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    Roaring Creek Conditions 2014/3/16



    Not quite as bad overall as the picture shows, but there's a bunch of snow waiting to melt. Predictably, on the north-facing and particularly in shaded areas. The character of the snow went from a soft couple inches to a very hard couple inches, hard enough to probably hold up to a fat bike going over it.

    I "rode" the trail from 42 towards 54, taking the road up to the normal entry onto "pipeline" and proceeding. I didn't try more than half way as from my memory the trail spent so much time on north facing slope that I didn't want to simply be walking through. Soo I changed routes to ...

    The black road "trail" that runs atop the ridge is a mixture of softened gravel/dirt/coal residue (depending on composition and water content), snow, ice, and some dry sections. Some standing water in some areas. Makes for a quite messy bike and butt post-ride.

    8-mile, as some call it, the 7.5ish mile road between highways 42 and 54 is basically clear, some melting water running onto it making it soft in limited areas but not a problem.

    I didn't foray onto the singletrack on the south side, didn't really have time, I expect it's largely in better shape but at least with my limited knowledge it's harder to 'loop' so I didn't.

    I figure that another couple days of warmth like we had last week and it'd be mostly melted off, BUT there will be a lot of wet trail on the north face and low-lying trail, so please be patient.

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    Bear I'll be back in the area next weekend, you want to meet up and get some trails in if any are open? Rattling, or AS? Or a Road Ride.
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    That'd be very cool. I'm limited to not-Sunday as I have a family thing in MD that day, but Fri and Sat are currently open. ;^)

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    Saturday Might work then, need to talk to Adam and Ron see whats going to shake down....not sure what's rideable and what's not.
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    Come on give me a heads up next time haha.

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    I thought about driving straight to your house, but failed to execute.

    Next time, for sure.

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    Hahah only kidding you. I couldn't get my bike to work right anyway. My XT clutch broke so I am going to have that warrantied. Got an XTR for it and you'd think all would be good but I cannot get the shifting dialed in correctly. I'm waiting for a new housing and cable tomorrow and will try again. Kind of stinks because the first time around with the old derailleur it was almost bolt on and ride.

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    23 Mar 2014 Update

    Top of the mountain: 99.9% clear of snow, trails are dry and firm, pretty much perfect. Valley trails: 95% clear of snow, trails are suprisingly dry except for the usual soggy areas. The only trail that's predictably messy is Corduroy.

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    Same experience on Friday for me. Gosh was it fun to be out there again mixing it up. Passed 2 other riders along the way as well. What trail is Corduroy btw do you have a Strava?


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    Corduroy's not something to seek out, and has no useful purpose other than to be used as a connector trail if you drop down from the top of the mountain to do a homestead/headwaters loop, but then want to climb back up the mountain. Strava, no.

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    Ahhh ok I know where your at now. I usually just follow headwaters all the way around and then up the mountain.

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    Thanks for the updates. I was wondering if Roaring Creek would be ridebale. Guess i will be checking out the trails next weekend!

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    Was at the parking up top yesterday pre ride by the water tank and had someone stop in a Rubicon to ask about trails. Was that anyone on here I was not able to catch a name from them?

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