Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CAMBA Calls For Meeting Regarding Syncline Mountain Biking

                 photo by Carl Warren
Sorry about the short notice, but we have scheduled a meeting to discuss the Syncline and any other local bike issues that need attention.

When:  Thursday, Feb. 12
When:  5:30 PM
Where: Double Mountain brew pub

We hope to see you there for an in-depth discussion of the proposed management plan for the Syncline and how it will affect mountain biking in the area. 

Source Kay Kucera, CAMBA

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

SOS! 'Save Our Shuttles' at Syncline


On Feb 4th, 2009 a meeting regarding the use of Syncline/Coyote Wall has resulted in a few guidelines the landowners of the area asked the MTB Community to adhere too: 

1) Please refrain from relieving yourself (that includes #2) on the Atwood Road  drop off. 
2) No parking a car and leaving it on Atwood Road. No Parking signs have been installed. 
3) Dunno why I have to write this but- Please, no garbage. Its a major buzzkill to see garbage being dragged around by giant Black Ravens and other wildlife. 
4) Hikers are complaining the most about the 'shuttle' crowd. So please SLOW DOWN when near/close/insight of any hiker. They said "we feel violated", so lets show them allot more courtesy in the future. 
5) STAY ON EXISTING TRAILS!! Major complaints against MTB'ers in general for 'braiding' and making new lines, damaging wildflowers, wildgrass, etc- (area under most scrutiny is the lower rock drop.) Hikers call it a 'visual eyesore'.
6) Dogs, KEEP THEM AT HOME OR LEAVE THEM IN THE CAR. Don't bring them to Syncline anymore- Wildlife has been affected greatly already. 
7) Leave NO BRAKING SKID MARKS! If you can't stop without dragging the rear tire- then you shouldn't be in such a sensitive area- stay on asphalt if your a 'skidder'. If you do- restore the trail to the condition it was prior to your 'Lobster-style' braking. 

During the winter months of November, December, January, Febuary and March- Syncline is the only place to ride and prepare for upcoming bike events and gatherings. If you have any questions regarding 'Smart Shuttling' at Syncline contact Mike Estes at michael_estes@hotmail.com. 

For more information- check out the CAMBA website here. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Syncline Meeting Reminder - Tonight

(source Doug Van Zandt of CAMBA

Mt. Bikers

Important Meeting Reminder

What: Syncline - Forest Service Meeting

When - Tonight Tuesday 2/3/09

When: 6-8:00 PM 

Where: Pioneer Center in White Salmon Washington

Why: Your favorite winter riding area will be changed soon - 

Those who show up get to vote/provide input.

Please come and hear the Forest Service's Dan Harkenrider introduce the alternatives and the rationale behind them followed by an Open House format during which you can ask questions and submit your comments. 

The Forest Service has completed the Environment Assessment for the Burdoin, Coyote Wall, and Catherine Area Recreation Plan. You can view the document at the following link: 


Look for the Environmental Assessment under the heading Recreation Use at Coyote Wall (Syncline), Burdoin Mountain and Catherine Creek