New Trail Development in Thurston Hills

Disciples of Dirt to Partner with Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Disciples of Dirt is extremely excited to share the following press release from Willamalane, the Springfield Parks and Recreation organization. We will have more exciting news and details to share as the project develops.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District (Willamalane) is excited to partner with the Disciples of Dirt to develop mountain bike trails in the Thurston Hills Natural Area.

Willamalane and the Disciples of Dirt were successful in obtaining $154,320 in grant funding from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Recreational Trails Program for trail design and construction. The project will be supported with Disciples of Dirt’s pledge of over 1500 hours of volunteer work and $13,000 in cash, for a total project cost of $212,175 for trail design and construction in the Thurston Hills Natural Area. This project will be the first of several phases of trail design and construction in the Thurston Hills.

Willamalane anticipates beginning construction on the main trailhead and starting the trail design and construction in the summer of 2017. Presently the timeline for all of this work is in flux as we are in the process of obtaining all the proper land use approvals, permits and agreements before we can begin construction and start work on the trailhead and trails within the Thurston Hills. All of the land use approvals, permits, and agreements are not within Willamalane’s control and therefore we are subject to other agency and jurisdictions timelines and schedules.

Additional information is available at the  Willamalane website.

Approved: The Lawler Extension


New Trail Anticipated to be Complete by Fall 2016

Disciples of Dirt are pleased to announce that after several years of dreaming, discussing, planning, and inspecting, the Lawler extension project has finally been approved! Even better, there is already a final design for the trail and work has begun on clearing of the corridor. We are officially under way on this thing! 

When the extension is complete, Lawler will be two miles longer and wind through some steep, rugged, and fun terrain. The extension eliminates all but 140 meters or so of gravel road allowing mountain bikers to finish the ride on sweet, sweet singletrack.

A big high-five to everyone who worked so hard on this project and made the dream a reality. Special thanks to Kevin Rowell, our friend and mountain bike advocate at the USFS, and to Derrick Bell, Jason Boone, Erin Hooten, Paul Timm and Kraig Brockelman who all lent their expertise and spent countless hours pushing this through the system. And thank you in advance to our hardworking volunteers who will be out there this summer clearing, digging and moving rocks so that by this fall we will have a beautiful new trail to ride! Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming trailwork dates.

Out of The Swamp

The Soggy Bottom of North Shore Tie gets a Serious Makeover

Laying down gravel is certainly not a mountain biker's first choice for building and maintaining trails. But when we have a trail that is undrainable, unsustainable, and unrideable, then sometimes we have to do what we have to do. The bottom of North Shore Tie (aka Eugene to Crest Trail) is a perfect example of such a situation. Sections of this trail are composed of a sludgy, ashy soil that over the course of many wet seasons had devolved into mud holes from hell ... the only solution for which was to add rock.

On Saturday March 5th a group of DOD volunteers headed out with Kevin Rowell of the USFS to make the lower section of NS Tie more navigable for both wheels and hiking boots. At the end of the day some of the nastiest wheel-swallowing trenches had been filled in and turnpikes created over the top to make durable trail surfaces that will last for years to come.

Keeping Track of Trailwork

The 2014/2015 trailwork season which follows the USFS fiscal year is all but over … and the numbers are in! This year Disciples of Dirt volunteers logged a whopping 3,144 hours maintaining and improving our local trails as well as building several miles of brand new single track. 

This was a year where DOD focused heavily on the trail network at Carpenter Bypass. We created two rowdy DH-style lines in The Gift area and built four new bypass sections that got some of our most used trails off private land and onto BLM property. We also partnered with Oakridge GOATS for a fun summer camping and trailwork party on the Middle Fork Trail where we built new bridges over several of the creeks below Paddy’s Valley. Along with big days on Hardesty, Lost Creek, O’Leary, and other trails, it was a hugely productive year.

Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers, many of whom show up time after time to give back to the trails we all love to ride. And a big shout-out to Brock, Lee, and Paul for the hundreds of hours they logged between them organizing and leading the work crews … we couldn’t have accomplished this much without them. 

Click on the shovel above to see all of the trails our volunteers maintain.

A Hard Working Crew Buffs Out Hardesty

From Stem to Stern, Hardesty Trail is now Ship-Shape

Disciples of Dirt Trailwork: Saturday April 18th. With 23 volunteers representing DOD and GOATS, nearly every section of the Hardesty trail received some attention. We managed to tick off all of the items on our to-do list including the reroute of a slippery fall-line chute turning it into a fun and flowy S-turn. In addition, problem spots in the tread and on switchbacks were addressed, drains were dug and five folks wielding power brushers cleared overgrown vegitation from the top of the trail to the bottom. The bridge near the South Willamette Trail junction was realigned with the direction of the trail. At the end of the day, tired and hungry trailworkers were rewarded by a fine feast of tostadas with all the fixings prepared by Maria and Tom, with cold refreshments from Ninkasi Brewing to wash it down. A huge thanks to all who came out—it was a great team effort!

New Skills = New Opportunities

IMBA Advanced Trail Building School Held at Whypass 

Eager students — 37 in all — from several of Oregon's IMBA chapters and government agencies spent the weekend of October 18-19 at DOD's Whypass trail sysyem stepping up their trail building skills to the next level. As they received instruction from the IMBA Trail Solutions Crew on how to operate machines, build rock features, and construct berms, a new trail in the Whypass Gift Zone emerged, growing in length and character with every pass of the mini-excavator. Read more.

The weekend was a huge win for local mountain bikers and trail stewards. As our trail building skills increase we are better positioned to provide quality experiences for all skill levels and rider styles. That means whether you rock your lycra loud and proud, don moldy flannel, pay attention to your heart rate or track frequent flier miles you are bound to find more and better stuff to strava, gopro, shred or rip. New, old, slow or bold … we're making a spot for you! 

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