hauling cargo as a courier, commuting in the city on a MTB, and some bike-camping. I've only been mountain biking a few times but am very comfortable on my bike and have some skills. My bike does have zero suspension though. I'll be riding with my girlfriend, who is a very skilled mountain biker, but rusty, as it has been several years since she's been out in the dirt.

    I assume that with 42 miles of trails that we'll be able to find suitable riding for our skill levels and steeds (she has a great aluminum GT MTB - front suspension), but would appreciate a heads up if the park really isn't suited for us and our equipment, and to be steered towards any of the trails that would be most suitable for us. I'm aware we'll probably get muddy.

    Thanks!
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    The problem with Tahuya is that it's overrun with Motos and ATV's so the trails can be pretty rutted, and the overall experience is tough when your breathing fumes.

    If you want a good Moutain Biking experience on the Kitsap penninsula, with a wide variety of trails, check out Banner Forest:

    http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.p...:Banner_Forest

    I think it makes a fun day to ride your bike onto the Fauntleroy ferry in West Seattle, ferry over to Southworth and from there it's an easy 3 mile peddle to the trails (very little traffic on those roads). Banner is a pretty compact area, the trails are pretty easy to navigate with the map linked to above. Thank the Kitsap MTB guys who do a ton of trailwork out there.

    I find that this forum is mostly road-oriented. If you have specific mountain biking related questions, you'll get a lot better response on the Washington forum over at MTBR:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=83

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    I ride road bikes, mountain bikes and a dual-sport motorcycle. The problem with Tahuya (and Reiter over here in Snohomish county) is that it is pretty hard to find biking space between the motorcycles, quads and 4x4 trucks. Tahuya is a bit better on this than Reiter, and I have had the best luck on a bicycle at Tahuya by getting there before about 8 AM. Especially by the afternoon it fills up with motorized vehicles. But be aware that a whole lot of Tahuya can be a mud pit.
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    Are the conflicts with motorized vehicles also true on weekdays? I intend to be out there on a Monday, probably around noon, early afternoon?
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    The traffic at these places is primarily on the weekends. I would think you would have less motorized competition to contend with on a weekday, especially a Monday.
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    Thanks guys!

    Appreciate the heads up about MTBR, forgot about that site, was already registered but had never posted.

    Upon further consultation with my girlfriend we are leaning towards Banner Forest. She's definitely feeling rusty and has a strong aversion to shared areas after some bad experiences with motos in Oklahoma wrecking hundreds of hours of hard work on MTB trails. I'm pretty stoked to learn about Banner, as we don't own a car (sometimes rent or borrow one, like next week) and that park is within striking distance for me to ride to! It'd make for a long day, what with 38 miles of road riding round-trip to get there and home, but I do sometimes go that far to go drink with a friend and swim in a lake, so I know I can do it!
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