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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tin Mine

The work on Tin Mine trail has definitely improved it.  Still lots of water flowing down it today, and several blown down trees across or along it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cannondale Demo Day Nov 8th

Silverdale Cyclery is hosting Cannondale Demo Day Sunday, Nov 8th, at the Gold Creek Trailhead at Green Mountain.  10AM-4PM

Join us for a Day at Gold Creek Trailhead for a day of Demos, Group Rides led by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance/Ride Kitsap, food, and what we love most: getting outside on our bikes! Don't forget your Discover Pass!

The Cannondale Demo Truck will have a fleet of mountain bikes for you to demo. We are really excited about this years lineup. If we didn't know any better, we would have thought the 2016 bikes were designed for Kitsap County and the greater PNW!

Demo's will run from 10am to 4pm. (Mountain demo only)
Directions are as follows;
From highway 3, north of bremerton, take the Newberry Hill Road exit. Turn left (west) onto Newberry Hill Road and follow for 3.1 miles to Seabeck Highway. Turn left onto Seabeck Highway and follow 2 miles to N.W. Holly Rd. Turn right onto N.W. Holly Rd. and follow 4.1 miles to Tahuya Lake Rd. Turn left on Tahuya Lake Dr. and follow 1.2 miles to a Y junction with Gold Creek Rd. Turn left at the Y and follow Gold Creek Rd. 1.8 miles to the trail head parking lot on the left. A Discover Pass is required to park in the Gold Creek lot.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

John Wayne Trail in jeopardy

Reprinted from

Several weeks ago, Washington state representatives of District 9—Rep. Mary Dye and Rep. Joe Schmick—announced their intent to introduce legislation in January that would not only close a section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, but give away the state-owned trail corridor to adjacent landowners. The section in question lies in eastern Washington, extending approximately 130 miles from Malden to the Columbia River.
Reps. Dye and Schmick assert they are responding to concerns voiced by local landowners who say that a lack of trail maintenance to clear weeds and maintain fences is a problem. There are legitimate issues with poor trail maintenance, which largely stems from a lack of funding by the state legislature to address it.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) as well as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are responsible for maintenance on eastern segments of the trail, but the PRC budget has dwindled in recent years due to the state legislature’s cuts of 90.5 percent in general fund allocations from the 2007-09 budget to the 2013-15 budget.
PRC has increased revenue—from Discover Passes, campsites and advertising—by a dramatic 117 percent to cover the shortfall, but even then, they are operating with less than they were eight years ago. This means they are unable to employ a ranger to monitor the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, and identify and address the types of maintenance problems that Rep. Schmick references. The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is not the only trail that is suffering from a lack of funding; trails and parks across the state are not being maintained due to insufficient funding.
Rather than close the trail, a smart investment in maintenance and improvements for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail could provide big wins for Washington’s economy.
We know that trails can become economic engines for small towns as riders pass through for dining, accommodations and other trip-related amenities. A January 2015 report by Earth Economics for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office states that recreational bicycling alone in Washington generates $3 billion in trip-related expenditures, not including equipment purchases. Time and time again, we’ve seen trails around the country provide jobssupport small businesses, and reinvigorate local communities. Rather than close the trail, a smart investment in maintenance and improvements for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail could provide big wins for Washington’s economy.
Photo courtesy Washington State DNR

Reps. Dye and Schmick met with trail users, landowners, concerned citizens and trail groups, including the Tekoa Trestle and Trail Association led by Ted Blaszak, in Tekoa, Washington, this past Wednesday to discuss the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Passionate trail users spoke up in support of the trail. During the meeting, Rep. Schmick proposed forming a committee comprising land owners and trail users to study the issue. Trail users agreed, and a committee will be formed to study the issue and provide recommendations to legislators, expected by December before the next legislative session in January. By the end of the meeting, it seemed that the idea of closing and giving away the trail was put on hold—for now.
Over the next few months, it will be important for trail supporters to speak up and make their voices heard. RTC is working with our partners in Washington and following this issue closely. We will be sure to keep you updated, especially when the legislative session begins in January.

Hunting Season....

Modern firearm deer season opens around the state this Saturday (the 17th) and runs through the 31st. Opening weekend is usually the busiest period of the season. The hunting regulations pamphlet can be downloaded here:

Don't forget to WEAR HUNTER ORANGE whenever you are in an area with active hunting. You may want to reconsider bringing along pets and livestock, and by all means cover them in orange if you do.

  Probably not a good time to try out your new Bigfoot costume, either.
Be safe out there!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Benefit Dance and Silent Auction for Olympic Discovery Trail

The Peninsula Trails Coalition is hoping to see a good turnout from Kitsap at our Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) Benefit October 17th, in Port Townsend.   This is a big push right now to get the Larry Scott portion of the trail in PT connected with the Olympic Discovery Trail in Discovery Bay, for the ride to the coast.  When completed, it will be a 130 mile ride through some gorgeous country, with the second half of the ride being predominantly single track, running up through the Elwa Drainage, around Lake Crescent, and beyond.   If you do plan on sending a group, please let us know and we will make a VERY BIG DEAL out of it from the stage.  Because the ODT runs through both Jefferson and Clallam counties, and advertising is high, this promises to be a very cool event.  Come up, and dance!

Gordon Yancey
360-385-7632 O
360-301-6461 C

Friday, September 11, 2015

Temp Trail Shutdown at Banner

The county, the conversancy, and some volunteers with be falling a few trees in the conversancy area to construct a puncheon between the two ponds. Please be advised this is not blow-down needing clean up. Echo will be closed for this time frame.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

REI Port Gamble Park Stewardship Day Oct 3

REI Port Gamble Park Stewardship Day Oct. 3

Fall is upon us and with the rains and lower fire danger we can now get out onto the trails and into the park to do some work! Help build a new reroute of the Beaver Pond trail in Port Gamble. Stay for a BBQ lunch and go home with an REI T-shirt and water bottle. Saturday Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Your effort will build on the work of Kitsap Forest and Bay Project partners who helped create this park, providing access to the bay and over 500 acres of forest trail. Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and wear gloves. RSVP Meet at the Port Gamble Uplands trailhead south of Port Gamble.
Sponsored by REI, NKTA, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Kitsap County Parks, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance West Sound, Kitsap Audubon and Backcountry Horsemen, Olympic Chapter.