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    April 5 - Trail conditions report

    Lots of soft dirt out there. Please report actual trail conditions. The last rain was about a quarter inch in the low lands at around 4 am last Thursday.

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    Just got back from Pleasanton Ridge. Condition is good there. A couple of small wet spot here and there but that's it.
    Went down Bay Leaf single track to sinbad creek and then up Shady creek. Creeks are running really low and easy to cross.

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    April 5 - Trail conditions report

    Gap was a slop fest early this morning. Probably better now, but it was wet.

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    Hoping that Santa Teresa County Park trails are open, seeing as it rained the other day. Doesn’t take much (deer pissing too much, crying coyotes, bobcats drooling too much) to close them.
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    April 5 - Trail conditions report

    Rode STCP this afternoon. Trails are both dry and open
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    I rode in Auburn today.

    South side of Foresthill Divide was perfect. Some standing water in the usual spots (that stay wet for long periods of time). The tree branches were really wet, weighed down and hanging over the trail. Got soaked by a couple. The climb at Drivers Flat Rd. was a little wet. The north side of the trail, as usual was slower to dry. In the oak section between the first two descents there's a huge branch of tree down blocking the trail. The bulk of the wet that I found was on the "big" descent to Clementine Rd. Not too bad, really.

    Connector ... eh. The roller coaster section from the Divide Loop side to the look out had standing water in the apex of pretty much every turn. After the lookout it was pretty dry, with a little water on the climb after the bridge in the usual spots (at the rock runoff, etc). Otherwise it was good to go.

    Should be nice on Sunday.
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    Rockville

    Rockville was nice and tacky today. Muddy at the very top of the main trail up by the restrooms. Couple of spots of standing water but should be great for as long as the rain holds off.
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    i think the north bay may have gotten more rain than the south bay---any thoughts on how annadel will be today and sunday? there is also a rocky mountain cycles bike demo on sunday, so hopefully any additional showers hold off..
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    friday afternoon Nisene Marks ride.....

    wet/wet/wet/wet/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone No Balone View Post
    friday afternoon Nisene Marks ride.....

    wet/wet/wet/wet/
    Is this just wet, or wet and muddy?
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    I drove up to Skeggs this morning but it was wet, cold and somewhat miserable so I headed to Arastradero instead and the dirt there was perfect and no spit rain... Yes, I'm getting soft in my old age.

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    April 5 - Trail conditions report

    Anybody make it to skyline/napa today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho View Post
    I drove up to Skeggs this morning but it was wet, cold and somewhat miserable so I headed to Arastradero instead and the dirt there was perfect and no spit rain... Yes, I'm getting soft in my old age.
    Ouch, Arastadero is boooring.

    I was contemplating trying Skeggs tomorrow, but it sounds like that won't work. Maybe Waterdog will be dry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho View Post
    I drove up to Skeggs this morning but it was wet, cold and somewhat miserable so I headed to Arastradero instead and the dirt there was perfect and no spit rain... Yes, I'm getting soft in my old age.
    +1, a buddy and I did the same, got there and called it. After all the nice weather we've had I wasn't feeling it, it was dripping with heavy mist and fog rain and cold. It would have been a first day out on a brand new bike and I just couldn't bring myself to doing that to the bike first time out...

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    UCSC is no bueno as of 4/6. Lots of low spots and standing water. I figured it'd be more dried out than it was.
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    Not that anybody cares, but the spots that get unrideable in Tilden/Wildcat when it's wet, were unridable Saturday Afternoon.

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    waterdog is great. demo is kind of slippery. I had to back off the speed a little avoid a lot of the wood features but didnt end up with much mud on my bike or myself

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    Mission peak stanford side was already dry and sandy in spots. Though i saw tone no balance or simeone resembling him climbing stangord 3 times back to back

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    Just got back from Briones. No more dust, no mud except on trails that get zero sun and do not drain well, basically great trail conditions except the cows and horses have gone all over the place so many trails need fixing up. Nice 90 minutes regardless...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    UCSC is no bueno as of 4/6. Lots of low spots and standing water. I figured it'd be more dried out than it was.
    Bummer. Looks like it's Nisene on the CX bike tomorrow.

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    China Camp in great condition, MCBC Gnomes were out encouraging the new contribution of funds "in case the ranger runs across you". Our group did, but still not super kosher w/ the whole "oh we had 45mil stashed, we have to close parks" crud.

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    I'm going back out tomorrow also. One day made a huge difference earlier last week and I'm guessing in should be decent tomorrow. Still wet in some spots but not out right gooey like it was Friday afternoon.
    Painted indoors all day today and now I'm suffering aches and pains I never felt before.
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    April 5 - Trail conditions report

    Gap is still sloppy. Tons of 2 wheel drifting around corners in the loose mud. Fun but dirty.

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    Skeggs was very messy. You would think it got 3 inches of rain with all the standing puddles and muck. Fire roads are ok, single tracks not so much. Probably will need till mid week before it's "prime". Stay away tomorrow unless you want to spend 20 minutes demucking post ride.

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    Don't park in the "puddle" across the street from the oat hill mine trailhead. Freakin buried my truck and roosted my bike with nasty ass mud. Oat hill mine was perfect... As always lol
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    Mt Diablo Devils Elbow North Peak Trail > Prospectors absolutely prime today..

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    Waterdog was dry this afternoon (April 7). Just a small puddle here and there.

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    April 5 - Trail conditions report

    Quote Originally Posted by ask View Post
    Gap is still sloppy. Tons of 2 wheel drifting around corners in the loose mud. Fun but dirty.
    Yep, I was surprised, much wetter than last weekend-tons of gupie mud

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    waterdog got hit by a crazy wind and rainstorm last night so theres probably mud and a lot of deadfall now. Im thinking skeggs probably got the same thing

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    Freaking wind man... supposed to last til 8pm tonight. Watch the allergies for sure.

    Be very careful of very wooded trails. This is nature's way of tree trimming and it will either be littered with branches or a some tree parts may fall on you.

    More open trails will get blow-dried so those will get dried out by today.

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    Re: April 5 - Trail conditions report

    It sure picked up! Down and around the corner in slo, things are still ride worthy. Just windy.

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    I rode Demo on Saturday. It was pretty wet and muddy in some spots. Some of the steeper sections of Braille looked chewed up from dragging rear brakes.
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    It rained pretty hard last night in Ben Lomond. I would imagine that anything on the west side of the Sabta Cruz mountains is pretty wet today.

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    Rode a bit after an orienteering race in Del Valle on Sunday - picked up a couple control stations and got my knee to un-seize after all the running. Perfect riding... except for the fireroad gravel. But it is always bad. Took some cow tracks to get closer to control points - did not want to leave bike behind and hike. They are quite fun to ride. Damn you EBRPD for not having more singletrack.

    Wind was nice - it was a bit hot in places during the actual race (running around right across all the hills out there)

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    Wilder was fine at lunch today. Greasy in a couple spots on Enchanted and Wild Boar but nothing too bad. Lots of small branches but luckily not a lot of serious wood.
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    Anyone have an estimate as to how Skeggs will be tomorrow morning? I am taking the day off for my birthday, and was thinking to do a nice long perimeter loop at ECdMC OSP.

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    4/8 - Still a lot of standing mud puddles in places in Santa Cruz. The wind last night knocked down quite a few trees. Keep your eyes looking forward and your head up! Avoid wet places if you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopaminer_09 View Post
    Anyone have an estimate as to how Skeggs will be tomorrow morning? I am taking the day off for my birthday, and was thinking to do a nice long perimeter loop at ECdMC OSP.
    It will be muddy and absolutely littered with branches and debris.

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    That sounds crappy.

    I am guessing Demo won't be any better?

    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    It will be muddy and absolutely littered with branches and debris.

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    Looking at the weather, I think the weekend while be prime for some epic dirt if all holds up on the forecasts.

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    FREMONT OLDER
    Anyone ride it today? ^^Reports from 1 day ago are of mud and slop at Skeggs/Gap, but perhaps lower-elevation Fremont Older is pretty dry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by primordial View Post
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    Anyone ride it today? ^^Reports from 1 day ago are of mud and slop at Skeggs/Gap, but perhaps lower-elevation Fremont Older is pretty dry?
    It will be absolutely perfect at Fremont Older starting today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbense View Post
    Not that anybody cares, but the spots that get unrideable in Tilden/Wildcat when it's wet, were unridable Saturday Afternoon.
    I rode Meadows Canyon in Tilden yesterday afternoon, and it was as dry as I've seen it all year. Dusty-dry. I think the wind all day yesterday and the full sun have really dried most of it out.

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    just got back from Nisene and you wouldn't even known it had rained a couple nights ago....This warm wind has dried out the ground pretty quick.

    I think the end is near for the damp and tacky trail conditions. Get ready to start cleaning your chain more often and sh&t!!!
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    April 5 - Trail conditions report

    I rode Fremont Older after work. Dry as a whistle all over, Toyon etc. Beautiful day.

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    Any Demo reports regarding wetness and/or trees that I might come around a corner and meet unexpectedly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Any Demo reports regarding wetness and/or trees that I might come around a corner and meet unexpectedly?
    Rode Braille yesterday. About half way down there is a tree fully blocking the trail. It's shortly after the 3 jumps (2 on the right followed by the drop on the left). After you go around the turn and drop down that quick ridge (where the trail splits left/right) you'll find the tree.

    Rest of the trails were in great condition. Little muddy in spots but should be perfect over next few days...

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    How is Skeggs? I have a ride there this evenin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    How is Skeggs? I have a ride there this evenin.

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    I maybe up there around 430-5pm. Hoping for less mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho View Post
    I maybe up there around 430-5pm. Hoping for less mud.
    Yo!!!! let's meet up. 5:30. Then bbq til 10pm.

    I'll guide you around. You need to be introduced to the Skeggs Mafia. The massive weekly parties start today.

    It's friggin 80 degrees outside!!

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