Grasshopper Trail Days for Fall 2015

October 27, 2015 at 8:31 am

It’s that time again. The wet season is here and the dirt is ripe for the digging. The last two years on Grasshopper have been all about building big features in a very small area. This year will be a bit different. Lots of new stuff in the works and we plan on covering a lot of ground. The one thing that won’t change though, we’ll be moving lots and lots of dirt. So please, come out and help! Even if you’ve never done trail work before, don’t be shy. We need you!

I provide the tools. Ride your bike up and dig. Meeting spot will be the Grasshopper Trailhead for the first few dates. Bring water and food. Trail days start at 11am and go until 4pm. unless otherwise noted. I will be adding days and changing start times to earlier as the need arises. Check back often.


Fall Trail Schedule 2015
Sunday, November 1 at 9am
Saturday, November 22 at 9:30am (Day was changed to Sunday!)
Saturday, November 28
Sunday, December 6
Saturday, December 19
Sunday, December 27

Life On The Edge

May 18, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I love jumping my bike with friends and I love following or leading one or more people down a trail or a jump line. There is this incredible since of connectedness that I feel when jumping my bike in close proximity to another rider I know and trust. It’s an amazing. But every now and then, things take a turn and I get an up close and personal look at how close I can get to the edge without actually falling off. Here, Fred Phillips leads a run on Grasshopper Trail that I don’t think I will ever forget…


Getting RRAD at Roosevelt

May 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

You just gotta get rad sometimes and this local program to get kids on bikes and caring for the trails is one hell of a good start. This is video from one of their recent bike rodeos for kids. Good fun for a lot of kids. Can you imagine this as your school day?! For more information on the RRAD (Ride, Run And Dig) Program see their Facebook page here. Thanks to Chris Mellick for heading for inviting us out!

Working Out The Kinks

May 18, 2015 at 6:47 am

This has to be one of the most challenging features that I’ve ever tried to integrate into bike trail, in the most challenging zone that I’ve ever tried to build it. It’s been a rough build season with plenty of setbacks, but the testing has begun on the Lewis Brothers Rhythm Method. In this video Scotty Savo and myself test it out.


End of the Building Season

April 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

April is the official end of the trail building season for me and my dedicated crew. I’ll have pictures and a write-up of what we’ve been working on for the last 5 months within the next week. I will also have an official trail opening (for the season) coming up in mid-May. If you thought that you might like to try riding some of the features, but wanted to see someone do it first, then this would be your opportunity. If you have no desire to ride it, but you want to see it done. That’s fine too. This is your chance. Either way, it should be good fun. If you would like to attend, use the contact tab and send me your phone number and email and I’ll make sure that you know about it when it happens. Be sure to include “Trail Opening” in the notes field.

And if you came out to dig this past winter, thanks! I could not do this with out people like you!


Grasshopper Update Fall 2014

January 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Here we are, back in the trail building season and working on year two of the Grasshopper rebuild on Galbraith Mountain. After two months of work, I think it’s a good time to put together an update on what we’ve done so far and share my plans are for the rest of the season.

The freshly packed dirt on the Alexis Step-Up landing and exit berm. This is what the rider sees upon landing the Step-Up. (There's just something about freshly packed dirt that makes me feel all giddy inside.)

The freshly packed dirt on the Alexis Step-Up landing and exit berm. This is what the rider sees upon landing the Step-Up. (There’s just something about freshly packed dirt that makes me feel all giddy inside.)


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December 30, 2014 at 10:47 pm

John JohnstonSuccess in life doesn’t just come from within. It comes from the people that believe in you. I’m lucky enough to have a growing short list of people that do. John Johnston, owner of Chuckanut Engineering, is one of the original backers of my trail building efforts as well as this website. Thanks for all your support, John!






Chuckanut Engineering Logo 2


Deep in the Loam

December 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

It’s rare to show up to ride a new trail and find yourself deep in the loam, digging into every corner, tires sticking to the ground like Velcro on a cable knit sweater. Often, on trails like these, the traction is so good it’s almost impossible to inadvertently break the lugs free and slide. Impossible that is unless you actually want them to. In that case, the lightest flick of the hips can be enough to get the bike moving sideways in the most relaxed and confidence inspiring way. If you haven’t ever experienced this yourself, that’s unfortunate. It’s crazy fun. Here is Mark Allison and Ryan Macbeth showing what it’s all about.

Video by Brian Chapel

From the Skunkworks

November 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm
Illustration of new Step-on/Step-off Banana Feature planned for Grasshopper Trail.

Illustration of new Step-on/Step-off Banana Feature planned for Grasshopper Trail.

I’ve got a whole gaggle of new ideas in the planning stages for Grasshopper Trail build season this year. Here’s a taste…


…and Yes, it is to scale.

Big Start to Grasshopper Build Season

November 17, 2014 at 8:52 pm
Angus Campbell pushing rocks on Grasshopper Trail

Angus Campbell pushing rocks on Grasshopper Trail

Saturday was the first trail work day of the 2014/2015 build season on Grasshopper Trail at Galbraith Mountain. We roughed-in a very looooong berm just after the Alexis Step-Up. We also removed two stumps that were in the way of the intended future route and threw a hell of a lot of dirt. Everyone put in their time and worked hard, but if I had to nominate someone for trail builder of the day, it would go to six-year-old Angus Campbell. I had mentioned to the group that we could use rocks as fill for the berm and the next thing I know Angus is pushing sandstone chunks 50 feet up the hill one right after the other, most which are larger than the size of his head! (see picture on the left). And he did this for pretty much the entire afternoon!
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