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Old 11-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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Anderson Mountain

AKA Alger Mountain

Met up with BrianJonesPhoto and BSPF for a ride today



a peak at Mt Baker



saw a little sun



Lake Whatcom



some tank traps, had just finished talking to the DNR Regional Manager , Steve Jennesen, and had a good conversation. He had warned us about not going
over these blockages so we complied



new signs going up. The area will close in Janurary.



some water fun








Nice to get out for a few hours
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
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You guys see any MTB riders up there? I was up there a few weeks back and was surprised at the amount of trails they have cut in up there, but thats ok since they are non-motorized. Try to do that on a dual sport. Oh yeah they gave me the stinkeye too so they got the salute. Looks like a good ride anyhow, enjoy!
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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Sorry I couldn't make it Tom. Looks like a good time up there. Liked the water pics. Sounds like the rain is on the way back. I had the KLX all charged up and ready to go till some thing came up.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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You guys see any MTB riders up there? I was up there a few weeks back and was surprised at the amount of trails they have cut in up there, but thats ok since they are non-motorized. Try to do that on a dual sport. Oh yeah they gave me the stinkeye too so they got the salute. Looks like a good ride anyhow, enjoy!
The DNR man wasn't to happy about the new MTB trails showing up either. These type of trails can lead to erosion
which in turn can damage the trees that this land is managed to protect. This area is public trust land to benefit schools. Recreation is secondary.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:15 PM   #5
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Great shots Tom. Thanks again for the great ride.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:25 PM   #6
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The DNR man wasn't to happy about the new MTB trails showing up either. These type of trails can lead to erosion
which in turn can damage the trees that this land is managed to protect. This area is public trust land to benefit schools. Recreation is secondary.
Too bad we can't work together to build environmentally friendly trails to keep this and other places open for all to use.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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I think I've been there before.







But I heard it was called Alger Mountain?




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Old 11-27-2012, 07:00 PM   #8
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Too bad we can't work together to build environmentally friendly trails to keep this and other places open for all to use.
It's not all over at this point. The managers are haven't on going discussions about how to manage these lands for all segments. Apparently some users of these lands can sue the state for their own carelessness. Some people think nothing of using these area's as dumps. these issues go on and on as all of you who are involved trail riders know. Don't give up, keep voicing your opinion's to the on going forums who seek public input.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:01 PM   #9
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I think I've been there before.







But I heard it was called Alger Mountain?




that's your opinion . It is Alger Mountain, apparently right next to each other.
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The DNR man wasn't to happy about the new MTB trails showing up either. These type of trails can lead to erosion
which in turn can damage the trees that this land is managed to protect. This area is public trust land to benefit schools. Recreation is secondary.
I was really surprised at the amount of "new" trails up there since i was last up there in the summer. When i was up there some guy came blasting out of the brush and down the slope to the road. I sure wish it was as easy as all of us getting together and working to save this area for multiple use, unfortunately some people have other agendas. Pretty soon it will just be another gate to ride around.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:34 AM   #11
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Alger/Anderson is a nice little ride. Would hate to lose access.

I can't speak for the mtn bikers that have cut those trails, but the Whatcom Mountain Peddlers (WhiMPs) are extremely well organized, active, and quick to respond and mobilize. Too bad we can't be grass roots organised like that.

Groups on the political Left do tend to be more "activist" oriented and seemingly tend to get more numbers behind their cause (rebels without a clue against "The Man").

Let's face it; all it takes is for any non- rider to observe a motorcycle staging area (read Walker Valley staging area shennanigans) vs a mtn bike staging area and we're sunk.

Off road motorcycling has a major Public Relations problem and enough riders are out there perpetuating the problem making it that much more difficult for any of us to change it.

Yeah, I know it's not a news flash...but...
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:04 AM   #12
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Good point on the behavior in staging areas...
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #13
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Great photos! As the saying goes..... Ride it while you still can....
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http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/prog...340/page01.htm

The forest service haas a great web page on gates.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:46 PM   #15
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some tank traps, had just finished talking to the DNR Regional Manager , Steve Jennison, and had a good conversation. He had warned us about not going
over these blockages so we complied.

Tom you ran into my step dad Steve. he is a nice guy and wants to see things change like we do. he understands where us dirt bikers are coming from. we all know its going to be a tough battle in front of us.

it is not all just environmental problems either that are causing orv closures. the state also deals with lawsuits. for an example a kid some time ago riding on private state land where motorcycle riding is not prohibited gets in a motorcycle accident and becomes paralyzed, then his parents sue the state for millions of dollars because there should of been something to stop his stupidity for riding somewhere where he should not be. so the millions of dollars spent just on this one lawsuit and i am sure there are more out there. are also putting a damper on funds.

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