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    Otero conditions?

    A post in an earlier thread got me thinking that most, if not all, of Tunnel & Otero are clear and good to go. Can someone confirm or deny that form me please?

    If it's clear, planning to ride out there around 10:00-10:15 tomorrow morning. The more, the merrier.

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    Not exactly clear, but definitely rideable. I plan on starting at 4pm when it starts to firm up a bit. I plan on being out there for a few hours. You'd be welcome cuz everyone else bailed on the ride, but bring lights. I did a loop yesterday - Otero, Tio Juanita, West Ridge, Birdhouse. It was fun, fun, especially BH! The only negative is that you have to HAB up TJ, since no one has been hiking, but once you top out on WR it's all rideable. Birdhouse is especially "interesting."

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    onetwothree, thanks for getting back to me. That looks like too much snow and too much HAB for our taste. We're going to stick with the south footies tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABQ Clydesdale View Post
    A post in an earlier thread got me thinking that most, if not all, of Tunnel & Otero are clear and good to go. Can someone confirm or deny that form me please?

    If it's clear, planning to ride out there around 10:00-10:15 tomorrow morning. The more, the merrier.

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    Its pretty cherry now. Otero only had two HAB. Everywhere else was nyoce

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    Got about an inch of snow last night.
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    damn we were in the perfect window then.... OneTwoThree likes riding in the snow, when hes on a fat bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    damn we were in the perfect window then.... OneTwoThree likes riding in the snow, when hes on a fat bike.
    In all earnest, we could have used an inch of snow and the lower temps. My internal barometer needs a little calibration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwothree View Post
    In all earnest, we could have used an inch of snow and the lower temps. My internal barometer needs a little calibration.

    Fat = PHUN!
    I was happy exactly what i wanted.I just got winded quick and couldn't go any faster then slow. It would have been fun if bird house was as slick as some of the lower shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    I was happy exactly what i wanted.I just got winded quick and couldn't go any faster then slow. It would have been fun if bird house was as slick as some of the lower shit
    I was looking forward to the packed snow, myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwothree View Post
    I was looking forward to the packed snow, myself.
    We got about 3-4in overnight and still snowing. More expected Wed. Just in the nick of time.Thank you mother nature
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    Onetwothree must have done a snow dance,he loves that snow pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Onetwothree must have done a snow dance,he loves that snow pack.
    When you guys weren't looking on the Black Moon ride.

    The additional moisture will likely help conceal any "evidence."

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    Im not worried about evidence, because there was no crime. A sow pack ride would be fun. Maybe next Friday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    I wish I had onetwothree's money. A new phatbyke? danga.
    lol, you do. $20 to be exact, Dawg!

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    poor kittens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    poor kittens.
    Kittens eventually grow into cats as they are extremely resilient creatures. There are way too many cats. Just doing our part to reduce the population, so they don't suffer.

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    At the risk of being redundant with my request for updates over there, can anyone tell us how the conditions at Otero and Tunnel are after all the warmth this week?

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    Muddy or perfection. .. its kind of a grey area. Otero is slow to dry out in that cold shady canyon. Surrounding trails may be fine for Saturday. Tunnel up west ridge to bird house and bomb back. Try out lps lunas for a sure thing

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    Thank you, sir!

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    I rode up the dump road (462) at Cedro today. Dump road is fine but any single track that was shaded was nasty mud-I didn't ride in it, just headed down trails until I hit the slop then back tracked.

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    I haven't been in Otero lately but there's still snow on the slopes and we had a couple come in reporting snow, ice and mud on a hike of Tunnel and Birdhouse. I'm betting another week and the trails will be in good shape.

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    Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the info. We'll be sticking to the foothills today with an eye toward Tunnel and Otero next week.

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    Gutierrez canyon trail in Cedar Crest is about 95% dry and in good shape. I only ran into two other riders there today. Bet the foot hills were packed.
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    Warm weather has me dreaming of Otero. Any news. Rideable by Saturday?
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    Thats the expectation. Saturday it was still muddy. But Saturday should be good. Its probably a good idea to get your riding in now before it gets locked up.

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    From what I'm told. there is still plenty of muddy stretches in Otero as of yesterday. So I wouldn't count on great conditions. Earlier the better. There are some good dry stretches in sunny areas up on top.
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    Not to hijack but has anyone rode Oak Flats recently? I was thinking of getting out there Sunday.
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    Areas around David Canyon are in pretty good shape. 3-Bottles had a little mud but not bad. Otero has more mud than anywhere I rode today.Some spots were pretty bad. West ridge and Tunnel are in great shape. Dry and fast. Otero needs more time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    Areas around David Canyon are in pretty good shape. 3-Bottles had a little mud but not bad. Otero has more mud than anywhere I rode today.Some spots were pretty bad. West ridge and Tunnel are in great shape. Dry and fast. Otero needs more time.
    Drop In was pretty "clumpy" and the top of Gnasty was also wet. Bottom of Tio Juanito was a little moist. Very top of Birdhouse also muddy... anything north facing up high with snow... other than that it seemed OK. I'd say by next weekend all should be pretty good to go!
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    Otero is drying out quick. Everything from the PL to Tio Juanito were good to go today Only a few small soft spots.
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    Sweet. Looks like I'll be on a post work ride tomorrow. Three Bottles area was looking dryish on Mon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mungry View Post
    Not to hijack but has anyone rode Oak Flats recently? I was thinking of getting out there Sunday.
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    I haven't been over there but it should be ok. I'm just across the hwy on Raven and my property is dry now.
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    Hope you got your ride in early. Pretty wet up here now.
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    Sweet! Yay for rain!

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    How's it looking for this weekend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjlama View Post
    How's it looking for this weekend?
    Without more moisture it should be GTG
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    Thanks! Hopefully I have enough time to get up there Saturday morning.

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    How is it looking out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighSpeedChase View Post
    How is it looking out there?

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    Good to go. No moisture over night here. Rode through Three bottles yesterday afternoon and lots of hero dirt.
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    Any rain out there today (Saturday)?
    No rain forecasted tonight.
    Want to hit it tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlx john View Post
    Any rain out there today (Saturday)?
    No rain forecasted tonight.
    Want to hit it tomorrow.
    No rain and I left at 3pm. Did see a few snow flurries. Some damp (not muddy) spots at the top of Birdhouse. Conditions on Gnasty and DropIn were extraordinary! Have fun.
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    WE got quite a bit of rain and about an inch of snow yesterday, East mtns will be muddy today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    WE got quite a bit of rain and about an inch of snow yesterday, East mtns will be muddy today.
    Heh, yeah I got stuck out there in some of that around 4pm. It was hailing pretty hard for a bit, then turned into rain. It also got cold as hell pretty quick. Had to start braking with my middle fingers cause my index fingers were numb! Quite an interesting ride! Maybe that's why Lynn was telling me to carry a hard shell....

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    Otero-Tunnel are GTG.
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    Otero conditions?-april-snow-001.jpgGo figure. Started coming down about an hour ago. Probably melt just as fast.
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    Sandias too

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    I am actually happy to see it get some moisture after what I saw yesterday. It was dry dry dry. The wind was blowing the dust down the trail big time. If it can get a little moisture every 1-2 weeks it will be for the greater good.
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    Any word on how things look out there for this weekend? Did yesterday's..."event" put down enough moisture that we should avoid it for this weekend or is it good to go?

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    You would never know that it snowed. All GTG
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    Mountains look pretty doom and gloom from town. Any moisture up there or is it all for show?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HighSpeedChase View Post
    Mountains look pretty doom and gloom from town. Any moisture up there or is it all for show?
    We got a little snow over night. Trees are flocked and a dusting on the ground. Light flurries right now. I'll take whatever we can get.
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you mothernature! We had a big Thunderstorn in the middle of the night. Lots so rain. In about the 3/4 in range.Nice and wet right now. Just what the new trails in 3-B needed.
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    Woohooo! Should be ride-able by this afternoon though right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skelldify View Post
    Woohooo! Should be ride-able by this afternoon though right?
    Just keep your eye to the sky. More thunderstorms expected today.
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    As of an hour ago, perfect conditions. Not dusty but no mud either. Basically great traction with nothing sticking to tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. 68 Hundred View Post
    As of an hour ago, perfect conditions. Not dusty but no mud either. Basically great traction with nothing sticking to tires.
    Another Thunderstorm has moved in now. Very hard rain and hail. 1:45pm. I wouldn't want to be out there right now. Ground is nearly white.
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    I was just about to ask haha! Saw the radar online and was curious if my eyes were deceiving me...Hooray for rain!
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    So glad to hear there's rain at home. After 16 days outta town, I'll be itching to ride! Hope the new stuff on 3 Bottles gets well packed!

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    I'm guessing it'll be muddy tomorrow?

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    The Oak Flat rain gage is only showing 0.35 inches, but I don't think it accounts very well for the hail. Hopefully Steve will chime in soon with a live report!
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    Right now it's nice and moist. Ground is still pretty firm and not really muddy. You'll probably run into some mud in a few typical areas. But hero dirt by mid morning I bet. Go hit some sh!t and while your at it. Go pack in 3-B. It needs some riders on it
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    Another hour and a half of good solid rain again today. Sweet! Sure hope this keeps us out of closure this year. Things are starting to get nice and saturated.
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    It's going to be an awesome day. Hero Dirt Day! Go hit that sh!t!
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    Anybody ride out at Otero or Cedro today? What what is like? Raining in Edgewood again tonight. Nearly an inch since Friday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmcaseman View Post
    Anybody ride out at Otero or Cedro today? What what is like? Raining in Edgewood again tonight. Nearly an inch since Friday!

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    Three days in a row here at Raven Rd. Been raining for about an hour and a half steady. Amazing the change in just a few days. Didn't get out on the trail but condititons here at my place were good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmcaseman View Post
    Anybody ride out at Otero or Cedro today? What what is like? Raining in Edgewood again tonight. Nearly an inch since Friday!

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    Rode otero at 10:30 up to 3 bottles today, it was perfect dirt! A couple muddy spots thats it.

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    Thanks for the reports mtbike52 and palerider. Stopped raining here but not sure what to think about tomorrow. Probably venture out and see what things are like.

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    It's pretty wet out right now, but the ground is still pretty firm. I bet in just a couple of hours things will be GTG.
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    Rode Tunnel/Otero Ridge Birdhouse a few hours ago and it would be hard to find anything to complain about. Surface was tight and fast. Doubt the rain had any effect on the fire danger, so ride while you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrebyter View Post
    Rode Tunnel/Otero Ridge Birdhouse a few hours ago and it would be hard to find anything to complain about. Surface was tight and fast. Doubt the rain had any effect on the fire danger, so ride while you can.
    I think the last round of soaking will most certainly have an effect. My internal barometer senses more is on the way in the next few days.

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    I didn't get to make it to three bottles yesterday but Tunnel/Otero and especially that north face of Gnasty was sick!
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    Got to finally go for a good long ride today. David Canyon, 3-Bs, Otero and Tunnel. Longest ride for me in three months. Since I broke my collarbone. It was awesome! Trail conditions are pretty dang good. It's dry, but not as bad as last year. Last year the trails were powder. While heading down Otero I came across some Bern. Co Fire- Rescue guys walking a bike. They were with a biker that just broke his collarbone. Wow! Talk about flashbacks. He was in good spirits and walking out with the Fire guys. A slow healing process ahead. Every body take care out there.
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    Got to finally go for a good long ride today. David Canyon, 3-Bs, Otero and Tunnel. Longest ride for me in three months. Since I broke my collarbone. It was awesome! Trail conditions are pretty dang good. It's dry, but not as bad as last year. Last year the trails were powder. While heading down Otero I came across some Bern. Co Fire- Rescue guys walking a bike. They were with a biker that just broke his collarbone. Wow! Talk about flashbacks. He was in good spirits and walking out with the Fire guys. A slow healing process ahead. Every body take care out there.
    Odd that there were 3 or more ppl in his group, but they opted to call the firemen instead of helping him out themselves. They were all huddled in the p-lot while they firemen had to hump 3 miles up to fetch him. It only took one of them to bring his bike down, but there were 7 total. Pretty sure most, if not all, of his group had left by the time he made it out. The firemen were in good spirits, though, as was the dood from the pain meds.

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    Excellent out there this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrebyter View Post
    Excellent out there this afternoon.
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    Conditions are very wet. We got hours of steady rain overnight last night. Just the kind of soaking we were needing. Going to make for some great conditions.
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    and now its quiet again..

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    Would you think it'd be too muddy/wet for an after work ride around 5 or so?
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    I rode Birdhouse yesterday and the bottom was pretty dry. W. ridge, Otero, Tunnel connector as well. I am sure even if the trails got a lot of moisture, you would be good to go today.

    Even when ABQ gets a lot of rain, never sure about the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickd72 View Post
    I rode Birdhouse yesterday and the bottom was pretty dry. W. ridge, Otero, Tunnel connector as well. I am sure even if the trails got a lot of moisture, you would be good to go today.

    Even when ABQ gets a lot of rain, never sure about the trails.
    The East Mtns have been skipped with most of the rain Abq has been getting. Everything was getting dusty. There was about an hour of rain over by the Sandias earlier today. But no more south of I-40. Looks like hero dirt here now unless we get more rain later.
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    Sweet thanks or the update!

    Now to play the waiting game...*stares at work clock*
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    Well.... There went that idea!
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    With rain pretty much every day, and rain overnight. Conditions up here in the David Canyon area are fairly soft, wet and some mud. A little sunshine will help a lot. Conditions usually get better the further down the mtn you go toward Tunnel. Hoping for lots of hero dirt by mid morning. See you on the trail.
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    Looks like a great day to ride. Conditions are great today!
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    There was quite a bit of rain up here yesterday. Going to make for some great conditions later today and over the weekend.
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    Conditions were amazing today!!! My friend and I rode around noon and wow that was an amazing trail! A little soft at the very top where there is an intersection, being that it was our first ride on Otero and we are not from ABQ we decided to turn around, assuming we were at the top. Amazing ride on the way back down. Fast, flowy, jumps, log rides, drops, and perfect dirt. One of the best true mountain bike trails that I have ever ridden. You guys are lucky to have such an amazing trail literally 20 minutes from town.
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    My friends chain broke and with no quick links it took a while, plus we played around on some logs and jumps. I think all around it was 2.5 hours but if it were just me up and down about 5 miles each way would have probably only taken about an hour
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    Quite a bit of rain over the last couple of hours. Might be wet early tomorrow but I bet some good hero dirt by mid morning.
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    Got to Otero around 10am and the water in the arroyo right out of the PL was running with lots of mud. After that one spot the trail conditions were as good as they can get. All the way up and including Three Bottles were perfect. Blue sky, tall green grass and great trails. What else can you ask for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52 View Post
    Got to Otero around 10am and the water in the arroyo right out of the PL was running with lots of mud. After that one spot the trail conditions were as good as they can get. All the way up and including Three Bottles were perfect. Blue sky, tall green grass and great trails. What else can you ask for?
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    Anyone have a condition report for this Saturday morning?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HighSpeedChase View Post
    Anyone have a condition report for this Saturday morning?
    I was on the trail early or I would have let you know that conditions were some where between killer and bad ass. Hope you went out and got some.
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    Quite a bit of rain up here over the last 24 hours. Some steady rain right now at 6 pm. Probably going to be some muddy conditions early tomorrow.
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    Chyeah, I tried Lower Pine for the first time this morning. I climbed for a while, it got muddy, I turned around, and promptly got a flat. Remind me never to ride within 24 hours of rain again!

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    Guessing its snowy and/or crappy over there?

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