A biker at Deer Valley ResortTimberline cleared to move ahead on bike park project posted on 05/07/2018
Timberline Bike Park lawsuit, brought by several environmental groups in 2012,
has been dismissed and lift-assisted mountain biking has gained traction.
is very pleased with the Court’s decision and is excited to move forward,” said
Steve Kruse, general
manager of mountain operations at Timberline. “This ruling (U.S. District
Court) confirms the U.S.
Forest Service evaluation and approval of a bike park at Timberline meets Mt.
Hood National Forest Plan
objectives and falls within our permit parameters. This is a good, environmentally
everyone agreed. Plaintiffs against the bike park included Sierra Club, Friends
of Mount Hood, BARK, Mazamas,
Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs and the Northwest Environmental Defense
Center, as reported
in The Mountain Times in 2012. The group’s legal team of Craig Law Center said
at the time “Our clients care deeply about Mount Hood and the unique portal to
public land on the mountain’s southern flanks that Timberline provides.”
the court’s ruling on March 31, District Court Judge Ann Aiken’s findings
concluded that the U.S. Forest Service
has followed all applicable federal environmental laws. In her opinion, the
complaints and suits filed
by the Portland-based nonprofit groups failed to raise substantive objections
to the project on either ecological
or procedural grounds.
decision authorizes the development of a managed, lift assisted, downhill-only
mountain bike trail system and skills park within the southern portion of the
Timberline ski area permit boundary. The trail system includes 17 miles of trail
and will be located within the terrain serviced by the Jeff Flood express lift.
“Timberline is the people’s choice,” Kruse wrote
in a press release. “As stewards of Mt. Hood, Timberline remains committed to
providing quality public recreation within the capabilities of the ecosystem.
The Mt. Hood National Forest Plan objectives include managing ski areas to
provide a diversity of winter and summer recreation activities that emphasize
the forest setting. Considering this and the strong growth and popularity of
mountain biking, Timberline remains committed to this modest and carefully designed
project to bring high quality, lift assisted mountain biking to Mt. Hood as an
additional summer activity.
Wilson, who recently opened his full-service Mt. Hood Bicycle shop in Welches, sees
the Timberline project as another positive step forward in the burgeoning
business of mountain biking and the opportunities it provides the local community.
Lodge, with its skills park, will draw consistent cycling traffic from as far as
Seattle,” he said. “We have always endorsed the efforts of Timberline Lodge to
develop a mountain skills park and have congratulated
them for their patience and perseverance in bringing this project to fruition.”
added, “Get ready Mt. Hood. The cyclists are coming. Ride on and stay strong.”
Logic, a world leader in sustainable bike park planning and design, has been working
with Timberline since the project’s inception and will continue to play an
important advisory role.
is set for this summer and will include a skills park, trail system, natural features,
built features and jump lines, plus a full-service bike shop for repairs,
rental and sales, as well as existing Timberline
food and beverage concessions.
you’re half as excited as we are, you’ve already jumped out of your chair and
onto your bike,” Director of Marketing and Public Relations John Burton said. “We
have diligently been working towards the Timberline Bike Park project and look forward
to bringing it to Mount Hood soon.”