Evergreen Trail Crew: High Above the Skykomish Valley

Aug 1, 2017 at 12:04
by Bryan Rivard  


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.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

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.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

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.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
Staff Members Alex Brieger, Cody Olsen, and Riley Seebeck talking about the plans for tomorrow's work party.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
Evergreen Trails Director, Mike Westra taking in a standard Alpine Baldy sunset.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Alpine Baldy Basecamp will be home for Evergreen's Trail Crew and Volunteers for the rest of the Summer.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
After a night's rest at camp, volunteers collected tools and rallied the last two miles to the meadow to lay fresh trail.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Andrew Pellkofer, Alpine Baldy Project Chief, leads participants to the meadow to begin class.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

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.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

Even the hardest working Trail School students paused for a well-deserved break now and then.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley
Evergreen Trail Crew Member, Alex Brieger smiles while building one of the most scenic mountain bike trails in Washington.

Evergreen Trail Crew High Above the Skykomish Valley

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.


MENTIONS: @EvergreenBryan



17 Comments

  • + 13
 Bryan Connolly is such a stud muffin!!!
  • + 5
 Stoke continues to rise ... threw some dirt with EMBA on Raging, Olallie soft opening last weekend, now this ... oh fuk yea!
  • + 3
 Rad beyond words - Evergreen rocks!
  • + 3
 Looks amazing, can't wait.
  • + 3
 Sweet! Nice write up and photos guys, I had a blast
  • + 1
 This would be a blast to bike in, camp, bike home the next morning. Is camping allowed in these forests?
  • + 1
 this is in the Wild Sky Wilderness and you are allowed to camp ... to my knowledge
  • + 1
 @swartzie: I didn't read the entire article but I doubt it is in a wilderness area, it is close to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness though. No mechanized anything is allowed in wilderness areas. I'm sure you can camp, just watch your vehicle
  • + 1
 @thejake: located in the links below - there's the identical picture as Mike's from before rolling into the meadow.

www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5421463.pdf

www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=704&tab=General
  • + 1
 @swartzie: We are working very close to the Wild Sky Wilderness boundary, but not actually in the wilderness. The ridgeline above us (north and east of us) is the boundary line. The original trail proposal called for an out&back addition to Jakes Lake to the north. The Wild Sky bill killed that idea. Should still lobby for a hiking trail to the lake IMHO.
  • + 1
 Yep, camping is allowed. Subject to USFS dispersed camping rules. Once the network is complete, an awesome overnight trip will be to take the clockwise loop up to Harlan Saddle between Alpine Baldy and Beckler Peak, ditch the bike and pack, hike west up to Beckler Peak (hiking only), come back down, grab your sh-t and bike up to the AB meadow, then down to the 5-mile campsite, spend the night, then out & back to the meadow again in the am, and then all the way down to finish the CW loop.
  • + 0
 Are there shuttle for the work parties? Cause pedaling up 6000ft to throw dirt doesn't sound like my kind of party...
  • + 2
 Must be a sort of typo, Alpine Baldy tops out at 5200'. Evergreen builders are gnarly though so if they say it's 2000m I'm not inclined to debate them.
  • + 5
 That would be huge! The Canadian Pinkbike Editor mistook 2000' for 2000 meters.
  • + 3
 Depending on what end you come from, it's a healthy climb or a very hearty climb. Either way, it's less than half of what you expected. The Sunday builds have often involved heading up with gear shuttled to campsite, then climb up Sunday morning to build for the first half of the day. Then descend when it gets hot.
  • + 1
 Yes! We have a couple quads that can take a few peeps up the first 5 miles. Then it's a 2 mile hike up to the meadow. It's roughly 3400ft of climbing to ride the entire out & back up to the meadow.
  • + 2
 Cooper!

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