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Ive been riding ATBs for about ten years now--and hiking and backpacking since I was in diapers Im 31 Ive never had a confrontation except for mabye the occasional dirty look with any other trail user in that time Of course I always yield to all other trail users and dont fly around blind corners--and I always take out trash Cyclists here got organized a long time ago Volunteering to work on trails educating their own about riding responsibly cooperating with land managers to try to solve problems between different user groups Respecting winter closures of sensitive trails The list goes on and on Guess what It didnt work The Seattle metroplex has swallowed up 98 of the low altitude trails The state DNR and North BendSnoqualmie ranger district have closed virtually all non-motorized trails narrower than six feet to ATBs Including pack trails Thats right Horseback riders can trash trails to their hearts content in the National Forests here even some trails in designated wilderness all winter long But me Im stuck riding fire roads and rail-trails--Whoopee Just like road riding Or I can take my life in my hands and go play on the motorcycle trails Watch out for those ruts Whether this is due to a small group of very passiveaggressive hikers backed up by various environmental groups or just arbitrary decisions by Ranger Rick sitting behind his desk down in North Bend is a matter of conjecture The USFS web site contains some sort of mealy-mouthed explantion about how yes the realize that the demand for bike trails is there but so sorry we cant provide that In a bitterly ironic twist to the situation the last few open decent singtrack trails open for three seasons anyway within an hours drive of Seattle are now getting completely shredded from massive overuse But theres nowhere else to ride so the crowds keep coming And the ATBs are just
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