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    The FC winter trail condition thead

    Lets get this one started.
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    Sounds like a few guys are climbing towers as I write this.

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    I have done Coyote Ridge the last 3 days. Still compact snow on 95% low pressure and stay in the saddle will get you to the top with out unclipping. Followed a Pugsley track up to Indian summer with out much trouble. No danger of damaging the trail but riding before 10am or so keeps the ground from getting soggy. Would love to do a night ride in the area soon if anyone else is up for the challenge.

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    Anyone know if there's enough snowpack on Youngs or Hewlett Gulch trails for a mid-day ride?

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    Rode with the 4:50 Club this morning and climbed the service road at Horsetooth, down Soderburg to Spring Creek, up Spring Creek to Wathen, up Wathen and then down the service road. All was rideable with patches of dry dirt and snow interspersed.

    Klaus and Hal rode Towers last night and reported via e-mail this morning:

    "Bone dry all the way up to Mill Creek/Spring
    Creek. Some snowy/icy patches, but always a dry path through or
    around.

    Most stretches of Towers are completely dry. Only from Mill Creek/
    Spring Creek up Towers is snow covered. 2" of loose and compressed.
    Difficult to navigate. We also went down Spring Creek to the Towers
    connector. Perfectly rideable. A mix of dry and light snow dusting.
    Only the connector had a closed snow cover. Rideable, but more
    exercise than usual."

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    Thanks for the post!

    I was just debating whether to pull the road bike off the hook for this weekend or gamble with the mud. Just looking at my current backyard conditions, the words "dry" and "rideable" at 0450 might translate to "moist" and "adobe" for certain sections after 1000. But I will try to get my arse out of bed a little earlier for a pre-thaw ride.
    Ok, here's the deal. I have a hangover. Who knows what that means?

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    Cold is Good

    Let's be good stewards of our trails. If the trails are wet, they will be muddy. Using the trails when they are muddy is not good stewardship.

    Last year coyote ridge was a disaster from the trail runners running in the mud. In my opinion there are two options:

    1) Don't ride until the trails are dry--which might mean May or June
    2) Ride when the trail is frozen

    So if the air temperature is < 32F and it is dark, everything is good. If the air temperature is close to 32F and it is sunny, you'll be in mud.

    My answer is to use some lights and ride when it's cold. If your a fair weather rider, Arizona might be a better solution for your problem .
    Ride On!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl
    My answer is to use some lights and ride when it's cold.
    See you at 4:50am

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    See you at 4:50am
    what day? .
    Ride On!

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    Coyote Ridge was pretty nice today, just got back from a quick lunch ride. Rode down the stairs going into Blue Sky then turned around & went back due to time. The conditions, even in mid 40's was fun as hell. Mud was not an issue, maybe 1/2" of soft, watery top soil, rest was sweet. Maybe rode a 100' of boot pack the whole way, rest was dry or slightly soft. Mornings would probably be prime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl
    what day? .
    Probably latter part of next week, when the nights are warmer.

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    Did Maxwell Shoreline a few days ago and it was really really soft. I haven't checked it out in the last 2 days. But I'm willing to bet its still to soft to ride mid day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphyd
    Lets get this one started.
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    Sounds like a few guys are climbing towers as I write this.

    As others, I've been riding Coyote/Rimrock/Indian Summer and off the trail by 9:30-10am.

    The trails are really good before the temps get over 30.

    It will all be really good if you catch it before it reaches freezing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    As others, I've been riding Coyote/Rimrock/Indian Summer......

    It will all be really good if you catch it before it reaches freezing.

    Brett
    That shouldn't be a problem for quite awhile after tomorrow, as well as a lot more snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest3070
    Saturday / Sunday Soderberg / Southridge climbing seem feasible to anyone?

    I'm talking about riding up the dirt roads - seems they're usually frozen / shaded / plowed and good to go . . .
    I haven't been up to Southridge this year, but I rode it several times last winter and you're right - with the exception of a few short shady sections, that road dries fast and is wide enough that you can pick your way around the mud.

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    Maxwell was firm last night after dark, but had obviously been sloppy earlier in the day. Trail rides are going to be best done early morning before thaw for the next several days. Road bike may have to come out of storage during the warm sunny hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    Maxwell was firm last night after dark, but had obviously been sloppy earlier in the day. Trail rides are going to be best done early morning before thaw for the next several days. Road bike may have to come out of storage during the warm sunny hours.

    Yes, I agree Mike!

    To Everyone: PLEASE be off the trail by 10am or so this next week with these warm daytime temps!!! It will suck, and you WILL do huge trail damage, trust me if you try to ride during the day when it is 40+ degrees outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest3070
    Saturday / Sunday Soderberg / Southridge climbing seem feasible to anyone?

    I'm talking about riding up the dirt roads - seems they're usually frozen / shaded / plowed and good to go . . .
    4:50 Club reports hiking through loosely packed snow on shady sections of Southridge / Soderburg this morning, including a nice walk from the switchbacks up to the Audra Culver turn off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    Yes, I agree Mike!

    To Everyone: PLEASE be off the trail by 10am or so this next week with these warm daytime temps!!! It will suck, and you WILL do huge trail damage, trust me if you try to ride during the day when it is 40+ degrees outside.
    Time for the annual "Trash the Trails" season to begin.

    Ride On!

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    How is Maxwell and penridge looking for night riding? Not late probably around 5 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser
    How is Maxwell and penridge looking for night riding? Not late probably around 5 or so.
    You mean in like an hour or so from now? It's 46 at the CSU Atmospheric sciences building on Laporte, it's going to be sloppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanD
    You mean in like an hour or so from now? It's 46 at the CSU Atmospheric sciences building on Laporte, it's going to be sloppy.
    Yea you now after it gets dark.

    I have the next 2 days off so I wont be night riding till Wednesday or so. I was just wondering how the trails were starting to look in the area.

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    Dry dirt roads north of FC

    Road 80C starting just north of Livermore off 287, about a 20 minute drive from north FC. Very little snow up there. Totally dry/tacky dirt road with some good Southridge type climbs - perfect for the SS. 80C ends at the Rawah Wilderness many, many, many miles from where we turned around.


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    Here are a few shots of how the access road from Prospect/Overland up to the creepy little building inside the fence looks right now. With a few more days of nice weather I think wednesday could be possible if it doesn't precipitate anymore. I can try to keep tabs on it until then but right now it was too sloppy to justify going beyond the end of that road.








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