Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park Grand Opening
Never mind Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s opening day, the local mountain bike community had something more personal to rejoice over this past weekend—the grand opening of the Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park. And a celebration it was. After more than 6,000 volunteer hours put into creating the ultimate local freeride and cross-country playground, it was time for a beer, a rally and some riding. Vendor tents punctuated with vibrancy the wooded ambiance in this secluded and quiet neck of forest in the 120-acre Duthie Hill park on the Issaquah Plateau. Reps worked the day dialing in demo bikes. Komo 4 News was on hand to get the scoop. And by way of a hearty raffle, some lucky folks went home stoked with some new gear. I think everyone was a little surprised by the massive turnout of friends and family. This day has definitely been anticipated; Duthie hasn’t been a secret. But it’s been steady work over the past year (planning started six years ago) and I think everyone was ready to high-five to a project well done.
Morning showers greeted early birds and turned the entire day into a greasy, mud-splattered festival. Nothing could have been more a celebration of dirt. The clearing served as home-base and from all directions riders entered upon the scene from the network of trails laced around the park. Every level of rider is catered to here, from groms trying to get their first feet of air off the little jumps and drops, to the elite huckers schralping down the DWB and Dirt Corps, Big Tree and High Life slopestyle lines. Duthie’s also got skinnies, bermy xc singletrack and elaborate woodwork. And this is just Phase 1.
It’s teetering on cliché to note that many of these craftsmen builders were once constructing illegal trails and stunts in the surrounding mountains, but that’s the truth of the heart of Duthie. The consensus is that everyone’s stoked to finally have a their own sanctioned piece of the earth to sculpt—stuff that won’t get torn down and trails that aren’t steaming with horse poop.
So keep your pedals on the pulse and look forward to Phase 2. We’re hearing something about more freeride, more xc, dirt jumps, maybe?