HRATS Update: Kleeway Fundraiser, Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Kleeway fundraiser. Biketoberfest. Trailbuilding school.

It’s fall in the Gorge
And the air is filled with the smell of brown pow!
Wet dirt. Rotting leaves. Mushrooms poking through the forest floor and sprouting on the sides of trees. It’s fall, and it’s mountain biking season. Dust the summer powdered dirt off your bike and break out the hose to wash off splatters of mud. You know you want it – BROWN POW!!!

Perfect dirt doesn’t just mean great riding. It means trailbuilding season is on us. Get ready for the call for work parties. And get ready to open your pocketbooks and help us build the Kleeway. More information on that and everything else below.

Kleeway Fundraiser is ON!
Let’s do this. Get yourself some of these Kleeway socks!

You love your trails. Did you know that bike trails in Hood River County are funded, built and maintained entirely by volunteer labor and donated money? We’ve got approval to build The Kleeway, a descending-only trail that will route downhill traffic off Seven Streams, GP, Spaghetti Factory, and Toilet Bowl. Safer, saner, more fun! The terrain and vision for radness means it’s a machine build. We’re hiring a professional. We need cash.

Matt Klee, president of HRATS, passed away in May, but not before he’d won us a Travel Oregon grant to partially fund this trail. Help us fulfill Matt’s dream. Help us raise $30,000. We’re at $15,000 now. Donate $50 or more, and we’ll send you a pair of “Live Like Matt – Kleeway” socks (S/M in blue, M/L in grey). Donate $109 (Family Man’s trail number) and we’ll carve your name into a board on a feature in Family Man. Donate $159 or more and you get both. Let’s get this done. Our deadline is October 30th. 3-2-1 DONATE! (click here) HRATS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. =)


Join us for the IMBA Trail Care Crew trailbuilding school (more info below) on Saturday. Then join us for a fundraiser at the Whoopdee Trail on Sunday, brought to you by Mountain View Cycles, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, and Trek. Free Trek demos from 10-3, live music 3-5, and prizes for the best costumes! All money raised goes to the HRATS to support local trailbuilding efforts!

And if that’s not enough fundraising for you, join us for a karaoke costume party!
Head to Dirty Fingers on October 25th for the Kleeway fundraising party. Karaoke, costumes, raffles, and your chance to help support the Kleeway, the new Seven Streams descending-only trail. 5-8pm is family friendly. We can’t vouch for what happens after 8pm. It’s going to be a great night of fundraising for a great trail in memory of a great guy… Live like Matt!!!


So many of you show up for our work parties. We’re so grateful for your help. And we want you to be the best trail builders you could possibly be. To help you reach your potential for volunteer radness, we’ve booked the IMBA Trail Care Crew to come teach a trailbuilding skills class. Saturday, October 18th. 9-12 at the Hood River Fire Station for the classroom portion on “How we do this stuff right!”, followed by a work party in Post on “How we apply this do-it-right stuff in real life.” It’s free, but we need you to preregister for this event so we can make sure we have enough food and tools

SDS/Kreps open, and some thank you shout outs.

We’re down to Industrial Fire Protection Level II, and our friends the Stevensons and the Kreps have reopened their lands to public use. Whoopdee, East Ridge, and Hospital Hill have all reopened. There is logging on Evergreen Highway and Triple Bypass – those trails are closed.

That said, we give our thanks to the Kreps and to SDS for the generous use of the land. And our thanks also to Boda’s Kitchen and Pizzicato for hooking us up with food for the upcoming trailbuilding school. And thanks to Fat Tire Farm & Hood River Bicycles for kicking down $5 of every rental to either HRATS or 44 Trails!


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