Just tried Preddy, too wet. Also parks/rec in there working
Rtf, Barracks <–> Ivy. Mostly dry with a few very wet spots. Avoid for a bit longer if you can. But, rain in the forecast for the next 2 days anyhow…
Hey All, Just an FYI, I road Preddy yesterday and although it did not get the big rains the past few days that other places have, the trails are still in pretty bad shape. And it appears to be getting a fair amount of bike traffic. It seems the hard rains have wash out the trails more and roots and rock exposure is greater in several areas. Clockwise on the loop is mostly wet and muddy around to the entrance of the advanced loop. There are probably 15 to 20 mudholes througout the park, several of which are deep and soupy. Across the creek is by far in the best shape except for a few spots. There are several downed trees throughout the park as well. It’s gonna need some work when it dries out.
Preddy Creek has just a couple of the usual puddles left over from the recent rain, but is otherwise in great shape #conditions
Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact, it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be all right, because this World was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. Douglas Adams.
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 think?) of 4th crossing
Turkey Pen @ lowest stream crossing: 8″ dia tree
Turkey Pen and Torrey are generally clear of briars. Lots of bear activity (overturned rocks) on “lower” Torrey (north of Slacks intersection). There is one tree down on “lower” Torrey, but I can’t remember exact location – will ride there again in the upcoming weekends and report back.
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.
Watch out for the chicken wire coming loose on the short bridge above the creek crossing. The swampy section near Holmes is dried out, but badly scarred.
Otherwise, the trail is clear and in good shape.
RTF is in good shape almost everywhere. Should be good riding this weekend.
Per Tony Brown at BRS, the trails are to wet to ride this weekend.
I rolled RTF from Barracks to Fontaine and O’Hill this morning. Ground was frozen with few/no bike tracks (good job on being respectful during the recently wet conditions, everyone!) and some footprints (not as good, foot traffic!)
Most (85%) of the trail looked like it would be completely dry when it thawed. There were a few spots that were still damp, and a few standing puddles. Hit the high trails (top of OHill) anytime, and check out the new re-route that went in today. Give the lower trails another day or two.