Papa Woods - New Trail Completed in Prince George

Jul 29, 2013 at 11:02
by Tom Schoen  
stunt on Papa Woods
"Papa Woods" is the latest project completed by the First Journey Trails crew and many of you have followed the building progress of this intermediate trail on Prince George's Pidherny MTB network here on PinkBike.

In 2010 the PG Cycling Club entered into an agreement with Sites and Trails BC to manage a sanctioned recreation area consisting of 25 dedicated mountain bike trails. The club secured funding to construct two new trails, a two-way XC trail and a downhill/enduro/AM style intermediate trail. The challenge with the downhill trail was to make it ridable for an intermediate rider, but fun and interesting for a more advanced level rider.
The Pidherny Recreation Site is approximately 650 hectares in area, and is located northwest of downtown Prince George, partially within Prince George city limits and partially in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Access to the site is provided from both Foothills Blvd, to the north, and Pidherny Rd. to the south.

I want to use this opportunity to give a big shout-out to my crew and the many volunteers who came out in support of this project:
Master-builder Gustav Vollmer designed many of the TTF's and was crucial in finding a sweet line. Krow, a Prince Rupert local and trail builder heard my cry for help and travelled 800 kilometres on a Greyhound bus to come and work with us. Josh, Logan, Michael, Dylan all worked hard, packed loam and gravel and hauled tools all day.
Justin, a PG rider volunteered his time, as did many others. The Ruckus crew looked after our bikes and made sure we were adequately hydrated around the campfire at night. Liam Baker, Pidherny Director for the PG Cycling Club has been available at all times for support, questions, concerns and was super efficient in his work as the liaison between the club and the builders. Megan Broswick, scoped out the rough line and helped wherever she could. The biggest surprise for me and my crew was the love the local riders showed us. What a great group of mtb enthusiast you guys are up in the North! Thank you all!

Ripping boards
Ripping boards - The game of the day/week/month.
I'm estimating between Gus and I we ripped close to 9,000 board feet of lumber by hand.
During the last hour on the last day, both of our 365 Husky's died on us and we made final
cuts with a small Stihl carving saw.

Camp Life - Home away from home, while working on the trail.
We fell in love with this camp spot high above Prince George. We picked it for
the winds and some bug relief, but weather watching was our nightly entertainment.

Krow working hard importing clay to one of the higher up berms.
Krow showing off a true torture device. We used the portage barrel to haul gravel and loam to berms and
transitions. Backbreaking work but necessary to armour the sandy areas of the trail.

Entrance Stunt
Gateway Stunt - This large bridge gaps a popular ATV/moto trail and is the entrance to the new trail, complete
with a Japanese style roof and a couple of benches to chill.

Triple play Wallride to drop drop diapered drop
Wallride Hip.
Gustav and a handfull of PG riders hit the big wallride-to-drop during Saturday's "bropening".

New ttf
The "Dish". Another one of the 22 stunts on this action packed trail. One stunt every 400 meters... game on!

Step Down to step-up hip
Step-down drop to dirt step-up hip.

The "Alpenhorn" takes shape. A big roller-coaster inspired by one curved log.

Detail of a TTF construction.

Double Rainbow
Double Rainbow... Oh my god!

Getting the bridge beams in place
Tom getting the entrance stunt stringers in place.

Campfire time
Liam, Megan and Gustav.
Happy faces, another project completed.

Leaving Town
Leaving Prince George - The crew all packed up and ready to hit the next jobs. For me it is back to the Cariboo.
What a crazy time it's been: We cursed the cold, the heat, the sun, the rain, the bugs, the dust. Worked countless 12 hour days. And in the end when you watch the smile on people's faces riding the trail and hitting the stunts it's all worth it. P.G. see you in September for the next project!



  • 4 0
 Been walking in and amazed by the work that has gone into this trail the past few weeks. Thanks so much for your huge efforts. The TTF's are absolutely beautifully made and I can't wait to ride this trail in the next few days. This novice trail builder/maintainer(Ditch Pig) has taken notes. The triple feature with the wall ride is sick, and the hours that must have went into it are much appreciated. Pidherny is morphing into the awesome riding area it was meant to be thanks to all of you. Stoked!
  • 3 0
 Nice work guys! Now all the lucky riders living in PG could rest assured they have at least a small piece of what communities like Williams Lake and Burns Lake have had for years. Yep, nice work, indeed!
  • 4 0
 We would further like to extend our thanks to the City of Prince George for taking time off their busy schedule granting permissions to doomed golf corse projects to destroy our trails. We would also like to thank our own PG Cycling Club for finally recognizing there are also MTB riders in PG, THANK YOU ALL!
  • 1 0
 This trail is amazing! A ton of fun to ride, and for those not into taking all of the features there are ride arounds. The new features and trail add a new dimension of fun and technicality to the Pidherny trail system. Big ups to the builders and local supporters! Thank you.
  • 5 2
 Nice work Tom and crew! We're all stoked here in PG to have this trail to ride!
  • 3 2
 Thanks so much for your efforts guys! That trail is a game changer for PG riding. Nothing but stoke and smiles out there yesterday.
  • 1 0
 Amazing work! Trail is so much fun. There's a ton of positive momentum in PG MTB scene right now, and your crew is a big part of it.
  • 1 0
 You all are amazing! Any chance for a vid? Happy trails to you all and this one looks super happy.
  • 1 0
 Thank you all for your feedback and kind words... it means a lot to us builders.
  • 1 0
 Love seen natural wood joints and technique.
  • 1 0
 seeing> predictive text ugh.

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