Howdy Trail Folk,
Coming at you on Week Six of our eight-week Spring newsletter campaign. We hope you’re enjoying these longer pieces about things like Post Canyon Trail Adopters, Trail Heroes, fundraisers, work parties, and our annual report. If you’d like to stay up-to-date regarding trail closures and other time-sensitive news, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.Here’s the news for the week:
Future of Family Man
As we first reported last fall, Hood River County will complete a commercial thin in winter 2022-23 at Family Man and will remove about 30 percent of the trees in the dense areas to make it a healthy forest. The trees that have been marked in blue will be removed. The plan also includes building a bypass road, which will make the Family Man Staging Area a dead end and significantly improve safety for trail users. The county has agreed to allow a significant trail expansion after this activity.This plan has been years in the making, and we’re thrilled about it. We have CAD renderings, funds, and volunteers ready to rebuild in spring of 2023. Find our complete plans for the Future of Family Man here.
Want to support trail building and have fun doing it? Don’t miss Shuttle Day on May 21 at Post Canyon. A cool $40 donation buys unlimited shuttle rides from the gravel road at the bottom of Post Canyon to the Binn’s Staging Area. Sign-up table will be at the bottom, and shuttles will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please consider riding from home or parking at Family Man Staging Area and riding down to the shuttle spot to alleviate congestion. Sponsored by the generous folks at Hood River Mountain Bike Adventures, Brave Endeavors, School of Send, and Mountain View Cycles. Gonna be fun. Don’t get left in the dust.
Please remember to purchase your annual parking pass for Post Canyon. The cost is $5 per day or $30 per year and the money goes to maintain, develop, and manage the Hood River County Forest recreation and trails. Go here for details and to buy a pass.
The upper portion of El Dorado was closed May 9 for tree felling and is expected to remain closed until about May 19. Please abide by closures for your safety and the safety of others.
As Spring creeps along, please don’t ride muddy trails. A well thought out route makes all the difference.
Happy trails and spread the stoke!