I rode Mushroom Rock on Sunday during one of our brief interludes between rain storms. There has been a significant amount of trail work aka "sanitization" done on the climb up Three Gulches. This is controversial I know. Two of the tight switchbacks have been reworked and armored, and some of the bump and grind sections have been packed with dirt to create a more ride-able line through them. On several sections, the tech moves have been virtually eliminated. I always enjoyed the techy challenges, and just blowing through them on Sunday felt a bit like cheating. The trade off is that the flow was improved (at least for me), meaning I didn't have to go back and re-do it several times before cleaning it, but some of you may be surprised at how different the ride is now.
I have no idea if the Elk Traverse and stuff on the North Side have been treated the same because I was driven off by hail and lightning half way through Faerie Trail
Anyhoo, just be ready for a way less difficult climb the next time you go. Not saying it's good or bad - I do appreciate the volunteer time that goes into maintaining that system, but the relative ease of the trail is not quite so good IMO.
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