New Trails Coming to Whypass!

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soilgirl
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New Trails Coming to Whypass!

As most of you already know, last September the Whypass trail network finally became legit. That's right! Whypass is now a sanctioned multi-use trail network! However, the lid is not exactly off the pot. Even though Whypass is an official network and the Disciples of Dirt have an agreement with the BLM to manage it, we can't just build whatever we want. It's still public land and we must adhere to our agreement, so each proposed new trail must first be approved by the BLM's "ologists" -- those are the rules on public land. 

The good news is that DOD's Whypass Task Force (aka WTF) has been busy flagging new lines! Woo hoo! In fact, DOD  is waiting for the green light on several proposed lines as you read these words. 

Here's what's going down at the moment, with more to come:

  • A line south of Carpenter Bypass between the pile and the yellow gate has been proposed for new singletrack construction. Once approved, the new trail will begin at the outside of the apex of the S turn immediately above the pile. From there it will climb (switchbacks) parallel to Carpenter Bypass before turning south above a major canyon to navigate scenic and entertaining terrain amidst ridges and ravines. Eventually the proposed line, which meanders through elk habitat, stands of huge old growth timber and lush mossy meadows, will tie into the bottom of the existing Up Yours Trail. The Up Yours Trail delivers riders to the yellow gate. With a total length of approximately 1.5 miles, the proposed trail will be one of the longest uninterrupted singletrack routes in the Whypass network and should entertain climbers and descenders. 
  • The Gift is Whypass's little slice of gravity fed fun. It's fun, it's easy to get to and its easy to exploit the opportunities for air that we've made. It's about to get a whole lot funner and quite a bit more rowdy as well. The DOD, BLM and IMBA have put their heads, hearts and wallets together to design, and eventually build, two world class downhill directional trails. Don't call 'em flow trails, although the Green (beginner) line will be easily ridden by newbs, more advanced riders will be able to find hidden gems and opportunities for excitement! The Blue (advanced intermediate) line will be rowdy. Brock is already stashing rocks and chomping at the bit to join forces with IMBA to cut and build the most challenging and rewarding line at Whypass.
  • The Seneca bypass has been flagged. This will reroute the south end of Northridge and the north end of Boundary closer to Carpenter Bypass Road to move these trails entirely off private lands and onto BLM property. 
  • The Whole Nine Yards will be extended west so it exits to the road directly across from Fun Girl. Descending Whole Nine Yards, a trail will peel off to the left and parallel the road in long loopy traverses to within a stone's throw of the old B-Line. This trail will ride both ways. A second new trail in this area will branch off the singletrack portion of Skidmark just before it drops to the muddy, messy double track section and will climb back up to the top of Fun Girl. 
  • Scouted, but not yet flagged, is a line that goes south to parallel B-Line with some sweet singletrack that will connect with the bottom of Your Sister.
  • Future plans exist for the conversion of some of the old road/double track to trails, e.g., Salal and B-Line.

Huge thanks to the Whypass Task Force for the endless hours spent scouting and flagging these new trails. Once we get the green light to build they will be looking for your help. It's gong to take a lot of work ... a lot of strong arms and backs doing a lot of digging ... to turn a bunch of ribbons tied to trees into some sweet new singletrack!

Please remember--DOD's WTF is currently the only group allowed to plan, flag, and request approval for new trails in the Whypass network. If you wish to be a part of this process please contact us at trailwork@disciplesofdirt.org.

 

Perry and Amanda

DOD Trailwork Coordinators

 

Davey Sprockett
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Awesome! Thank you, Team PandA.

Oh, and WTF!

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

Time to ride

MaxSteel
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Scouted but not flagged....is now flagged.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/501536796

This garmin track is 2.5 miles of uninterupted singletrack....with the options that branch off.....it will get a bit longer!  I'm real happy with the way this section of trail lays out.  If you look at the garmin track, it rolls and will ride well both directions.  

If you were to come off Your Sister and start down B-Line, 200 yards after crossing the deep creek/gully, the new trail will turn in to the left and wind it's way up the ridge past some spectacular ancient trees.  It will continue until intersecting a trail that will take you either to the bottom of B-Line, or to Skidmark, or to The Whole 9 Yards and the top of FunGurl. 

Paul Timm

DOD/Worker Bee

"Let us ride"

Davey Sprockett
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MaxSteel wrote:

Scouted but not flagged....is now flagged.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/501536796

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Can't begin to describe my stokedness... and gratitude. Paul Timm, you are a giant.

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

Time to ride

MrBaker
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double post

MrBaker
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Paul,

Does this route include those big trees we scoped out a while back? If so, you all are really in for a treat!

-Nicholas

MaxSteel
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It does indeed Nicholas!

FYI, staying higher on the ridge than where we scouted kept us out of a lot of the undergrowth until the descent to B-Line.  It will be easier to maintain and build as a result.

Paul Timm

DOD/Worker Bee

"Let us ride"

Kevin Madden
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A line south of Carpenter Bypass between the pile and the yellow gate has been proposed for new singletrack construction. Once approved, the new trail will begin at the outside of the apex of the S turn immediately above the pile. From there it will climb (switchbacks) parallel to Carpenter Bypass before turning south above a major canyon to navigate scenic and entertaining terrain amidst ridges and ravines. Eventually the proposed line, which meanders through elk habitat, stands of huge old growth timber and lush mossy meadows, will tie into the bottom of the existing Up Yours Trail. The Up Yours Trail delivers riders to the yellow gate. With a total length of approximately 1.5 miles, the proposed trail will be one of the longest uninterrupted singletrack routes in the Whypass network and should entertain climbers and descenders.

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  • I'm pretty new to the group and area, but I was wondering what ever happened to this planned trail? Looks like that grid square is pretty empty south of the main road.
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  • Thanks,
  • Kevin 
MaxSteel
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Great question.

There are more miles of trail flagged elsewhere in the network too.  We are waiting for BLM approvals.  There is a thinning operation in the works right now, may begin soon.  Environmental studies need to be done..etc.  Long story short, we will get to build more trails, but have to go thru channels.  Not like the 'good ol days' when it was the wild SW out there!  

 

Paul Timm

DOD/Worker Bee

"Let us ride"

Kevin Madden
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Thanks - just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. I've seen people walking in the woods on the "other" side of the road (south of CBypass), but that's about it.

mattk5170
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This is so awesome, with the Thurston Hills and this we are going to be busy this Summer-hopefully!!! Thnx for all your hard work. Matt 

Matt Kincaid 

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