Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NW Trail Alliance Cargo Trailer with Trail Machine: STOLEN

Source- Raul Atencio/

The Portland-based non-profitNorthwest Trail Alliance is scrambling this morning after finding out that a trailer full of trail-building equipment — including a $75,000 tractor for building singeltrack — was stolen last night.
According to the group's president Tom Archer, the trailer was parked in the maintenance yard of Stub Stewart State Park (about 35 miles northwest of Portland near Vernonia). Archer is asking everyone to keep their eyes peeled in hopes that they can track it down.
Please be on the lookout for an 18-foot, enclosed, gray utility trailer with the "Northwest Trail Alliance" black logo and the IMBA logo on both sides of trailer (license plate of U449427).

The NW Trail Alliance received a grant to purchase the ST240 machine in September 2010 and they've been actively building a network of mountain bike trails at Stub Stewart. Archer says there are only five ST240 machines in existence (they're made nearby in North Plains) and they'll eventually need parts and service.
Please call (503) 877-5637 immediately if you see the trailer or have any information.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trek 2012 Bike Demo at Family Man

A great day of riding bikes in Post Canyon on the 2012 Trek Bicycles. 29'rs, Hardtails, XC, DH and FR bikes were in and out all day. If you missed it, sorry.

Ed Reilly promoting beer, cigs and Trek! 

Drew and Toby holding down the fort for Trek Bikes! 

Trail sensei Jim Thornton and owner of Mt View Cycles Wes discuss current topics. 

The Trek Rumblefish was right at home on the technical XC loops and didn't shy away from the skinnies. 

Baker, my trail companion. 

Rookie Roadies Invade! 

New entry was carved out of the '8 Track Basement' 

Roo hydrating his dog. 

Shuttle Lap courtesy of the Bike Gallery's Raul Atencio of the NW Trail Alliance! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

After The Thanksgiving Feast- Work Party On 'Sexy Beast'

After the Thanksgiving Feast, we are calling for one last 'Work Party' Nov 26th Sat to buff out 'Sexy Beast'! The HRATS 'Meet and Greet' tent will be posted on Post Canyon Drive for sign ins, meet our trail leaders, go over tool safety. Then Charles Beckert of Epic MTB Tours is going to wisk all riders up to Trail #171 to finish, buff and connect Post Canyon's second newest trail SO BRING YOUR BIKE! More info can be found on the HRATS blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Use Twitter To Communicate To HRATS Trail Stewards

Todays 'Social Networking' Tips to report a trail hazards or suggest an idea to HRATS Trail Stewards. Firstly I will explain Twitter's simplicity. While writing or texting out a 'tweet' finish your comment with #HRATS or #hrats. Then anyone with a Twitter account can read your comments under the searches. Those with an account can save that search and easily bring up all 'tweets' to read. Those good tweets may get 'Re-Tweeted' to share again. Twitter is like a big party. Enjoy the party.

If your on Facebook, 'like' the Hood River Area Trail Stewards page and communicate with us that way. Now communication is easier than ever to present your concerns, hopes and desires to the #mtb trails we all love.

Any questions, leave a comment.

Monday, November 7, 2011

2012 Trek Bike Demo RELOCATED to Post Canyon

Source: Trek Bikes

Hood River Huck-Fest
Hood River, OR

Sun. Nov 13th, 2011 @ 10:00 am—4:00 pm

Join the the Trek Factory Demo Tour and the pros from Bike Gallery and Mountain View for your chance to rail the latest in MTB technology from Trek and Gary Fisher! Test ride the all new 2012 Fuel EX, Remedy, Slash, Top Fuel, Superfly 100, and Rumblefish on some of the finest trails west of the Mississippi. Don't miss is one! *Event dependent on weather.

Post Canyon Trails
Post Canyon
Hood River, OR
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We will most likely be set up at the staging area for Family Man. If you are not familiar with the Post Canyon Trail area, please contact the pros at Mountain View for detailed directions to this event.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

'Like' on Facebook Hood River Area Trail Stewards

Want to keep in the loop on trails? Have something constructive to suggest? Want to donate materials or time to a trail project? Then join us fellow 'Hood RATS' here on Facebook. 

More Trail Changes Ahead for 'Bad Motor Scooter'

Today allot was accomplished. We fixed the upper rollers and made them jumpable, dug hard on Pucker Corner making it lose its knarliness. Now its just part of the trail. Lots of good work to make riders of all levels happy. Check out these images for proof.

Thanks to Sam Pinner, Cory Tepper, Craig Cleary, Matt Klee, Dan L for busting out five hours of work to improve this trail.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Shuttle Day Video #2!

Source- Pinkbike/Ryan D

Post Canyon Shuttle Day on

Monday, October 24, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

HR County Trails Meeting Reminder!

A Forest Recreation Trails Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 25, 2011 at 4:00pm in the Hood River County Forestry Department Conference Room. I hope everyone can attend! Let me know if you have any questions.

 Henry D. Buckalew
 Trails Program Coordinator/Forest Technician II Hood River County Forestry Department

office: (541) 387-7089

Friday, October 21, 2011

Post Canyon Shuttle Day FINAL UPDATE!

Registration closes tonight at Midnight. SIGN UP HERE TO SAVE $5!

Nick Simcik and Mike Lawless of Gravity Componets are posting up a booth to showcase some sweet bike parts for us to drool over. Kurt Buddeneck of Discover Bikes is hosting a FREE bike demo along with Raul from Bike Gallery who is bringing out thier new 2012 Trek and Kona Demo bikes! (Bring appropriate credentials to check these bikes out, valid Drivers license required)

As you all know- we have Columbia Cochise providing a fall lunch menu that should blow everyone away- Veggies to meat. Omnivores rejoice.

Lastly, I will have maps, waivers and wristbands to hand out so the drivers will know who paid and who did not. So if anyone tries to slide in and take a seat, you will be denied.

Dirty Fingers is hosting the post riding 'After Shuttle FREE BEER' party at the shop from 4-7pm. So that should make for one memorable bike riding day.

Huge thanks to Ryan Goodwin of Hermosa Tours for allowing me to organize and put this event into gear because folks, WE ARE SHUTTLING! Its on.

View Post Canyon Shuttle Day BASE AREA and PARKING in a larger map
Location for registraion and PARKING is the big grassy field on Post Canyon drive, please park in a manner so as others can easily drive into the lot and exit. Shuttle vans get priority area to turn around. From Portland/Seattle: Exit HWY 84 at EXIT 64. Take a right and the next immediate right onto 'COUNTRY CLUB ROAD' follow for 1.5 miles to 'POST CANYON DRIVE' turn right and follow for half mile. Event BASE AREA will be easily visible from the road.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Work Party ReCap on 'Bitchen Motor Scooter'

All images courtesy of Corbin Crimmins Photography

Oct 15th was an enormously successful organized work party for Post Canyon's Youngest Trail that is considered a 'vital link' for those riding the DH/FR trails. 35 Volunteers arrived and were instructed by Trail Steward and the days Trail Chief Sam Pinner, assisted by Trail Leaders Jim Mudry, Olivier Bock and Cory Tepper.

After a massive effort to improve the corners- improve flow and bench cut a nice easy line for all to descend safely now down the steepest section. The 2nd water crossing too got a realignment and its all just amazing to ride. Hope you enjoy the improvements. More to come thru the winter! 

Jon from Double Mtn pours me a pint while picking up the donated pizza while I was double parked. 

Pizza for the workers! 

Awesome raffle provided by Devon Lyons and the Oregon Super D Series! 

WORK PARTY BONUS! You worked- you get a FREE shuttle to the top courstesy of Hermosa Tours (855-MTB-POST) 

The greatest post work party reward, your bike handed to you at the top of the Super D course.
 Thank you to all who attended and I hope you can make the Oct 29th Work Party on Road 44- Info HERE. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

44 Trails Association Calls Work Party on Oct 29th!

Source: USFS Legend Jim Thornton

Jim Thornton was the first guy to take me into the field and organize a trail work party 4 years ago. He created an trails advocate outta me and I've been giving back since that day. Trails need help, bottom line and Jim targets trails that need our attention the most. So expect to learn allot. Not to mention work on the most famous area for mountain biking in Oregon period.

More info needed? Call Dirty Fingers or stop by New York Sub. They will gladly steer you in the proper direction.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thank You For.....

Today is the first organized work party in Post Canyon. Its a major undertaking when your doing all this on a volunteer basis. It takes allot of preperation, planning and nonstop promotion of the event.

If your reading this today your in the know about todays work party. Either you wanted to make it and your just not phsically moving. Its ok. Thank You for just being in the loop.

And for most of you that attended todays work party and or enroute. (Typing this at 7:56am) Thank You!
Signs, signs everywhere a sign.......