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    Blue Marsh conditions

    How wet is blue marsh right now? Any one know if it will be ok to ride there later this weak?

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    I was just there today,monday afternoon the trails are fine except for the few mud holes that take awhile to dry out,rode from justa over to church and back, hope that helps.

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    No problems today. Getting dusty again, with just the normal soft spots. Generally a fast tread and completely rideable.

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    I Rode it for the 1st time today. What a pretty good workout. My brother had the great idea of doing the whole loop. I was hurting with 7 miles left. Good time though I need to be better prepaired. Nice trails

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    my brother rides this all the time and said it was fine. He informed me that it was good ride.

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    Did anyone ride Blue Marsh today? I'm thinking of heading out there tomorrow and was wondering how well this wind has dried up the recent rains.

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    I rode it today. Muddy in the low spots.

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    Just a heads up...there's a good sized tree (not passable) down on the steep descent just before the old ski area headed north ...just beyond mile mark 17...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdrush
    Just a heads up...there's a good sized tree (not passable) down on the steep descent just before the old ski area headed north ...just beyond mile mark 17...
    Not passable, or just not rideable? I mean, did you have to turn around and go back?

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    not ridable is a better choice of words...just a heads up because you are carrying a lot of speed at that spot if descending.

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    I think I'm heading to Blue Marsh tomorrow, first time there. Bringing the girlfriend, who is basically a beginner. She's ridden a few times at Jordan Creek in Allentown and fared ok, but that was months ago.

    Has anyone been there the last couple days, or today? I'm assuming it's fairly muddy, will it be more difficult?

    Also, I was thinking of doing an out-and-back, maybe 10-15 miles total. Any rec's on where to start?

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    Much or all of the trail will be snow and ice covered still. The small sections that are not covered will be total slop. The nearby Tulpehocken creek canal path was snow covered as of Thursday. Even right after it melts it will be so soft for a few weeks that any riding will be very damaging to the trail. I am wanting to ride at the lake as much as anyone but it is not ready!

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    Damn. Well thanks for the info, glad I didn't just drive down there.

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    Unfortunately Rush is right. In a typical non-snowy year, Blue Marsh doesn't fully dry out
    until mid Spring. I can't imagine how long it will take this year. We need a couple solid weeks of above average temps, plenty of sunshine, and some windy days to help dry things out. It would also be nice if the horseback riders would use a little common sense
    and stay off the trails for a little while.

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    Blue Marsh might not be an ideal testing ground for your beginner girlfriend. The continuous rooty, rocky hills can kill confidence.

    I learned this lesson the hard way two years ago when I took my girlfriend, a step up from beginner, out there. Of course we did the full loop; maybe an out-and-back of a more moderate distance would be less discouraging.

    Either way, have fun...and wait for a perfect late spring/early summer day.

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    i know it's not close but Raystown Lake has a bunch of beginner friendly trail.

    Blue Marsh may not be horrid if you start maybe from the Church rd side and stay away from the hills.

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    Blue Marsh Beginner

    Just my thoughts from introducing several friends and my daughter to the sport of mtbing....Try starting at State Hill boat launch lower parking lot and ride over to the Stilling basin or vice versa,and depending on how she feels you can then go a little farther on a nice gravel path over to Gring's Mill Park, or hang a left at the entrance to the gravel path and continue on the trail which will go all the way around the lake.Tons of other options,but that is a nice intro which I found people liked.

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    I say fly a plane right to the bottom of 7 mile hill and start'em off there!!!

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    7 mile hill......doesn't sound like a Sunday cruise. Rmagda, I think I'll head over there alone for the first go ahead to see how things look. Out and back was what i was what I was thinking too. We've gotta build up so I can bring her to Bear Creek with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyusslvpa
    7 mile hill......doesn't sound like a Sunday cruise. Rmagda, I think I'll head over there alone for the first go ahead to see how things look. Out and back was what i was what I was thinking too. We've gotta build up so I can bring her to Bear Creek with me.
    Yeah- Bear Creek will be quite a jump in terms of technical from Blue Marsh. Don't rush her though- she will just end up hating it.

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    haha It's true. My bad, my half-sarcasm comes through weak on the internet. She really isn't a fan of adrenaline-producing obstacles in general. We are still working on the more challenging parts of Jordan Creek Park.

    And hating it? It hasn't gotten to that point, but there have been a few tantrums, mostly due to sitting in traffic on the way. I think the key is keeping the pressure to a minimum, the wrecks to a minimum, and perhaps buying some knee and elbow pads for a little confidence boost this year.

    Hopefully Blue Marsh dries up soon, looking forward to finally getting there. Damn participation!

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    The good news is with daylight savings time the bikevmb.com Tuesday night rides should be starting up pretty soon and there is a strong core of women riders who do women-only events to encourage more riding. Be sure to check it out!

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    I was very surprised this week but...Blue Marsh is in really good shape!

    Ride on!

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    Any idea on how well the trail around Blue Marsh drains after a rain?
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    Way to bring back and old thread. I'm sitting here in CO thinking about how much I miss east cost singletrack. Blue Marsh is at the top of my list of places I love to hit when I get the chance to to back east.

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    Just rode Blue marsh tuesday. Trails are fine except sticker bushes, ferns and weeds have really started to grow in leaving some areas tight. otherwise nothing has changed. Ohh and lots of horse manure from weekend horseback riders.

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    Bringing up an old one here...

    Any idea how the trails are? Obviously with the rain today, there will be mud, but didn't know if there are trees down or anything from the storms throughout the winter. Was thinking if it's warm and clear the next couple days, then riding there after work next week.

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    I rode last weekend, clockwise, and much of it is snow covered still. Not fatbike snow, as I was on a fatbike, but "6 inches+ and hard to walk through" snow. Zero traction on the snow uphill, and on the downhill it was so dense that if I went fast enough it would just bring me to a sudden halt.

    Other sections are rideable. But I started at 9:30 and I actually was getting so tired and getting skeptical that I'd finish before 3 (plenty of sunlight left but I had to be home at 4) that at one point I said "screw it" and started walking across the lake. Like, as in "waist deep water with my bike on my shoulder". It actually wasn't horrible. Then I slogged across some farmland and spilled onto the road and just did a 45 minute road ride to get back to my car

    Proof of my misadventure:

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    You should make a segment out of that. I guarantee you will be KOM for a long, long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshhan View Post
    You should make a segment out of that. I guarantee you will be KOM for a long, long time.
    Good idea
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    Man Jared your a animal walking through the lake!
    I like to fart when I'm in front of you on a climb

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    In other words, we'll need another month of +45 degree temps and wind to thaw and dry everything out. Thanks for saving me a trip out there tomorrow.

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    Yeah...thanks for the responses. Sounds like I'll have to hold off on those trails for a while.

    Bummer....I guess it's another weekend on the pavement

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    I love that this thread is still going. Blue Marsh is the trail system I miss the most from back east.

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    Surprisingly, the trail is in pretty good condition for mid-April. Granted, I only rode from the stilling basin to mile marker 10 and back, but other riders that I ran into said the 183 side is in equally good condition. There are the usual muddy patches right before the State Hill boat ramp and right around mile marker 5. There are also a couple of small downed trees that can easily be cleared with a folding hand saw.

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