Video: Washington's Tiger Mountain Just Got Loamier

Sep 4, 2018 at 2:47
by Luke Humphrey  

Two new trails named NOTG and EBAD just opened on Tiger Mountain, both offering different experiences vs. existing classics like Predator, OTG, etc. The NOTG build started in November of last year, and opened this August thanks to 100+ volunteers, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and the Washington State DNR. Above Matt Patterson samples the loamy goods on Friday morning after the PNW received some much-needed moisture. Below lead NOTG builder Jay Gore talks about the collaborative efforts involved in bringing this trail to life while highlighting a few key trail features.

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NOTG on Trailforks.

NOTG video filmed/edited by Luke Humphrey: Instagram: @lukeallenhumphrey.

Matt's instagram: @huckthat.


52 Comments

  • 22 0
 Thank you Jay Gore and the volunteer force! And your dog buddy rocks as well. Wish more trail building groups were friendlier to canine buddies....and maybe that's why their trails have sharp 90' turns in the middle of flow.
  • 11 0
 Dogs find all the good lines! Any corner your dog cuts is probably a shitty corner.
  • 2 0
 @jefe: f*ckin truth
  • 13 1
 "No Trail is ever built by one person"

Except for Physical Therapy!

That said, I'm stoked to ride these co-lab trails, they look suh-weeeet!

And don't forget about Preston RR, its still a great ride!
  • 7 3
 Yeah this statement isn't true all the time. I helped Bob B scout a line (with Peter S) for DIY at tokul which was the epitome of a builder only built trail (Bob was the only person that put a shovel to dirt, to my knowledge). I built Raniner at tokul by myself except for ~6 person/days from other close friends I bossed around on 2 occasions. As a builder I like building my own trail without input from other folks. It's nice to build something totally from scratch on your own, but it's good to have the help from other folk (e.g. big log feature in this video from Harrison).

Quite a few trail builders (to be unnamed) lack social/trail crew organizational skills and build on their own accord to explore their own creative output, at least that's why I enjoy building alone.

PS who built physical therapy, and did they do it alone? I'd like to buy them a beer.
  • 14 0
 You had me until Preston... well, at least it's a good climbing option to... actually never mind.
  • 5 0
 @dglass: Physical Therapy was built by a guy named Orion, he's built quite a few lesser know trails in the area and all his stuff has a very cool twisted style to it. Story goes that he built PT while recovering from a torn ACL so that build was his "physical therapy", and I believe he did the build all on his own.

I've only met him once when I ran into him at another trail he built (probably the only way you'll find him), super nice guy doing great work!
  • 3 0
 @Gvus2001: We meet and rode with Orion for a day at the Leavenworth goods. Thats the story he gave us. After PT was kind of found out he was amazed that somebody have him a key to the gate and told him to build away. Cool guy and great family.
  • 2 0
 @dglass: Nailed it. I think this is a great format, video of the trail and a discussion with the builder. But there are many trails built by 1 person without any assistance from others. Most trailbuilders I know are passionate/weird/introverts, who would rather build alone than with a crew. I often find the best trails are built by solo builders.
  • 10 0
 @Gvus2001: While I am tempted to let the legend build, I did get some help here and there with PT; especially from Pete Skene. And even now I find that people chip in and put in work to keep the trail running.

The name came from recovering from shoulder surgery during the dig. By the end of the dig my left arm was a beast!

Edit to say that all of the new trails getting put in by Jay, Matt, Brian, Kevin, Dave, Dale, and everyone else are amazing!
  • 2 0
 @OrionW: Let the legend build! Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Thanks for showing us the goods (PT that is) early when it was still deep and loamy. Its all been rutted away now...

Most people couldn't do it with two arms, an amazing feat with one arm!
  • 1 0
 @davereid: Yeah Dave I know your a solo builder! I'm no longer in squamish but keep up your good work!
  • 2 0
 @OrionW: Love PT - one of my favorites
  • 10 0
 NOTG and EBAD are super cool new additions. Thank so much for these trails Jay, Volunteers, Evergreen, and DNR.
  • 7 0
 Jay Gore knows whats up. Loved building with him when I was with evergreen. Patient, focused, determined, and brings the goods (beer and smoked meat!).
  • 6 1
 "Existing classics like Predator and OTG..." Haha = those were built in the last five years! Some of us here are old enough to remember fire road to Preston to Timber Trail as the only sanctioned loop. No Hardtails - now THAT was a classic!
  • 2 0
 I do! What a change in scenery. The first time i rode tiger was in 2002. I got 3 flat tires and had to walk out after dark.
  • 6 0
 @chileconqueso: That's what you get for riding a tricycle...
  • 1 0
 @petebike: Training wheels dude. I had one more. Thank the gods for tubeless tech and better rubber, and full suspension!
  • 1 0
 @chileconqueso: haha nice...my training wheels use solid tires... Amen to modern tires setup tubeless!
  • 3 0
 can't believe there is even more new at tiger, wow! you guys keep putting in good work. best part of all the building during the last years is that it is not greasy mineral soil (like we have down here in the cap'), but grippy granite mineral soil. but i'm definitely partial to more raw and loamy building. thank you soo much can't wait to check it out!
  • 5 0
 Fall arrives early at Tiger Mountain. Great video Luke - and always impressive riding Matt!
  • 4 0
 Great video and great trail.
Kudos Evergreen/DNR!
Raging River (with No service and Invictus) , Ollalie and NOTG all in one year. Whats next? A DH line on Snoq Pass?
  • 3 0
 ...north mtn in Darrington?
  • 2 0
 They are working on their own bike park and judging off of the trails already up there they are going to be proper DH gnar
  • 2 0
 Rode it this past weekend. Probably not the best trail to ride post injuries and being off the bike all summer, but I’m glad I did. Thanks to all the trail builders. This is going to evolve into a classic.
  • 3 0
 Trail looks great. That wet looks more like October or November. Still bone dry down here in the valley in Oregon.
  • 4 0
 More trails at Tiger? I'm going to have to move there...
  • 2 0
 Ive been calling NOTG F%#K Punisher for the last couple weeks...hella noice.

Who the hell built PT? Im gonna buy them a puppy.
  • 2 0
 With how crowded the parking lots are getting these days we need as many new trails as we can get. Keep up the great work Evergreen!!!
  • 4 0
 Rev must have been in the truck or something, Jay? No barking... ;-)
  • 1 0
 Jay is the man. We helped him do some digging on Envictus earlier this year. That guy has a passion for building some of the most amazing trails I have ever ridden. That area has some amazing local trail builders.
  • 2 0
 Surprisingly I've still never rode Tiger. Do you hike or ride the fireroad up? Does anyone do more than one run? No way I can pedal my DH bike up.
  • 2 0
 Gotta do it! There's a great climbing trail -- Masterlink/Quicklink -- that is a lot more pleasant than the access road. The road's still kind of an option, but DNR has been trying to push bikes to the trails because of increased logging traffic.

Multiple runs are definitely possible, and there's a ton of ways to loop together different length rides. And while there are folks who pedal/push their DH rigs up to Predator, you'll be a lot happier on a AM bike, IMHO.
  • 1 0
 @geephlow: I'll bring my AM bike. What Is the elevation gain. I'm ready for predator but my buddy isn't. He rides blues and greens. So what would be best trails for us to both enjoy a lap up and down. Do you know elevation gain on hike up? Thank you
  • 1 0
 @Biocoug1: I think it's about 1800' give or take from the upper parking lot to the viewpoint at Summit. You can check out some routes on TF; if your buddy's fitness is pretty good, you might try:

1. Climb Masterlink/Quicklink, then up to the Summit
2. Descend first section of Summit, cross the road
3. Take the right to descend OTG where the trail splits (left is lower Summit)
4. Left when OTG ends; descend Fully Rigid
5. When you get to the big bridge, continue on Joyride
6. Right when Joyride ends on NW Timber
7. Back to the lot

Total climb on that route is maybe 2100'? And maybe 10-ish miles?
  • 1 0
 from a builder to a builder: thank you! you ride fast!!! we all know that feeling of riding your creations ... undescriptible!
  • 1 0
 I had the pleasure to help one day at that trail on February Smile Thanks @jjgoride for that great opportunity. Now I would love to go there and ride NOTG.
  • 2 0
 Schralpy! Nice work gents!
  • 1 2
 Great trail and great work! However, in that video there was no loam ridden by the rider only wet hardpacked dirt. In the Trump era words still have meaning. PS: There WAS loam on the sides of the trail.
  • 1 0
 Man, Tiger Mountain sure likes their acronyms
  • 15 0
 Couldn't get away with any of the cool Canadian style names approved. Dirt Merkin was the first choice but when I explained what a Merkin was to the land manager, they said thanks for the laugh but no.
  • 1 0
 TLA all the way
  • 2 0
 @jjgoride: Don't google MERKIN at work.
#pubicwig
  • 1 0
 @jjgoride: Can we just all agree to call it Dirt Merkin? That's a great name.
  • 1 2
 perhaps fake sound should be left to Keith White. I tried to walk and listen but could only watch with it on mute. nice trail tho
  • 1 0
 Always great to have more trails, keep up the good work!
  • 1 0
 is loam the blue groove on it when i rode it last month?
  • 1 0
 I enjoyed the video a lot, but not as much as that dog did.
  • 1 0
 washington has so much to ride, stop it!
  • 1 0
 More Trail Building Videos Please.
  • 1 0
 gnaaarly

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