Last summer, Eaglecrest’s CCC Trail Crew began a mountain bike trail extension project for the trail to run continuously from the top of Hooter Chairlift all the way to the base area. Previously, the trail’s start and finish points floated between Hooter’s lift terminals and was much shorter. Now we can proudly say the trail is officially open top to bottom!

Despite 2020 being one of the rainiest summers in recorded history, the trail crew made enormous progress and moved well over 8 million pounds of rock and material to complete most of the project. As of this week, we have finished the last remaining section that connects the trail to the Black Bear Access road from the top of Hooter Chairlift.

Keep scrolling for more photos and information about the project.

In the photos below, you’ll see how staff pioneered and hardened the trail with a geotextile layer and shot rock. The finished trail has packed surface of finely crushed rock that can stand up to the heavy rains of Southeast Alaska. It’s fun, smooth, and great for riding in all types of weather! You can ride it in the rain and not even get too muddy!

Click and drag the before and after photos below to see the same section of trail: pioneered vs. finished.

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The images below show the process of finishing the trail surface. The crew is using water from the snowmaking pipeline to help with the compacting process. This summer was exceptionally rainy, but still the hoses were excellent tools for getting the job done.

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