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    Ingles field is a 7 out of 10 today.

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    Trail Conditions in Pisgah

    What do the trails look like for the weekend down there?

    I'm headed down for a Fri-Mon long weekend trip, and am tossing around which tires to install on my fatbike.

    I rode down there this spring, when it was relatively dry, and my 45Nrth Husker Dus were good for those conditions. They gripped the dry rock well.

    Up here in Indiana, autumn has been flirting a little, and I'm thinking about switching to more aggressive fall/winter tread to grip through the leaf litter and damper conditions. Is it still summery down there (I see the forecast for the week is pretty gorgeous right now, but not sure if the trees are starting to drop leaves yet or not)?

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    When are you going? In my experience the leaves don't start heavily dropping until later in October. I'm not local, my dad is though, and I go up there every October to ride. Early October is my favorite time to ride there as the trees are turning but the leaves aren't too bad. I was up there last weekend and the trees hadn't even started to turn at the highest elevations FWIW. Trails seemed drier than normal too. Condition were basically perfect.

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    This weekend

    Sounds like the tires I'm using now will be perfect.

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    Yeah, trails should be primo.

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    Things are pretty much perfect right now, albeit a bit dry.

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    Could use a bit of rain but trails are running good.

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    I'm coming up to ride Pisgah/Dupont this upcoming Fri/Sat/Sun. I've noticed the rainfall amounts have been up and more is forcasted this week. How are the trails doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    This weekend

    Sounds like the tires I'm using now will be perfect.
    Merged your thread into the Pisgah Sticky, Harold.

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    Anyone out today/yesterday? How're things holding up to the deluge? Wanting to ride Bent Creek or Pisgah proper this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithified View Post
    Anyone out today/yesterday? How're things holding up to the deluge? Wanting to ride Bent Creek or Pisgah proper this afternoon.
    I'll be in Bent Creek after work too today. I think it should be hardened somewhat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AshevilleMtBiker View Post
    I'll be in Bent Creek after work too today. I think it should be hardened somewhat.


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    Yeah I didn't think it was bad at all. A couple puddles. Was wet, not muddy, if that makes sense. Good time out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithified View Post
    Yeah I didn't think it was bad at all. A couple puddles. Was wet, not muddy, if that makes sense. Good time out there.
    Yep. We just got back too. Awesome ride.


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    I'm heading up there this weekend--how're things looking in Pisgah?

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    Looking sunny


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    Looks fine everywhere I have been so far

    We had almost 11 inches of rain since 09/25, but it was so dry that it seems to have soaked in really well.

    Dupont has some trail closures, but this area of Pisgah is fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by El34 View Post
    Looks fine everywhere I have been so far

    We had almost 11 inches of rain since 09/25, but it was so dry that it seems to have soaked in really well.

    Dupont has some trail closures, but this area of Pisgah is fine
    Hi, wondering if there are any updates:

    Plan is to drive up on Friday, ride Kitsuma on the way up. Camp in Bent Creek (reservation made)

    Was planning on a long ride in DuPont on Saturday.

    Bent Creek (most of it) Sunday before leaving.

    Sounds like DuPont may not be the best idea. We usually do about 35 miles and cover most areas of the park.

    Question: What trails will be in BEST condition. (Not in the shape I used to be in, so trails like Farlow are out. Bent, Dupont, Squirrel and etc. are doable. 20-25 Pisgah miles, or 30-35 Dupont miles for Saturday.

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    Don't know about Dupont, I mostly ride Pisgah
    There were some trails closed at Dupont last week
    I am guessing they are back open by now

    It stopped raining here on 10/04 and has been really nice since then
    Pisgah is in great shape
    Even spots that usually have mudholes did not have any water in them when I rode on Tuesday 10/06

    Go to the Pisgah Sorba site for updates
    They usually report on Dupont trail closures
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    Thanks! As of 9/29:

    Due to excessive Soil Moisture
    • Ridgeline
    • Jim Branch
    • Hooker Creek
    • Reasonover Creek
    trails are closed until further notice.

    There has not been further notice. We'll make some calls, but right now I assume those trails are still closed unless I hear otherwise from a credible source.

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    I called the hub and asked Jordan if she knew about the closed trails at Dupont

    She said the last she heard they may open them up this weekend

    That's not for sure, just what she heard

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    We rode Bent Creek today, north side, south side, some upper and some lower trails. No greasy spots anywhere, in fact I'd say conditions there are damn near perfect. From the sound of things, BC is in better shape than DSRF, that is definitely unusual.
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    Ridgeline and Jim Branch were open yesterday evening when I rode. I assume everything else is too. Everything I rode on that side of Dupont was in perfect shape.

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    Thanks for the Dupont report.

    The trails that were closed at Dupont were relatively recently re-done and so the tread gets very soft still when wet.

    Plus the number of riders at Dupont is huge

    The trails will settle down and firm up eventually

    We did not any rain to speak of all summer and so the trails had no chance to firm pack.

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    Here's hoping the weatherman is wrong as usual, I'm chomping at the bit for my second taste of Pisgah tomorrow!

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    Saturday, the chance of rain is up there pretty high
    But you know how weather reports go

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    Big log (24"?) down on Lower Black. Will need chainsaw. Rock stack on the uphill side for now, can clear it ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithified View Post
    Big log (24"?) down on Lower Black. Will need chainsaw. Rock stack on the uphill side for now, can clear it ok.
    Did you report it on SORBA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshevilleMtBiker View Post
    Did you report it on SORBA?
    Negative, new to the area. How that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithified View Post
    Negative, new to the area. How that work?
    Right here >>>Pisgah Area SORBA » Report a trail problem

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    Done! Thanks.

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    Down in Charlotte we are getting swamped and I can only assume its similar in the mountains. I was hoping to get out this weekend for a ride, am tempted to try some of the Spencer Gap stuff.

    Forecast shows scattered t-storms Friday, rain all day Saturday, and Sunday clear. With that in mind and all the rain we've been getting, how are trails? Worth a trip out?
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    We have not gotten that much rain.
    2.5 inches total on 11/01 and 11/02
    Slight drizzles on and off since then

    It was so dry this summer that the ground is soaking it up.
    I was out in the ranger station area on tuesday and it was fine

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    Good to hear, heading that way tomorrow hopefully!

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    It rained last night but less than 1/4 inch

    Going on a night ride tonight
    Doing Butter gap with a group

    I bet parts of Butter will be sloppy
    But Butter is sloppy just about year round in some parts

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    Be interested to hear how it is. Its not that I don't like rain...but 4 hours of round trip driving and all..

    Anyway, tomorrow looks like morning rain, Saturday all day rain, and Sunday no rain. I'm planning on Sunday if anything, still torn between Butter and Spencer. Any recommendations on what may be better with the wet weather?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    Be interested to hear how it is. Its not that I don't like rain...but 4 hours of round trip driving and all..

    Anyway, tomorrow looks like morning rain, Saturday all day rain, and Sunday no rain. I'm planning on Sunday if anything, still torn between Butter and Spencer. Any recommendations on what may be better with the wet weather?
    Neither.

    Spencer is too fresh. Peanut butter...otherwise, it would be good.

    Butter is always a slop fest for one section, it will be pretty bad for the whole fun top part if it actually rains a lot.

    Pisgah trails that hold up well to wet, for the most part (all have some trouble spots):

    Laurel
    Pilot
    Daniel
    Farlow
    Squirrel (although the trails to get there can be a mess)
    Trace (because it drains so fast)
    Black (same as trace)
    Bennett going down Coontree. If its been wet, Bennett past Coontree can get fugly.

    DuPont except for Reasonover drains better than most of Pisgah.

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    Just got back from a night ride
    Fish hatchery, up Davidson, up cove creek, up 225 connector to top of Daniel ridge

    Left on Daniel, left on grassy road, left on connector back down to cove creek camp ground, Davidson river back to fish hatchery

    Pretty soupy in places
    Mainly on Cove creek

    Hard to say how it will be if no rain on Friday?
    Could soak in and be fine by the week end

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Brown View Post
    Neither.

    Spencer is too fresh. Peanut butter...otherwise, it would be good.

    Butter is always a slop fest for one section, it will be pretty bad for the whole fun top part if it actually rains a lot.

    Pisgah trails that hold up well to wet, for the most part (all have some trouble spots):

    Laurel
    Pilot
    Daniel
    Farlow
    Squirrel (although the trails to get there can be a mess)
    Trace (because it drains so fast)
    Black (same as trace)
    Bennett going down Coontree. If its been wet, Bennett past Coontree can get fugly.

    DuPont except for Reasonover drains better than most of Pisgah.
    Thanks for the beta. While I'm trying to get my fill of Pisgah I could maybe skip a day and do DuPont Sunday.
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    And for Daniel, if you're doing a CCW loop, don't forget you can ride the FS road up most of the right side (climbing). Then you hit the ST mostly on the rocky southwestern flank that does mo' betta' in the wet. I'm going to give it a go later on. If too sloppy, will turn into a gravel slog.

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    I go up the 225 connector to the top of Daniel and then you can choose to go right towards Farlow or left.

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    Potentially heading out that was on Sunday too. So it sounds like maybe he DuPont area might be ok after the rain?
    Also, newish to NC and new to riding out in this area so are there any hard and fast rules for trail closures after rain out in the Pisgah area or websites that are regularly updated with closures?

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    Sunny and dry here today

    I would let the rain soak/dry up on Saturday and ride Pisgah on Sunday

    No real rules in Pisgah that I have ever seen
    Just common sense to not over ride trails when they can be damaged

    Dupont closes trails that are newer and not settled down
    Like Ridgeline and a few others

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    Sounds good thanks for the info. And yeah common sense applies I suppose, my concern is just that I won't know which trails are in a 'damageable' state until I'm on them since I'm not familiar with the area, list above is helpful though!

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    Dupont is way more sandy and probably better to ride on Saturday
    Pisgah on Sunday

    It's hard to say which trails are more prone to damaged and which ones not

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    Rode Bent Creek this afternoon. It's moist, but overall in good shape. The leaves really help the tread. Not sure it can take much more rain, keep an eye on the actual rainfall tomorrow, but it might be an option this weekend too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slounsberry View Post
    Potentially heading out that was on Sunday too. So it sounds like maybe he DuPont area might be ok after the rain?
    Also, newish to NC and new to riding out in this area so are there any hard and fast rules for trail closures after rain out in the Pisgah area or websites that are regularly updated with closures?
    Rode out of Lake Imaging Parking lot late this afternoon & most of the trails are ok- just a bit of squish. Rain is forecast tomorrow. Sunday may be the better day. Gunion Parking area is full of folks practicing search & rescue.

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    With the limited rain today (at least around NMR and Hendersonville areas), how do you guys expect Bent Creek to be tomorrow? I rode GL via IFG yesterday and it wasn't terrible.

    Trace Ridge was also in good shape today. I wouldn't hesitate riding it tomorrow. Only spots that even made me question it were the hike a bike up Spencer Gap in that area where the crazy briars usually are. Looks like a new tread surface.

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    Most likely a little wet since there was no sunshine.


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    It rained about 3/8th's on an inch today in Pisgah
    3 inches this moth so far

    I am taking the rigid carbon bike out for a gravel road and forest road loop
    It may be a bit soupy in Pisgah in places, so I'll just stay off single track tomorrow

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    How much rain did you guys get yesterday? Thinking of heading over and doing bennet and black...

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