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One of the largest maintenance tasks is using long-handled trimmers to clip the growth along the trail.
Lundell rides the trails year-round, two days a week in the summer and six days a week in the winter, on his balloon-tired bike. “You can float on snow. It’s a funny feeling,” he said.
The appeal of mountain biking is “you get an intimate experience with the outdoors and the woods,” Smidt said. “It’s really peaceful in the hills. You don’t have to worry about cars or stoplights. You get a great workout.”
The west trailhead was opened by the county last fall in response to the growing interest in mountain biking.
The spot has restrooms, changing rooms, running water, a picnic table and a 74-car paved parking lot. The previous gravel lot had space for 30 cars.
“There was a need for basic services at this popular facility,” Landahl said. The facilities are also used by skiers and hikers.
With the new parking and restrooms open, “we are seeing more beginning riders, more families and more women out riding, and they are trying it out on the bikes they have in the garage,’’ Smidt said.
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