Does anyone know if the pivoting teeter will be resurrected somewhere?
And I want to compliment Mark for not responding to any of this - he is, in essence, leaving them alone.
As an avid rider and occasional trail volunteer, a huge thanks for all the work and advocacy from all parties.
Damn! The trails are just so good I gotta go out for a ride!
We did some epic rides in the area, this was more than 10 years ago, Tally Lake near Whitefish, some trails outside Columbia falls and esp out of Big Fork (Strawberry Lake area - Alpine Trail #7) ah hah! I just looked it up again - says "This ride is either the ultimate trail or the most brutal time you've ever spent riding and pushing your bike…" I'm trying to remember which portion we did, but link below says it is considered one of the top 10 trail rides in the US and by others, one of the toughest 10 rides in the US! Lots of climbing, but once you are up, lots of open, scenic ridge riding, great views, great descents. Trails are in great shape since so dry there. Enjoy!
Also, Big Mountain (no Whitefish Mountain Resort) now has a bike park, I see!http://skiwhitefish.com/summer/mountain-biking/
At the last NSMBA townhall it was said that the land managers are actively looking at Strava and that it is causing issues.
Anyone who thinks that using Strava on non-sanctioned trails does not have the potential to draw additional unwanted attention to those trails from the land managers is out to lunch.
I would hope everyone can have the self-restraint to avoid posting anything public on unsanctioned trails, and please, ask your friends to do the same if they are. Unless you want those trails to get shut down sooner or get punched out faster than they otherwise would.
It is quite discouraging when you see industry people doing this and setting a tone that it is acceptable and cool. I suppose when you view these trails as a disposable commodity and never actually do any work on them it makes a lot of sense.
strongly agree…although some riders using unsanctioned trails assume they are well-known trails, they are still "secret" to the general riding population, since they are not listed on trailforks, trail guides, etc…
let's keep them somewhat secret, folks!
Get yourself up there! 7th is really a whole new experience with berms, filled in divots, and smoothed out corners.
7th, Leopard, Crinkum - Peter has been doing a lot of work top to bottom!
Thank you, Gord, for your thoughtful and balanced response. You've put into words exactly what I and some of my fellow riders have been thinking. I'd like to think of all riders, hikers, dog-walkers, runners, etc. as trail keepers whenever we are out on the trails, whether or not there has been a branch to move, a puddle to drain, or a trail day to help out at. We've been reporting downed trees or other hazards to be aware of via the "Trail Conditions" thread already. So as a long-time rider and active supporter and volunteer of the NSMBA, I have to say I'm uncomfortable with the "Watchmen" look and tone, however well-meaning, considering the timing and how it all looks in the media.
I certainly wasn't suggesting that the parking lot was built for the purpose of removing half of Natural High. My concern is that the destruction of more difficult trails and stunts seems to have become acceptable "collateral damage". When those stunts/trails get taken down/decommissioned, they don't get rebuilt.
If you like to ride difficult stuff, or even if you aspire to ride it some day, then we should be concerned now. When its gone, its gone.
I love, love LOVE all the new trail work; at the same time, just when I could ride harder things (swivel teeter, old exit from BP to mountain highway, etc) they get taken out! The best thing about Natural High was that it had options, the "stunt" and the ride-around route. I hope we can keep the challenging bits (i.e. rock rolls on Expresso) along with the easier routes. We loved taking visitors (hiking on biking trails (!)) to see the stunts on NH. Perhaps the swivel can be reborn elsewhere?