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3 weeks 1 day ago #44999 by Nolanmw11
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I do not know the conditions. I was hoping to get out this weekend. Anyone have any updates on the trails?

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3 weeks 6 days ago #44998 by pmac225
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Does anyone know if any trails might be rideable tomorrow?

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4 weeks 5 hours ago #44996 by pmac225
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I didn't mean to be critical. Since there was a nice map displayed, I thought it would be a good opportunity to point out where the wet area is.

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1 month 3 hours ago #44994 by Legrand
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To be fair, the only reason the right side of the map is "dry" is because of all the boardwalks that we installed many, many, many years ago. Also, many of the wetter trails over there have been "closed" off (not marked and attempted to be concealed).

Honestly, much of the right side where I rode would be a lot better if we could get some drainage installed. A couple of years back when I was working on the blue trail from the "upper entrance", a guy brought some rectangular plastic mesh covered drain "pipe" that would work wonders if it were installed in many locations.

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1 month 2 days ago - 1 month 1 day ago #44993 by pmac225
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Map I rode from the lower lot last night and had a much different experience than Legrand. I encountered very little mud. Most of the trails on the west side(left) of his map are notoriously wet and should not be ridden until the dryer months.
Last Edit: 1 month 1 day ago by pmac225. Reason: added map

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1 month 4 days ago #44992 by Legrand
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So, I rode last night (5/18/17) for the first time this season at hunters from the upper lot. Conditions were fairly bad with there being a copious quantity of mud to be found.I was hoping that the last couple of days of sun and temps in the 80's would get rid of a lot of the issues, but, at least where I rode, it didn't. Now that the trees have spread their leaves, the sun won't be able to get to the floor of the forest to help very much either. It needs a good two solid weeks of decently high temperatures and no rain for it to be "better" given the muck I ran across.

A detailed rundown by the numbers where I rode:
1) Went straight in from the upper lot. The entrance is still muddy, but the soil there is clay, which is about the only clay you run across at HC as far as I know, so it wasn't too bad to get through. It's still pretty wide as people have been trying to get around the mud. Continuing in, I went through the dip and then turned right to do the little lower area. Bad idea. Head straight instead of turning right as the switchback coming up the hill is a muddy mess.
2) Climbing up the hill was fine.
3) The "newer" trail around the berm was OK too.
4) Downhill blast, over the fire road was muddy for 50% of it.
5) The turn to ride parallel with the creek (red trail) was nasty. Really needs drainage help since it's on a hillside. Unfortunately people keep putting logs on the downhill side, parallel to the trail, which causes pools of water to form.
6) Riding along the creek was OK.
7) The trail parallel to the fire road (still red) was OK for the most part
8) as was the climb up to the fire trail gate.
9) heading from the gate toward the yellow trail (downhill) was poor. It's usually somewhat muddy, but it is still really wet at this point.
10) This area is a disaster. It always is. Took the gas line uphill but the blue trail back down and both were horrid.Once you hit the light blue trail intersection it gets better.
11-12) I think this is called the Hermit loop. The tightly curved area between 11 & 12 is pretty bad. It usually is, but it's really nasty now.
13) Yellow trail near the feeder creek. This is downright nasty. Worse than I thought it would be. There's also a large tree down at the far end of the trail where it crosses the feeder stream.
14) This is the blue trail heading downhill from the gas line to the edge of the park. It's fine. I even stopped and cut up the thorn tree that's been sitting on the trial for the last couple of years.
15) Blue trail along the edge of the ravine. Again, not too bad but the rains have messed up the hill running down (or up to) the gas line.
16) Yellow trail again. Nasty again, especially the closer you get to the gas line. I'd avoid, if possible.

Well, there you have it. I won't try again until we get a string of decently warm and dry days.

tl;dr: avoid unless you want mud covered glop and to destroy the trails.

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