Snakeonia - Trail, Bellingham, Washington

Snakeonia - Trail, Bellingham, Washington

DESCRIPTION

flowing upper trail, 'hidden dragon', with short log rides and a good rock drop leads into the snake, with steep off-camber clear cut rolling into deep forest with many rollable rock outcrops, a supersteep and long, but rollable "headwall" rock drop-in, some good swoops, a hike-bike, some more drops and swoops into very steep switchbacks, a healthy log drop, more steep swoops, finally a steep rooty drop in to the mudbog. cross creek on an old, narrow diversion dam, ride past old vacuum and toaster, and back to car.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 13, 2005]
klondike
Downhiller

this trail is sick. not for the weak of mind or body. steep, loose, and chock full of trees, big ones. cojones are highly recomended and a good lid is a must, chances of using brain bucket are high. 3 1/2 mile hike a bike, but its worth every foot. knee/shin armour recomended. awesome technical trail, expert only. close contact/contact with trees is inevitable.

Customer Service

hike up, ride down. really fast. get a guide or you will get lost!

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5
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4
[Sep 28, 2003]
Nick
Downhiller

This trail is some wicked fun. Steep, technical, drops, rock faces, it's got it all except cheerleaders at the bottom. I definity recommend pads, body armor, disc brakes and a big set of brass balls if you want to rip of some of the drops. A sweet rock spine and some gut check rock faces and man-made drops. Funnest trail in B-ham if you want to be challenged, just make sure your health insurance is paid up.

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5
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4
[Mar 15, 2001]
Mark

This trail is said to be bringing B-ham riding to the upper-level, FINALLY!. Ta-ta Galbraith mud and cross country heaven--Finally some trails with some downhills and slick rocks. Full suspension definitly reccomended. Word is getting out about this "secret". Find someone in Bellinham (maybe at the Outdoor Centre @ WWU) who knows how to get you to the top and you will have alot more fun. Only serious riders should attempt this trail--You could get hurt..! 4 of 5 stars to discourge people who don't like serious MTB trails.

Customer Service

The Snakeonia via Enter the Dragon..

Similar Products Used:

Hiline Road--Larrabee, Smackdown,

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4
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[Apr 17, 2001]
John

the hidden dragon is sweet with wide swooping corners, but then hucks you off about a 5 footer near the end just to get you ready for the snake. the snake is should be handled as one, CAREFULLY! it starts with a fun/scary off camber clear-cut decent, but then it is all about the trees and rocks baby. there are some good sized drops and some sweet turns before the insane "headwall" which i will look down but not touch. from there you get steep chutes varying jumps and tight switch backs to the end. this trail is not for the weak minded, and pads of some sort are a good idea and so is a full suspension bike (the bigger the better for this trail)other than that, party on and don't get killed!!

Customer Service

up logging road by N. lake samish exit (hint: don't get shot)

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4
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[May 13, 2001]
Drew

great trail! steep and fun. there is a very slick rock spine that is just crazy. a 10-15 foot rock wall to roll down with a steep runout and a big berm to send you around the turn right after the roll-in. twisty and steep with lots of small drops and logs. all natural stunts. i need much more riding time before i ride all of this trail. check out pictures of this trail and others around the Bellingham area at http://www.photoisland.com
username: drewgsw
password: bam

Customer Service

find someone who has ridden it

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5
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RATING
[May 18, 2001]
joel

This trail is great, lots of short steep rocks to roll or drop, sick rock spine, you can see a pick of me going down it, read drews review. the worst part is that there is a hike a bike in the middle.

Customer Service

find one of us who made it, or who has ridden it.

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5
VALUE
RATING
[May 22, 2001]
Sam B

A very fun trail. It has two really difficult sections (the rock spine and the "head wall") and the rest is just moderate. The trail has pretty good flow and there are no built stunts. Definitly worth checking out if you are in the Bellingham area.

Customer Service

Once you find your way in there are no forks. To find your way in you need to go with someone who has ridden it 'cause the entrance is pretty hidden. I'd advise a freeride bike like a Stinky. You might be hurtin if you don't have some quantity of suspension and disk can't hurt. A DH bike is a bit of an overkill but it can be ridden on one.

Similar Products Used:

Galbraith is right next door if you are in the mood for good technical XC, otherwise it's north to Vancouver.

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 01, 2001]
Erik

Hike a Bike! Not a bad thing, just don't expect a perfectly layed out descender. The coolest thing on this trail is the rock spine type thing, slick and green, kinda off camber, no huge penalties. A few little gaps make it nice too. Some semi tight corners, that are a chore not to blow through. The soil is super soft, so the burms need to be ridden and worked in a little. Thanks for building this trail. If you need any help with future stuff or want to trade secrets, drop me an E-mail. I'd like to go check out Smackdown.

Customer Service

We had knowledge of the general direction of the trail, so we set out for a search knowing we may never even get a glimpse of the elusive Snakonia. We did find it, we seriously lucked out, we even got a shuttle to the top! After dodging a few bullits, we pushed up a road for a while probably about a mile. Then in the distance I see a logger/timber cruiser type guy walking towards us. I'm thinking Oh, crap how are we explain ourselves? (I have serious respect for somewhat unique or questionable trails, on private timber lands) We decided to play dumb, "We were just out enjoying the day" He looked at our bikes kinda funny, then produces an arial photograph of the area and procedes to tell us that Snakonia is off another road, then he offers to drive us to the top of the trail. I couldn't believe it. It turns out the guy is a timber cruiser and found the trail a few months ago, while out surveying, he was totally cool with it, he even said he wished he had his bike so he could ride it with us. Through all this we continued to play dumb, in order to protect the trail. I am not sure how the builders feel about their creation, but out of respect, I did not discuss where the trail emptied into the valley (at this time we did know the location of the exit). But it seems they are well aware of the trail(s) and are cool with it, as long as it doesn't become too popular.

Similar Products Used:

Not in B'ham but in Western Wa. Turnpike, Skidder, and Peeler (sorry Jesse, don't worry its safe).

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 14, 2001]
Patrick

I rode this thing alone... which I regret because there were so many points where I could have broken something, or died. None of the reviews mention the man-made stunts.. so maybe they're new to the trail.. I couldn't believe most of the stuff. A lot of the stunts need full suspension and lots of "hang time" confidence. I found myself biking up onto a ramp, stopping, looking down, then backing up and walking (sliding) around it. Standing on the edges of the ramps, you could see where you were supposed to land to avoid the stumps and jagged branches... "that means I have to be going pretty fast off this thing...good god." I call the largest one "The Frame Breaker".
The hill is very steep at points, but even so.... I could imagine something on my hardtail snapping when I hit the ground...

The rock walls to ride down are steep, slick, and scary... with run-outs that are short and curve rather quickly....

A fun trail to ride if you're with some gutsy people... otherwise a very humbling experience.

Thanks to the people that made it!

Customer Service

Go to the outdoor center.

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4
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RATING
[Dec 06, 2001]
Jim

The closest thing to a downhill course in town. Makes everything else boring. Great trail to test your nerve and your bike. My riding buddy went over his bars early in the trail and broke his collar bone. Helping him and riding two bikes took almost two hours to get back to the truck. By then it was dark. He was wearing body armor as well. Get used to sitting on your rear tire. The newer stunts are great. BE carefull it's worth getting hurt!

Customer Service

Any that hasn'y been closed yet by the range.

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4
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