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I hear its open, but heard a rumor the shuttle road might be compromised ?

Anybody been out there ?
 

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there is no commercial shuttle at north mountain. but I just rode there this last weekend and from the parking area and to climb to the firetower it is 5.5 miles and 2400 ft so not all that bad. the best option might be to rent an ebike and use that to "shuttle" since these trails are ebike legal.
 

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there is no commercial shuttle at north mountain. but I just rode there this last weekend and from the parking area and to climb to the firetower it is 5.5 miles and 2400 ft so not all that bad. the best option might be to rent an ebike and use that to "shuttle" since these trails are ebike legal.
Were you riding a Gnarvana by chance?
 

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Was planning to head up there in a couple weeks. Am I correct that the whole area is shuttleable, i.e. open roads and no gates? We'd bring our own shuttle rig.
 

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Can any one share which is the best way to shuttle up? It looks like there is 2 different paths...

Planning on heading out tomorrow with a group,, any other info to share would be great! Is skyline the best way down?
 

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Were you riding a Gnarvana by chance?
that was me on Sunday.

Can any one share which is the best way to shuttle up? It looks like there is 2 different paths...

Planning on heading out tomorrow with a group,, any other info to share would be great! Is skyline the best way down?

take a look at trailforks for the shuttle road (North Mountain Road) the other roads are blocked with gates so mostly used for people that will ride up instead of shuttling. also if you see people climbing the road please slow down so you reduce the dust you create they will be breathing in while you pass them.

as for the best way down it depends on what you are looking for and what your groups skill level is at.

Skyline is a relatively flowy blue trail, Jackpot is a fun techy black diamond trail but has some difficult sections, there is also out of the blue another very fun black diamond (but it takes you farther down the road than the usual parking area). If you are looking for more after those blacks then you also have showcase showdown that is a steep and quite challenging double black.
 

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that was me on Sunday.




take a look at trailforks for the shuttle road (North Mountain Road) the other roads are blocked with gates so mostly used for people that will ride up instead of shuttling. also if you see people climbing the road please slow down so you reduce the dust you create they will be breathing in while you pass them.

as for the best way down it depends on what you are looking for and what your groups skill level is at.

Skyline is a relatively flowy blue trail, Jackpot is a fun techy black diamond trail but has some difficult sections, there is also out of the blue another very fun black diamond (but it takes you farther down the road than the usual parking area). If you are looking for more after those blacks then you also have showcase showdown that is a steep and quite challenging double black.
Thinking about pedaling up tomorrow morning. Is there a preferred route up? I'd like to avoid North Mountain Rd if possible. Looking at TF, is Beverly Rd the way to go? I'd like to get all the way up to the top, and descend Out of the Blue. TIA!
 

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Thinking about pedaling up tomorrow morning. Is there a preferred route up? I'd like to avoid North Mountain Rd if possible. Looking at TF, is Beverly Rd the way to go? I'd like to get all the way up to the top, and descend Out of the Blue. TIA!
so to get all the way to the top of out of the blue (to the fire tower) you would have to take North Mountain road for about 2 miles then you would turn onto "road climb" (1 miles long) then on to pathfinder (under half a mile) and then take another right onto the second "road climb" (just under a mile) and then you are back on North Mountain Road for another almost 2 miles. All told about 7 miles and 2600 ft of climbing.
 

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Just keep going up the main road past the parking area. It switch backs maybe once or twice. Kind of a long drive to be honest for a shuttle.


Can any one share which is the best way to shuttle up? It looks like there is 2 different paths...

Planning on heading out tomorrow with a group,, any other info to share would be great! Is skyline the best way down?
 

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that was me on Sunday.
It was great to meet you. Your Megatrail posts inspired me to change my bike from a Shred Dogg to a MT.

I took my son and his friend up to ride Skyline since his friend isn't very experienced. He's the kid that you saw that crashed and is doing fine. It was our first time up there and we had a total blast. I can't wait to return with my son to ride Out of the Blue. Skyline is a pretty exciting blue trail with some fun options.
 

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We rode there this weekend and everything is running great. Road a bit more pot holed than last year but wattayagonnado. These are some really great, really fun trails.
 

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It's a pretty amazing place to ride. Evergreen did an awesome job, as always.
 

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I rode out there two weeks ago for the first time and it is absolutely an amazing trail system. Super fun, technical at the top and really fast & flowy at the bottom. Went OTB less than 300 ft into Hoot Owl (new bike + new trail = new bruises), but otherwise had an absolute blast. We pedaled all the way up from the lower lot, then rode Hoot Owl-Skyline down, pedaled up to the mid-point of Skyline and rode down the fast flowy section again. Worth a trip if you've never been for sure. Can't wait to make it back up there.
 

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I've been really wanting to get out there sometime.

Quick question though.

What would you say those two trails are most like, out of other trails in the greater seattle area? Raging rivers upper flow state? Joyride at Tiger? Pumptrack at Galbraith? Anything at Duthie?

I've watched a couple of videos of it, but they never seem to tell the whole story, so I figured I'd ask.

I'm a Blue-ish rider, starting to dabble in black trails (just rode Off the Grid at Tiger for the first time two weeks ago). I grew up riding dirt bikes offroad (trail, not MX). So I'm pretty comfortable in the natural/rough/steeper stuff, but my current kryptonite is larger sculpted jumps (mostly gaps.

Most of my riding buddies are... slightly less so. One is a solid blue rider, and another two are green/blueish. I see Skyline is marked blue, and Hoot owl is a "spicey" blue. I'm just wanting to make sure if I drag some buddies out there, that I don't kill them in half.

Early on when I started riding (Oct '18) I think I scared one of my buddies spitless on his first ride (went up to upper poppin tops at Raging), so I'm hoping to avoid a similar situation in the future :p.

And how is the climb if you don't shuttle to the top of Skyline?
 

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The climb is really pretty easy. Moderate grades the whole way and while its fairly long (+/- 6 mi) it wasn't steep at all.

I'd say if you can ride Joyride you'd be fine on Skyline/Hoot Owl. The upper section was fairly wet (rained a little the day before) with lots of exposed roots and technical sections but nothing crazy. Once you hit the mid-point of Skyline and cross the road the dirt changes from soft loose-organic to firm gravelly-loam and the trail gets very flowy and far less technical. There weren't any required gap jumps or any really big hits that I recall so you should be ok.

We pedaled up the main road to the north on the initial climb, and then the shorter (and slightly steeper) climb road to the south of the Skyline when we did the second run down the flowy section of Skyline. In all I think we had about 15 or 16 miles of riding that day and about 3k in climbing.

For reference, I'm a huge fan of OTG and Preston RR at Tiger. Duthie is fun but I'm not much of a jumper so I really just stick to Ryans, Step It Up, Bravehart and Movin. I try to ride the Grand Ridge trail a couple times a week but only ride Duthie occasionally. Haven't been to Raging or Ollalie yet so I can't compare those.

Overall, I thought Darrington was a great combination of technical and flowy and just super fun. Its a bit of a drive for me, but I definitely plan to head back. Plus the scenery is absolutely beautiful up there.
 

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I agree, the views are awesome. I'd put Skyline in an upper blue to almost black category compared to other areas. It gets steeper than the videos indicate. Whenever things get steep though, it seems like there's a perfect runout or catch berm to keep you on track. It's a remarkably fun trail, but does require some skill. I think it's best done with a slacker bike and your Kona should work great.

There are a couple of black diamond off-shoots along the way that are very cool.
 
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