I’m sure you’ve received reports already, but just in case… I rode different Sherando loops over past two weekends and here are some notes: Slacks Trail (uphill/north of White Rock trail intersection) – Mike from SVBC installed several grade reversals. Should help with drainage/ruts. Nice. Slacks Trail (north/uphill from Overlook spur trail): 12″ dia. tree blowdown White Rock Trail: Several trees down on the lower section with the 4 drainage crossings 8″ dia. deadfall @ 1st (lowest) stream crossing 15″ dia. deadfall between 3rd & 4th (I think) crossing 8″ dia. blowdown suspended approx 48″ above the trail uphill (I … Continue reading

Preddy Creek

The section between Rubens and Cuddens needs attention – that section is always the last to dry out. It is still muddy and the trail is excessively widened due to “ridearound” Remainder of trails are in decent shape. There is a “low bridge” suspended tree down on the Riverside trail.

gravel roads

Just an FYI, the gravel/dirt roads out Free union way (Fox mtn, clark, Ballards mill, and Wesley chapel) were extremely muddy and soft last night (Tuesday). Will be even worse after todays rain I’m sure. Looks like spin class the rest of the week..

Ride Frozen Trails

Trails are going to be wet for a while. We received a couple inches of rain/sleet recently, and air temperatures are not promoting evaporation. Freeze thaw cycles are loosening soil, making mud when the trails thaw. Ride trails ONLY when they are frozen solid, and get off them before the sun thaws the trail surface.

Ragged Mountain Natural Area and our Trail Partnerships

Since 2003, the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club has proudly partnered with government agencies and non-profit organizations in an effort to promote sustainable trails, and educate our community about trail stewardship. We have also been fortunate to partner with many community organizations to promote shared trail use, safety education, healthy lifestyles, and alternatives to motor vehicle transportation. Our partners include the City of Charlottesville (City), Albemarle (County) and Fluvanna Counties, the US Forest Service, the University of Virginia, and the Rivanna Trails Foundation. We will never back away from these partnerships, or our shared missions.  Despite these solid partnerships, we … Continue reading