Colonnade Bike Park Mini Trip aka: Escape To Dry Dirt!

Jan 17, 2009 at 0:01
Jan 17, 2009
by Mike Levy  
 
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It has been a bad winter. Instead of the three months of rain we are usually treated to, we have been snowed in, frozen solid, and then flooded out. As it turns out, complaining incessantly does nothing to help the situation! I've been hearing about Seattle's Colonnade Bike Park for awhile now, and it seemed like there was no better time then now to pony up and head South. Nestled safely directly under the massive I-5 highway, the park promised dry dirt and new terrain. In other words, our winter Shangri-La!

Inside you'll find way too many pictures and a video showing you what the Colonnade Park is all about!

My usual lack of motivation was usurped by our first real full-on winter in over a decade. Something had to be done, and quick. A loose plan was formulated to gather some fellow dirtbags and hit the road asap. A short list of riders was put together, some directions were gathered, and bike gear was piled by the front door. Hell, I even found my passport, which if you knew me would come as a surprise! After a rider or two bailed due to lameness, it came down to only me and Mr. Spoiled Good's himself.... Probably because we were the only two that never have any real plans.

[PI=2881549 size=m align=c]The park is big enough that the map actually came in handy[/PI]

We hit the road at 8 am sharp, planning on about two and a half hours of driving from Chilliwack. Despite Jordan's prior convictions for gangster-ism and rocking out the peachfuzz mustache, we were allowed entry into the United States of America on one condition: that we both drink at least 2 liters of Monster before we leave the country. Done and done. Bonus points for $17 worth of hot beef jerky for breakfast.



Heading South from Canada in my right-hand-drive Delica, we only got a bit lost and arrived in about three hours time. Not bad for a two ton van with 80 horsepower. Nearby parking is free and we managed to find a spot close to the park, unload excitedly, and make our way up towards the the fun zone. At first sight I didn't know what to think, besides maybe "holy shit!" I was not prepared for the sheer size of the park. Two acres does not sound like that much land, especially when one is used to big forested mountains, but it struck me as a massive slice of heaven. Maybe it is the smart and thorough use of what land they have at their disposal, or the fact that the entire trail system is under a 12 lane highway with drivers above oblivious to the terrain below them.

[PI=2879873 size=m align=c]You are looking at what uncountable hours of hard work by many people can do[/PI]

The Seattle areas Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club has been lobbying for, and working hard at building the Colonnade Bike Park for some time now. Built largely by volunteers, and supported by donations from both individuals and companies, the park is a masterpiece of design and follow through. Nearly every discipline of rider has been taken into account. A snaky XC route that will both physically and technically challenge you is built into the side of the hill, with different lines for riders who like to lower their seat for the gnar and those who leave their perch tall and proud. A tamer novice section has been placed on flat ground and safe distance away from the jump lines. The beginner zone has everything from 3 foot wide bridges to 3 inch wide skinny's to practice on, and all only inches from terra firma. There is even a trials pit for all you balance-gifted riders to get freaky on, and for me to go nowhere near! And don't forget about the pump track! We had some previous coverage of the park not long ago, but this really was more than I was expecting!

The trials zone

The goods we came to poach were the more challenging lines, and we were not disappointed. Besides many shorter mini routes that were rad in their own right, there are three main jump/drop lines to session. They all start at the same point, with a bit of a squirrel catcher at the beginning to keep those who still need a bit more practice time from hucking their meat. Atop the first wood roll in you have to make a choice between three lines: to your left is a mellow roll down into some smaller (albeit slightly awkward) tables that lead into a massively fun wooden wall ride, and a fun fade away into a wee step-up. Option number two is some medium sized tables with more gradual and predictable lips that point you towards the same wall ride, but with a nice pumper of a drop for the run in. Up and over the same step-up with a nice manual off the other side and into a berm that shoots you back up with hill. A few eager riders were pedaling their way back up to the roll in as it really isn't steep at all, but most young guns were walking back up while watching their friends come down. That is one part of the Colonnade experience that I hadn't counted on. Because everything is within a stones throw from each other it is easy to see your friends and other riders as they make their way down the slope.

Is that a flying squirrel?

The third and most difficult jump line consists of a few less booter's, I'm no mathematician but I'm guessing that is because the three jumps it has are a fair bit bigger than on the other two lines! Up the same wooden starting feature, except entry to the man-line necessitate dropping off and onto a smaller landing zone that is banked in order to 'no brake' it into the first jump, a gentle hip to the riders right. There is the option to fly straight, although the best tranny sits off to the side. A few confident riders were throwing a few strokes in on the run in, not for the hip, but for the twenty some-odd foot table after it. The bigger table is key to clearing the wooden rainbow bridge cleanly. Landing on the top meant having to put the power down to make dirt on the next jump, while nosing into the LZ let you coast in and break out the steeze. Not that I did any of that, but a few riders were laying out some impressive moto whips. Nice work boys!



Check out the awesome self-filmed video of Colonnade Park by Northwestdhdad




Because the park is made available to everyone of all skill levels, safety is obviously a big concern. There are those who could manage to hurt themselves in a pillow fight, this place is not for them, but every effort has been taken to keep the risks to a relative minimum while keeping the fun level pegged at a maximum. Just like a ski resort there are clearly marked signs labeling each and every section so if you plan of going take note and ride within your limits, this is not the place to wad yourself up badly! With the exception of a few strays, nearly all jumps are tables and the landings are wide and forgiving. There has been no skimping on the earth moving and I would be impressed in a way to see someone overshoot any of the trannies.

A tunnel under the last big jump lets riders access other lines or make their way back to the top

Jordan "You tripp'n dawg? I don't need no berm!" Holmes

The two smaller sets were fun to play on, mostly because they both led to that previously mentioned wall ride from heaven, but watching riders nail the big jumps convinced me I had to move on. A quick walk through while trying not to get run over and it was a go. Sort of. Ok, so neither of us managed to clean that tricky middle jump leading into the rainbow bridge nicely, but thankfully the builders know Jordan and I suck and built it so we get snag a few pedals and get over the last jump smoothly. And what a fun jump it is, the perfect mountain bike lip in my humble opinion. Which is nice, since it is a mountain bike park and all. Fairly mellow, and with some good length to it, the jump encouraged riders to throw some style off of it.

Wall ride after the two smaller lines converge







Some of the most fun lines were getting no love by the riders that were in attendance, which made for some clear trails for us! Like I said above, there is no wasted space, neat features are hidden away in every nook and cranny. Set down on the lower part of the park are some amazing roller coaster style bridges that are spit into two tracks depending on how steep and high you feel like going.

All wood work is over built and solid

If you wanted access to the roller coaster's you made your way through some entry skinnies with a few tricky corners of their own. There are handrails a plenty if you need to throw out the anchor, although you want to avoid doing that while atop the highest points! You also had the option of trying your luck at the big teeter totter. Once on the 'totter you can either drop straight into the line, or use some body english to get it to rotate while going down, thereby giving you entry to the harder line. It's been ages since I've come across one of these beasts and it was neat to see another one.





The chained off zone you see below the wood work is for your dog!



Heading back up the hill and into the far corner was a line that probably had the most vertical in the entire park. Start off by rolling through the pump track a few times and then exit onto a skinny bridge that parallels some great graffiti. Drop off the end and roll your way through a wooden berm and into the danger zone! Straight ahead is a gnarly rock garden that could easily claim those who are not paying attention. To your left is a steep straight chute that drops you into a monster berm.

A good way to get some speed!

A great zone to gauge your progression is the drop zone, directly after that big 'ol berm. Riders of all skill will enjoy this part as there are four or five drops that progress from about a foot, to around five feet. The transition is a monster, being at least twenty feet long and of just the right gradient. Put together with dirt, as opposed to gravel, this would be a great spot to learn how to spin off of a drop.




One of the few real gap jumps was off to the side, surrounded by ivy and a little mucky as it was partly exposed to the elements. Roll into some amazing rock work that reminded me a Roman road, a quick berm and bam! You are airborne and hipping into the next right hand corner. The jump is built right into the exit of the berm and feels oh so sweet as you exit it at about mach 7.

He may be too young to have heard of Devo, but he whip's it nonetheless



Ok, enough of the jumping, what about just good old fashioned bike riding? There is loads of that here also! The XC zone looks to have more singletrack built into it than most city folk will ever see in one spot...under an overpass anyway! I found that the terrain is best enjoyed with the seat dropped a bit to lower the death factor. The switchback's are tight enough that you have to put your front wheel in the right spot and keep the power down, no falling asleep over here.

There is a lot of trail packed in there!

The "XC" area also has some teeter's spread about, a few small and steep rock chutes, as well as some awesome steps built right into the side of the hill. Made from caged rock and wood, the steps are spaced far enough apart to roll down in control without getting bucked around. At about a foot wide it still takes a little bit of know how to navigate them safely.





One step at a time

Not enough dirt close by? Make it happen anyway!

Every trail needs a chain bridge to make riders feel dumb...

... and a wall ride to make them feel like a superstar!



There really is something for everyone at the Colonnade Bike Park. At the opposite side of the park, novice's and youngster's alike can practice on more forgiving features. Hard time getting out of the house without the wife or girlfriend? Bring her along and set her loose to rehearse her trail skills. That's assuming she doesn't make you look like a chump on her mountain bike already!

I brought my girlfriend Jordan, and he loved the novice zone!





Sometimes the easy stuff is the most fun!



So to sum it up, yes I drove three hours to ride my mountain bike underneath an overpass in the middle of a city. And I'd recommend that you do the same. This mini trip was exactly what the doctor ordered, some proper time on my damn bike. It's funny how an extended period of time out of the saddle will make you really appreciate the riding time you do have. The park is a great place to work on some skills and have some fun instead of sitting in front of your t.v. playing Call Of Duty for 7 hours straight in your boxer's. Get up and get out! I had a load of fun on my 6" travel bike, but riders were rocking out on everything from single speed hardtails, to 9" downhill bikes, even the kid on the unicycle was wearing a shit eating grin. Get some friends together, pack some lunch and refreshments, and hit the road!

Where the heck is the Colonnade Bike Park and how do you get there?

-Mike "Kakah" Levy

Below are even more pictures of the days fun at Colonnade. Have a look and get stoked!















He only has one wheel! What's my excuse?







A Second Opinion

After close to 3 months without riding my bike, I've been put into a state of suspense, waiting for the next riding day to come. Day by day you watch the snow melt, and the clouds blow out. You watch the thermometer rise up in the sunshine, and once it hits the positives you know it's ready to go. Chilliwack may not meet all those criteria right now, but Colonade Park does and it's close enough to ride bikes at only 2 and a half hours away. So, after driving down to Seattle, Mike and myself jumped out the time machine, strapped on the lids and went to work.

When we first showed up I was blown away. There was a fair amount of riders out getting their ride on, the dirt was really dry, the weather was clearing up, and I was sweating wearing a hoodie. Felt just like spring time under the Seattle highway. Colonnade has a nice dividing line that separates the extremely novice riders from the more advanced riders. The left side consisted of skinny lines, rock drops, little tech lines. The right side was the exact opposite. Jumps, drops, gaps, wall rides, the right hand side was designed for riders more like us.

Colonnade has a very nice progressive feel to it. There is nothing out of anyone's reach there. It appears to be the perfect training ground for anyone who wants to learn to ride a bike, or even a unicycle. There was a dog walking park beside the bike park which could easily double as a place for mom to waste some time with the dog while you ride your bike, or just a place to ditch sparky while you go do some riding. Colonnade has a very smart layout, and all the lines are designed to come right back up to the top. There was 2 main hiking lines to get back to the start, both of which provided you with a good view of what the other riders were doing during their runs.

Thanks Again

Thanks Again


I have to say I am really stoked on our trip down to Colonnade. It was wicked fun and I would suggest anyone who is jonesin' to ride a bike in the lower mainland to hit up Colonnade. Thanks to all the riders that were present at the bike park and fed us a really good vibe of how Seattle operates.

-http://spoiledgoods.pinkbike.com
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153 Comments

  • + 35
 I would kill to go there. litteraly.
  • + 127
 I'd kill you to go thereBlank Stare
  • + 31
 i second that
  • + 19
 it ain't that good guys. c'mon. lol. it is sick though. every city should have a place like this. just hit up your local representatives and parks departments and make it happen. colonnade started as simon lawton's idea almost 6 years ago, and look where it is today.
  • + 8
 Im so happy I live just north of there, its been my favorite spot to practice since it was in construction, just ride in then head off to class, good to see the uni kid out there, I saw him last week on his bighit, he had his arm in a cast for a few months thanks to a broken thumb and was building up wrist strenght.
  • + 5
 W O W. well done lucky b******s Big Grin
  • + 24
 too far bra, too far ^^^. that is sick though! props to the builders!
  • + 5
 I went there with my dh rig (only bike I have at the moment)planning to sesh the big line for a while but it was a terrible idea to think of going there with that big of a bike. Bring your hardtail or light, stiff freeride bike
  • + 5
 nice coverage. this place has needed it for a while. check my album for more photos of the place!
  • + 3
 this place is sick. i might just have to go up here myself.. and calumgentles.. go for it dude. lol
  • + 3
 ahhh, this is why i love socal, everyone else complains about wether and snow, but baby its summertime down here, all the time
  • + 5
 I'm so stoked to see the positive comments coming from everyone about our trails! I never thought of it as being such a big deal while building there, but these articles and comments are kinda proving me wrong.

Anyone who's feeling the vibe should take a minute to leave a comment on this profile: i5-troll.pinkbike.com
He doesn't come on very often, but Mike was the project manager for this park and really put his heart and soul into this place. If you've ridden there, you've ridden something he built, conceived, or had a hand in designing. Thanks Mike!!!
  • - 1
 wow repa and that place is awesome i only have a place with some crappy DJs and a few crap 2 ft drops... and its coveredi n snow rite now Frown

and repa u coulda at lest said that the guy typed i brought my GF and he ...
  • + 0
 I just got back from this place and it is crazy! It is amazing how much sh*t they packed into this park, and its even cooler that it is totally open to the public! They have basically everything you could want, log rides everywhere, nice flowy jump sections, drops, pump track, tech XC, you name it! Highly recommended for ANYONE regardless of skill, that likes to bike and lives in the seattle area, they will have something you'll like.
  • - 1
 wait, you're not paying to ride at the park? dude, there's $20 a month membership cost to ride at the park. just send it to me. i'll take care of the paperwork
  • + 2
 looks sick, id pay to go there, lol
  • + 0
 Wow!! A place i'd like to go!
  • + 26
 Truly a awe inspiring effort, absolutely outstanding !

1000000 props, !
Pete
  • + 9
 GREAT write up guys! i am glad to have been a part of putting together the park over the last three years. I am honestly shocked at how far people are willing to come to ride that place. we have new people from all sides of the state, BC, and even farther south from Cali and portland coming up all the time! colonnade has turned into the gathering spot for mountain bikers across the northwest. the only thing i don't like, is the pics of people drifting while dragging the brakes on my berm!!! that thing already had to be re-built twice because of that! lol. nice write up on the park. glad you guys liked it. mike westra from EMBA is working on grants right now to improve the park even more!
  • + 3
 Man, I have gone there once, and it was incredible. It's great to have fellow riders of all styles come together and rip it up. There were XC riders, Freeriders, Dirtjumpers, Downhillers all riding in the same place and having good times. Salute
  • + 0
 yeah al, that is what gets me stoked every time i come to the park now. all riders and people from all different aspects of the sport flock there and there is something for everyone. the park has become the gathering spot for seattle mtn biking and the northwest as a whole. im sure everyone involved in the park thanks you for your compliments. we built it for everybody and for the community as a whole. it came from being a drug and crime laden section of the city to being a positive gathering place for the community and for the up and coming PAC NW rippers.
  • + 0
 Its blowing up Charlie! My video is going to make everyone book hotels.....just kidding. Man- My elbow has come along ways since that video. Stoked. Da'Nade Rules!
  • + 0
 yup. lol. i think your video, combined w/ mike and andy's video of mike last weekend will get people stoked to come up! i rode it w/ holio and andy yesterday, and we were having a blast. next time you guys come up, sea tac! and your video was the first well made one of the park dude! it's awesome.
  • + 0
 ohh man Frown why do i have to be in australia,

i dont even know of a bloody over pass you could build that on in brissie,

so bloody shame

well if i livved any where near this place id sure come there it looks so gnarcore haha
  • + 0
 under not on haha idiot
  • + 4
 Anyone else thinking this some sections of the write up sound like a video game walkthrough?
"
Heading back up the hill and into the far corner was a line that probably had the most vertical in the entire park. Start off by rolling through the pump track a few times and then exit onto a skinny bridge that parallels some great graffiti. Drop off the end and roll your way through a wooden berm and into the danger zone! Straight ahead is a gnarly rock garden that could easily claim those who are not paying attention. To your left is a steep straight chute that drops you into a monster berm."
  • + 1
 Hahaha - it actually FEELS like a video game at times! Smile
  • + 2
 also check out these amazing photos done by seattle times from the opening party of the park. there's one of me! haha
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/photogalleries/outdoors2008200716/1.html
  • + 1
 Check out my vid from Colonnade www.pinkbike.com/video/44943 . We didn't have time to shoot all the stuff that's there, and when we were shooting it a lot of features weren't finished yet. So that should answer any questions regarding the video's content Wink
  • + 1
 it hella nice when you live 1 hour away from heven. on a rainy day its nice to go there because i can get there by bike. i take the white and green boat from bainbridge island and then ten mins of riding. aj-howler
  • + 1
 Thanks for the props, all! I've only done a small percentage of the work compared to some of those that really busted their asses (and in Mike Westra's case, nearly his arm) to make that place what it is.
As-is only the first two phases are DONE...the easy side and the gooood side, but there are more plans for better drainage and irrigation, gravel on walkways and (fingers crossed) LIGHTS! Those will take place over time, but they're in the master-plan for sure.
I love that place - the only place I could RIDE-ride during the winter crap-out last month. It helps that it's right between my work and home, so I can pop in for a few runs with time permitting.
  • + 1
 I love this place. Great spot to progress. Mike Westra and the gang are amazing dudes for getting this all put together. BBTC or as their now called the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is a great group and they are even working on a new park about a half hour east of Seattle.

I'm seriously stoked about having such a cool spot we can ride (mostly) dry and snow free year round. I'm so glad to see all the positive responses from people around the world about our park! Organize and build, you could have this in your backyard too! It just takes determination and the will to make it happen!
  • + 1
 im going skiing @ whistler mountian this season and we're taking 3 days off to go to Seattle, so my dad says we can go check this out.
Even though i cant bring my bike (i live in ny), it would still be sick to just check the place out.

Really nice write up and pics
i wish i had something like this near me...
  • + 0
 does anyone know a good spot in seattle to rent a decent set of tires?
full suspension preferably
  • + 0
 tires? seriously? nope. as fae as bikes go though, if you care thinking full suspension, go to montlake bike. those guys rent a full stable of rides, from AM rigs to XC.
  • + 0
 yeah, thats what i meant.
montlake? what companies do they rent out?
  • + 0
 Does Fluidride still rent bikes? I know they used to, but I haven't checked lately. If so, they'd get you rolling on something sweeet.
  • + 0
 yeah i was looking at their site, but i didnt find anything that said they rented. If they do, thats the first place i'd go.
  • + 0
 Do you know when you're going to be in the area and what size bike do you ride? I could ask around if anybody has a bike they could loan for a day or three. If I get my dh rig back in time, I could let you roll my med. Mission 3 for a day if the timing works out.
  • + 0
 thanks for the offer, but i think ill just rent. timing could be a problem.
  • + 1
 This is urban planning at its finest! If you have a full nice day to ride, you can hit this up and SeaTac, which can make your face hurt from so much smiling. Now if only PUMP could convince Portland that we need one...
  • + 0
 yeah, how's that project going dude? i know miles and some of the other portland crew were trying to get something like this rolling.
  • + 0
 I haven't heard of anything besides the normal building projects, but that would be totally rad if someone actually got it to happen.
  • + 0
 A couple months ago my Dad and I were riding there and it was super windy. A branch about 6 feet long and 4 inches thick fell from the tree and hit me on the head while I was riding, knocking me to the ground. I almost blacked out, even with a helmet. Pretty funny afterwards though
  • + 0
 there are a ton ofplaces to rent bikes in seattle dude. i'd recommend recycled cycles for a ht or montlake bike for a fully. but recycled is closer. those guys can hook you up w/ a bike, just don't say your heading to colonnade. lol.
  • + 0
 same here, city says only if u have the property owner permision to build....well geuss wat they cant let us build for liability reasons, cause if some one falls cause they is bein an idiot, they becom a vegie and the pplz who sue and shit for minors sue the property owner for like 3 mill to pay for the constant care that the rents cant afford, we really need a city councle that arnt a bunch of morons..
  • + 1
 Great article! Inspired us to head down there early Jan, here is a panorama I shot while we were there:

http://vr.housser.ca/details.php?id=276
  • + 1
 I saw these guys shooting last Sunday, they didnt get any pics of some of the really cool trails, and drops but Great article.
  • + 1
 Good place to go and ride. Gets a bit much after 3+ hours. Good place to go and ride when its raining but your covered by the bridge for most of it.
  • + 2
 the best part about this is that even if it's raining you cans till shred!! awesome park
  • + 0
 That's the first thing I thought when I read this.
  • + 2
 honestly good fuckin job guys first im goin when i get my license even if it takes a few days
  • + 1
 wow that is outrite amazing how much work has been put into that, and making it all work out good close together, like that cool bridge too! major props to the builders
  • + 1
 wow nxt time i go to visit my grandparents in bend, im deffinatly making my parnets bring me there...thats sooo sick..very nice job to everyone who helped make it happen
  • + 1
 i helped build that place in seattle and it was sick to ride even when it wasent finshed. whats sad is they left out the rock wall that u can ride down and its a blast
  • + 0
 BTWm for more colonnade stokage and ride footage, check today's VOD, shot by andy tran, of syndrome racing! www.syndromeracing.com
  • + 1
 Every time I see pics of this I want to go there even more, I have no where to ride within an hour Frown
  • + 2
 that sucks man, i feel your pain. sometimes you just have to make the drive though. for any real mountain biking trails in the greater seattle area, you have to drive for up to two hours+, and where i used to live you had to drive awhile to get to the good ones.
  • + 2
 Trust me if I had a car and was old enough to drive it haha...
  • + 1
 yeah, i believe you. you should try and get something like this rolling where you are. even if you only get to put in a few table tops and some ladders, i'm sure you can find some way to get a place to ride. Smile
  • + 2
 and don't let not having a license hold you back- drive anyway. just don't get caught. lol.
  • + 1
 I did start building a DH in the local woods but it got knocked down by the Forestry Commission Frown

There's somewhere new though that's about half an hour away in the car that might be good soon, me and a mate are fixing up some old jumps.
  • + 0
 snook a piece of advise....its not illegal if u dont get caught lol, my unchle says that all the time , gets kinda anoying but ive made a couple new spots due to his saying
  • + 0
 uncle**
  • + 1
 Know how u feel snook am in the same position and bl**dy pain cycling a steel bike 11 miles there and then 11miles back :-( I just did what NWray said and found a small forest thats less than a mile from my house and started building out of sight having hacked away all the overgrown sh*t. If u do build ur own stuff just do it somewhere that drains well cos otherwise it just gets ruined.
  • + 1
 I read about this place in a magazine but i never knew it was so big! Thats super cool for in city riding
  • + 2
 thanks for writing us a book
  • + 0
 What a great use of otherwise wasted space. More cities should take this idea an run with it, there is tons of government owned property that could get put to good use.
  • + 3
 sick shit
  • + 1
 im kinda confused on the line "I brought my girlfriend Jordan, and he loved the novice zone!" you have a bf or gf?
  • + 1
 this place is great for the days when your bike is calling you and the rain is pouring. THANK YOU!
  • + 1
 i'm going on a road trip for my 16 bday and this is going to be my final destination... looks so sick.
  • + 2
 Totally awesome , great looking place , need somewhere like that in the UK
  • + 0
 That is a flippin sweet bike park. I have never had the chance to ride at a bike park, it would be nice to have that in your backyard.
  • + 1
 This place its great, this is a little for our visit two weeks ago!!!!

www.pinkbike.com/video/55552
  • + 1
 finally some coverage... did some work there myself
  • + 0
 yup. this is by far the best coverage of the park i have seen yet, although it's been in everything from dirt rag, bike, and decline. good to get some more exposure though! thanks to the pinkbikie crew for this awesome write up!
  • + 0
 so, it's worth the drive then..... damn EI for keeping me kooped up in this country all winter....
  • + 1
 depends on where in canada you are, but it is a pretty sick place. we (bbtc) made it as a progression park, so like these guys said, there are areas for all skill levels. we have the limestone loop aka xc trails, the advanced lines= freeride, dh and drops, rollers, chutes etc, skinnies, beginner trails, a pump track. it's pretty sick considering that it was all built by volunteers and the tireless efforts of mike westra, tim b., jon k,justin v, ben, tanya, and all the BBTC/ EMBA crew, and of course, all the volunteers who put in more than 13,000 hours!
  • + 1
 damn why cant there be something like this in the uk
  • + 1
 is it right by east lake?
  • + 1
 wowowo this is insaine :X i wanna go but it's too far from me ;(
  • + 0
 im looking for some wan tont go there tommorow im from richmond bc !!!i got my truck !!!
  • + 1
 that so amazing i wanna go
  • + 1
 wow!
this is awesome!!!!
  • + 1
 we shoud have places like that in poland !!!
  • + 0
 I agree, and I wouldn't even get to ride them Razz
  • + 1
 man colonade is a hella good place to ride
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 whaat was the the blue full suspension bike on the video with 100mm forks please reply direct to this message
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 they not allowed to attach bridges to the cement columns? that would be sickkk all kinds of new routes
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 nah dude, the Washington State Patrol won't let us....yet they'll frickin put in grow lamps on the colonnades for the californians on the parks board who wanted to throw a frickin' palm tree in the middle of the park to be different and new from a pacific nw theme. wtf? no joke, there is a friggin palm tree in the middle of the park. only good thing about that is the purple light reflects on tqualu (beginner area) and the g-line @ night.
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 a frikin palm tree
WTF
but yay grow lamps Big Grin
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 yep. lol.
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 The Burnside for bikes... its about time. But its in seattle, bring that down to portland for us freeriders
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 i would love to go there... rays mtb gets old after awhile.
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 i'd want to go to rays. funny how that works.
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 that looks insane, one in the uk.. PLEASE!!!!!!
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 Genial bikepark. I want have park like this one in my city Big Grin
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 amazing why aint there anything like this in england Frown
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 that is a mint place love to go there
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 That looks like one of the sickest parks i've ever seen!
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 yeah! that place looks awesome!! good work! Smile
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 all i can say is there is heaven on earth...
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 That has to be one of the most crazyest tech park ive seen!
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 Id kill anyone to go there haha...
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 where is it?
LOOKS SOOOO SWEET
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 why do they not have places like that near me?!?!
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 hell yeah Smile
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 lokal mt fmzzz!!!
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 it hasn't snowed here in weeks. i'm so going there my next day off
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 if i dont get ther soon someones gonna die
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 THATS SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 shit, that course looks insane !
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 That is so sick,makes me whanna ride they damm
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 i would kill to come here!! sick setup guys
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 Just one word: Heaven!!!
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 DAMN!!! this is a awesome!!!!
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 'i brought my girlfreind jordan, he loved the...etc.' WTF
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 yeah i was thinking that to lol
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 Such a sweet place to ride. Sickest urban park ever
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 Best consolation park in the U.S. Nuf said.
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 yup this place is prety sick im goign there today to do some rideing
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 damn, i want to go there...bit far from Germany, though.
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 my god..sick sick place..amazing!!!
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 tht looks awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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 Lucky people sooooooooo jealous looks so good Smile
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 this looks so sick, wish this was my local
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 That looks so cool, nice job!
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 that place looks sick!!!!!! only to bad i live far away Frown
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 that is one of the most coolest things i've ever seen!!!!
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 cooooooooooool place
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 amazing!
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 KILLER!!
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 wow, that looks awesome!
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 amazing park. No1.
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 that is in seattle ???
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 yes. under the I-5 freeway between eastlake and capitol hill. exit 168A in either direction off the freeway
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 i love ittt
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 looks awsome!
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 Thats insaine!
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 where is this place
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 DIRECTLY under exit 168-A on I-5, just north of downtown Seattle. Go to www.evergreenmtb.org for more info!
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 somebody said "great
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 amazing!!!!
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 weres that pal
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 seattle, washington, usa. under the freeway
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 exit 168A is the lakeview blvd exit, which is the easiest way to get there for most, the only problem is the very limited off street parking. if you take eastlake ave, sometimes you can find more spots to park. but lakeview and 168A are one in the same
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 who made it???i love it
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 Good bike park, nice!
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 place is so fun to ride.
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 that is fn crazy sick
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 yawn...

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