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    Current trail conditions PDX area February 2013

    Call it my OCD or whatever but the previous current trail conditions thread was titled January so I figured it's time to change the calendar. This is the place to list your trail conditions report for February 2013 around PDX and SWWA.

    I'm heading to Cold Creek for the first time in months so I'll get back here with the most up-to-date 411 on this SWWA gem. Out.
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    Snow

    Pretty much as I expected for Feb 9. The snow at Cold Creek is still holding in pretty well at about the 2300' level and up. Took the road up to 5 Corners where we took this pic. Pretty much not rideable from here up. Some patchy spots on the way down then the tread gets quite decent. Lots of smaller blow down/limbs but otherwise all clear.

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    Just wanted to let you all know, I rode Post Canyon today and the dirt is good. Started at Family Man, rode up Riodoran to the FR trail (#150 I think), and rode that about 10 times. Then found a pump track, some new skinnies, and the good news that Drop Out was cleared up from the storm last year. I've not had much luck finding my way around Post Canyon in the past, so I was anticipating heading over to Syncline for some more pedal time, but was so stoked on Post Canyon, I just stayed.

    Nothing but sunshine overhead, good dirt, very few puddles of standing water, some snow on the road up top, but the trails were all good.

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    Rode the Wilson River Trail yesterday (2/9), at the far West End, and it was in excellent condition. There were 3 trees down, but all could be stepped over or under.

    Here's a link to a quick video from the end of the ride: Helipad View from WRT West - YouTube
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    Thanks for the CC report as I haven't ridden there in months as well and itching to check out too, especially since sporting a new ride this past month. Crazy how long snow is holding around 2k' and above. With that said, Syncline was quite the treat today and imagine BR would be as well.
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    Three Corner Rock is snowy. About 2k or a little less the snow started as Gus stated. I hear the logging is being postponed up there

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    Did some laps on Lower Hide-n-Seek with my 14 y/o son yesterday. Dirt was in great shape. Appears to be possible to get all the way to the top. Might head out there again tomorrow (Tuesday 2/12).

    Haven't been on 3CR since last summer. Did you get as far as the creek crossing, Jaybo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Muesl View Post
    Haven't been on 3CR since last summer. Did you get as far as the creek crossing, Jaybo?
    It would be pretty difficult to get to the creek right now. Some friends rode there Sunday the 10th and were turned around by snow just a bit above 2K elevation.
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    Kinda figured, but if you can get close to the top of that second climb, it's downhill to Stebbins Creek. Of course it's deep in a shaded valley . . .

    Well, I'll be heading out to Sandy Ridge tomorrow regardless. Got some beta that there's some hiking on the road to get through some snow, but Hide-n-Seek is clear from the top.

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    Got a ride in at Browns camp today. Tread is in good shape with a couple of small spots with snow. Lots of limbs down and spent some time cleaning and cutting the small stuff. The worst of it is the 13 10"+ logs down over the trail. Excellent day for a ride!
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    I rode Sandy Ridge today, in shorts and a t-shirt (woohoo!)

    The road is clear of snow except for the last 3/4 of a mile or so. So there's a little bit of hiking but the snow is fairly packed down so it's not bad at all. I didn't find any significant amounts of snow on the trails, either. Just a little patch here and there near the top.

    There's a decent sized tree down across the trail on "two turntables" (near the beginning) , but you have enough warning to stop in time. Assuming you're not running v-brakes, of course.
    Taiwan could probably TIG weld a ham sandwich to a dictionary these days, but its been a while since they were doing brazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubba13 View Post
    Got a ride in at Browns camp today. Tread is in good shape with a couple of small spots with snow. Lots of limbs down and spent some time cleaning and cutting the small stuff. The worst of it is the 13 10"+ logs down over the trail. Excellent day for a ride!
    Any word on Gales, especially up near Bell Camp Rd? I have a Sat free for once even though might be a little showery and was thinking about venturing out to Gales, but only if I can get to Bell Camp to descend the backside as well and/or maybe Raven's. Holler if you want to ride manana, Lee.
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    Sandy ridge is muddy and wet in a lot of places. Still 8-10'' of snow on the last 1/2-3/4 mile of the road climb.

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    Rode Three Corner Rock today. What a blessing of a day. Never believe the weatherman. We made it down to Stebbins Creek. There was some snow patches, but I managed to ride over most of them.

    Trail was in awesome shape. Felt good to get in some intense climbing.

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    Re: Current trail conditions PDX area February 2013

    Drip Torch at Stub was finally dry enough to rip it fully on Sunday. Weird though, the easy downhill was pretty sloppy, as was the rest of the trails.

    I'm really tired of the winter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta View Post
    Any word on Gales, especially up near Bell Camp Rd? I have a Sat free for once even though might be a little showery and was thinking about venturing out to Gales, but only if I can get to Bell Camp to descend the backside as well and/or maybe Raven's. Holler if you want to ride manana, Lee.
    I rode Gales Creek from the campground north on Sunday. There were a half dozen trees down, mostly on the first three or four miles and then further out there are some fresh rock falls. About 6.5 miles out there is a tree down that took out a 20' section of the trail with its root wad. I wasn't aware that they were actively logging the section up there on the weekdays between the campground and Storey Burn. Kind of a bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoban View Post
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    I'm really tired of the winter...
    Brace yourself. Don't be fooled by this false sense of spring. I believe we will still see some winter weather and a soggy couple of months is yet to come. This bit of spring-like weather has been nice, but it always comes around this time of year to tease us a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoban View Post
    Drip Torch at Stub was finally dry enough to rip it fully on Sunday. Weird though, the easy downhill was pretty sloppy, as was the rest of the trails.

    I'm really tired of the winter...
    It has not even started to rain yet... "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vampir View Post
    I rode Gales Creek from the campground north on Sunday. There were a half dozen trees down, mostly on the first three or four miles and then further out there are some fresh rock falls. About 6.5 miles out there is a tree down that took out a 20' section of the trail with its root wad. I wasn't aware that they were actively logging the section up there on the weekdays between the campground and Storey Burn. Kind of a bummer.
    Thanks for the report, much appreciated. Sound like some trail restoration needs to happen some to get it ready for spring riding there! I ended up heading east instead on Sat just to avoid any chance of rain since I am down a rain jacket for the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoban View Post
    I'm really tired of the winter...
    Been a good winter to me, especially with pretty dry Jan and Feb so far. If it wasn't for fairly low level snow lines lingering about, would be about as good as I would want it to be. Stoked to have gotten 7 good trail rides in the past 9 days! No complaining here!

    Yes, the rain will eventually come. If not fairly soon, will be a wet spring more than likely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta View Post
    Thanks for the report, much appreciated. Sound like some trail restoration needs to happen some to get it ready for spring riding there! I ended up heading east instead on Sat just to avoid any chance of rain since I am down a rain jacket for the moment.
    What happened to the new one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppa#1 View Post
    What happened to the new one?
    I took advantage of Gore's great satisfaction guarantee with replacement jacket that is on it's way due to very poor breathability amidst cold/wet temps (The expensive waterproof jacket didn't perform much better than my old $40 one did in the past). They are sending me an updated version with different shell material (active shell vs paclite material) that's suppose to breath much better when things start cooking.

    Fortunately, it's been so dry and nice that I haven't had to use any waterproof anything for a while (my favorite kind of winter here). Riding tonight afterwork with lights for 8 good, slop-less trail rides in 10 days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta View Post
    I took advantage of Gore's great satisfaction guarantee with replacement jacket that is on it's way due to very poor breathability amidst cold/wet temps (The expensive waterproof jacket didn't perform much better than my old $40 one did in the past). They are sending me an updated version with different shell material (active shell vs paclite material) that's suppose to breath much better when things start cooking.

    Fortunately, it's been so dry and nice that I haven't had to use any waterproof anything for a while (my favorite kind of winter here). Riding tonight afterwork with lights for 8 good, slop-less trail rides in 10 days!
    I will drink to that! Nice follow through with Gore.

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    Anyone know how Rocky Point Road is on the XC side?

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    The Tarbell Trail vicinity is still under snow...



    We were able to easily ski down to 2700', and if it were not for avy debris lower on the hill, we could have easily gone another 200'+ lower.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    ANy idea of the snow level at Sandy?

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    @ Hoban: my guess is there is still some snow on the road climb up but that H&S is mostly clear and there are patches of snow on the upper trails. H&S and TTM should be very rideable.
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    snow still remains on the last 1/2 mile of the road climb and patches on the upper elevation trails. HS and TTM are good to go for the most part.

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    Anyone know what the current state of the trails at post canyon are in? What's ridable?

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    I think most of its is rideable now. If you go to the HRATS website you can find a link to the currently open trails.

    I rode up the newly re-constructed (and newly de-forested) Seven Streams trail and around Family Man this afternoon (I was on cross bike and mostly riding roads). The trails were in really nice shape -- tacky with very little mud. Subject to change with tomorrow's rain, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finch6013 View Post
    Anyone know what the current state of the trails at post canyon are in? What's ridable?
    Sorry -- my post above was meant to respond to Finch's post re Post Canyon. Pressed the wrong button. And the "edit" function doesn't appear to be working.

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    I ended up riding post canyon today. Good dirt all over with very few greasy spots. Lower post canyon was the muddiest and I'd hardly call it muddy.
    I'll likely be riding black rock on friday and either sandy ridge or something else in hood river on saturday. Get it while its good.

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    Re: Current trail conditions PDX area February 2013

    Stub is pretty slippery, mostly the XC trails. Still ridable, just watch the skidding. Drip Torch was weirdly dry a couple days ago.

    As of today, Sandy Ridge still has 4-6 inches of snow on the road the last 1/2 mile to the top. Two Turntables and 338 was pretty dry. Rock Drop and Hide and Seek was pretty wet. Good day to ride though!

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    I was at sandy this AM and 338, quid pro flow, and Two Turn Tables was rockin. Much drier on that side of the hill. I talked to a few others who reported that upper HS was puddle city. Still snow at the top so plan on hiking through the slush.
    Oh and also there is a tree across the trail at about chest hight on TTM and if you are hauling balls down the hill like I was, you might close line yourself. That was a close one!
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    Re: Current trail conditions PDX area February 2013

    Finch, was that you on the Giant? I was on the Santa Cruz with the dog...

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    Yep that was me. Nice running into you, I'd have introduced myself more had I known.

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    Brown's camp trail/loop and Gales Creek are great and snow free right now 3/4. Good condition with little mud considering the season. They should be great until it starts to rain again.

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    Thanks JPDX, I'm always leary of hitting it in the winter. I've been there as a mud fest. Bleh.


    Blackrock is PRIMO right now. Tacky, wood is completely dry. Money.

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    Anyone ride sandy ridge today (thursday)? Thinking about calling out of work to ride it tomorrow...

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    Me and a friend are headed to Sandy at noonish tomorrow. I bet Hide and Seek will still be pretty wet (but ridable), but I'm hoping the upper trails dried out a bit. It was that way last Friday.

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    I have a feeling upper HS will be wet. I'd place my bet on quid-338-Two Turn Tables-lower HS. I did that loop last week and it was quite dry for the conditions.

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    I rode it last weekend as well, mostly wondering how the rain earlier this week affected it. Guess I'll find out this afternoon.

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    Sandy actually dried out a bit in the last week and the snow on the road is getting real thin, only have to walk a little bit.

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    Another trip to Silver Star to check on the annual snow melt for all of you. We did run into a couple guys on mt bikes riding the snow covered roads, I think we brought the proper tools though. Our tracks are from the saddle down to the lower left of the pic, which amounted to about 1200 vertical feet.

    This was last Saturday, March 9th.
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    Rode Post Canyon today and it is really screwed up. Kind of made me sick. The logging has destroyed the area and the trails are mucky. HR has taken a pounding in the last few years....

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    Hey it's middle of March already. Time for a March update thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo View Post
    Rode Post Canyon today and it is really screwed up. Kind of made me sick. The logging has destroyed the area and the trails are mucky. HR has taken a pounding in the last few years....
    The ground is so saturated this time of year that it only takes a little rain to take it from nice and tacky to soup. Went for a run up there on Saturday -- waaay too wet to ride, IMHO. Did not stop quite a few folks from chewing the hell out of the trails anyway. Earlier in the week, before the rain, it was nice.

    Not a huge fan of clearcuts either, but Post Canyon is a tree farm in which we're allowed to build temporary trails. I wish that wasn't the case, but that is the reality. They did a heck of a job rebuilding Seven Streams and getting almost all of the trails cleared, repaired and re-opened so quickly. Looking forward to it drying out!!

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    Oh I know but I used to love riding through that forest and it sucks. I used to ride out there almost everyday after work and it was so chill and fun. I get it but Whoop De Doo got hammered many years ago and it still isn't the same...and was it awesome. It sounds like Hospital Hill is next...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo View Post
    I get it but Whoop De Doo got hammered many years ago and it still isn't the same...and was it awesome.
    It sure was! Gorge Games 24 hr races, first place I ever got poison oak, rides with my sons. Has it been rebuilt? Or is half of it still finding ones way through clearcut roads?

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    Camba and others have rebuilt it and it is pretty good. I didn't know about Oak and broke a chain and walked out through the forest. I must have had Oak juice on my hands because I rubbed an eye that almost closed shut due to oak. Oh the memories...loved HR in the day. Well I still love HR

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