Duthie Hill Intro Lap

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5.7 Miles 9.2 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

488' 149 m

Ascent

-488' -149 m

Descent

514' 157 m

High

394' 120 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Unknown

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An introductory lap to the trails at Duthie Hill Park.

Eric Ashley

Overview

Duthie Hill Park is a tightly packed bundle of awesome that serves up beginner XC trails to advanced jump lines. This is a great lap to familiarize yourself with the available trails and it's also a good warm-up before hitting more difficult options.
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know

Hikers, trail runners, and leashed dogs are allowed on the cross-country designated trails but prohibited from the freeride trails.

Description

From the main parking lot follow the Duthie Access Path, keep right during short sections of one-way traffic. In just a bit, connect to the Duthie Access Road as it heads toward the clearing at the center of the park.

Near the crest of the road climb, look for a path on the right connecting to Bootcamp. Flowing clockwise, Bootcamp is Duthie's easiest trail and features gentle climbs and descents that are welcoming to families and new riders. More experienced riders will still have fun with the easy going berms as it heads toward the clearing.

The large Central Clearing functions as a "hub" with some skills features, pump tracks, a pavilion, and the start and finish for many of the trails. For now, proceed across the clearing toward the collection of skinnies and log rides next to the entrance of Step It Up.

Step It Up is a natural progression from Bootcamp, with steeper climbs and descents and a few trickier spots. There's not a whole lot in the way of features, but a few nice rollers can add some fun airtime. The rolling elevation continues as the trail winds its way along the park's boundary. Pay attention to the wooden start platform passed toward the end of Step It Up. The wooden ramp marks the start of Ryan's Eternal Flow and Gravy Train. The end of the trail feeds into a clearing next to the start of Bootcamp.

Head into Bootcamp to your left and begin climbing through the ferns and trees. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, there are a few optional wood features to test your balance. The climbing will level out just before the point you began riding on Bootcamp earlier. Continue descending Bootcamp, but this time look for the start of Deuces Wild on the right.

Deuces Wild is a well built dual slalom trail that is designed to allow riders to pit their skills head-to-head against each other. If you're with a friend, it can be a lot of fun to lineup on the start gate and drop in on the track at the same time. You'll likely find one of you is quicker through the pumps, jumps, and berms that follow as the trail rushes back toward the clearing.

Turn left to travel around the grom's (kid's) pump track and locate the Duthie Flow Park Connector before splitting off onto the Flow Park Connector Spur to reach the Luna Air Zone and the top of Jabulani. The Luna Zone provides three beginner intro lines that each focus on a specific skill; Luna Drops, Luna Step-Downs, and Luna Tables. Take a moment to session these if you're interested, or continue onto Jabulani.

This is the easiest intermediate trail in the flow/jump section of Duthie and it's quick to deliver a fun time as riders descend over shallow turns and the occasional booter, table top, or doubles jump. This is a great option to practice bike leaning and managing speed through turns before things wrap up at the clearing at the base.

Pedal to the right to find the somewhat faint entrance to the end of Movin' On. After pedaling back up to the Central Clearing hang a right to once again pedal up the Duthie Flow Park Connector. This time, follow it to the end past the Semper Dirticus start ramp.

Ahead sit the three qualifying-drops for the start of Voodoo Child that feed into a small step-up. Continuing to the right, the singletrack descends past the optional Big Bad Wolf drop to race down through a series of somewhat gravely pumps, turns, and table top jumps before reaching a wooden wall ride. Voodoo Child wraps things up with a few larger jumps before spilling out into the bottom clearing.

Repeat the climb up the end of Movin' On and make your through the clearing and around the skills drops (this is a great moment to session them) to reach Ryan's Connector which in turn leads to the top of Ryan's Eternal Flow. This aggressive intermediate trail explores plunging gully traverses and offers the first taste of the wood ramps used allow trails to cross one another. Spoiler, they are steep the first time you ride them. At the end, turn left to follow the North Access Trail back to the Central Clearing.

That's the end of this introductory. You can head back to your car via the Duthie Access Road and Duthie Access Path. But, now that you're warmed up, a better option would be to keep riding and explore more!

History & Background

Duthie Hill Park was a collaboration between Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County. Since it opened in 2010 the trails have become a hugely popular area for locals and visitors who want to quickly escape to the woods, work on some skills, and enjoy a great ride.

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