We've heard that they are taking another look at it, but as part of a larger offering of activities/attractions.
I'm not aware that Crystal has plans to offer riding beyond what's always been there.
From their site"
" Take a ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola (bikes are not currently allowed on the gondola but dogs are) to the summit of Crystal Mountain to hike along the ridgeline or down one of the few trails."
Indeed, the latest rumor I heard came out of a discussion on a completely different topic. There is much interest among several groups to notch up summer activities at the resort. There's already a lot of cyclists using the Iron Horse. Last season, a State-vendor shuttle was running from Cedar Falls, I'd hope to see them back this year. I know that considerable financial questions remain, but man, it seems like the motel and the resort could spool up a modest money-maker during the summer...?
Too bad they didn't have a HSQ at Hyak as it is the most logical location for mtb access and rentals from Hyak could allow renters to access the Iron Horse trail much easier. When they had the mb center at Acres I used to get riders constantly coming down by my house wondering where they were. When I told them they had a 2 mile up-hill ride they were not happy. It is always best to have the MB center at the lowest point so people have a better experience.
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I believe that the decision to have the original bike center at Central/Silver Fir had to do with what land the ski area owns and what the Forest Service management at the time was willing to put up with.