For years, mountain bikers have been leaving tread marks all over the labyrinthine trails around Black Diamond and Lake Sawyer in King County, Washington. But on Saturday, riders and volunteer trail builders flocked to the Summit Ridge Freeride Park for a Dirt Day work party and big air contest.
Despite the drizzle, a crowd of people came to get their hands and their bikes dirty at the event. Lending support were Black Diamond Bike & Backcountry (which is sadly going out of business), Go Huck Yourself.com and Diamondback Bicycles.
There may be only a couple of jump lines (A-line and B-line) built on the sculpted hillside so far, but with trail work happening rain or shine, these diamonds-in-the-rough runs are looking and riding smoother everyday.
On Saturday the hard work happened in the dirt….
…and the fun happened in the air:
Riders took turns launching the gaps on A-line, and one rider showed them how it’s done, BMX-style:
Summit Ridge Freeride Park is located on private property (former Plum Creek Timber land). The new owner, Real Life Church, plans to build a new church somewhere on the 90 acres just off of Hwy 169 between Maple Valley and Black Diamond.
The Church and their community support the continued use and development of the trails by bikers and other recreational users.
Be sure to check out the flow on Summit Ridge (try the easier B-line if gap jumps aren’t your style), and if you want to put some time in the saddle, there’s 20+ miles of low-altitude XC trails around Black Diamond and Lake Sawyer.
Directions to Black Diamond:
Leaving Seattle, drive south on I-5 and take the 1-405 North exit toward Renton (exit 154A, left lane exit). Follow 1-405 and turn right on SR-169, heading south. Pass through Maple Valley. Soon after passing the coal cart sign for the town of Black Diamond, start looking for off-road parking spots on either side of 169. There are two sets of gated trailheads on either side of the road within a quarter mile of each other. The first gate on the left will take you nearest to the Summit Ridge Freeride Park.
See you on the trail!