“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.
With all the great new MTB trails around Tiger Mountain there is something fun for everyone. Thanks to the continuous building efforts of the Evergreen MTB Alliance with its numerous volunteers, we now have a variety of trails suitable for all skill levels.
Recently, we checked out Crosshaul at Tiger which can be used to connect Not Off The Grid/NOTG (or Off The Grid/OTG) to East Bound and Down/EBAD via Inside Passage and is rated as easy/green. It is fast flowing and fun with no technical stuff so you can fly down the mountain like a pro.
Once we reached Northwest Timber, we took Easy, Tiger down to The Legend, a black diamond trail named in honor of Len Francies - a real life Legend.
Len dedicated significant part of his life to the local mountain biking community through his trail building, education, and advocacy. He was instrumental in clearing the path for a lot of the trails around Tiger Mountain, including one of my favorites - Olallie.
He sat on the board of BBTC (Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club) and later became a founding member of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
He was one of the most positive, kind and friendly people one could ever meet. I loved joining his epic rides. Len sadly passed away on new year's day in 2016 while riding his bike at Grand Ridge Park in Issaquah. He has been missed dearly since then by those who personally knew him.