Duthie Hill Park hosts Mountain Bike Festival

June 3, 2014

By Staff

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 at Duthie Hill Park.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bikes available to test ride from all the top brands, jump jam demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for kids, food and beverages concessions, raffles and more. Families are encouraged to attend.

The festival is free and open to the public. For $10 (Evergreen members) or $20 (nonmembers) festival-goers can demo bikes all day, join skills clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in the pump track challenge and baby fatty obstacle race.

In 2013, approximately 1,800 people attended the festival, which celebrates the sport of mountain biking and offers new enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mountain biking experiences around. The festival is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to support its work — protecting, building and maintaining trails statewide.

“Duthie Hill Park has become a nationally known mountain biking destination and a hub for the mountain biking community,” Evergreen’s Executive Director Glenn Glover said in a news release. “The festival brings riders of all ages and skill levels to check out the latest bikes and gear, and celebrate all things mountain biking, in a beautiful, wooded setting.”

The park was built through a partnership between the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County Parks. Funding came from a combination of King County Parks grants and community support, including $225,000 of private donations and thousands of hours of volunteer labor. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office recently awarded King County Parks an additional grant for a much-needed parking lot, to be completed this fall.

The 130-acre Duthie Hill Park is at 27101 S.E. Duthie Hill Road. It includes 6 miles of cross country bike trail, 2 miles of free-ride trail with jumps and built features, a central clearing with a shelter, kids’ biking area, opportunities for skill building and more. Trail users range from children and first-time riders to expert mountain bikers.

Learn more about the festival at www.evergreenmtbfestival.com. Festival parking will be at the adjacent Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



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