The newest addition to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance's
quiver of projects sits just outside Skykomish, WA. Boasting one of the best views in Washington, Alpine Baldy
is a must for all mountain bikers.
Alpine Baldy is currently the main focus for the Evergreen's Trail Crew. To kick off a full summer and fall of building in the area, they hosted Evergreen's second 2017 Trail School. Here Mike Westra, Evergreen's Trail Director, and staff taught community members the fundamentals of building sustainable trails.
Alpine Baldy Trail School began with a classroom session at the USFS Skykomish Ranger Station where the basics were laid out participants. After a morning of absorbing a ton of information, it was time to get boots in the dirt. The crew and participants loaded up for base camp. While a construction quad hauled group gear, riders pedaled the five miles and nearly 2000 meters up to base camp. Then it was time for a relaxing and scenic evening.
Alpine Baldy Basecamp will be home for Evergreen's Trail Crew and Volunteers for the rest of the Summer.
Andrew Pellkofer, Alpine Baldy Project Chief, leads participants to the meadow to begin class.
Once in the meadow, the team started implementing the benching skills they'd learned during the classroom session. Evergreen staff worked side-by-side with participants, demonstrating how to cut and shape sustainable trail. Despite the distraction of a spectacular view, the group cut a ton of new trail.
Even the hardest working Trail School students paused for a well-deserved break now and then.
Evergreen's annual Trail School (Alpine Baldy edition) is a free opportunity for anyone to learn how to build sustainable trails from Evergreen staff. We welcome new and veteran trail builders to join us for a fun-filled weekend of learning, building, and riding. A huge thank you to the participants that came out to support this new project!
If you're a Washington rider, learn more about this epic project here
, or learn about the other trails Evergreen is building across the state
Evergreen is scheduling several additional Alpine Baldy work parties in the coming weeks, so if you'd like the opportunity to build and test fresh sub-alpine trail, you're invited to join! Check out Evergreen's Calendar
for more details and to RSVP for work parties.