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Willamalane opens Thurston Hills bike trails

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SPRINGFIELD – The mountain bike trails at Thurston Hills Natural Area are open for riding – although the “Super Maple” trail remains closed for maintenance work. 

The Peter DeFazio System of Trails at Thurston Hills Natural Area contains four downhill-only biking trails ranging from beginner- to expert-level riding, and four shared hiking and uphill biking trails. These downhill-only trails, Acer Spades, Super Maple, Yew Haw, and Chinquapin Chutes, close during the rainy season and reopen in late spring/early summer each year for dry-weather riding. 

Due to the landscape and soil composition, Willamalane urges riders to avoid the trails when they are wet and muddy to preserve their condition. Riding while conditions are wet and muddy carves out deep ruts that hold water and prevent the trail from drying out completely. 

To help preserve the trails and for the safety of hikers and bikers, hiking is not permitted on downhill-only bike trails, even when the trails are closed to bikes.

Willamalane is offering an Adult Skills Clinic (ages 16+), Jr. Mountain Biking Outdoor Camp (ages 8-11), and Beginner Trail Rides in July and August. Learn more and register at willamalane.org/activities.

Trail accessibility comes to Mt. Pisgah
■ Registration is open for the June 12 David’s Chair demonstration event at the Willamette Confluence. Five track chairs will be available for attendees to ride and recreate the confluence’s river corridor. This will be Lane County’s second David’s Chair available for people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor recreation. 

Learn more at: https://davidschair.org

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