I've only recently become involved with mountain bikes... Brought into
it by a good motorcycle friend, John, I must admit it's more fun than I thought
it be. I find it also to be a great conditioner for my climbing and other
riding activities. This area will be used to showcase local riding areas,
and talk about the sport from a novice perspective. Look for updates
periodically as my skills grow, and I get out to more and more different areas.
If a decent ride is being planned, it'll be noted in the discussion
area of the site. Or if you have something you want to discuss,
start a topic, or drop me a line.
- When John talked me out into a local riding area to try mountain
biking, I used my GT Tempest rigid. I bought it in 1996 to do
the 6 mile commute to work, and to do the occasional approach ride for
climbs. After a couple times out on the local single-tracks, I
realized I needed something more... After some shopping, I found
this spec'd out Specialized (Rockhopper comp - Disc) for a great price. It
should provide some great riding, and be a good platform for me to
upgrade as my skills increase...
Mountain... This area is a
state forest located
near Bremerton, WA, map to the right shows the main
groomed trails. Not a real mountain, it rises about a thousand
feet above the surrounding terrain. There are several single-track
trails and gravel roads that can provide some decent entertainment over
several days. We typically take a fire road up to the top, and
then single-track down. Click here
for a review of some trips, and beta of the trails...
Owned by Pope Resources, the area is an active logging area located
near Poulsbo, WA. However, the area has numerous
single-track and fire roads, with the primary attraction here being the
nice loamy soil. The map to the right shows the fire road system within
the area - there are about a dozen unmaintained trails that rely on use
in order to be free of vegetation. Plus, we are in the process of
carving out new trails... Click here
for a review of some trips, and beta of some of the trails...
Muller... I had driven by it
numerous times, wondering how hard it could be to MTB in an area a bit
more expansive than the areas noted above. Over 3,000 feet of
climbing, a 14 mile loop, this ride turned out to be both challenging
and fun. John and I set aside a date, and invited others to join
us. Alan and Andy were foolish enough to take us up on the
invitation, but I think a fun time was had by all. Click here
for a review of the trip...