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    It's like PHX up here.

    With all this chunk, right? Monsoons are killing it.

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    Everywhere is getting chunkalicious right now. PMP is a rutty, ragged masterpiece again and Prescott is in similar condition. All the loose stuff keeps things interesting!
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    chunkalicious....

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    It's like PHX up here.

    All the fines get washed off the trails this time of year. It brings out the bugs and the f/s riders.
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    It's like PHX up here.

    So it's actually fun to ride now?
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    It's like PHX up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    So it's actually fun to ride now?
    Absolutely!
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    Yep. I was bombing down the root and rock section on upper brookbank at my usual pace.... got squirly in the new chunk and had to back up off of it a bit. Made me smile.

    It was raining hard, I had just picked enough oyster mushrooms for dinner, it all had a very northwest vibe to it. I dig this time of year more than any other.

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    Did some riding in the McDowells today; that place is a mess. After the rains this weekend, the topsoil on many of the trails is long gone. However, Sonoran is in mint condition and beggin' for some tread.

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    It's like PHX up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by markphx View Post
    Did some riding in the McDowells today; that place is a mess. After the rains this weekend, the topsoil on many of the trails is long gone. However, Sonoran is in mint condition and beggin' for some tread.
    Ok you talked me into it, Sonoran night ride Wednesday!! Did a night ride tonight out at FINS, it seemed very smooth to me. Could've been the fact that today I took my new baby out for her maiden voyage (stumpy fsr) and was my first ever ride out there on a full squish?? Perhaps! Me likey the new bike

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    You guys are different and tripping me out. When the rain comes, I am excited for great traction, compacted, fast trails. You guys get excited about more looe rocks? Never considered that a bonus. Too each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    Everywhere is getting chunkalicious right now. PMP is a rutty, ragged masterpiece again and Prescott is in similar condition. All the loose stuff keeps things interesting!
    PMP is beat to hell. At least from 7th St over to Disneyland. There's some big ruts at the bottom of Disneyland that'll suck you in quickly. At least now I have a reason for failing at climbing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarHigh View Post
    You guys are different and tripping me out. When the rain comes, I am excited for great traction, compacted, fast trails. You guys get excited about more looe rocks? Never considered that a bonus. Too each their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    Everywhere is getting chunkalicious right now. PMP is a rutty, ragged masterpiece again and Prescott is in similar condition. All the loose stuff keeps things interesting!
    I love huge rains that come through PMP, its like riding an almost completely different set of trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeter97 View Post
    Ok you talked me into it, Sonoran night ride Wednesday!!
    For what it's worth, I was talking about the Sonoran Trail in the Fountain Hills Preserve/McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Best trail in the McDowells in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markphx View Post
    For what it's worth, I was talking about the Sonoran Trail in the Fountain Hills Preserve/McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Best trail in the McDowells in my opinion.
    I knew that....
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    It's like PHX up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by markphx View Post
    For what it's worth, I was talking about the Sonoran Trail in the Fountain Hills Preserve/McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Best trail in the McDowells in my opinion.
    Ohhhhh ok. Well, stills, night ride at Sonoran sounds good to me.

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    Flag is perfect right now! Way better than the moon dust days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    I knew that....
    I figured you'd understand. The Sonoran Trail has a bad wrap for being a difficult grunt, but the techy tight nature of the trail is just too fun. Plus, that bomber descent you get down to Dixie Mine Trail is killer. You just need a 20t granny ring and a 39t rear cog to bump the rideability factor, but every bikepacker runs that ratio, right?

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    Wow you guys got hammered last night . Hopefully the trail damage isn't too horrendous. Floods force closure of Schultz Pass, Elden Springs and Waterline roads
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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork View Post
    Wow you guys got hammered last night . Hopefully the trail damage isn't too horrendous. Floods force closure of Schultz Pass, Elden Springs and Waterline roads
    And that was on top of Sat night's storm. This is the link for the Schultz Fire precip stations. ADWR Schultz Fire ALERT Stations and NOAA Doppler Radar

    It's been an unusual and whacky monsoon season so far.
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    Camped Saturday night off Shultz the Lighting show was brilliant and the Thunder rolled right on down seemingly right on over of us once I stopped trying to figure out if I was better off in the car or low to the ground insulated by sleeping pads in the tent I have to say one of the best nights ever out there!!

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    It's like PHX up here.-7dayrain.jpg

    Much better rainfall data here:

    http://www.decdatasystems.net/Flagst...pfs10080m.html

    You can select the period from 15 minutes to 30 days.

    The rainfall amounts in the image are amazing when you consider these are from a 2-day period and the average for the entire month of July (at the airport) is 2.6".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbflg View Post
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    Much better rainfall data here:

    http://www.decdatasystems.net/Flagst...pfs10080m.html

    You can select the period from 15 minutes to 30 days.

    The rainfall amounts in the image are amazing when you consider these are from a 2-day period and the average for the entire month of July (at the airport) is 2.6".

    -db-
    Thanks for that link DB. The data geek in me makes me want to install my own rain gage and get on the network.
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    It's like PHX up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeter97 View Post
    Ok you talked me into it, Sonoran night ride Wednesday!! Did a night ride tonight out at FINS, it seemed very smooth to me. Could've been the fact that today I took my new baby out for her maiden voyage (stumpy fsr) and was my first ever ride out there on a full squish?? Perhaps! Me likey the new bike
    Dude guys ride road bikes on FINS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javelina View Post
    Camped Saturday night off Shultz the Lighting show was brilliant and the Thunder rolled right on down seemingly right on over of us once I stopped trying to figure out if I was better off in the car or low to the ground insulated by sleeping pads in the tent I have to say one of the best nights ever out there!!
    Yeah, your sleeping pad won't protect you from 3 million volts of electricity, the electrons will easily jump that gap.

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    oh, my tractor!

    (found by a friend on waterline road today)

    It's like PHX up here.-1003734_10101651320272833_374148225_n.jpg

    It's like PHX up here.-1001812_10101651320183013_176434475_n.jpg
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    dang!
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of
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    It's like PHX up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by CridgeMTBT View Post
    Dude guys ride road bikes on FINS!
    Yah I know, definitely not the best place to test out my new full squish bike. But it was night time and I have the balls of a 3yo when it comes to night riding, soooo. 😊. I will say this, I squashed all my previous best times for every single segment on strava, so that's gotta be a good sign for the new bike, right?

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    It's like PHX up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeter97 View Post
    Yah I know, definitely not the best place to test out my new full squish bike. But it was night time and I have the balls of a 3yo when it comes to night riding, soooo. . I will say this, I squashed all my previous best times for every single segment on strava, so that's gotta be a good sign for the new bike, right?
    That's awesome. I live like 2 mins from fins and am there all the time. I was just jokin! But that trail gets raked after storms! Keeps it fast and fun!

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    That John Deere should have gone 29'r. Would have floated over all that chunk. Monsoons are the best! The Rez got it pretty good too. The lcr is going pretty good and monkopi was is raging. I bet grand falls is pretty rad right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    Thanks for that link DB. The data geek in me makes me want to install my own rain gage and get on the network.
    There is an online network where people can enter their daily rainfall data:

    Rainlog.org - A Cooperative Rainfall Monitoring Network

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    Another inch or more over the Schultz burn area in the last 2 hours. Another pic tweeted by the FS of Elden Springs Rd where they had to bring in bulldozers to get some stranded campers out near horse camp.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails It's like PHX up here.-elden-springs-rd.jpg  

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    Pretty impressive shots of the rain damage, wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork View Post
    Wow you guys got hammered last night . Hopefully the trail damage isn't too horrendous. Floods force closure of Schultz Pass, Elden Springs and Waterline roads
    I don't think Private Reserve is in good shape but most trails have been holding up.

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    It's like PHX up here.

    Looking to pre-ride the Old Fashioned race loop next weekend but I want to detour off of Rocky Moto to Secret (north) and back down to (upper) Moto, via Newham. I've never ridden Rocky Moto, or Secret, Newham for that matter. Questions:

    1) If I start early (6-ish), what are my chances for hitting a monsoon these days?

    2) More importantly, what are these trails like right now? Would you advise a different path?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBeing View Post

    1) If I start early (6-ish), what are my chances for hitting a monsoon these days?

    2) More importantly, what are these trails like right now? Would you advise a different path?
    1. Slim. Unless you ride all day. Or good, if the day starts out rainy. One never knows this summer. Bring a shell, be ready to take shelter from the hail, and be happy.

    2. Gloriously moist, boney, and raw. It's beautiful.
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    Troy, Mustache Richard and I rode by that tractor on Sunday afternoon before the storm and we stopped and looked at the drainage, remarking how dumb it was to park it there. I remember quipping that as an older tractor, it was a great place to park it if you wanted a debris flow to hit it and file a claim against it.....

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    It's like PHX up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by rockychrysler View Post
    1. Slim. Unless you ride all day. Or good, if the day starts out rainy. One never knows this summer. Bring a shell, be ready to take shelter from the hail, and be happy.

    2. Gloriously moist, boney, and raw. It's beautiful.
    Sweet, thanks!
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    Anyone get a chance to check out L. Bear and access the damage before the FS closed it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    Anyone get a chance to check out L. Bear and access the damage before the FS closed it?
    my guess is it looks a lot like the photos of waterline (above), but without the tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockychrysler View Post
    my guess is it looks a lot like the photos of waterline (above), but without the tractor.
    Yeah, most likely. I had thought the slopes had stabilized somewhat but the roots on the vegetation probably don't extend that far and are mostly small herbaceous plants and weeds.

    What a dumb place to leave a backhoe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    Yeah, most likely. I had thought the slopes had stabilized somewhat but the roots on the vegetation probably don't extend that far and are mostly small herbaceous plants and weeds.

    What a dumb place to leave a backhoe.
    hope the trails survive. sad how long the effects of that fire are being felt. Got to ride in Flag last weekend for the first time in a year, man it was glorious. visitors need to treat Flag like their own if they want it to last. *Post pic of crying native-'merican here*

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    Apparently the backhoe started right up, despite mud and rock getting into the cab. Caterpillar stock is down right now but that's a good story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    Apparently the backhoe started right up, despite mud and rock getting into the cab. Caterpillar stock is down right now but that's a good story.
    did he plow his way out to cheers and hallelujahs like Homer Simpson?

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