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Shawn's Trail &
Not Shawn's Trail-- 
The Gnarliest Trails on Galbraith?

Adam McCoy dropping the Big Rock on Shawn's Trail (Photo by Hiddenwave).
 
Trail name(s): Shawn's Trail & Not Shawn's Trail
Difficulty rating: Difficult to extremely technical, although there are route- arounds for all the really scary stuff, so tourists can check it out and not die trying
Elevation gain/loss: 200 feet
Best riding direction: The point is to go down, dude
Best seasons: Provides good riding all year 'round
Video: Dan Waters on the Rainbow Skinny. Pat Reilly on The Big Rock. Mark Belles in The Hucks. Mongo on the High Catwalk
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WHEN YOU SEE guys in body armor pushing their 40-plus pound bikes up the Tower Rd. -- which you do every day -- chances are they are headed for Shawn's Trail.

Shawn's Trail, AKA Shawn's Aneurism, defines the extreme new style of mountain biking on Galbraith, with heavy downhill-esque bikes, minimal climbing, and lots of extremely technical stunts.

Dan and Jim Waters got the ball rolling for this kind of riding on Galbraith with the legendary Chutes & Ladders, but since most of the stunts on C&L have been torn down on orders from Trillium Corp., Shawn's Trail has taken up the outlaw baton.

Shawn's Trail is a work in progress. It's not unsual to encounter Shawn and his buddies working on the trail. Recent modifications include a high drop at the very beginning, a great deal of berming in the upper portions (which produce a very fast, almost downhill-like quality), and a high, climbing catwalk near the end that is pretty wide, but features a punchup midway through and gets the rider seven or eight feet off the ground at the apex.

Since it was originally built in 2002, two extensions to Shawn's Trail have been linked to the lower end of Shawn's so that it is now possible to ride very technical single track all the way from the top of Shawn's near the Blue Rock to the Pipeline Rd. near Galbraith Lane. Although these lower two trails (each of which is separated by a gravel road) are known popularly as Lower Shawn's or Not Shawn's Trail, they were actually built by other poeple, including the Legendary Jordan, who was responsible for the last of these.

The following are some of the scenes from Shawn's Trail. Click on the thumbnail images to view a larger version...


Shawn's Trail has always had a lot of extraneous signage. Here's how the top of Shawn's Trail looked in the fall of 2009, at its junction with the 2000 Rd. The sign over the entrance reads, "Cheech & Chong's Wild Ride."
This is how the same spot looked five years earlier. Note the optional drop on the right and the bermed trail swinging to the left, visible in both photos...
Terrain Park Rules for Shawn's Trail in 2004, courtesy of Chris Bateman, a buddy of Shawn's who worked on the trail a lot in the early days...
Here's Shawn himself hucking the initial drop (photo by Chris Bateman)...
and here's Pat Reilly AKA GORGONZOLA dropping into the top of Shawn's...

Another view of GORGONZOLA taken at the same moment from another point of view (photo by The Prophet)...
More signage near the top of Shawn's, circa 2004. This leads immediately to the log ride on the left...
Which Chris Bateman is shown riding here (photo by Shawn Obra)...
The trail picks up speed for a while below here through a series of bermed corners, where Carlos is ripping...
An optional stump along the side of upper Shawn's...
Pat Reilly rippin' in the middle sction of Shawn's...
Below here are a series of breastwork drops, which Mark Belles airs out. Click here for video clip...
Followed by some drops and steep log rides, seen here over Shawn's knee (photo by Chris Bateman)...
In early 2006 a new stunt called the Rolling Machine was added to Shawn's. Here's Guano about half way down the Machine..
The view down the last section of the Rolling Machine...
Dale Montgomery on the the Rock Wall Ride just below the Rolling Machine...
Next comes the famous Rainbow Skinny, which starts lout less than the width of most tires. Here Pat Reilly is shown getting up on it...
And here's Kurt DenAdel at the apex of the Rainbow Skinny...
And finally, Dan Waters shows how it's done. Click here for video clip...
Here's Chris Bateman rolling the fabled Big Rock on Shawn's Trail. (Photo by Shawn Obra)...
And here's Shawn himself. The little ramp at the bottom has since been removed (photo by Chris Bateman)...
Pat Reilly prefers a more direct approach. He simply hucks the thing on the fly! Click here for video clip...
Adam McCoy airing out the Big Rock on Shawn's...
Here's Mongo riding the high, climbing catwalk near the end on the Norco Atomik. Click here for video clip...
And here's the man himself, Shawn Obra, with his signature Giant on the Tower Rd...

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