I headed out from Louisville to ride the Marshall Mesa trail system and to take a look at the damage.
I headed down to Coal Creek to see if it was passable beneath Macaslin and 36. It's a mess still. Very muddy and the creek is still running down the trail and has carved out large holes.
Louisville folks don't even think about trying Coal Creek to get over to Marshall Mesa. It's closed for a reason!
First Coal Creek....
A "better" part of Coal Creek. It's dry but now all stones.
Large parts of trail carved out. This is about two feet deep.
The creek has changed path and now runs down the trail.
Lots of water still running under 36 but at least the path survived here.
This is the "trail" between 36 and McCaslin. This section is utterly devastated.
Sadly what was a quick connector is no longer recognizable. We'll have to take the road for a long while I think.
This is the start of the Mayhoffer Singletree trail. This section is all closed off and appears to have a lot of damage. I didn't venture to explore but you can see that the trail "feature" of that mound of earth to climb up and drop down did not survive.
Instead if riding the trail the dirt road of Coal Creek Dr and 66Th St works well and is in good shape.
Cowdrey Draw is in pretty good shape. It has rain ruts in it, that could catch a wheel for the unaware, but otherwise good.
Climbing up Coal Seam the trail has been closed but a new trail has been cut in to get you to Community Ditch.
The bottom of Greenbelt Plateau into Community Ditch has got a bit more technical.
The section of Greenbelt Plateau running downhill northwards is heavily eroded but a line survived down the side.
The single track that runs parallel is actually not too bad but there is an eroded channel that's the width of the tire and on the southern end is a puddle that swallowed my wheels up to their hubs. Watch out.
On the Flatirons side the Flatirons South trail is closed because the trail is gone were it crosses the small dam. Otherwise what you find is a much looser trail that now has lots of loose gravel and silt over it.
At the top of Doudy Draw you can see over to Springbrook.
There are multiple landslides clearly visible which have obviously wiped out the trail. It may be a bit of time before that side of the system opens.
So the trails are not in the best of shape but also not bad considering. Clearly some of the county trails are going to be closed for a long time. Still it good that some of the trail system is open.
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