Those of us in BBTC have known this was in the works for a while now, but now it's official! Congratulations to the BBTC, King County, and mountain bikers throughout western Washington, as this is going to be an awesome spot to train, race, and have all sorts of two-wheeled fun. And that it will connect with the Grand Ridge trail -- which connect with trails steps from my front door -- makes this even sweeter.
Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club (BBTC) is pleased to announce that we have received $150,000 in grants from King County to build a new mountain bike skills course at Duthie Hill Park on the Sammamish Plateau. Design work on the course will start in January, which will include input from both the local riding community and the neighbors surrounding the park. Groundbreaking is scheduled for summer 2008.
This new 120 acre mountain bike course will have something for everyone. There will be a range of new trails and technical features, dirt jumps, a pump track and a cross country race loop. In addition, the new trails will create access to already existing trails at Grand Ridge.
This park will be another first of its kind designed and built by BBTC. This park will become the hub for mountain biking races and events in Western Washington. Duthie Hill Park represents the newest trend in mountain biking-- skills parks close to communities where kids and families of all abilities can ride. Following BBTC’s success with the Colonnade Skills Park in Seattle, we now have Duthie Hill. Soon we hope to have parks like these in every community in Washington State.
You can view more info about the Duthie Hill project, including illustrations detailing TTFs and possible course routes at the Trail Wiki here.