911 IS A storied trail -- a trail that enjoyed a huge vogue when it was new, suffered through logging right after the turn of the century, and still rates high on many experienced Galbraith riders' list of personal favorites.
Why? 911 delivers a steady stream of full-on technical moments as it descends from Kung Fu Theater to lower south side trails like Sleeping Giants, Evil Twin, Chutes & Ladders, etc.
Crazy 8s -- another delightful trail -- follows a parallel course out in the wide open clearcut just south of 911. Like it's terrain, Crazy 8s is faster and more open, with only a couple of seriously technical moments in a couple twisting chutes with loose dirt on top, although the brush can be tight in late summer.
911 takes the darker, twisted route, snaking down through one of the last stand of slightly large conifers on the south side. Fallen cedar and fir, root balls and drops (including the Drop of Doom, see below), rock gardens and piled log breastworks all provide their own particular savor to the experience.
But the stunt that sets 911 apart from every other trail on Galbraith is the Long Log Ride (see Brian MacKenzie below). Legendary Galbraith trail builder Dan Waters (he of Chutes and Laders, Dan's Trail, etc.) took the log ride that already existed on 911 and extended it to a mind boggling 100 yards in length.
Building this log ride got Dan Waters a Cease And Desist Letter from the Trillium Corp. (Trillium, which had just purchased much of the mountain, and its managers, the WHIMPs, wanted to assert their authority over the mountain), but as of 2009 Dan Water's skinny on 911 is still the longest log ride / skinny on Galbraith.
Sadly, much of the trail below the Long Log Ride was amputated by logging after Trillium took over, eliminating a great section of stunty trail. However, an interesting selection of stunts have since been built to play with at the bottom of the clearcut (see below).
The following are some of the scenes from the trail, riding from top to bottom. Click on the thumbnail images to view a larger version...