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    Harold Parker, Russell Mill, or LLF rideable?

    Was toying on heading out tomorrow AM.

    I read that Beverly was OK. Any info on HPSF, RM, or LLF?

    I am thinking of going to one of them anyway. I was just hoping for a little intel.

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    Re: Harold Parker, Russell Mill, or LLF rideable?

    I rode Lowell State Forest today and it was definitely rideable. It was about an inch or two over ice but the ice was seemingly once slush and well trodden, so it was plenty rough and grip was fine. I'd bet that RM would be similar since it's so close.



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    Great! Thanks!

    I think I will give RM a go. Will post conditions ...

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    OK. Went to Russell Mill this AM ... Got on the trails around 8:30 ...

    The trails were pretty good. We had good traction. Towards the end of the ride, it got a little warmer (above freezing) and the snow start getting soft. That made riding a bit more challenging, spun the tires a bit more without moving much.

    Rode nice easy gears in the granny range and let some air out of the tires to "float" a bit more.

    Good time.

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    right now LLF is all bikes ride anywhere trail or no trail, no one sinks too deep

    however, trail proper is icy,so studs required on actual trails. but no studs
    can ride along side, or any direction

    tested last night on 1.95 nokians. ride anywhere

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    I was considering going for a ride on Sunday after the warm temps this weekend. Anyone been on any Boston area trails in last couple days - Cutler Park or maybe Wompatuck?
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    HP, RM, LLQ... if the rain & warm temps melt the remaining snow & ice then we will probably be dealing with thawing mud which should be avoided. Not sure about Cutler / Wompy, but may also have a thawing mud situation.

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    RM is totally ridable. big group going out at 5:30, bring studs!
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    Yea, good with studs tonight, heading over myself. Sunday is a different story.

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    Anyone ride LLF this weekend? Was thinking of checking it out on my lunch break today (work in Burlington). If wet, how's the drainage? I don't want to damage the trail riding through muddy conditions (nor get overly muddy since I have to get back to work).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmags View Post
    Anyone ride LLF this weekend? Was thinking of checking it out on my lunch break today (work in Burlington). If wet, how's the drainage? I don't want to damage the trail riding through muddy conditions (nor get overly muddy since I have to get back to work).
    I haven't been to LLF...but rode Russel Mills this morning while it was still frozen on a studded fatbike.
    Expect to find lots of glare ice, styrofoam snow and some bare ground ( that may be mud by noon)

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    Yup, LLF was sloppy. Lots of soft muddy spots, and other parts with very slick ice with an inch of standing water on them. Lost the front wheel once and slid on my hands and knees across very wet ice. But I can tell that when it dries out it will be a blast to rip around. 10/10 will ride again.

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    LLF is usually slow to dry out in the spring. Where do you work in Burlington? I used to work on 2nd ave and ride there almost daily. I'm now in Bedford and ride there often in the morning and an occasional lunch ride.

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    Im over on Wall St near Papa Razzi. Was like 12 mins to the power line parking.

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    Harold Parker?

    Anyone have a conditions report for Harold Parker as of April 1, 2014? Thanks ahead of time.
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    Mud , Ice and 4 " of rain this week. Pedal pave during mud season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Mud , Ice and 4 " of rain this week. Pedal pave during mud season.
    Is this in reply to my Harold Parker question? Just want to be sure. Thanks!
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    all woods basically are still compromised. frozen ground with mud. cool kids won't be riding greater boston to 495 for 1 or 2 more weeks at least. april 15th is a standard date marker for Massachusetts trails and this year it is pretty accurate

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    all woods basically are still compromised. frozen ground with mud. cool kids won't be riding greater boston to 495 for 1 or 2 more weeks at least. april 15th is a standard date marker for Massachusetts trails and this year it is pretty accurate
    Thanks for the heads up. Just asking as I was there last year on April 7th and things were really dry and ready to go. It's been a hard winter but I can still wait for an early bird ride points south...
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    NEMBA PSA - you canz save the kittehs (and more importantly the trails!)

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    I think we're all dying to get out there. I drive by Willowdale regularly, and my car just wants to turn in there. Sadly, we all need to wait a little while longer for a dry out.

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    i have lost respect for who ever made this video and thought of incorporating animals into it. everytime i see this video it makes me not want to donate... it was on nembas facebook page and i think it has upset people. my fiance would prolly punch someone in the mouth if she saw this video as she is a huge animal person. not looking to start any rants one way or the other. just thought i would throw it out there. trails need time. ok. but people are out there on regular bikes and fat bikes tearing muddy parts of the trails up. regardless of what people write on here. applause to the people that are patient.

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    I walked some of west side at HP this morning. Trails are looking good but there were just a few spots with thawing mud & ice still, I'd say give it just a little more time. Today's weather probably helped a lot, I may check it out again tomorrow morning. Not sure about east side or gun club. By the way, RM & LDT should be avoided still, not sure about LLQ.

    Yea, there are always a few riders that don't wait and damage the trails. I walked RM on Monday and there was some damage from bikers riding last Saturday. However, it seems like the vast majority of riders get the message and stay off the trails while thawing out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreddin22 View Post
    i have lost respect for who ever made this video and thought of incorporating animals into it. everytime i see this video it makes me not want to donate... it was on nembas facebook page and i think it has upset people. my fiance would prolly punch someone in the mouth if she saw this video as she is a huge animal person. not looking to start any rants one way or the other. just thought i would throw it out there. trails need time. ok. but people are out there on regular bikes and fat bikes tearing muddy parts of the trails up. regardless of what people write on here. applause to the people that are patient.
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    "i have lost respect for who ever made this video and thought of incorporating animals into it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortyfour View Post
    Is this in reply to my Harold Parker question? Just want to be sure. Thanks!
    Yes, try wompatuck or duxbury or the cape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreddin22 View Post
    i have lost respect for who ever made this video and thought of incorporating animals into it. everytime i see this video it makes me not want to donate... it was on nembas facebook page and i think it has upset people. my fiance would prolly punch someone in the mouth if she saw this video as she is a huge animal person. not looking to start any rants one way or the other. just thought i would throw it out there. trails need time. ok. but people are out there on regular bikes and fat bikes tearing muddy parts of the trails up. regardless of what people write on here. applause to the people that are patient.
    Uh, It's a joke. No actual cats were harmed in the making of this video. Did it get you to think and pause? Good, now just chillax, dude.

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    Mine Falls in Nashua is great. some of it is a bit soft, lots of ice and a lot of flooding, but there are plenty of dry trails and it is a blast with studs. the waterfall is pretty spectacular with all the recent rain.
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    Harold Parker, Russell Mill, or LLF rideable?

    Lol leeboh you read what you quoted well. Obviously no animals were injured but would you like me talking about killing an animal that you have. It's not really a joke to talk about killing.


    Awesome dirtdawg!!! I'll have to check that out! Looked like there were a few cars at the bottom of earls earlier today. And a ton at military. Checked the conditions there the other day and deff a lot of trails aren't ready.

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    Harold Parker, Russell Mill, or LLF rideable?

    Robinson will prolly be ready next week

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    [QUOTE=shreddin22;11110115]Lol leeboh you read what you quoted well. Obviously no animals were injured but would you like me talking about killing an animal that you have. It's not really a joke to talk about killing.

    Making something out of nothing here, man. If someone read your rant, they would get the completely wrong idea about what was said/done in that video, and that is not fair to NEMBA and all the good they do. You may have good intentions here I suppose, but you are way off on your criticism and it comes off as self-righteous and out of touch, certainly 100% unnecessary to "save the spontaneously combusting cats".

    In any case, lets pray for a quick dry on those trails and get out of our frustrating winter hibernation that is clearly causing all this silliness!!

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    anyways. now to changing the subject as this page is getting overrun.
    drove by the bottom of earls yesterday morning and there were a few cars parked at the bottom. drove by military road and parking lot was pretty packed. Couldn't tell weither there were bikers mixed with hikers. Batch there were cars and looked to be riders heading out. going to try chicopee saturday to check conditions there. Ill check robinson some time next week if possible.

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    If I find anyone riding muddy trails near me, I swear I'll start cat juggling.


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    Landlcoked was a bit sloppy in the swamp but dry and actually pretty everywhere else. Alot of steams whic were not normally that cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    all woods basically are still compromised. frozen ground with mud. cool kids won't be riding greater boston to 495 for 1 or 2 more weeks at least. april 15th is a standard date marker for Massachusetts trails and this year it is pretty accurate
    Not really, south shore is in great shape. Rode Wompy for 3 hours last week, very little mud/water, great time!

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    My son and I rode at LLF yesterday. Things were pretty dry with only a few small muddy areas. There was one major notable exception.

    We typically park at the power line parking area. I'll use that as a starting landmark. We rode up the power line "road" to the crest of the hill overlooking the Burlington Maul. From there we like ride down to the trail that parallels Rt 3 and ends up in the pine tree grove. We took this trail as we typically would as its a nice, quick little blast downhill. Well, to make a long story short, that trail isn't a trail right now; its a river.

    Maybe 1000' from entry rocks at the trailhead the ground starts leveling out and there is flowing water everywhere. The trail probably had about 3-6" of clear water flowing down it for an easy 300-400 feet.

    We walked our bikes alongside the trail until we starting heading uphill again and things dried out and we could ride again.

    So, overall, everything was great out there, excepting this trail. Avoid that one for a while and you should be all set.
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    Yep. LLF is good except the usual areas:
    Trails next to Rt3
    Gas line
    The east/west road parallel to the gas line just north of the lawn chairs
    I didn't personally check the swamp with the orange V bridge, but I'm sure that's wet as usual.

    With a little backtracking and creative routing you can put together a decent ride. Tonight's rain will likely set everything back a few days though.

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    The flowing water was fun to ride down though...like a mini river!

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    Hp 4/10?

    Hey,
    Is Harold Parker dry enough to ride now?

    thanks!

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    I rode HP yesterday after work and it wasn't bad at all. Myself and the bike made it back to the parking lot pretty clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phipsi102 View Post
    Not really, south shore is in great shape. Rode Wompy for 3 hours last week, very little mud/water, great time!
    Wompy was totally wet on Tuesday. It will take some time to dry out.
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    Anyone been through Russell Mill in the past few days? Would like to get out there sometime this weekend or next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmags View Post
    Anyone been through Russell Mill in the past few days? Would like to get out there sometime this weekend or next.
    RM is still quite wet, personally I would avoid it, other better options at the moment like HP & LDT.

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    Yea, probably won't make it out this weekend, but hopefully next. LDT is right behind my house and while great, I'm trying to get out to check other trails in the area too. RM is close by. Of course with the rain expected next week, next weekend will probably be just as wet... Oh Spring, why do you taunt us?

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    Harold Parker, Russell Mill, or LLF rideable?

    Road landlocked today, it was great! Ldt was also riding well the other day, but the rain may have changed that. Russell mill is still on the soft side.
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