Posts tagged: bike trails
MOUNTAIN BIKING — Many of you saw my story and photos this spring about the efforts by downhill mountain bikers to developed courses for their fast, specialized and dangerous sport in the Camp Sekani area of Beacon Hill in Spokane Valley.
But few of you have ever sat in the saddle of one of these full-suspension bikes as they rocket downhill, soar over basalt rock cliffs and bounce through boulders and outcroppings toward the finish line.
Click above for a fairly epic short video of a run in the March 2013 Double Down Hoe Down race by Mike Brawley, who had a great run in his second-ever race until the last major boulder dropoff before the hairpin curves where the crowd gathers near the end of the course.
Coming down through the last steep dropoff, he went over the handlebars and knocked himself unconscious.
The crowd cheered after medics check him out and helped him up.
But honestly, he's lucky he's not in a wheelchair.
TRAILS — The Route of The Hiawatha rail-trail near Lookout Pass is set to open for the 2013 summer season on Saturday (May 25).
The 15-mile route for mountain biking or hiking follows the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Mont., (off Interstate 90) and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho.
Top attractions include seven trestles towering up to 230 feet over the creeks and forest and 10 tunnels, including the 1.7-mile St. Paul Pass Tunnel at the Montana-Idaho border.
The gentle 1.6 percent average grade drops 1,000 feet over the 15 miles length with shuttle buses available to transport trial users and their bikes back to the top.
Trail passes, shuttle tickets and mountain bike rentals are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area conveniently located off I-90 at the top of the pass on the Idaho/Montana border 12 miles east of Wallace, Idaho.
Basic trail passes cost $6 for kids and $10 for adults. Season passes and group rates area available, as well as shuttle bus service from Lookout Pass, lunch options and guided tours.
The trail will be open daily, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. PDT, through Sept. 29.
Biking the Hiawatha is one of the Inland Northwest's top memorable adventures you can organize for an active outing with summer out-of-town guests.
CYCLING — A 20-mile bike path has just been completed offering cyclists a motor-vehicle-free route for safe passage between Jackson, Wyo., and Grand Teton National Park.
Finally, bicyclists can breath easy among the tourists and enjoy the Grand Tetons as they pedal through this popular cycling corridor.