Alsea Falls opens to mountain bikers: 'This is a community trail system'

Alsea Falls opens to mountain bikers: 'This is a community trail system' »Play Video
A rider hits the Alsea Falls Trail System on opening day, June 22.

ALSEA, Ore. -- Bureau of Land Management field manager Rich Hatfield oversees miles of forests near Alsea that makes up a patchwork of previously logged land.

“It was the mountain bikers that stood up and said, ‘Hey, we really think we could revitalize the trail system’, and I put something in place that people want to use and will use,” Hatfield said.

A rider himself, Hatfield worked with the Corvallis-based group Team Dirt to build the Alsea Falls Trail System. After countless volunteer hours, the team made a system of trails they see as a destination for mountain bikers.

"I wanted to make sure we were building something for the public,” Hatfield said. “This is a community trail system, close to Corvallis, close to Eugene, and not too far from Salem."

Eric Emerson, an organizer with Team Dirt, said the non-profit finished phase one of the project on Saturday night. 

About 75 riders came out Sunday morning to tear up the 6 miles of single-track and flow trail. | WATCH POV VIDEO OF TRAIL

“(We’re) really trying to reach beginner to advanced, and I think that's kind of a missing component that we've not had at a lot of trail systems throughout Oregon,” said Emerson. 

The group said the trail system still has a long way to go, as organizers plan to add 20 miles or more of community-built tracks in the future.

“We want to get the users out here to use the trail system and then to ride it and build it and maintain it,” said Emerson.

Watch videos of one of the trails