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  1. #351
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    Got 2.2 inches at my house which is between turkey pen and the the entrance

    We decided to do gravel tonight instead of trails
    I bet it is pretty soupy out there on certain trails

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    One of the guys I rode with last night lives close to Brevard
    He got 4 3/8 inches at his house on Wednesday

    I got 2.2 inches here
    So the rain amounts vary greatly here

    Mountain weather is unpredictable

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    Thank you for the updates, going to try and ride out that way Sunday.

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    Going to be real cold here Sunday
    Lows in the 20's
    High of 42

    Bring your warm stuff

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    Yep, saw that, I'll be bundled up for sure. Hardest part is managing body heat, for me at least. I'm either roasting, or cold. LOL

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    Same here
    It's a big clothes switching game for me in the cold months

    Take off crap on the climbs
    Put the crap back on at the top

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    Y'all think that rain yesterday shut us down for riding today? Interested in riding NMR today. Rained quite a bit here in Hendersonville but no standing water. Whatchya think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithified View Post
    Y'all think that rain yesterday shut us down for riding today?
    I think you should be fine. I may even try it out this evening as well.

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    Less than 3/8 inch here in Pisgah Forest at my house

    Only 2.33 inches for the whole month so far

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    Black and Sycamore are prime, go ride em

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    Oh man, we are getting hammered with rain here in Pisgah
    Flood advisories have been issued for the rivers
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    The trails were already a bit gooey on Tuesday
    I doubt many of the trails will be dry by the weekend

    Just a heads up

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    Spencer Branch, Trace, Black Mtn, Sycamore, all good to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithified View Post
    Spencer Branch, Trace, Black Mtn, Sycamore, all good to go!
    How are your winters generally speaking? I live in upstate NY so I think its safe to say my winters are probably worse most of the time but I'm curious how cold it gets down there in the mtns during the winter months. Also, are you guys riding snow with fat bikes or can you generally ride your regular quiver all year round?

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    Mild winters here that vary greatly

    Not a drop of snow or ice so far this year
    Past years we have had snow and ice that stick around for quite a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by R3D2 View Post
    How are your winters generally speaking? I live in upstate NY so I think its safe to say my winters are probably worse most of the time but I'm curious how cold it gets down there in the mtns during the winter months. Also, are you guys riding snow with fat bikes or can you generally ride your regular quiver all year round?

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    Generally, winters are all over the place here. We started out mild, but the last little while has brought lows in the lower teens. Areas north have had some snow, but that's about it. Sometimes it snows like a sonofa*****. Ya just never know.

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    Good to know. Thx guys. Might be passing through in Feb so was curious if it would be worth it. I'll keep an eye on the weather then.


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    Definitely keep an eye on the weather and check back here.
    February weather is not very good.

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    Laurel Mtn. was excellent yesterday. While most other trails in BC and N. Mills were sloppy Laurel was in prime shape...

    Would be a good future post rain day ride when everything else is soup...

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    lower North slope was soup on friday

    It's very cold out now so the ground could be firmer today

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    Absolutely everything in BC was frozen tonight. Freeze/thaw is in full effect. Ride early or ride late, for then, there is no thaw; only freeze.

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    BC was fine last night. Wasn't quite frozen but not soupy at all. I stuck mostly to gravel but Ingles field from 5 points down through the connector was great as well as Boyd Branch and Corvair. CX bikes keep me sane when the trails are soup. I highly recommend one.

    Snowing like f*** right now so....

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    Pisgah area was blasted by over 12 inches of snow on Friday 01/22/2016

    Most stores, bike shops and post office are still closed as of Saturday

    When all this snow melts it's going to be a mess

    This is what it looked like at my house in Pisgah yesterday before another 4 inches came down


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    Pisgah Trail Conditions-uploadfromtaptalk1453560999877.jpg
    Pisgah trails conditions as of Friday morning. More snow now.
    Photo by gkmull

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    Nice shot

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    One more since we just don't see this much snow every year. Here is the trail sign for Upper Sycamore from the Grassy/Sycamore intersection late Saturday morning.

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    Melting snow advisory from Pisgah Area Sorba
    Pisgah Area SORBA ¬Ľ Blog Archive ¬Ľ Melting snow trail advisory!

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    I'm supposed to come up that way tomorrow and was pondering whether or not it's worth bringing my bike, based on the weather conditions.

    Any advice?

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    Gravel roads is what I would advise
    I was told that the forest roads are gated off right now, so no cars

    475B and 477 were mentioned
    not sure about 1206 yellow gap road?

    The snow is not all gone yet and it's basically wet slush

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    Even the gravel may be sketchy. Last year 1206 kept snow/ice for several weeks after that ice storm we had. Hopefully this weekend will melt the greater portion of it.

    If anyone gets out Clawhammer, 477, 1206 or 5000 way post up a gravel report please...

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    Good point, Big fat tires with low pressure is probably a good idea

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    Yellow Gap (1206) is a s*itshow. Its "rideable" but the snow/ice/slush beyond the gate at 5050 is a good 4" deep and there are no ruts to ride in. Trade the CX bike for a Fat bike and go ride cause we aint shedding this mess for a while.

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    These conditions are why I own a road bike.

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    I sold my road bike last year
    First time I have not owned a road bike in 30 years

    I don't miss it

    I would rather ride fat tires on low pressure than on a road

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    Jordan from The Hub did a road bike recon and took these pics

    477 - Avery creek road from both ends
    Taking the pictures while on 276

    The gates are close at the horse stables and at the Pink Beds end
    The lower end has some car tracks
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    For anyone looking to ride gravel in the Grandfather district, lots of gravel roads have been plowed since there are private properties along them. Pineola Rd is plowed from Jonas Ridge to 58, Roseboro Rd is plowed from the BRP to the end of the pavement in Roseboro (from there down to Edgemont is NOT plowed and still has about 4-5 inches snow), Edgemont is in pretty good shape, as is Brown Mtn Beech Rd. Globe Rd is fine, 90 is good with some soft spots. That's all I know.

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    ^^^ Good info. Not the case in Pisgah Ranger District.

    Clawhammer is a mess, a few spots where you can ride 100-200 yards. Bottom of 477 (near Horse Stables) is "ride in the car tracks" only. We almost bit it a few times just riding the lower section and pushed a stuck Jeep out.

    Overall, an insane ride. I will stay out of Pisgah for several more days and watch the weather.

    Also drove to 475B and it was terrible. Couple to several inches of crusty snow. Gate closed.

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    Thanks for the update

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    Where are all the fat bikes I see in BC in June? Do they get stored for the winter?

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    Its always a guess looking at weather this far out, but any ideas if stuff may clear up by next weekend (12th/13th)? Down here in Charlotte we've had some warm weather and rain. Though the forecast I see for Pisgah Forest calls for snow showers Tuesday AM. Not sure if that will be significant. Also not sure if the few days of sun will from now until next weekend will help clear/dry stuff.

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    Hard to say that far out

    It rained a bunch here today and so the snow is mostly all gone

    The trails are mush still of course

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    Rode PNF today. Clawhammer - Black - Buckwheat - Bennett.

    A few (like 4) slick spots on Black and a couple marginal spots on Lower Bennett, otherwise in fantastic shape I was genuinely surprised. 10/10 Doctors would ride again. Go shred. What a good day!!

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    Anyone have the latest on road closures? 1206, 477, 457, etc. I heard 5000 is still closed but thats for a wash-out back in the fall, not current winter conditions I believe.
    Pisgah Forest NC

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    Not sure what you are asking?
    The gravel roads that are closed usually stay closed until the spring

    477 and 475B are closed

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    Quote Originally Posted by El34 View Post
    Not sure what you are asking?
    The gravel roads that are closed usually stay closed until the spring

    477 and 475B are closed
    Lots of gravel roads in PNF close due to weather conditions. Bent Creek gap road, for example, is currently closed to the BRP, the other side of which is wash creek rd, is closed because, ironically, it's washed out. 477 is not always closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireGoose View Post
    Anyone have the latest on road closures? 1206, 477, 457, etc. I heard 5000 is still closed but thats for a wash-out back in the fall, not current winter conditions I believe.
    Did a gravel ride through there and yellow gap from BC. 5000 is closed due to washout but is passible by bike. Roads were pretty soft in many places so not sure any of the trails are in very good shape to ride.

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    So a lot of roads are still closed? I was hoping to come out Friday afternoon to camp somewhere near the Fish Hatchery or up by Trace Ridge and do some riding. Are these roads open and are the trails in these areas doing okay? Thanks.
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    Last Sunday

    I did fish hatchery, up davidson, up cove creek, up 225 connector down bridges side of Daniel ridge, back to cove creek campground, down davidson to fish hatchery

    All trails and roads were in great condition, no mush, firm and ready to go

    If you are asking about gravel roads in Pisgah, they usually say closed to cars in the winter
    You are free to ride them on your bike, and without cards is great

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    Thanks for the update. I did consider bringing the gravel grinder to tour some of the roads if the singletrack wasn't great. Are all gravel roads closed? I like to drive in and camp along them.

    New to NC as of last summer so I was hoping to do Butter if I was camping near the Hatchery.
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    477-avery creek road and 475B are gated and closed to cars

    I have not been up on yellow gap road-1206, so I don't know about that
    But my guess is that it is closed also

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    Wash Creek (FR 5000) and Yellow Gap (1206) are closed. Yellow gap is closed at the gate at FR5050 and Wash Creek is closed at the campground.

    I rode Trace on Sunday. The new switchback climbs on Spencer were soft but not bad. Everything else was great. This weekend supposed to be really cold so everything should be nice and frozen...

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