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    How long to dry out?

    Woke up yesterday morning (Saturday the 26th) and my back yard was a puddle. Coming from places like Virginia and Louisiana, I decided it'd be best to get back in bed, wait for things to dry out.

    Here's my question, how long do I need to wait for:
    - McDowell loops
    - Papago
    - Desert Classic
    - Javalina
    to dry out?

    Nothing I hate more than when people ride, rut up the trail, and then people have to rebuild it. Just think that's rude.

    Thanks!

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    They should all be fine to ride. Just be on the lookout for new ruts and ditches at the bottoms of any downs or washes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tattoooo View Post
    Woke up yesterday morning (Saturday the 26th) and my back yard was a puddle. Coming from places like Virginia and Louisiana, I decided it'd be best to get back in bed, wait for things to dry out.

    Here's my question, how long do I need to wait for:
    - McDowell loops
    - Papago
    - Desert Classic
    - Javalina
    to dry out?

    Nothing I hate more than when people ride, rut up the trail, and then people have to rebuild it. Just think that's rude.

    Thanks!
    Depends on the nature of the trail. The west side of the McDowells are lots of rock and can tolerate riding in the rain. However, the east side is more dirt and needs to dry out a bit before getting a lot of traffic. What I usually see in MMP is that there will be some people who just can't wait who will ride soon after this rain - leaving huge ruts that will last until the next time it rains. Think about how often it rains here. Is it really THAT hard to wait a couple of days?

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    Especially when we get over 3" of rain in 2 days on this side, that takes a while to drain off.

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    Got boat ?

    IMO, most of it will be solid with 24 hrs. of sunshine ... And agree with others ... Don't tear it all up, if it's not.

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    I live on the east side of the McDowells. This has been a very unusual amount of rain. Lots of water over a couple of days to really saturate things. Water does not just run off like a monsoon storm. Add to that cool weather, weak sun, and saturated air. The trails will be goopy for a few days at least. There will also be rocks of all sizes coming loose from walls and rolling about. I am skipping my ride today, and plan to hold off until Wednesday at the earliest. Cutting up the trails is bad for other riders, but it really hurts our reputation among the other trail users.

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    At least two days. Then you'll have nice tacky trails.
    Please donate to IMBA or your local chapter. It's trail karma.

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    Thanks for the info on the E of McD. Was comtemplating a ride, then changed that to maybe pump track with the kid and my new BMX. Maybe I'll just take him to T-Bird park (he calls it Mountain One) and follow him around on my SS. Side benefit-the cool weather is gonna bring out lots of yoga panted hikers today.
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    That's kind of what I thought, which is why I am going to go watch a movie and go for a jog today.

    Nothing I hate more than when people can't wait so as to avoid rutting up a trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by tattoooo View Post
    That's kind of what I thought, which is why I am going to go watch a movie and go for a jog today.

    Nothing I hate more than when people can't wait so as to avoid rutting up a trail
    Great day to give back to the trails you ride
    San Diego needs singletrack

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    I hit the pavement ... Very solid, great line holding ability.

    But,
    My shoes sunk in the yard

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    Spent 4 hours on the trails today , working
    Almost as good as riding
    San Diego needs singletrack

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    I would give it a few days. Since we have rain today (Monday), if it stops around noon then maybe by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday.
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    I was up on Corona Loma (all rock) and Natty/Mormon during the afternoon/evening last night and all was in great condition with no mud and just a few small puddles. Probably the fastest I've ever rode down Mormon So sick!

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    Wonder when desert classic is going to be dry?

    Went over to Papago today just to look it over. Ended up riding the oddest ghetto loop through the hood over by the west side of the park.

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    Hi All,

    We rode all of DC yesterday, it WAS soft in places, but totally rideable!

    Mikey

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyonthemadone View Post
    Hi All,

    We rode all of DC yesterday, it WAS soft in places, but totally rideable!

    Mikey
    Good to know... I however got caught in rain storm last evening at about 5:15pm. I was on the road bike and not far from home, but at least in Anthem it was wet late in the day yesterday.
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