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Come help grow the Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park! There is already 6+ miles of FUN, ROLLING, SINGLETRACK (no big climbs), we are adding a 3+ mile extension, building a long, flowing Super-D trail down the back side of the mountain, and FINALLY creating a ridable climb from the West Bowl back to the summit. Its the best place around to ride mid-summer, when temperatures up there are nice and cool. There will be three trail days this spring, and if we get a good turnout, we could have TWENTY MILES OF SIGNED SINGLE TRACK THIS SUMMER! So mark your calendar, grab some gloves (and you bike) and come on up.

Saturday, March 26
Saturday, April 9
Sunday, May 8

More details as we get closer. If you want to learn more, or have time to come help out mid-week, post up.
 

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This is all free public access open year round.

The land is a mix of private and public, but the landowners have all signed recreational use easements so the trails are under town control.

To clarify, this is in no way affiliated with Ski Beech and the DH stuff they are working on.

There is year-round access, but 4 or 5 months a year you better bring your xc skis or snowshoes.

All the details are on the facebook group under the "info" tab here:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=129374807082146
 

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We'll be back out Monday morning with the Town of Beech guys to clean up the existing trail and inventory places that need improvement, and on Thursday morning will get to work clearing the new right of ways.

I mapped some of the existing trail in the West Bowl yesterday. There is another line to the West of New Branch Creek that I need to map. Once we get his stuff better tied into the trails above the power lines, and then extend it down to Buckeye Creek through Eagles Nest its going to be epic.

Here is a map, which include my ride from the Buckeye Rec Center to the top of Beech via Grassy Gap Creek trail.

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/305888
 

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Not a ton of climbing - the course undulates between 4800 and 5300 feet. It's not super gnar, but right now it's a lot more "raw" than a really groomed trail like Dark Mtn, however, there will be a ton of tread work this spring. I think a dually will be faster than a hardtail on the xc course, but the really really fast kids will smoke it on niners. If we do the super d right, I'd like an off the shelf trail bike be ideal, but for it still to be fun on a hardtail or a bigger bike. Again, dudes like Prillamen or YT will probably destroy on an old 26" hardtail with a blown fork. There are some topos posted above, and we'll shoot some helmet cam vids as well.
 

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on the xc course, but the really really fast kids will smoke it on niners.
you mentioned me? stack i think i'm only really fast compared to you. seriously though, the trail(s) are great. i live in boone and spent numerous days off last year heading to beech when i could ride:

dark mtn
OVT
warrior creek
wilson creek area
damascus, VA

just be sure to bring your arm warmers (in june). the xc loop is very fun on a short travel 29er. i'll be on a hardtail 29 in june for XC and STXC, and 130mm full suspension for the superD. see you soon. jg
 

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Thanks a ton for Trill, MotoMike, and Sapp for coming out today and figuring out a plan for the Super-D, and spying a lot of options for some much, much more agro stuff.

Here is a pretty rough map - I forget to hit start until I was a mile out on the uphill portion of the new XC loop just below the top ridge of Eagles Nest. The Super-D trail which will be the main feeder into West Bowl, will start up at about 5300 at the very peak of the existing XC loop, roughly follow the road running downhill to the north, then hit the Red dot on this map http://ridewithgps.com/routes/304261 follow it West for a mile and merge into where we mapped today http://ridewithgps.com/routes/325861 going west, until hitting the descent going north - ignore the loop to the right - all the way down to the Buckeye Ridge/Beech Mountain Parkway/Woodcreek intersection, which is about 2.75 miles with 1,300 feet drop in altitube. We should be able to drop another 500 feet over another mile or two of trail once we do some more exploring.

We will be out there Saturday all day cutting trail, and can use all the help we can get. There is housing available for volunteers, and lots of already ridable trails that you can play on afterwards.
 

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We are back at it building out trail this Saturday, so come on up. I got in two laps in either direction on the existing Emerald Outback loop Sunday afternoon, and despite the snow above 5100 feet and the whole place being soaked, it rode great (albeit at 5mph). Post up if you can make it so we can get a rough headcount and plan accordingly.
 
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