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    Petrifying Springs Kenosha Official 2011 Trail Report Thread

    I thought I'd start an official trail report thread for Petrifying Springs Park (Pets).

    Rode today (Sunday). A real mixed bag of some very icy sections and some beautiful stretches of nice frozen dirt. Fortunately the most fun/techy sections of trail tended to have no ice at all.
    • UWP land south of the river - almost 100% ice. Avoid unless you've got studded tires.
    • UWP land north of the river and south of Hwy A - The high ground and all the steep techy stuff was pretty good, some occasional ice but mostly dirt. The lower areas along the river were a mix.
    • Park land North of Hwy A - mix of ice and dirt, but overall pretty good since the more interesting stretches of trail tended to not have much ice on them.
    • Woods in the middle of golf course - Excellent, no ice on the hills at all.
    • Fenceline/ridgeline along western edge of golf course - Excellent, almost no ice at all.
    • Trails along river in main part of park - mixed ice and dirt. low areas along the river more likely to have ice.
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    I really had no idea what to expect at Pets today so I played it safe and just took the dog for a hike out there. I thought others might be interested in current conditions.

    There was a lot more snow still on the ground than I would have guessed. There are some bare stretches, but most of the trails still have 2 to 4 inches of very crusty snow on them. There was just enough hiker traffic before the refreeze to make the trails really ba ba ba ba bumpy.

    Probably would not have been a good ride, but you never know until you actually try it on a bike.
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    Never biked here. How are the trails on normal, nonwinter days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmik
    Never biked here. How are the trails on normal, nonwinter days?
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    sounds good

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    If by "lame", you mean "awesome", I agree.

    The trails at Pets are basically a spiderweb of informal hiking trails in an old county park. They're not for everyone. If you want to go somewhere and start at a marked trailhead and follow a nice clean signed route on dedicated bike trails, they're probably not for you. If you're a training fanatic and want to ride many uninterrupted miles of not-particularly challenging trails while you're monitoring your cadence, lap times, and heartrate, they're probably not for you. But if you're willing to spend the time to explore all the little side-trails to find the interesting stuff, and put together a route of the bits you like, they can be pretty sweet. If you've spent some time on the unofficial trails along the Milwaukee river, that's somewhat similar.

    Just stay the Fvck off them when they're muddy. Ride em when they're frozen, or wait for them to dry out, but don't be one of those meat heads that heads out there the 1st warm spring day and makes a mess of everything. And be courteous to the hikers and dog walkers. Mountain biking is "tolerated" there currently, but it only take a handful of idiots to ruin that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailville
    If by "lame", you mean "awesome", I agree.
    Oops....sorry TVille....I know that you love your home slice....somebody has been doing some good work out there (here and there). PETS is just not worth driving from Kewaskum to ride. If you are passionate enough to drop the F-bombs, you should step up and bring those trails up to IMBA standards.....build some sustainable re-routes....get involved with the management of that resource....organize workdays....become active in trail advocacy right at your local trail......where the pulaski meets the dirt.....because trails don't get built or maintained by tapping the keys of a computer.

    Lame was too harsh....but closer to the truth than awesome. I'll change my answer to....If I lived closer, I would ride the carp out of it, but if you have to put the bike in the car to get there.....it's probably not worth it.

    You and the other locals that ride at PETS could make it a lot better, if you try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~gomez~
    Oops....sorry TVille....I know that you love your home slice....somebody has been doing some good work out there (here and there). PETS is just not worth driving from Kewaskum to ride. If you are passionate enough to drop the F-bombs, you should step up and bring those trails up to IMBA standards.....build some sustainable re-routes....get involved with the management of that resource....organize workdays....become active in trail advocacy right at your local trail......where the pulaski meets the dirt.....because trails don't get built or maintained by tapping the keys of a computer.

    Lame was too harsh....but closer to the truth than awesome. I'll change my answer to....If I lived closer, I would ride the carp out of it, but if you have to put the bike in the car to get there.....it's probably not worth it.

    You and the other locals that ride at PETS could make it a lot better, if you try.

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    As I said, the trails aren't for everyone. What I like about Pets (and Beulah park and Milw river trails and others) is that the trails are not really managed. As much as I enjoy riding "managed" trails like the Kettles, there is something to be said for the many small informal trail systems that exist in various county and city parks. No, they're not built to IMBA standards, because many of them were never really "built" in the 1st place (and they existed long before IMBA). They just evolved over many decades, intitially by hiker use, then as mountain bikes started using the trails. There is something special about riding trails that came to be without any thoughts to mountain bikes. I'm not saying that informal trail systems are better or worse than managed trails, only that they are different. And I like variety. Areas like the Kettles need managed trails because trail use is so great. Not every trail needs to be managed.

    My greatest fear for the Pets trails is that they would get closed to bike use, that's why I threw in the f-bomb to those that show no responsibility by riding muddy trails (portions of Pets are in a flood plain), or those with such a sense of entitlement that they show no respect for other trail users.. And if any of them happen to read these threads and then maybe think twice about riding muddy trails or being rude to hikers , then I guess tapping the keys of a computer can actually help
    But my second greatest fear for the Pets trails is that they become managed trails.
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    If you think the trails at PETS aren't managed, you are being naive. They're just being managed without mountain bikers being represented.

    but the trails do have potential......and its not about kettle vs pets......we're on the same side.....we want trails to ride....here, there, everywhere.....

    Getting cranky on the internet isn't a very good way to influence your own user group of mountain biking brothers and sisters. IMHO education is a much better way to protect our trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailville
    But my second greatest fear for the Pets trails is that they become managed trails.
    A scary statement to be sure

    Though I think get the sentiment of "non-managed" trails. I assume you mean "not-ultra-buffed" trails. But Gomez is right. The trails are managed. They are owned by the county. If another user group steps up to the plate to take over trail maintenance, etc, they could easily become managed - by another user group - and they will do this for the county with the agreement that mountain bikers are no longer allowed.

    "Managed" does not need to be ulta-buffed trail if that is your meaning. That is more determined by the user wants and the amount of people using the trails. But managed means having a say and control of the trails and the trails' future.

    I manage Cam-Rock Parks trails. Used to be pretty rough in a lot of spots, with minimal maintenance and input. Just control the large water issues and the rest took care of itself. As the trails have grown, the amount of users is up exponentially. Now the amount of riders dictates a more tightly managed/buffed trail just to keep the erosion at bay. It has also meant re-routing some sections of trail. Some trails not built to standards may be fine for years with little use, but with more riders they show their design flaws badly. Major erosion ruts are not fun to ride, nor do they make a good impression to the managers of the land, in my case also county-owned parkland.

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    Who's cranky? At least I provided a real response to MMIK's question.

    And the trails at Pets aren't managed by any standard definition of "trail management". The Parks Dept and UWP do only some very minimal maintenance to a couple of the main trails (a small percentage of the overall miles out there). There are individuals and small groups of mountain bikers that occasionally do stuff to the other trails out there, but there is no coordination between the groups and individuals (they don't necessarily even know who the others are, which is probably for the best because there are clearly some differing opinions on what a trail should look like), no oversight of these individuals by any authority, and actually they have no legal right to do anything out there. It's pretty impressive how things have somehow managed to work out so far. But that's why it's different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMayor1
    Though I think get the sentiment of "non-managed" trails. I assume you mean "not-ultra-buffed" trails.
    That's not exactly it. The term I normally use is "formal" versus "informal" trails. Informal trails came to be without any planning. People started walking through the woods, and trails formed. These types of trails have different characteristics than you will typically find with planned mountain bike trails or even modern planned hiking trails. And while I understand why modern planned trails are not built like this, I've had a lot of fun on trails like this over the years and appreciate that they still exist here and there.

    This was meant to be a "trails condition" thread, and I don't really want to turn it into a trail building and trail management thread (there's a whole separate forum for that, and that fight has been done over and over).

    BTW, Mayor, I did get a chance to ride Cam-Rock a couple years ago, and appreciate what you guys are doing out there. That's the only time I've ever encountered a trail marked "expert" that actually lived up to the designation.
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    mmik - Pets is cool. Plenty of diff. user groups out there from your cat 1,2 mountain bikers to your every day rec rider all with bikes in common. There are plenty of trails to connect together that you could easily get 1.5-2 hours worth of riding (21 miles) in without getting bored.

    I don't think that they're lame but then again that's just me and the the other 100 or so people ride there

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    I've never been to PETS, but I can see where Trailville is coming from.

    The Milwaukee River trail is my out the front door trail. I ride a block and I'm on one of my favorite trails. I absolutely love riding those trails. And I've helped build a section of trail with Metro Mountain Bikers.

    I am happy that there are plans to utilize the area better, but with those plans come changes to my favorite mountain bike trail. Part of the fun is the variety. The trail changes throughout the seasons. After the big flood last year, the trail changed again. You ride a lap in one direction, and turn around and have a totally different and challenging ride in the opposite direction. Now, talks are that it will be a one way trail, and I'm sure the majority of the extremely difficult sections will be altered.

    I am all for IMBA standards and I completely understand why those standards exist...but there is definitely part of me that wishes the River Trail would be left completely alone.
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    Totally understand what you saying about leaving the trails alone.......but following was my experience. And yes I am dating myself

    I loved riding the many trails that used to exist in and around Madison that were "unmanaged". Picnic Point, Indian Lake Park, etc. They are all managed now.....by someone else. With no management those fun difficult sections led to erosion, erosion led to complaints of unsafe trails and ugly scars in the earth, eventually leading to a group organizing to maintain the trails and the mountain bikers were excluded.

    Forward two decades later and CORP is trying to get access back at one of these parks. The current managers are against us. We are fighting an uphill battle. Though it is a whole new group of riders these days with standards, organization, etc, they remember the mountain bikers and their memory of us is not good.

    So I guess I am saying try to get involved. Find out anyone who is in charge and work with them. Keep the dialog open. This is imperative to keep the trails open to us. Take over management and make it minimal "management" if you must. But either be the people in charge, or at least involved heavily, or risk losing the trails you love altogether.

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    Feb 23 Conditions

    The trails are finally rideable but it's rough(literally).
    You're basically dealing with hard frozen (not hard ice, but very hard icy crust) footprints that are 1 to 4 inches deep and all over the place, but not quite enough to smooth things out. The inch or so of new snow is smoothing things out a little, but it's still very rough. Some stretches are better than others. I did actually get to feel a little flow happening on a couple of the nice long winding downhills, but you have to work to get to them. A lot of walking on the uphills.
    Anyway, glad I got out there today, was able to hit some fun stuff. But not especially eager to get back until things smooth out a bit.
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    March 2nd Conditions

    Much improved conditions provided you get out there while everything is still frozen hard.
    I got out there this morning before the sun got too high in the sky. The trails have smoothed out quite a bit (they're still pretty bumpy, but it's closer to what you normally expect in the winter).
    The key is getting out before things start to soften up. Even on a day like today with temps in the low 20s, the sun is hot enough to soften things up by mid day. There were tracks where riders had been out during warmer conditions over the past few days, and based on the tracks, it didn't look like they were having that great of a time. Plus they ended up leaving frozen ruts (in the ice/snow, not mud) that messed a little with my flow today . Fortunately they didn't ride too much of the trails so most of it was rut-free.
    The Pic is of that crazy steep hill (you know if you've been there) that heads down to the river north of highway A. It was great to be able to ride that today. The hard crusty snow actually provided better control than you would have in dry summer conditions, and the fact that it's frozen and snow covered means you don't have to feel guilty about contributing to erosion. The last time I was on that hill was about a month ago, plowing down it on snow shoes through 2 feet of virgin powder (that was pretty fun too).
    Most of the trails still have more snow than what's in the pic.
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    The low humidity and sunshine today dried things out nicely. With the exception of some isolated muddy spots (the normal stuff), the trails were in overall very good condition this afternoon, and should be great until the next rain hits. I'd avoid them in the mornings though as thing have been getting rather damp at night.

    And a big thumbs up . to the trail fairy(s) that already replaced that bridge that washed away. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    As a side note, the suckers are currently running in the Pike river (for those of you who like things that suck)
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    Glad to hear the trails are drying up! I have a new bike on the way, and I will be reintroducing myself to mountain biking at pets (since I live about four miles away). Have you had any experience with Bong Recreational Area? I was hoping to try that out soon as well.

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    Bong and Pets are two completely different animals. Pets has challenging technical singletrack along a river, while Bong is mainly flat to gently rolling wide mowed trails through a prairie. I used to go out to Bong pretty regularly in the summer with the bike and canoe, and bike the trails, then paddle the canoe around Wolf Lake for a bit, then take a trail run on the hiking trails around Wolf Lake. Kind of my own little triathlon. But the lake kept getting overgrown with vegetation (to the point where even paddling a canoe was a problem), my knees ain't what they used to be for running, and the mtn bike trails just aren't interesting enough to get me out there just for the biking, so it's been a while. I may have to try it again this year.
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    I have walked a variety of the trails in Pets before so I definitely understand that it will be quite technical. I am still in pretty decent shape so I hope I should be able to handle a decent ride without getting too exhausted. My riding skills on the other hand have not been utilized for several years so we will see how far I get.

    Thank you for the information about Bong. If I find Pets too technical I will head out to Bong to get used to the bike more.

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    I would drive the extra twenty minutes or so to the John Muir trails as opposed to Bong. Kettle Moraine has better biking terrain. It it not that technical but you will get in shape there for sure.

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    I do like pets though. A lot of fun can be had there.

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    Was at Pets on saturday & except for a few muddy spots we had a great time.

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    Hi

    Hi, Nubee to the forum. Thanks to trailville dot com I found this and other great trails.
    Question pertaining Petryfing Springs, what trails are being riden? I was told by county officials that riding the trails is prohibited. Is this a new ordinence? What does anyone else know?
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    I ride Pets on a fairly regular basis & have never had a problem. (knock on wood). We've already been out a handful of times this year. We were going to try to head out one day to improve some of the trails towards the east side of the park. We'll see though...

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    I would like to ride there, but don't want to get fined either. Where's a good place to enter the east side trails?

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    Its kinda hard to explain because most of the points aren't marked. We usually enter towards the Southern most parking lot near the dog park. (east side of the road) There's a small cluster of trees where the trail starts right before the bridge. You'll pop out right by the golf course just about as soon as you get on the trail. (hope that helps?) There are a few different routes to fork off on, but we usually end up on "Hwy A". Then ride the road west & hop on the trails on the north side of "A". It will be much better when the trails dry up.

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    Again, i've never had a problem riding there & see other riders just about every time we go. Who exactly told you riding was prohibited there?

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    The other day (wed) I made a visit there. A county official saw me and told me so, kinda in passing.

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    Pets seems to be under an informal don't-ask-don't-tell policy. Mountain bikes are not technically allowed on the trails, but they have been tolerated. People have been riding out there for decades. If they wanted to push the issue, they probably could ticket you. I think they actually did a little bit of that back about 10 or so years ago for a little while, but they have since backed off. Obviously this is a tricky issue, and things could change at any moment.

    The land East of the golf course belongs to UW Parkside, and to my knowledge they do officially allow bikes there.

    Bikes are absolutely not allowed on the UW Parkside cross country running/ski trails South of Pets (South of CR JR).
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    Yeah, this blows my mind... lol. I had a fellow rider today, tell me that those trails are a "no go", but the cops don't really bother anyone unless they're causing a issue.

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    I got to try the trails for the first time today. A really good ride. Just a little muddy in the low areas. I say its easy to get lost when your not following the river.

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    I'm heading out there on Sat AM...first ride this season and first one on my new Specialized Camber 29er...hopefully I don't have any run-ins with "the man"....I've ridden there in previous years and either never saw a soul or saw just a few others hiking/walking. We'll see....

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    Just got back from a ride there a few minutes ago. Wonderful dry riding conditions, though things are starting to get overgrown in some areas already. Should be really nice this weekend unless we get rain.

    I did see a group of riders flying down an easy downhill on the main hiking trail in the main part of the park. There's nothing particularly challenging or interesting about this hill (I prefer it as an uphill anyway) but that's the kind of stuff that gets hikers complaining and trails closed. There are far more fun section in less visible and more lightly used areas of the park. I'm not saying people shouldn't ride the main hiking trails (I was riding it), but slow it down a little. If you like riding fast on easy hills, just ride the road or hit the Des Plaines River Trail or the trails at Bong.
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    lol, yeah exactly...I remember the first time I rode at Bong....late 90's no internet reviews....I had no idea what I was getting into, pretty freaking boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f1rst 1 View Post
    lol, yeah exactly...I remember the first time I rode at Bong....late 90's no internet reviews....I had no idea what I was getting into, pretty freaking boring.
    Actually, Bong is the first place I went "mountain biking" back in the early 90s. I thought it was pretty cool at the time, but then I found real trails.
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    The wife and I just got back from a quick ride around the sw part of the park up into the northern "across the road" part (have no idea what these areas are called!). The trails were in super shape.

    Unfortunately, we are fairly new and didnt know about any good maps to get us around.. Some google searching lead me to this thread here, for which now im posting . I think it would really help to have some sort of map, or the actual Trailville map from Dave, posted on signs all over the place in the park. Some sort of direction or paint markers would do that system wonders to help the non-veteran riders navigate around.

    Are there ever trail work days there? We would be all about helping mark and tag the different legs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearhead313 View Post

    Unfortunately, we are fairly new and didnt know about any good maps to get us around.. Some google searching lead me to this thread here, for which now im posting . I think it would really help to have some sort of map, or the actual Trailville map from Dave, posted on signs all over the place in the park. Some sort of direction or paint markers would do that system wonders to help the non-veteran riders.
    ...
    I agree, I am also new to these trails and get lost sometimes. The other thing is that I dont know which direction is correct. I really like the trails and want to ride them properly.

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    I'm just getting into MTB and these are the only trails I've been riding so far. I only live a few minutes away. The trails have such a wide variety of difficulty, it has something for everyone. So far I've been staying mostly on the trails on the west and north end of the park. I've been on the trails on the east end probably 10 years ago, but haven't ventured over there recently. I mostly ride by myself, so I'd be nice to get a small group together and head out there someday.
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    Just a comment on the talk about riding not being allowed on the "hiking" paths. I started up a facebook page for MTB riders in the Kenosha/Racine area and someone sent me a message regarding "officially" not being allowed to ride the trails. So yesterday I talked to several KSD deputies as well as a patrol supervisor (I work at the jail so I really didn't have to go out of my way), they all said that biking is allowed on all the trails. (besides the cross county area south of JR) They had never heard of it being "illegal" to ride the hiking trails. So as far as I'm concerned we shouldn't be worrying anymore. I would strongly suggest to still be respectful to hikers and other people using the trails. It just takes one person to mess it up for the rest of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatguybiking View Post
    Just a comment on the talk about riding not being allowed on the "hiking" paths. I started up a facebook page for MTB riders in the Kenosha/Racine area and someone sent me a message regarding "officially" not being allowed to ride the trails. So yesterday I talked to several KSD deputies as well as a patrol supervisor (I work at the jail so I really didn't have to go out of my way), they all said that biking is allowed on all the trails. (besides the cross county area south of JR) They had never heard of it being "illegal" to ride the hiking trails. So as far as I'm concerned we shouldn't be worrying anymore. I would strongly suggest to still be respectful to hikers and other people using the trails. It just takes one person to mess it up for the rest of us.
    That's great news! I was just there last Sat and Sun and am always surprised on how much there is back in there. I always find a new line or two and have a blast. We're definitely lucky to have something like PETS so close to us here in SE WI.

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    Riding Pets Sunday morning at 9am. Always looking for someone to ride with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosted Flakes View Post
    Riding Pets Sunday morning at 9am. Always looking for someone to ride with.
    Hey, I shot you a message about it on the Kenosha / Racine Area mountain bikers Facebook page. We need to go again before it gets really cold.
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    Rain in the forecast tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. If we get any, would be better to stay off the trails this weekend.
    Even with just a little rain the trails struggle to dry off this time of year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailville View Post
    Rain in the forecast tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. If we get any, would be better to stay off the trails this weekend.
    Even with just a little rain the trails struggle to dry off this time of year.
    I hadn't checked the forecast yet, but I always stay off the trails when they are muddy. We're too lucky to have those trails nearby to mess them up. I also preach that on my Facebook group page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailville View Post
    Rain in the forecast tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. If we get any, would be better to stay off the trails this weekend.
    Even with just a little rain the trails struggle to dry off this time of year.
    Good on you for the warning on wet trail riding. I'm thinkin these guys posting for a ride know better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dickeydoo View Post
    Good on you for the warning on wet trail riding. I'm thinkin these guys posting for a ride know better.
    Or they posted the ride before checking the weather. I'm sure Frosted Flakes knows better than to ride in the mud.
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    You know what sucks, rain was forecasted then not forecasted then.....not till later in the morning, then afternoon, now it started raining at here at 3:30. Should have stuck with my gut this morning at 9, and rode Pets, what a gorgeous day for it! Still ended up riding, but it was at Lakewood, still had a good time.

    Dam if you do, dam if don't! Hope everyone got a chance to capitalize on the beautiful weather.

    I do watch the forecast and WILL NEVER RIDE WHEN ITS MUDDY! NOT WORTH IT. Love what we have and want to keep our trials in the best condition possible.

    Now whose buying a fat tyre for winter?
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    Trying to get group ride together for Petrifying Springs (Pets) this Saturday the 17th at 10:30. If you want to join me, meet up in the parking lot by the dog park/spring water station. It is supposed to be sunny and close to 50 degrees. We have to enjoy the weather while we can!
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