Trail Work Party: Diamonds in the Rough Get Smoother Every Day (Black Diamond, WA)

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 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.

Joan (Backcountry Horsemen) and Tina Murray (Real Life Church)

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.

Tiny riders at Summit Ridge

Jon Kennedy (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance)

Billy Lewis checks out Diamondback's Scapegoat

Kat Sweet, after some Summit Ridge runs

Sturdy Bitch Racing & Co.

See you on the trail!

Angela Sucich, Freelance Writer


About angelarides

I have many practical skills. I have a PhD in Medieval Literature. I can solder an LED hula hoop. Oh, and I ride and write about bikes.
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6 Responses to Trail Work Party: Diamonds in the Rough Get Smoother Every Day (Black Diamond, WA)

  1. Dennis Little says:

    Hey Angela,
    Great write up on the hill! Thank you for coming and sharing that day with us! We have a Facebook page for the freeride park. Check out Black diamond freeride park for the facebook hookup and keep an eye on the Evergreen mountain bike alliance web site for future work parties and events!!

    • angelarides says:

      Thanks for reading! I had a great time at Dirt Day, and I’m already a Fan of Black Diamond Freeride Park, aka Summit Ridge Freeride Park:)

  2. Rooster says:

    A-line was named Gannon Ball Run (GBR) B-line was named El Manueal

  3. Steve Murray says:


    Nice job on posting the pics. This is pastor Steve From real life church (the land owners). Its people like you that make this kind of project fun to work on. Hope you win the name contest (:


  4. Pingback: Nearly Mud-Free Riding at Black Diamond, WA « Angelarides's Blog

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